Well, it finally warmed back up to a nice comfortable winter this week on the Treasure Coast. With highs in the mid to high seventies, it was nice to dress light for a change. We still have the winds to deal with, but the fish have been hungry and it been fun! I think we can expect more of the same conditions in the coming weeks ahead, so enjoy and get out fishing soon.
Trying to duck in out of the winds have provided us with lots of fish back in some of the islands this week. Our best bite has been on the croakers. They have arrived in great numbers and not only fun to catch, but more fun to enjoy on the table. Just about everyone on the boat caught nice sized croakers this past week. Sheepshead and snapper are still just as thick around the river as well. The trout and pompano bite has remained good for us to round out a nice variety of fish. Along with jacks, ladyfish and a few mackerel and you have an exciting week on the water.
Tom, Butch and Ruth enjoyed a morning of good fishing and took some nice fish home for dinner. I had Steve and his friend, Steve, on the boat and they had a similar catch of sheepshead, croakers and trout to take home. We had a three boat trip with the group from Sygenta and they caught so many fish that we lost track. Pompano, sheepshead and snapper were among the many fish they caught. Michael Rochedieu was on my boat for the Treasure Coast Casters monthly tournament. Michael was smiling all morning with all the fish he was catching. He caught two sheepshead, one bluefish and ten croakers and took first place in the middle school division. All the kids caught fish and it was one of the most exciting tournaments ever. Will and Jean are back in town this year and we went out on a very windy morning and they were rewarded with two pompano, a couple sheepshead and two dozen nice croakers among many other fish to make for a wonderful day on the river. A very fun filled week!
Trout and redfish have been hanging in shallow water lately. Make sure you are moving stealthily and quietly when fishing the flats. Work your lures very slowly or they will spook easily. Try a DOA shrimp or Terror Eyz and work them slower than slow for best results. Have a fun week on the water!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner