Well, March has certainly lived up to its reputation of being a lion. The winds have arrived and you can expect it to continue through the rest of the month. I keep thinking that each cold front should be the last one, but it seems the next one sneaks in just as I am ready to pack away the winter duds for another year. Fishing has been very good around the Treasure Coast, but conditions can make it difficult to get to many favorite spots some days.
The fishing has depended much on water temperature this month, but the sheepshead fishing has continued to be the best bite around the river. They aren't affected by the cooler water and are always hungry. It's not uncommon to catch 25 - 30 around some of the docks. Most have been nice size fish. We have caught a good variety of fish this past week, including redfish, trout, black drum, mackerel and others. When on the flats, DOA CAL jerk baits have been hard to beat for the trout. Redfish have been hanging under docks and mangroves and can be found with a CAL paddle tail this month. Snook fishing around the jetties has been good for night fishermen. You can find some flounder and snapper around the back side of the jetties this month.
The surf has held whiting, bluefish and some pompano for the beach anglers. The turning basin has had jacks, bluefish and mackerel coming in with the tide. Expect the ladyfish and jacks to be just about everywhere in March. It can be a challenge with the weather conditions, but Fort Pierce offers lots of areas to get out of the worst of the winds and enjoy a day on the water. Watch your water temperatures around the river and you can find fish. Winter is slowly letting loose of its grip and we can expect nice days ahead, just a little windy!
Dress warm in layers as you can sometimes experience up to 30 degrees change in temperatures on any given day. Keep plenty of suntan lotion on as the winds and sun can give you a nasty burn if you aren't prepared. Spring is on its way! Have fun and enjoy the fishing along the Treasure Coast.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner