Mother nature has blessed us with some awesome weather lately. Mild temperatures and lots of sunshine around the Treasure Coast has been a welcome change from all the rainy months we have endured this year. Fall always brings us fantastic weather and the fishing is just as good around the area. Water temperatures are slowly cooling down as we continue to transition towards the winter months. You can still find lots of baitfish around the area and the fish are feeding heavily on them right now. We have enjoyed a variety of species on each adventure to keep the anglers having lots of fun.
Mark Amorello was down for a few days and we got to get out on a nice morning. We found a variety of fish including trout, snapper, mackerel and other hungry critters. Don, Art and Sherman were back for another fishing adventure. The guys caught lots of fish including trout, bluefish, snook, snapper and several other kinds. Ron and Jan found snook, redfish, snapper and assorted other fish to make for an enjoyable morning. Pete and Ray came out with me on a windier morning, but they had a good bite and found a lot of fish biting. The highlight was a double hookup with two big redfish that took them both for a ride under the mangroves. Somehow they got both fish out for a photo and release. Captain Joe Ward and I took a morning off to get out and play on the water for a while. We found lots of short snook, a few reds, mangrove snapper and the usual feeding frenzy in the turning basin of mackerel, jacks and ladyfish. It was nice to relax and enjoy the river!
The snook bite has been good around mangroves, docks and around the inlets. Those fishing at night are catching some big snook this time of year. Anglers are using live bait, feather jigs, top water lures or DOA Bait Busters for the snook. Redfish will hit live bait, DOA shrimp or CAL Paddle Tails this time of year. Most of our reds have come from under docks or mangroves. Sea trout have been hanging in two to five feet of water. Try DOA shrimp or top water lures for good results on the trout in November. You can find lots of snapper all over the river. The docks have provided us with some nice catches of keeper snapper. Bridges and channel edges are also great places to target snapper and sheepshead this time of year. Most anglers will be using live or dead shrimp.
The inlets have been full of jacks, blue runners, mackerel and ladyfish on the incoming tides. The macks have been good sized ones and great table fare. Small shiny lures have worked very well. Try the CAL shad tail in the 382 color on these fish. There have been some pompano showing up with the change in weather patterns. Try along the surf with sand fleas when you can find them. Watch for them in the river soon! October has been a very productive month for us and November should be even better! Have fun and get out fishing soon!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
Pete and Ray showing off their double catch of nice sized redfish!
Ray with his redfish
Pete holding his redfish