The winds returned this week and gave us a challenge most days around the Treasure Coast. Temperatures have warmed up and so has the water. Water temps range around the mid to upper 70's for us. The fish have been feeding and becoming more active with the warmer water. Summer seems to have arrived already and the fish seem to know it. Enjoy the fishing this week!
We have enjoyed a good variety of fish this week on the river. Our redfish have come from docks and mangroves. Most have been in the upper slot range. Try a DOA shrimp in the near clear color and fish the docks with the tide. You can bounce it with the tide and it will stay under the dock for you. Snook have been hitting at first light around deeper areas like sea walls and the inlet areas. Try using Terror Eyz in the root beer color bounced along the bottom or CAL shad tails in green back or glow colors around structure in these areas. A Deadly Combo is hard to beat if you are fishing for trout. The trout bite has picked up with the warmer weather and there are lots of big specimens sitting on the grass flats. These are the fish we target in May. There are plenty of other species to enjoy as well.
There are still plenty of sheepshead and snapper around the river. You will find that many are smaller than a month ago, but still lots of action for them around bridges, docks and channel edges. Beaches continue to produce whiting along with jacks and some bluefish. The tarpon have been arriving along the surf and I have seen a few filtering into the river. Big jacks are cruising around the river now and they can definitely bend a rod for anglers. There are still some mackerel around the inlet areas feeding on the glass minnows.
Keith and Walter had a super morning fishing this past week. They landed a upper slot snook along with four gator trout in the 28" range. Bonnie and Brice found a variety of fish including a 24" trout to top off the morning. My buddy, Pat and son, Ethan, met me for a trip on the Sebastian River. Ethan boated a nice 4' bull shark on an enjoyable trip on a scenic river. Scott caught a good variety of fish on his morning adventure. Mike and Jake found a good bite that included trout and redfish. Jeff and Ken landed lots of fish including a nice redfish. Rich and Richie also landed a nice variety of fish for their morning adventure. It has been fun fishing on the river lately!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good fishing and be safe.
Captain Charlie Conner
Fishing this week with Captain Charlie