The sun has been warming up the water the past several days and it has also turned on the fish around the Treasure Coast. I was out one day and the temps ranged from 59 to 63 degrees and a couple days later it was 66 - 72 degrees. The water has started to clear up gradually and things are looking good for the weeks ahead on the Indian River around the Fort Pierce area. The fish are hungry and with the calmer winds lately, it has been nice to fish all over the river.
I had Rick, Chris and Mark out this week and we had a great day of fishing in some really fantastic weather. The guys caught redfish, trout, flounder, snapper, jacks, sheephead, mackerel and a number of other species on their trip. Just about all fish were caught on DOA glow or glow/firetail shrimp. The bite didn't really turn on until the tide changed to incoming and then it was a hot bite for us. The trout ranged from schoolies to 23". The flounder bite was good and all were 11" to 18". There are flounder out there along with pompano. It's a great time of year!
Look for trout to be in three to five feet of water on grass flats and drop offs around the river. We caught trout everywhere we stopped from Middle Cove to Queen's Cove. Fish those DOA shrimp slow! Mark caught a redfish on the same flat as the trout. Our flounder were on the grass flats as well. Rick caught a nice sheephead around one of the docks to the south of Fort Pierce. The fishing should be good this month. The snook anglers have been doing well at night around the jetties, docks and bridges of the inlet. Terror Eyz, feather jigs and live bait have worked well for them.
You can find pompano around the deeper cuts and flats of the river. Watch for them to skip as you are on the water to find some. They should also be along the beaches now. Flounder should be around the back side of the jettie in Fort Pierce and along the sand flats of the inlet. Mackerel and jacks have moved back into the turning basin in Fort Pierce now. There are lots of options to the fishing this time of year.
Don't forget that the manatee zone is in effect from the north bridge to south of the south bridge in Fort Pierce as of November 15th. That wouldn't be a good day to be cruisin' through the channel there! It will remain closed through April 30 next year. Have a great month of fishing around the Treasure Coast!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner