It was a busy week and the weather cooperated most days to keep us out of the rains. It was on the breezy side some days, but nice not to have the rain clouds chasing us around the river. Milder temperatures have arrived for a few days and it's been nice fishing conditions out there. We are in the transition from summer to fall weather. Expect milder temps and the water to cool down some this month. The fall mullet run continues around the Treasure Coast and lots of fish are out there looking for their next meal. October is a great fishing month!
It was my fourth year at the Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Fishing Tournament this year. I had Rob and his son, Mason, on the boat from Rick's Redfish Neighborhood Grill in Port Saint Lucie. We kept Mason busy reeling in jacks and trout that morning. Mason was dragging a MirrOlure along side the boat and asking if we thought a fish might hit it......when a hungry sea trout slammed the lure and almost took the rod out of Mason's grasp. We all had a good laugh out of that experience. It was a fun morning with blue skies brighten our day. Dee Dee and Steve joined me for a morning on the river to celebrate Steve's birthday. They caught a variety of fish including snook, trout, jacks & snapper. We dodged a few rain clouds and had a good time on the water. Jeff and Adam was out with me on a day that threatened rain, but missed us luckily. They caught a variety of fish, but Adam caught more juvenile grouper than I have seen in a while. We couldn't find the 24" fish though.
Sunday I helped with the Treasure Coast Caster Tournament and had Dylora Kolher on the boat for the tourney. Dylora had a determination to catch fish that morning and proved herself right. After catching her two sea trout, we embarked on our journey to catch two mangrove snapper. It took some time to sort through the short ones to find two the right size to check in. She continued to catch lots of fish including redfish, snook and jacks. The reds and snook were too short, but lots of fun to catch. Dylora finished in first place for the high school division and biggest fish of the tournament. Congrats Dylora! If you have children that love to fish, contact Cammie at 772-201-5773 to see what the Treasure Coast Casters is all about. You can find them on Facebook as well.
Our trout have been in three to five feet of water on the grass flats. We had excellent success with DOA Bait Busters this week on trout and jacks on the flats. Continue to use the DOA shrimp as well when trout fishing. CAL grub tails found us lots of juvenile snook and redfish and some nice sea trout. Fish around the finger mullet schools and you should find fish lurking near them. Lots of snapper can be found just about anywhere you stop to fish on the river this month. Using the DOA Bait Buster as a top water lure is fantastic during the mullet run. It swims so realistic, that you can even find some finger mullet willing to follow it. Watch for some tarpon around the jetties and turning basin feeding on the mullet. October will prove to be very productive on the Treasure Coast!
It's another great month to fish along the Treasure Coast! 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