What a week of rainy weather! We dodged rain each day on the water and got cut short a few days when the storms rolled in early. It's been a wet week on the Treasure Coast! It's the rainy season, so expect afternoon thunderstorms to brew up each afternoon this time of year.
We are still finding a variety of fish to enjoy on the river this week. Snapper have been the best bite while fishing on the channel edges, grass flats, docks and bridges of the river. There have been some nice size mangrove snapper in the mix for those looking for a great dinner fare. They are willing to hit CAL shad tails or live shrimp most days. Our trout bite has been decent most days on the grass flats. The largest trout of the week goes to Jason, who landed and released a fat 25" gator. Jason and Darrell teamed up for three redfish to top off a good morning on the water. The largest red of the week was 24' that Jason boated and released. Capt. Pat Wells and his son, Ethan, was down to visit over the weekend. Ethan landed a variety of fish that included snook, trout, pork fish, lots of snapper and a grouper. Dave and Cody were back on the water with me and found lots of snapper along with a variety of fish to make for a fun morning. Irene, Susan and John were back for another fishing adventure. We dodged rain all morning on a shortened trip, but caught a good variety of fish in spite of the rainy weather.
With the warmer water, fish the shallow flats early with top water lures and move to the edges of the grass flats as the sun rises in three to five feet of water when looking for trout. DOA shrimp or CAL shad tails work great when trout fishing. Watch for the glass minnow schools out on the flats. They are super this time of year to help locate trout. Our redfish have been hanging under the mangroves and you have a chance at catching one any time of the day in those areas. There are lots of jacks around the river to bend your rods on when you find them. It's been a wet, but exciting week on the water!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner