Winter weather has been hanging around the Treasure Coast lately. Temperatures in the 40's and 50's at night have cooled down the water recently, but daytime temps ranged in the 60's and 70's. The water has ranged from 59 to 68 degrees, but the fish have continued to bite for us. Winds have been blowing most days for us and that makes for a challenging day on the water!
We continue to catch redfish, black drum and sheepshead each trip with a few trout in the mix. You can also find some pompano, Spanish mackerel and a host of other fish to catch. Fishing deeper water has been good for us, while docks and mangroves continue to be productive. DOA shrimp has been the best artificial lure for us. Live shrimp will find plenty of sheepshead this time of year. Doc's Goofy Jigs are great when looking for pompano. I enjoy this time of year because of the variety of fish to be caught by anglers. It's a fun time of year to enjoy the fishing along the Treasure Coast.
Kevin and Chris had a good morning in spite of windy conditions. The landed five redfish along with black drum and sheepshead. Travis, James and Tyler had a nice morning. The guys caught sheepshead, jacks, snook and lots of other fish. Art, Ted and Chris found a good variety of fish, including mackerel, snapper, flounder and sheepshead. Steve and Pete caught the usual sheepshead, snapper and other species. Gloria and John also found a variety of fish on a windy day full of challenges. Gloria topped off the morning with a 29" redfish. Mike and Melinda had a good day in spite of another windy morning. It was a good week fishing with a lot of windy challenging days for us.
There are plenty of places to fish this time of year on windy days. Watch water temperatures and change your tactics when it is cooler water. Deeper channel edges and drop offs can be productive on cool days. Deeper docks will generally hold fish as well. On bright sunny days, look to the grass flats to hold fish soaking up the sunshine. Winter always presents a number of challenges for anglers, but you can be successful if you watch conditions and use them to your advantage.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner