Mild weather conditions continue along the Treasure Coast again this week. Winds will keep blowing most days, but we have had a few days each week that it lays down and provides fantastic fishing weather for us. The cold fronts have been tolerable and the water temperatures have been anywhere from the mid 60's to the low 70's recently. The weekly fronts will drop the temps for a few days, but the sun warms them up again. We have enjoyed some great fishing action the past week.
Rene and her family were out with me on one of those windy days. They caught a variety of fish including sea trout, sheepshead and the usual culprits. Gus, Fred and Cam joined me on a calm day on the river to catch trout, sheepshead, drum, snapper and even a couple snook to make for a good day of fishig. Ed and Eric found a large variety of fish that included redfish, trout, drum, flounder and lots of other species on a calm river day. Dan got into some nice redfish and landed five of eight hookups on another windy day on the Indian River. It's great fishing out there!
Trout have been in three to five feet of water on the grass flats. DOA shrimp has been working great if you are using artificial lures. Our redfish have been along the west shoreline. CAL grub tails work great this time of year on the reds. We continue to find the juvenile snook along the mangroves. It's gonna be a good population this year. Sheepshead and black drum have been around docks, bridges and channel edges in very good numbers this month. Most anglers are using live or dead shrimp for them. Not much going on for the pompano fishermen. The cold fronts just don't cool the water enough for their liking so far this winter. As always, the jacks and ladyfish are everywhere right now. Jetty anglers continue to catch jacks, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on small, shiny lures. January is a wonderful fishing month!
Snook season re-opens on February 1st. It's a good time now to check your snook permit and license to make sure they are current. January will continue to provide windy days and great fishing action around the Treasure Coast!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner