March 26, 2009
March winds continued to blow strong again this week. Some of the brave dared to venture out some days, including myself. If you can stand the wind, you can catch fish! Look for more blustery days ahead, but the sunshine and warm temperatures will surely tempt you to head out. Luckily, this week I only had to fish a couple spots to find some nice fish on the Indian River.
The most exciting catch this week was a 21" bonefish on the Fort Pierce flats. What a surprise when fishing for the usual targets. I was working a DOA CAL jerk bait when it gobbled it up. We also caught snook, redfish and trout in the shallow water. Snook have been numerous on the flats and there are some in the slot size soaking up the sunshine on any given day. The trout bite has continued to improve with the water temperatures. Most have been in the twenty-plus inch size and they are fat and sassy right now. Redfish have started to bite along the flats as well. Tom Hull was down and boated a very nice redfish right after he had boated his snook. Other than live bait, the DOA CAL jerk baits have been the best producing lure for us lately. Work them along slowly on the bottom and you should find the fish to hit them. Fishing areas have been limited due to the windy conditions, but clean grass flats will find you some fish this week.
The inlet and jetties have been a little quiet this week. Snook fishing at night has produced some keepers as well as shorts and a few oversize fish. Some jacks around the mouth of the jetty for the brave at heart. Bridges and docks have held sheephead and jacks for those anglers. The surf has been very difficult to fish at all. Whiting and a few pompano for those brave souls on the beach. For the most part, it has been a fairly quiet week in the area. We are in a transition period right now as spring takes over and winter fades away.
Tip of the Week:
Fish the sand holes! That's the key right now to catching fish for me. No matter where you fish on the flats, fish will be sitting in those deeper holes on sunny days. Fish are generally lazy and don't like to expend much energy to feed. As they sit in washed out sand holes, they can wait for food to be carried to them by the tides. Sunny days can show you where these places are as you work the flats. Fish the slowly and thoroughly and it can give you some greater odds at success on the river.
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 great week of fishing along the Indian River out of Fort Pierce!