Windy weather continues along the Treasure Coast this week, but you can find some mornings milder to get out and enjoy the fishing. We had a couple very nice days this week that the winds let up for a while and the mornings were gorgeous. Water temperatures range from the low 60's to around 70 degrees. The incoming tide is bringing in the warmer water and the sun is helping as well. It's a fun month to fish around the area and lots of species are in the river this time of year.
Sea trout have been the best bite on most days with a few short snook and redfish in the mix on the flats and around the mangroves. DOA shrimp and CAL jerk baits have worked great for us on the grass flats when using artificial lures. Snook at the jetties has been good this week on live baits, Bait Busters and jigs. You can find lots of mackerel and jacks around the inlet with bluefish hanging around them. Ladyfish and jacks are everywhere so plan on catching your share of them out there. Pompano are along the beach and in the river, but finding them can keep you busy. Most have been south of Fort Pierce this week. Sheepshead and black drum are along channel edges, bridges and docks. We even catch a few on the flats. The beaches will be holding whiting, pompano, jacks and bluefish with other predators hanging along there as well. You have a lot of choice when you are on the water this time of year.
Keep in mind that the winds will continue to blow most days and using it to your advantage can help make you more successful. You will see lots of boats using it for their drift across the flats. You can fish a large area to help you find where the fish might be holding. Tidal cuts, drop offs and channel edges are great places this month to fish. Fish will be more lethargic in cooler water and sit and let the tides bring the food source to them. Fish deeper water early and move onto the flats as the sun warms thing up during the day. Fishing your artificial lures slowly will also help in your success rate. It makes sense when the fish are cool and don't want to move around much. Have fun out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner