March 12, 2008
March is living up to its reputation as a wind month. The river has remained fishable most days in spite of the blustery weather. Plenty of places along the channel to get out of the worst of it and enjoy a day fishing. It's almost springtime and the fishing will just keep getting better along the Treasure Coast!
Trout fishing turned back on this week. Tom Kemp and his friend Anton were fishing this week and boated around 20 trout up to 22". We also found plenty of ladyfish and jacks to bend some rods. Capt. Pat Wells and his son, Dalton, were down and we fished on Sunday. Dalton stole the show with more trout than we could keep track of and a pompano for his dinner that night. Windy or not, it has been a fun week out there.
Look for trout on most flats both north and south of Fort Pierce. Up towards Vero Beach, try Round Island or the Moorings and try Bear Point or the Power Plant to the south. We have had our best luck on DOA CAL jerk baits in glow colors. Live shrimp on popping corks will also get you some great action. Two to four feet has been a good depth to target the trout.
Dalton Wells with dad, Capt. Pat, holding a pompano and one of many trout he caught this week....
Redfish action should start picking up this week. I've seen lots of them on the flats and will be targeting them this week. Water temps have begun rising and the fish will be getting hungry now. The east shore to the south of Fort Pierce should start providing redfish action and Queen's Cove up north is also a well known redfish hangout. I like using DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits in new penny colors this time of year. Good luck and let me know how you do out there.
Snook fishing has continued to be mostly a nighttime adventure. The bridges, seawalls and jetties have been the most active with live bait or feather jigs being the choice ways to fish. Try the first part of the outgoing tides. Mackerel have been along the channel edges and around the inlets. The jetties have had their share along with bluefish, jacks and tarpon. The Surf has the usual whiting, pompano and bluefish cruising along the beaches. Bridges have held sand perch, sheephead and black drum on live or dead shrimp.
Tip of the Week:
It's time to gear up for some great spring fishing action. Check out rod tips and guides, replace that old fishing line and stock up on those favorite lures. Reels should be cleaned, oiled and greased. Make sure that your equipment is ready. It's all you have between you and that fish on the other end. If you keep you gear in good working order, you will have better success landing that finned creature pulling your line. Good luck and good fishing!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com