It has been some welcome gorgeous weather around the Treasure Coast this past week and it should continue as fall arrives. Temperatures will become milder and the water temps will begin to cool down as well. The mullet run is still going on strong this week. I believe that all that hot weather delayed the bait schools from arriving until lately. It's good to see all the bait out there. October should prove to be a super month to enjoy the fishing in our area.
I was out for a scouting trip with Capt. Adam White this week. We found a number of smaller snook feeding and boated one nice 31" slot fish for dinner. Top water lures continue to produce fish around the grass flats. Find the bait schools and you should find fish hanging on the edges. Keith and Cai Mullins were down for a visit and we got out on another beautiful morning. Keith landed one slot red and they caught a number of short snook and snapper around the docks in Fort Pierce. It was a nice morning to be on the water. There are plenty of big jacks cruising the river and chasing the bait schools. The turning basin will also be holding lots of bait. Try around the docks at night for snook. Look for trout on the grass flats. Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Queen's Cove are traditional good trout spots. As I said earlier...top water has worked fabulous! Switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits once the sun comes out. I have had a few reports of tarpon along the beach for surf anglers. Look for redfish around the mangroves and on the flats this time of year. It's a great time of year to be fishing!
Fall is fast approaching. It was one long, hot summer and it's wonderful to finally have some mild weather. All the recent high water has allowed us to get back into some places that you normally might not get. A lot of our fish have come from areas that are normally too shallow to fish. It's a nice change of pace. Have fun and get out fishing!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner