Rain has dominated the weather forecast for some time now and it is likely to continue for a while longer. We have been fortunate to dodge rain clouds lately and miss getting drenched. September was a quiet month this year for hurricanes. I'll deal with the rain showers in lieu of a storm! As the dry season approaches, we can only hope that the draining from Lake Okeechobee will stop filling the Saint Lucie River with polluted waters.
Gary, Honey, Susan and 8 year old, Alana, was out with me after a few weeks of delaying the trip because of rain. The trout bite was slow that morning, but Alana topped off the day by catching a nice slot redfish from under the mangroves. Susan had a battle with a bonnet head shark! We had a fun morning that ended up dodging another rain storm. David and Jane were out on a beautiful morning and found trout in several areas willing to hit a DOA Deadly Combo. Dave ended up our morning hooking up on a nice redfish that ended up breaking him off under the mangroves. It's been a nice variety of fish to enjoy.
Deadly Combos continue to produce some nice trout for us. Work them aggressively and you will catch fish! Snook fishing along the jetties has been productive for night anglers. Snook and tarpon can be found there and along the surf chasing bait schools. Try a DOA Bait Buster along the beach. Our redfish have been hanging under the mangroves as always. It's been a challenge getting under the mangroves with the higher tides lately, but you can find success under those tree branches. The tides will return to normal soon enough. Snapper can be found around docks, structure and channel edges. Look for some pompano to be showing up soon to the area as well at the winter bluefish bite.
As winter approaches, water temperatures will slowly cool off. We enjoy the privilege of being able to fish year round and need to adjust to different conditions as they happen. Cooler water will change your tactics for tackle and species as winter gives us new challenges to enjoy. Have fun and enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner