Once again we have been showered with lots of sunshine and warm weather on the Treasure Coast. Seems like we went straight to summer as winter lost its grip, but I'm not complaining! As we enter into the summer patterns, look for afternoon showers each day and plan your trips accordingly.
Lots of familiar faces this week has made it fun seeing some friends again. Fishing was somewhat slower this week due to the recent full moon and spring tides lower than normal. We still caught fish in spite of conditions, but things are getting back to normal now. Lots of nice trout are on the grass flats this month. Brice and Bonnie have caught several nice trout this week and will be back next week to try again. Todd was out with Leanne and Cindy this week. The girls caught several nice trout to top off the morning. That afternoon, Nick, Phil and Colton had their chance to top the gals. They ended their day with a nice redfish and two snook. The 27" snook gave us a challenge getting it out of the mangroves, but with a team effort we landed it for a photo. Jamie and Jeremy were out on a beautiful day, but the bite was slow for us. We scouted the river to show them areas to fish in the future and had a good time anyway. The bite has picked up again as the tides are in better favor for anglers this week.
Grass flats using CAL jerk baits, shad tails and live baits are producing nice trout for anglers this week. Try around the mangroves for snook and redfish during the heat of the day. Snook are hanging around docks, bridges and sea walls this month. Snapper have been showing up in the river and some keepers are being caught on live or dead shrimp. There are also some sheepshead to be caught as well. Lots of jacks and ladyfish all over the river if you just want to bend a rod. It's been a hot April so move to deeper water as the day gets hotter. Have fun!
I continually preach sunscreen to anglers. I have had a few, who didn't listen well, get burned lately and regretted it. Use plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water this time of year. Sunburn and dehydration are not pleasant thing to deal with. Stay safe and enjoy the fishing this month!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner