While spring is still on its way, March continues to roar like a lion most days for us. Even with the windy days, we have continued to have good catches along the river while hanging close to the mangroves and sea walls. March and April are always windy months, but we still complain about the conditions every year. We have enjoyed one or two days each week without the prevailing winds chasing us. It has been fun, but can get a little choppy around the area.
Duncan Haley was back down this year and we found several nice trout on the flats while exploring some areas I haven't fished in a while. Paul and Grover were down fishing and we found a few redfish under some docks to top of the morning. Shaun found a variety of fish including a nice pompano. John and Theresa were out on a nice morning and found a good variety of fish for a fun filled morning. Chris and his family were out for an adventure. Ava and Lucien had fun catching lots of fish on a windy day. Keith, Cai, Turner and Frank were back this year for spring break. It was windy but the boys had fun on the water catching a variety of fish. Peter, Will and Henry got into some nice snook that broke them off around the docks. Will ended the day by catching a fat 30-inch sea trout from under one of the docks. Walter, Mack and Holt found a variety of fish on another windy day to keep the boys busy reeling in the fish. Its been a fun week in spite of the windy weather!
Water temperatures have been up and down lately. It has been in the mid 60s to low 70s most of the time for us. We have found our redfish hanging under docks and mangroves and willing to take a DOA shrimp. Trout have been in three to five feet of water. CAL jerk baits work great on trout right now. Try the Airhead lures from DOA. It's gonna be a great asset this spring on the flats. Sheepshead and black drum have been around docks and under mangroves. We have found a few pompano around the river along with bluefish. We have been fishing south of Fort Pierce most days, but the recent gusty weather has pushed us back in the mangrove islands to the north of Fort Pierce. The water on the incoming tide has been dirty the past several days from all the winds. It has been difficult to fish in the surf most days. With a forecast for nice weather this coming weekend, the water will have time to clear up and warm back up. It should be a fantastic weekend on the water!
Dress in layers for a while longer. Some days you will find nearly a 30 degree change in temperatures on the water. We seem to end up with a pile of coats, sweatshirts and assorted warm clothes in the corner of the boat by noon each day. Sunscreen is essential this time of year with the wind and the sun wearing on you. It can't be much longer before it warms up to Spring weather! Have fun out there fishing.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good fishing and be safe.
Captain Charlie Conner