This week is a mirror image of the weather lately. Lots of hot days with afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast each day. Its a typical August and you can expect lots more hot days ahead. Fishing continues to be good, but getting out early mornings will give you the best opportunity of the day. We have been getting back to the ramp by noon, right before the first storm of the day arrives on the Treasure Coast. Have fun and stay safe!
There has been a good mixed bag on the water this week. Snapper continue to be just about everywhere you fish. Lots of keeper size mangroves are around docks, bridges and channel edges for those looking for a good dinner fare. The inlet has been getting active with jacks, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel feeding on the glass minnow schools. Trout have been hanging on the flats at first light and willing to take a top water lure. Switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits once the sun rises. The trout will move to the deeper parts of the flats as it warms up. There have been some redfish schools scattered around the area in Fort Pierce. Work slowly across the flats and keep your eyes open. DOA shrimp is always one of their favorites.
I had the Fernandez family back for another fishing adventure. The twins, Daniel and Javier, had a good day of fishing with the guys. They caught trout, snapper, mackerel, sheepshead and a host of other species to make for a fun morning on the river. Chad and BJ joined me for a nice morning without rain clouds. After catching a variety of fish, they ended up with their limit of snapper to take home for dinner. It's been another fun week on the water!
Keep hydrated and use lots of sunscreen. It's hot out there and you don't want to get overheated. Be careful out on the water in August. Plan for hot days and afternoon thunderstorms. Get out early mornings or late evenings. Have fun and enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner