We enjoyed another fun filled week on the Treasure Coast this week. The summer weather has let us enjoy some beautiful mornings and rainy afternoons in the area. Expect lots of the same weather patterns in the weeks ahead. Some of those storms can become pretty nasty, so watch things on the water when you are out there. The water clarity has been great to the south of Fort Pierce, but not so good to the north as Taylor Creek water continues to be pushed that direction with the tides. The Saint Lucie River has it's own ugly issues as dirty water continues to be released into it.
Trout fishing slowed down this week with the full moon going on. We found some trout both north and south of the Fort Pierce area on the grass flats in spite of the moon. DOA shrimp accounted for the all trout this week. Anthony and grandson, Khalil, had a fun day on the river. Khalil caught all the trout! Phil and Bob found a good trout bite on DOA shrimp on one of the sand bars in the river. I had Michael on the boat for the Treasure Coast Casters first tournament of the new season. It was full moon fever, but Mike caught a nice bluefish to win first place in the High School Division. Bob and Dave had some fun with blues and jacks along with a few other species. Bob added a snook off the flats on a beautiful day to fish.
I had the privilege to be invited to the DOA Outdoor Writers Event again this year. Thanks to Mark Nichols of DOA for putting on the event and Rufus Wakeman of River Palms Cottages for hosting a wonderful outing! I had Michael "Mookie" Wilson from the Lakeland Ledger on the boat both days. It was a tough bite, but Mookie caught a variety of fish including snook, flounder, mackerel and jacks for a fun time on the river using DOA lures. We found a school of redfish both days, but couldn't get a good cast at them. It was great to see old friends and make new ones.
Look for trout in two to four feet of water on the grass flats. DOA shrimp works great! The bite should pick up now that the full moon effects are about over. Snook have been around the jetties, sea walls and mangroves on the river. We have caught our snook on DOA shrimp and CAL jerk baits. The redfish bite should pick back up soon. They are starting to school up so keep a look out for them. It should be a good summer bite this year. You can still find snapper around docks, bridges and channel edges. Mackerel and jacks are slowly filling up the turning basin as the glass minnows begin to flood into the river. We have found some nice size bluefish south of the bridges hitting DOA shrimp or Mirrolures. Have fun and get out fishing soon!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
Fishing this week with Captain Charlie