September 26, 2008
It was another good week fishing on the Indian River Lagoon. We had some fantastic sunny days along with a few days that you dared not venture out. Overall, the weather has held up nicely and we are in for another great weekend of fishing on the Treasure Coast. We fished both north and south of Fort Pierce this week. Hope you get a chance to get out fishing.
The trout bite picked up this week, finally. CAL jerk baits caught most of our fish this week. Try colors that will resemble baitfish or mullet. Those worked well for us. Arial, Kaleb and Jordan fished with me in the Teen Anglers tournament and we hooked up on nearly two dozen trout. The guys had more trouble getting them to the boat that day than hooking up. Scott Ring and his son, Jeremy, was also out with me and we hooked up on the trout as well. Most are schoolie trout up to 18 inches. The tides were high so you can fish closer into the banks on some of the flats. Most of our fish came in 3-4 feet of water.
We also caught some short snook, grouper and jacks while fishing the trout flats. Some big fish were crashing bait along the outer edges of the shallows. There have been lots of jacks around the river lately. Most of the snook action has been around the bridges, jetties and docks and mostly at night. Live bait has worked the best for them. We did find a few big snook around some of the docks. Not many reports of redfish this week. The water quality continues to improve and so will the fishing. The better water has been south of Fort Pierce on the east side. Bear Point has held lots of bait this week.
Not much to report on the catwalks or surf this week. The winds had the surf churned up most of the week and the catwalk anglers were not reporting much on catches. Some black drum, snapper and flounder are being taken. Mid week bought the windy conditions and not many anglers were brave enough to get on the water.
Tip of the Week:
Fall is fast approaching and fishing conditions always change with the seasons. Plan on varying your fishing patterns and try something different if the bite changes. Right now, with the mullet run in force, you can use mullet type lures and colors with good success. As the mullet move out, watch for changes in baitfish, temperatures and water conditions. It's a great time of year to fish on the Treasure Coast!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com
Snook on the flats can provide great fishing action this time of year!