Windy days have been the prevalent weather forecast most days this week. Look for more of the same patterns in the future. Cold fronts dropping in weekly will continue to challenge anglers. Water temperatures are in the mid sixties for now. The sun will warm the water up somewhat during the day, but the nights will cool it back down again. Its typical wintertime fishing on the Treasure Coast!
The fishing has been awesome on the river for a variety of species to bend a rod. Redfish, black drum and sheepshead have been our best bite this week. Mike and Karen were out on a windy day that moved us up into the mangroves to fish. They boated three redfish along with lots of sheepshead and drum to top off the morning. Anthony and TJ joined me on a cloudy and windy morning. We again moved to the mangroves to hide from the weather. Sheepshead and drum were biting that morning. Both days we ended up around the turning basin to finish off with snapper and jacks to keep everyone reeling and smiling. It was a good week in spite of conditions.
Look for warmer water to find fish this time of year. When the sun is out you can find fish along the mangroves and grass flats soaking up the rays. DOA shrimp or live bait worked under the mangroves can reward you with some nice size fish. It will continue to be a challenge to get to lots of areas, but you can make the most of a windy day and stay out of the worst of the winds. We will get a few days each week with lighter winds and you can get to the docks and other popular areas on those mornings. Wintertime fishing is lots of fun if you can use the conditions to your advantage.
Dress in layers. We go from the 40 degree to the 70 degree range during the day and layering your clothing will allow you to enjoy the fishing in comfort. Plan your trips around the weather and have fun this month!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner