The heat of August continues along the Treasure Coast. Expect hot, humid days throughout the rest of the month. We have had a light breeze most days to take the edge off the hot weather for us. The rains have slowed down now, which is good for the area with all the drainage from Lake Okeechobee continuing daily. Water conditions around the St. Lucie are horrible and toxic! Fort Pierce has held up well to the south of the bridges. Taylor Creek continues to be pushed north of there with the incoming tides. The fishing has been good this week and should continue with the present weather patterns.
We have enjoyed a variety of fish this week on the river. I was out with Clint Walker of the Fishing Center earlier in the week and we got a tarpon in the 30# range to the boat before the bite shut down for the morning. Ron, Mike and Timberly caught a good variety of fish on their morning on the water. Timberly topped off her day with a slot redfish from under the mangroves and Mike boated a large flounder to end a good day of fishing. Vince and Bill landed a number of snook up to 27" and each hooked up on a redfish. Bill's threw the hook, but Vince caught his first redfish at 26". They also caught trout, snapper and ladyfish on their beautiful morning on the river. It's nice not to be dodging rain all morning!
Our trout bite has been slower this month with the warmer water. Early mornings has been the best trout bite with top water or DOA shrimp. Fish grass flats two to five feet deep for best results. We have been catching a number of snook along the mangroves. All have been under slot, but a good fight since they are out of season anyway. Top water, CAL paddle tails or DOA shrimp will all work on snook around the mangroves. Redfish have also been under the mangroves staying out of the sun. Skipping your lure or bait under the mangroves is essential to getting a bite. I like to use the CAL paddle tail to skip under the mangroves. They are under the shadow lines and you have to get back in there if you want a bite. Snapper have been all over the river and many have been keepers lately. Docks, bridges and channel edges have all held good numbers of snapper. The inlet has been invaded by ladyfish, jacks, blue runners and other hungry species looking for an easy meal. Look for the glass minnow schools and you will find plenty of action, especially for the kids!
August is always a hot month. Keep hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen this time of year. Snook season opens soon on September 1st. Now is a great time to check your license and snook permit along with all your tackle and gear in anticipation for opening night. There are always lots of first night anglers so it pays to be prepared. Have fun and be safe out there!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner