Fall weather has arrived bringing cooler temperatures and less chance of rain. Water temperatures have been dropping with the cooler nights and fishing continues to be productive on the water. The water clarity has been improving now that the rains have slowed down. We are seeing lots of clear water around the area. Fall is a fun time to enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast. With winter approaching, the fish are hungry to eat as much as possible.
Stan and Vella were visiting the area recently and went on an adventure with me. They caught a variety of species including trout, snapper, ladyfish, jacks and mackerel. The mackerel were nice size and they took one home for dinner. Don, Art and Sherman were back for another morning fishing trip. They guys caught lots of fish that morning, including snapper, sheepshead, ladyfish and jacks. Art topped off the day with a nice slot redfish. Trout continue to be in two to four feet of water on the grass flats. DOA shrimp works best lately for us. Live shrimp will also get you some fish. Redfish are hanging around the inlet and under the mangroves. Most are slot size and give a good fight. Snook are being caught around the jetties and bridges on live bait, feather jigs and DOA Bait Busters. There have been an abundance of jacks, ladyfish and mackerel around the river. They are feeding on the glass minnows and provide fun for everyone. It's been a fun week on the water.
As water temperatures continue to drop, remember to slow down your lures. Fish will become lethargic and not willing to move as much with the cooler water. Right now is a great time to try a top water lure in the early morning or late evening. During the day, switch to slow sinking lures and DOA shrimp or CAL shad tails. I love this time of year. Have fun and get out fishing soon!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner