It seems the rainy season it getting a good start on the Treasure Coast. We certainly need the rain, but it can be a little untimely when you are trying to get out fishing! The winds are still blowing most days recently, but there are plenty of areas to fish and get out of the worst of the gusty conditions. There is lots of bait around the area and that means the fish are going to feed! May is always a super month to enjoy the fishing!
We have had to tuck up around the islands and mangroves lately to enjoy the fishing. Luckily, the fish have been around those areas and cooperated to give us some great outings. It's top water season and time to get out early and enjoy some exciting action on the flats and along the mangroves. I like the DOA Bait Buster for early morning. You can use it as a top water and yet let it sink under the surface as well. Look for trout to be in three to five feet of water and shallower at first light. Our redfish have come from under the mangroves. We are getting most in the upper slot to just oversize. The snook bite has remained good lately. We have lost some big fish while fishing the mangroves and sea walls. You can find plenty of snapper around the river when fishing structure, bridges and docks. There are some mackerel, jacks and ladyfish around the inlet and turning basin in Fort Pierce.
Will and John joined me this past week on a very windy morning. They caught lots of fish including a nice redfish to top off the day. Scott and Carrie had a similar windy start to the morning. We hid around the mangroves and they landed three big redfish in the 26" to 28" range and lost one big snook that nearly spooled them before breaking them off under the tree line. Then the rain moved in and we cancelled the next couple morning trips. It was a fun and challenging week on the water.
Now that the rainy season is with us, make sure you watch weather conditions and plan your adventures accordingly. Afternoons tend to be active for rainy weather. Keep rain gear on board and have a plan to get to safety in case of thunderstorms approaching. Be safe and have fun in May!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good fishing and be safe.
Captain Charlie Conner