March 28, 2008
The Treasure Coast was alive this week....with wind, cold and yep.....the fish were out there most days, too! We had some great fun out there on the water and caught a variety of fish. I met some wonderful anglers this week and also had a few friends back to fish again. Other than the cold front, it was a super week to be on the water. The winds were a bit milder and each day was fishable if you used it to your advantage.
Tom Lukat found this fat 26" trout lurking around the Indian River flats this week....
Trout fishing was good earlier in the week, but slowed down as the water cooled off from the latest weather. I even had to dig out the long johns one day! The catch of the week went to Tom Lukat, who ended up the day with a fat 26" trout. We had a good day with Josh and Barbara adding fish to the catch. Live bait, jerk baits and suspending lures worked best for trout this week. We have lost a number of fish using live pinfish on the flats this week.
Josh Lukat caught his bluefish on live bait....
Keith Mullins and sons, Turner and Frank, were out with me again and this time we beat the weather and the kids caught ladyfish, jacks and a big bluefish before the rains set in for the day. Greg was back down to Florida and we had a good day in spite of the weather. Fishing was slower that day, but we did catch fish. Frank bought his two sons out on the coldest day of the week....and in a while, too! The water had cooled off quite a bit. The guys caught fish in spite of the conditions. Young Frank caught a nice flounder to end the day. Jim Senker, Matthew and Andrew was out today and we caught a variety of fish. Flounder, pompano, ladyfish, jacks and a bonnet head shark.
Young Frank Van Leer ended up the day pulling a flounder from under the Fort Pierce docks...
Snook fishing has still been best at night this week. Live bait or jigs around the inlet, jetties and docks have been the best choices. If the docks are fishable, there have been some large snook hanging around some of the deeper docks. Barbara caught her first snook on the flats this week.
Redfish have been on the flats. We hooked two on Saturday, but lost them before they came to the boat. Look for action to improve as the water warms up. The bridges have been slow this week, but sheephead and black drum can still be caught off the catwalks. The jetties have been busy at night with snook and jacks feeding off the full moon. Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks have been around the inlet. The channels have held mackerel, ladyfish, jacks and snapper. The surf has been hard to fish most days with an easterly wind. Whiting action will continue once you can get back on the beach. A few pompano are still out there as well.
Tip of the Week:
If you are fishing lately, make sure you keep a good sunscreen on in this weather. Not only will the sun give you a good burn, but the winds can also to some damage to you. Together, they can make the end of a good day a little brighter....red that is. Remember to use your sunscreen when on the water and keep your self protected from the harmful rays of the sun and those strong winds as well.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com