It's hard to believe that this year is almost over. It went so fast, but gave us lots of memories. I saw lots of old friends and made many new ones this year. Here it is almost Christmas and it's still in the 80's! A very mild winter so far for the Treasure Coast. Hopefully, Mother Nature isn't saving it up to drop the cold bomb on us in January. It has been a windy and wet month so far, but still much nicer than cold weather. Water temperatures have remained in the lower to mid seventies and the fish like that. Fishing has been good around the area so far this winter. Enjoy the weather and get out fishing soon!
The mild winter has delayed some species from moving into the area in good numbers so far. Pompano are here, but not in great quantities yet. Black drum, bluefish and mackerel migrate to our area in winter and will be here soon as the water temps cool down a little more. Sheepshead have arrived already and that means plenty of action around bridges, channel edges and docks for anglers. The trout bite has been good both north and south of Fort Pierce on the grass flats. Top water lures are working very good along with DOA shrimp. Redfish continue to haunt the mangroves and docks around the river. The snook bite has been good around the jetties, when you can fish them. Don't forget that snook season is now closed, so it's catch and release. Jacks and ladyfish continue to feed just about everywhere this time of year.
The Treasure Coast Casters had their monthly tournament this past week. I had Ty and Colt on the boat. The guys caught lots of fish and came back with a few to check in. Ty caught two croakers and Colt a nice snapper. They both took second place in their divisions with prizes and trophies for both the boys. Paul, Faye and Paul were out with me this past week and found a good variety of fish to catch. Sheepshead, snapper and grouper were all hungry along with lots of other species. Gib was back this year with his group and they found trout, sheepshead and a host of other fish to keep the guys busy before the rains moved in on us and forced us off the water. Don, Sherman and Art were back this month to enjoy another adventure on the river. The guys caught everything from sheepshead, trout and other species. Art topped off the day with a nice black drum to win a free lunch from the other fellows. It has been a good week on the water!
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner