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!
Captain Charlie Conner