Well, the rainy season arrived in torrential rains this week around the Treasure Coast. Seems like mother nature wanted to catch up on the dry weather all at once. We surely needed the rain, but it was a little overwhelming. There will be no end to the run off water being drained into the Saint Lucie and Indian River for quite a while. Expect a good chance of rain each afternoon. If the temperatures are a prediction, it will be another hot summer for us!
Snook fishing has been good around the jetties and bridges for anglers. Snook season closes the end of May so you still have a short time to get that slot snook. Live bait, DOA Terror Eyz or feather jigs are good choices when snook fishing. You can find snook and redfish around mangroves and docks this month. DOA shrimp or live baits are also good choices. There are still big trout in the river. Fish sand bars or grass flats with the DOA shrimp or CAL shad tails when in these areas. Bear Point, Queen's Cove and Harbor Branch have all been good for trout lately. Top water lures are also effective this time of year. Jacks, mackerel and ladyfish have been around the inlets.
I have always preached the use of sunscreen over the years. Even though I use it myself and wear long sleeve shirts, etc. to try and protect myself from the suns rays, I just was diagnosed with a melanoma. I had surgery this week and will be off the water for a while for now. I will be taking my wife on a summer voyage along with our cat, Maggie. Don't take the sun lightly. Most of your skin damage happens when you are a child and it can come back to haunt you later in life in spite of taking precautions when you are older and wiser!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner