Well, the windy days continue again this week on the Treasure Coast. We did get some much needed rain finally. November continues to be a windy month for us, but you can always find someplace to fish. Water temperatures continue to fall into the low 70’s and that means slowing down your lures to get the best opportunities. Fishing will be good throughout the month. Have some fun out there!
I made it out a few days recently when the winds weren’t blowing like crazy. Norm, Nick and Neal joined me on a windy day. We hit a couple spots that were blowing too hard to fish and ended up back in the mangroves to try their luck. The guys came through with 8 slot redfish up to 27” along with a dozen short snook and plenty of snapper to round out the morning. Nick ended the day on a high note with a 25” trout to give him a Treasure Coast slam. It was a fantastic morning. Don and Bernie were out on a breezy morning and it was difficult to find clean water. They caught fish when we did find the better water conditions.
With the cooler water around the area, look for trout to be in three to five feet of water. CAL jerk baits or DOA shrimp are great in these conditions. Work them very slowly for your best success on the trout. Fish the mangroves for redfish and snook with DOA shrimp or my favorite, CAL paddle tails. The 411 color in the paddle tail is a good bet on the redfish this time of year. There are still lots of snapper around the river. Most are small, but there are still plenty of keepers to be caught. Nighttime snook fishing around the jetties and bridges has been good for those using live bait, feather jigs or TerrorEyz. The pompano have started their trek into the area now and you should be hearing more about their whereabouts as they continue to arrive. The jacks and bluefish have been cruising around the river and inlet lately. It’s been a productive month in spite of the windy days!
Snook season is winding down and will close on December 15th so you still have a couple weeks to get that slot fish for dinner. The slow speed zone in the Fort Pierce channel between the north bridge and below the south bridge is in effect and you should remember that it is slow speed all winter through that area. We are fortunate to live in such a diverse fishing habitat and can enjoy the great fishing around the Treasure Coast. Do your part to keep it clean and take all your trash to a trash receptacle each time you are out on the water.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner