October 30, 2008
Some ghoulish weather has kept the winds howling around the Treasure Coast this week just in time for Halloween! The rain went away, but the breezy conditions remained this week to keep most anglers from venturing out. The approaching weekend should bring few milder days, but the winds will most likely be blowing into next week. Welcome to wintertime in Florida!
We did get one good day on the water prior to the latest weather front. Bill Schaefer and his son, Chris, and friend, Chris, met me for a day of fishing and dodging rain clouds. We fished south of Fort Pierce and found trout, jacks, snook and other species feeding on the flats and proceeded to have a lot of fun playing catch and release. We had a number of triple hookups that morning. We managed to skirt most of the rain and finished off the afternoon as the weather deteriorated quickly. By the next day, the winds picked up and made fishing difficult if not dangerous.
Trout, jacks, ladyfish and bluefish continue to feed on the flats in two to four feet of water. Live shrimp on popping corks along with DOA CAL jerk baits have provided lots of fun this month. Fish the outgoing tides to find snook around the inlet areas and docks along the river. Redfish have been hanging around docks as well. We should find pompano and flounder around the river now that the cold fronts have started their winter patterns.
Bridges anglers have been catching sand perch, black drum and snapper on live or dead shrimp. The jetties continue to hold big jacks, snook, bluefish and some flounder on the south side of the jetty. The north bridge in Fort Pierce and Taylor Creek have been good spots for snook fishing, especially the night anglers. The fish are out there if you can work with the windy conditions!
Tip of the Week:
Winter is fast approaching and weather fronts will be a weekly force around the Treasure Coast. Unfortunately, good weather seldom coincides with days off or weekends. Take a few minutes and check the weather for the days that you want to fish. There are many ramps around the area that can provide safe launching depending on what conditions you will be facing. It's easy to google local county boat ramps in the area. Some are great ramps and less used than normal. Some provide access to areas when the wind isn't your best friend. Make the most of your days on the water!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com
A couple photos of this weeks fishing. Bill with one of many trout and Chris with a big jack from the flats.