Winter weather conditions continue along the Treasure Coast this week. It has cooled down lately with nights in the 40's and a couple of 30 degree ranges to deal with. Days have been in the 60's and 70's and for us who call this home...that's cold! Lots of winds have made it difficult to enjoy the fishing, but the fish don't mind it as all. Fishing has continued to be exciting again this past week with lots of opportunities for anglers. It has been another fun week on the water!
The variety of fish has been awesome this week. Joe and John were out on a windy, challenging day and found sheepshead, whiting, snapper and trout to top off a fun morning adventure. Ron, William and Evelyn were out on a beautiful morning. They found the croakers hungry and caught two dozen from the same spot along with sheepshead, snapper and a few short snook to make for a very productive day on the water. John and Bill joined me after having to cancel the prior day. They guys had an outstanding day! They caught three redfish while fishing along the mangroves along with some short snook and snapper. Fishing the channel edges, they found sheepshead, snapper and a couple very nice pompano. They also found the croakers out in good numbers and boated two dozen nice size fish. Due to the strong winds, it has been difficult to fish the docks lately. We had lots of fun and excitement this week!
The DOA Terror Eyz in root beer color has been very productive for us this week. Trout and bluefish have aggressively went after it. Try a DOA shrimp also when fishing the flats for these fish. Pompano love small jigs, like Doc's Goofy Jigs. Live or dead shrimp have worked well for most anything out there. The croakers and sheepshead love it. I love this time of year in spite of the weather conditions. There are so many ways to fish and so many varieties of fish out there. February has proved to be another great month to enjoy the fishing along the Treasure Coast.
The dumping of Lake Okeechobee has begun. Billions of gallons of polluted water is flowing daily through the Saint Lucie River. The ecosystem is already in a critical condition there and this will only make things worse. Get involved to get the word out and help make a difference in getting lawmakers to wake up and take the steps to stop these discharges and do the right thing to improve our water! Check out the River's Coalition and other groups on Facebook and get involved!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner