We enjoyed some great fishing action this week in spite of lots of rainy weather throughout the Treasure Coast. Dodging rain systems became a norm most of this week. We have certainly entered the rainy season! Watch the weather out there and plan your trips around the conditions. The fishing has been super for us this week as long as you can work around the weather patterns.
I had the pleasure of volunteering again for the Treasure Coast Casters this past week. It was their year end fish off for the top ten anglers from the middle and high school divisions. Dylora Kohler was on my boat for the tournament. Now Dylora was determined to catch some fish that morning and she did just that. I lost track of all the fish she landed, but she checked in a redfish, two trout, two snapper and a bluefish for the tournament and won the Treasure Coast Caster of the Year for 2013. Dylora was the first female to win the coveted title and her smiles that day told the story. Congratulations Dylora! Check out the Treasure Coast Casters at http://www.treasurecoastcasters.org/ if you have children who love to fish or are interested in volunteering.
I had some excellent anglers on the boat this week and they caught a lot of nice fish. Dan and Cody caught trout, snapper and jacks on their fishing adventure. Tim and Greg landed some nice trout, bluefish and jacks on a windy, rainy day on the river. Ken, Dennis and Nichole enjoyed trout, snapper, bluefish, sheepshead and other species to make their day a fun experience. It was a fun and exciting week for us all!
We continue to catch trout up to 28" on the grass flats from Harbor Branch to Bear Point in Fort Pierce. Try CAL jerk baits, Deadly Combos or live bait for trout on the flats. It's the time of year for the big trout in this area and most anglers have not been disappointed! Our redfish catches have been mostly from around the docks of the river. DOA shrimp or live bait can help find one for you around on of the hundreds of docks in the area. Most of the snook fishing has been around the bridges and jetties. Snook season closes May 31st, so you have a few days left to try for that slot fish. There are lots of mangrove snapper in the river now. Most that my anglers have caught are in the 12" to 15" range and are very tasty table fare. Channel edges, docks and structure are the best places to target some nice fish if you are looking for dinner. We are still catching some sheepshead around the docks. They have thinned out now, but there are still some keeper fish to be had. Live or dead shrimp are the bait of choice by most anglers for snapper and sheepshead. You can find plenty of bluefish, jacks and ladyfish all over the river to keep your rods bending. It's a great time of year to enjoy the fishing!
Bridges can produce snapper and sheepshead and the surf will hold whiting, bluefish and jacks. May is almost over and it has been a fantastic month for fishing. Plan to get out and enjoy the fishing soon!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
Fishing this week with Captain Charlie....