Sunshine with some rainy days have been our weather this week. It has still been hot, but with some cooler breezes in the mornings to take edge off the temperatures. Summer is here and hot weather will be normal with lots of chances of rain each afternoon. Keep using that sunscreen to prevent sunburn and drink lots of fluids. Enjoy the summer!
We have enjoyed a good variety of fish this week on the river. Our redfish have come from docks and mangroves. Most have been in the upper slot range. Try a DOA shrimp in the near clear color and fish the docks with the tide. You can bounce it with the tide and it will stay under the dock for you. Snook have been hitting at first light around deeper areas like sea walls and the inlet areas. Try using Terror Eyz in the root beer color bounced along the bottom or CAL shad tails in green back or glow colors around structure in these areas. A Deadly Combo is hard to beat if you are fishing for trout. The trout bite has picked up with the warmer weather and there are lots of big specimens sitting on the grass flats. Don't forget to use those top water lures in early morning and late evening. These are the fish we target in May. There are plenty of other species to enjoy as well.
There are still plenty of sheepshead and snapper around the river. You will find that many are smaller than a month ago, but still lots of action for them around bridges, docks and channel edges. Beaches continue to produce whiting along with jacks and some bluefish. The tarpon have been arriving along the surf and I have seen a few filtering into the river. Big jacks are cruising around the river now and they can definitely bend a rod for anglers. There are still some mackerel around the inlet areas feeding on the glass minnows. There have been some tarpon in the turning basin on the incoming tides. It has been a fun week on the water!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good fishing and be safe.
Captain Charlie Conner