July 4, 2008


Happy Fourth of July! Wonderful weather, lots of sunshine and some great fishing opportunities await anglers on the Indian River along the Treasure Coast. Afternoon thunderstorms have been the norm lately and it will continue to threaten the area each afternoon. It's best to plan an early trip so you can be off the water before the skies turn dark and stormy.

Snook fishing has been mostly around the inlet and flats areas. We have found some under the mangroves and chasing bait along the flats. Just remember to release them quickly and safely. Top water lures, like a Skitterwalk or DOA Bait Buster, will work at first light on the flats. Paul Reiss found several along the mangroves this week. Redfish are still on the shallow flats. Move across quietly so you don't scare them off ahead of you. Soft plastics, like a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait, are great choices out there. Trout action has been in a little deeper water. Top water early, followed by jerk baits or live bait will be a good choice of lures. Queen's Cove, Harbor Branch and Little Mud areas will be holding fish this month.

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Tom Hull in the battle of the bonito at the Fort Pierce Inlet!

Tarpon have been feeding around Big Mud and the North Fork of the St Lucie River. A lot of tarpon are in the area and an early morning trip will give you the best chance at hooking up. It's usually a short bite and the earlier, the better. The Fort Pierce inlet has held glass minnows that are being chased by Spanish macks, bonito and jacks. For some great fun, give it a try. Shiny lures, spoons and jigs are good choices, but don't be afraid to change around if you aren't getting a bite. Try to match the glass minnows with your lures and you should have success. Tom Hull got spooled by one bonito and fought both fish and sharks to land the next one. I fought another for quite a while until the 8' bull shark decided it was a nice lunch. Bridges and docks have continued to hold snapper, sheephead and black drum. It's a great time of year to be fishing!

Tip of the Week: Courtesy, Patience and Common Sense are essential to enjoying a safe and fun-filled holiday. Whether it be Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day, you can have a much more enjoyable weekend if you practice these three simple concepts. These weekends are crowded holidays on the water. It all starts when you leave home and continues to the bait shops, ramps and waterways. Ramps are busy, so don't get upset or angry before you get on the water. PATIENCE! Waterways are swarmed with boats of all sizes and types. Use safe boating habits and follow the Rules of the Road. COMMON SENSE! When returning back to the ramp, expect many others to have the same idea and don't try to crowd or get ahead of others. COURTESY! Let's all have safe, friendly and especially FUN holiday weekends this year!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com