Wednesday, July 17, 2013

August Fishing Forecast

August Fishing Forecast – Treasure Coast

As summer continues to bring the daily chance of afternoon rains and thunderstorms, fishing will take the usual second seat to the opening of lobster season. It will be a challenge this year with all the fresh water run off flooding into the area. Visibility will be minimal in lots of areas. Expect lots of boats on the water each day as they head out in search of the spiny critters. Practice safe boating tactics and don’t be in a hurry to get out there. Those dog days of August will continue with hot weather, so take the normal precautions while on the water. Have a great August this year!

Trout fishing will continue to be the best bite around the river. Top water lures, like the DOA Airhead, fished early, followed by a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait will be productive on the grass flats. Water quality will be the key this year on where to fish. Queen’s Cove, Bear Point and Harbor Branch are usually active with trout. South of Fort Pierce has held up well with all the rains we have had lately. Fish shallow early and move to the edges of the flats as the sun warms thing up each day. Look for sand holes on the grass flats. Trout love to sit in them and wait for the tide to bring their food to them. We have enjoyed lots of big trout this year on the flats. This month will provide great weather in the mornings for fishing the river.

Head out to the docks along the river for snook, snapper, sheephead and redfish. Some big fish will be hanging under the shady areas around many of the docks along the river from Vero to Stuart. Fish your lures slowly. If you use the tide in your favor, the lure will remain under the dock longer and give you a better chance at hooking up. Snook will be active around the jetties, bridges and docks of the river. Live baits, Terror Eyz and Bait Busters will all work well for you. As the rainy season continues, try some of the spillways when the water is actively running over them. A root beer Terror Eyz is a great lure around those areas.

Bridges will hold some nice snapper during the month along with some sheephead and black drum. The turning basin should become alive with glass minnows and a variety of predators to feed on them. Again the fresh water runoff will play a part in determining where to fish this month. Everything on the water loves to eat those glass minnows. Fish the edges of the bait pods and you should find some predators hanging out there waiting to feed. The edges of the channel will also be holding lots of snapper around any of the structure or rocks. It’s a great time of year!

Make it a point to keep hydrated and lathered up with sunscreen. Take those precautions early so that the end of your day will be as enjoyable as the beginning. Sunburn or sun poisoning isn’t any fun and can become dangerous to your health. Drink plenty of water or Gatorade. Have fun in August and good fishing!

Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing,
Captain Charlie Conner

South Indian River Fishing Report 7/16


The rainy season continues along the Treasure Coast with lots of wet weather just about every day. That means that the Lake Okeechobee water will continue to be dumped into the St. Lucie River bringing contaminated water through that area of the Indian River. Taylor Creek is still black with runoff water coming out of it as well. Fishing south of Fort Pierce has been the place to be when it comes to cleaner water conditions. Our best bite has been on the incoming tide lately.

Mike and Mike, Jr had a nice morning with a good variety of fish to be caught. Mike Jr boated a nice trout of 23" on a top water lure and later added a slot redfish caught on a DOA Paddle tail. They caught trout, bluefish, jacks and the redfish on a beautiful day to fish. Most of our trout are nice slot size fish with some over the slot. Jim took his nephews, James and Dwight, out for some fishing fun on a rainy morning that made it a challenge just to find a place to fish. It was a slower day with the outgoing tides prevailing most of the morning, but the boys caught fish in spite of the conditions. Mornings have allowed us to get out fishing, but rain is forming earlier than usual to challenge anglers.

The trout bite has been south of Fort Pierce on the grass flats. Early morning top water can get you some of the better action. Try the DOA Airhead as a top water lure and add a pinch weight when sun rises for slow sinking action. Mike and his son had good luck using a Mirrodine on the flats. The incoming tide has provided the best bite. The redfish have been hanging under the mangroves. I like a CAL grub tail around those areas. It's small and won't scare the fish when casting under the mangrove trees. There are still lots of snapper around the docks, bridges and channel edges. Snook fishing has been good around the jetties and you can also catch them along the beach this time of year. Fish clean water and you will have your best success!

August is almost here. Expect hot weather and chances of thunderstorms most days, so plan your trips around the weather patterns. Storms this time of year can be dangerous and develop quickly, so be aware of your surroundings. Drink lots of fluids and use plenty of sun lotion. Have a great time fishing this month!

Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing,
Captain Charlie Conner

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

South Indian River Fishing Report 7/9


It's been one wet summer so far. We have battled low tides, rain and wind most of the week and there is more on the way! The fishing has been very good around the area if you can find clean water. The lower than normal tides haven't helped finding good fishing areas. Between the runoff from all the rain and the Okeechobee water dumping into the rivers, it has been a struggle to find clean water to fish. The water north of Fort Pierce is black from the Taylor Creek water. In the twenty plus years that I have lived in this area, I don't recall ever seeing the river so dirty as it is now. I have been fishing south of Fort Pierce in order to find cleaner water. Fortunately, the dirty water hasn't been pushed south of Fort Pierce. Check out the Indian Riverkeeper and the Rivers Coalition on Facebook or read the articles on to see what is happening to the water quality in our area. It's something everyone should be aware of and involved in!

We have caught a good variety of fish this week in spite of challenging conditions. There are still lots of big sea trout on the flats. Chris and Charlie caught three 29" trout on their fishing adventure this week. Timberly boated two nice trout on a windy day. Fish in two to five feet of water on the grass flats. Try DOA shrimp, DOA Airheads, live bait or top water on the flats. We have found slot redfish hanging under the mangroves this week. Adam found a nice slot fish while enjoying a day with Phil and Nick. Joe caught two nice slot fish from the mangroves on their trip while fishing with Eric. CAL grub tails, DOA shrimp or live bait can help you find a nice redfish this time of year. Rick and Jennifer caught a variety of fish including trout, bluefish, snapper, jacks and a 22" grouper. There are still lots of snapper around the docks, bridges and channel edges of the river. Shrimp will help you find a good snapper bite.

The bluefish have been feeding heavily around the drop offs along the river. Between the schools of jacks and bluefish, the baitfish are always looking behind them to see what is about to crash them next. Any shiny lure will get their attention and provide some good rod bending action for all ages. Robert and Tyler were out with me on a rain filled morning and Tyler boated a large flounder on the flats. It made a challenging day much brighter! The surf has been tough to fish with all the easterly winds lately. Once it calms down, look for an assortment of fish to be chasing bait along the beaches.

I guess we can expect more rainy days ahead, so plan your trip accordingly and be prepared. Seek out the cleaner water for your best opportunities fishing and get involved our area to clean up the rivers and waterways for generations to come! I have kids and grandkids that I want to enjoy the fishing and beaches in our area in their futures!

Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing,
Captain Charlie Conner

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Monday, July 1, 2013

South Indian River Fishing Forecast - July

July Fishing Forecast

July brings hot weather, chances of afternoon rains and Fourth of July parties. Oh....and lots of great fishing out there, too! Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms this month. Mornings on the river will bring action at first light on top water lures for snook or trout along the flats. They will seek deeper water as the sun rises. It’s a hot, but very productive month around the Treasure Coast.

I will be fishing along the mangroves for snook and redfish with DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits and top water lures, like the new DOA Airhead, where the water will be 2-3 feet deep. Trout will move to deeper flats in 2-6 feet of water and will most likely hit pigfish, DOA shrimp or Deadly Combos. Look for the trout to move to the deeper edges of the flats as the sun warms up the water. Fish the sand holes on the flats! You will find the bigger fish sitting in these holes waiting on the tides to bring the food to them. It has been another banner year for big trout around the area. Redfish will continue to hold up on the flats. Read the water as you move across the flats and look for any activity that might be a school of reds. Gold spoons, soft baits, like DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits will work best for them. Search along the docks during the day for snook or redfish hanging around there as well. It’s a fantastic month to be fishing!

Bridges will be producing snapper, drum and sheepshead during July. Live or dead shrimp will be hard for them to resist. Watch the tides and fish the slower sides of them for best results. Whiting will continue to be in the surf with the occasional bluefish and Spanish mackerel. There will be larger snapper in the river around structure and along channel edges. Sharks will be patrolling along the beach also. The glass minnows will be flowing into the river in huge schools. Watch for these bait schools and fish the edges for your best action.

Areas to fish in the river for July: Bear Point, Queen's Cove and Round Island. South of Harbor Branch will be a great area to work for trout in the mornings before the sun heats up things. The flats in front of the power plant taper off to 3-5 feet and will be holding trout during the day. Live pigfish are the favorite food for trout this time of year. It’s time to set the traps to feed these hungry fish! Try a DOA TerrorEyz or the new DOA Airhead during the day also for trout. The west shore down there will be good areas to search out redfish. Channel edges will be yielding snapper on structure. Tripletail will be around channel markers and pilings to the south towards Jensen Beach. Have a fun month out there!

Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing,
Captain Charlie Conner

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Captain Charlie's Fishing Photos