Isn't it fantastic waking up on the Treasure Coast to sunshine, blue skies and warm weather? I love it! This is just one of the rewards to living in this area of Florida. We have enjoyed some great spring weather this past week. Expect lots of windy days ahead, but winter has lost its grip on the area and sunshine has welcomed us most days on the water. Water temperatures have been up and down, but have reached the low 70's now and the fish have been biting for us. March always provides lots of fishing action for us.
We have still enjoyed a good variety of species again this week. The best bite continues to be sheepshead around the bridges, docks and channel edges of the river. There are lots of good sized fish still to bend your rod. Live or dead shrimp is the bait of choice for most anglers. The black drum are still around the river as well in the same spots. Our trout bite picked up this week as the water temps finally hit the 70's again. Three to five feet of water has been best for us. DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits are working great on the sea trout. The turning basin has been hot for fishing this week. Spanish mackerel, bluefish, grouper, snapper, ladyfish, jacks, etc. have been keeping clients busy especially on windy days. Fishing the deeper water can be very productive this time of year.
Redfish have continued to hang under docks and mangroves around the river. CAL paddle tails or live bait are working well on catching a slot redfish this week with the warmer water. The snook bite is improving now as well. The bridges, jetties and docks are great places to look for snook. DOA Terror Eyz or live bait have been good choices for snook this week. The surf continues to hold whiting, bluefish, jacks and some pompano. The pompano bite hasn't been as expected so far this year.
It's been a super March so far. We are catching lots of fish and fun each day on the water. As spring sets in on the area, the winds will continue to blow, but the sun will shine and things will continue to heat up on the Treasure Coast. Enjoy and use lots of sunscreen. 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