Well, winter has finally arrived to the Treasure Coast. You northerners might laugh, but when it dips down into the 50's it is cold here to those of us who live down here. It has been the usual windy conditions lately, but that is normal for this time of year. Water temperatures have dropped to as low as 62 degrees some days and that will bring in our winter fish now. Expect similar weather next week as well. Look for pompano, bluefish, mackerel and black drum to filter into the river and provide anglers with lots of action. Let the fun begin!
Richard and Bob were out with me and found the fish hungry! The guys caught trout, sheepshead, flounder, jacks and a host of other species to make for a fun day on the water. Don, Art and Sherman were back this month and found the sheepshead and snapper to be our best bite on the first cold day of January. Mark and I fished south of Fort Pierce on another cold morning. It turned out to be windy, but we caught trout, bluefish and sheepshead along with lots of jacks and ladyfish to make for a fun morning.
Now that the water temps have dropped you can find lots of action around the area. Look for pompano along the beach and in the river. Spanish mackerel will show up in the inlet on the incoming tides. Black drum will join the sheepshead around bridges, docks and channel edges. Look for trout on the grass flats as the sun warms up the water in the shallows. Redfish will be hanging around docks and mangroves and move onto the grass flats when the sun rises. There will be bluefish, ladyfish and jacks all over the river to keep you busy as well. It's a great time of year to enjoy the fishing...and the cold temperatures!
Dress warm and in layers now that winter has arrived. There can be a twenty to thirty swing in temperatures some days and the wind will be a factor in keeping warm on the water. Watch conditions and plan your fishing adventures accordingly. It's an awesome time of year to fish and also give you many challenges, too. Have fun and get out fishing soon!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner