Well, July is here and it's been the typical hot weather on the Treasure Coast. I don't complain about the heat, because I hate the cold weather. We usually have an ocean breeze to keep the temperatures from getting too hot on the water. Drink lots of fluids and make sure to splather on that sunscreen this time of year! July might be hot, but it's fun on the water.
Mario and Matt joined me on another hot day. The fishing was slow around the river, but Mario hooked into a big jack to keep him busy with a good battle. Ray and Debbie joined me on a beautiful morning even though it was hot. Ray landed and released a nice over size redfish while fishing along the mangroves. We caught a few trout and snook to end up with a slam for the day. It was nice to see Ray again. Clay, Brian and Terry had a busy morning catching four nice redfish and four snook among other fish to make for an exciting day. Joe, Leo, James and Phil had a nice day to enjoy the fishing. They even kept a couple nice trout for dinner. Joe and Connor joined me on a full moon bite that ended up a slow day. Joe topped off the day with a 29" redfish while fishing the mangroves in Fort Pierce. It has been another fun filled week on the Indian River.
Fish the deeper cuts and flats of the river this month with the hot weather. Use top water lures in the early mornings and switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits as the sun rises. We are using a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce jig head on the soft plastics. Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Queen's Cove have all been active with bait. The snapper have been moving into the river and you will find some nice mangroves around the area. Fish the docks, channel edges or bridges for a chance for some snapper for dinner. Look for the glass minnows to be moving into the river this month and bringing a host of predators to feed on them. July is always a super month to fish the area. Watch for the redfish to begin schooling up this month on the flats. Move across the flats slowly and keep your eyes on the water to find some nice schools this month. DOA shrimp is always a good choice for redfish. Snook fishing around the bridges and jetties will be dependent of the tides and should find a good bite on the last of the incoming and first of the outgoing tides.
Have a fun month and enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast! Beat the heat and get out early before the afternoon storms brew up. Early mornings are good times to enjoy the top water fishing and watch the gorgeous sunrises on the coast.
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner