The sun returns to the Treasure Coast! After several weeks of windy, cloudy and rainy weather, we enjoyed our first sunny day in a while! It look like we will have a nice week ahead of us and anglers will be heading to the water. The water temperatures have dropped to the 67-69 degree range for now. Sunshine will warm it back up pretty quickly though. Fishing has been exciting lately so it's time to enjoy a day on the water.
We have enjoyed a good variety of fish around the river and the guys have had lots of action to keep their rods bent. The channel around Fort Pierce has been loaded with lots of fish. Jacks, blue runners, mackerel, snapper, grouper and other species have been lots of fun for anglers. Any small, shiny lure will work great! The trout bite has picked up on the grass flats this week. We are getting mostly slot fish and a few up to 25" on DOA shrimp, Deadly Combos or live bait. Ed, Justin and Travis joined me on a challenging morning. Our 20% chance of rained turned into a 100% chance in a couple hours. The guys did get to fish for two hours and were rewarded with a lot of fish to keep them busy. Mostly jacks and blue runners, but lots of fun. Paul and Vince were out with me on the first nice day in a long time. Even though it was windy, they caught ten species of fish, including redfish, trout and snapper. Paul topped off the day with a 24" sea trout. We have a two boat trip with Captain Charlie Fornabio for a fun afternoon adventure. I had Gib and Randy on my boat and the challenge was on between the boats. Gib boated a 23" gag grouper that was just short of a keeper fish. They got into some nice trout and Randy topped it off with a 23" beauty. Capt. Charlie's crew got into some nice Spanish mackerel. It was an exciting day for them.
Our trout have been in two to five feet of water on the grass flats. DOA shrimp, Deadly Combos or live bait can find you some nice fish! The redfish have been hanging under the mangroves in two to four feet of water. The higher tides will allow you to fish areas that are normally too shallow to fish. CAL paddle tails always work well around the mangroves. We have picked up some nice sheepshead each day and they should continue to move into the area now. I haven't seen or heard of much activity with pompano yet. They should be showing up on quantities any time now.
Now that the temperatures are becoming milder, it's that time of year to dress in layers. Nights are dipping into the 60's and ending up in the 80's as the day progresses. Layering your attire will allow you to fish comfortably throughout the day. December should be a fantastic month to enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast. Enjoy yourselves!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner