April 2, 2009


Great fishing awaited anglers most days this week. Springtime weather provided us with fishable conditions most of the week and we took advantage of the opportunity. Winds have lightened their strength and allowed us to fish a large area of the river lately. It's a great time of year to fish the Indian River!

Trout fishing took off this week and we had several days that clients caught 30 - 50 trout on the flats. While most were schoolies, they did manage keepers from 18 - 22". Live shrimp on popping corks is always a go to bait, but the DOA Deadly Combo proves time after time to catch just as much fish on the flats. Ken, Mark and Stephen McIntosh finished off their day with trout after trout on both live bait and DOA. Matt and son, Dale, had some non-stop action for their day on the water. They ended up with fifty plus trout by the end of the adventure. Andrew Donofrio and son, Andrew, also got in on some of the trout action. Ed Killer was out with me and we did find a few that day, but not quite like the rest of the week.

Snook fishing around some of the docks has continued to produce fish. Mark, Stephen and Andrew all managed to pull some snook from under the docks, while losing a few good fish to the pilings. Night fishing around the inlet has produced some good catches. I continue to see lots of good size snook on the flats and lost one big fish as he chewed up my leader on the way to the boat. Redfish are biting now and we are looking forward to finding more and more on the flats this spring. Andrew caught and released a slot red while fishing around the docks this week. Some areas to fish this week: Round Island, Bear Point and Queen's Cove.

The surf has held whiting, pompano and bluefish when you could get out there to fish. Sand fleas and shrimp have been the baits of choice, along with shiny spoons and jigs for the blues and jacks. The inlet has had a lot of Spanish mackerel and bluefish again chasing bait. Bridge anglers are catching drum, snapper and sheephead. Fishing has been excellent out there this week!

Tip of the Week:

It's a good time of year to check your line on the reels. Old and frayed line should be changed out to be prepared for spring fishing. The sun and water can speed up deterioration on line and you certainly don't want to lose that big fish to weak fishing line. You know.....Spring cleaning isn't just for around the house anymore! The fishing is improving each day so be prepared.

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


Stephen McIntosh caught an assortment of fish this week. Dad and Grandpa, Ken, look on as he battles another fish. Andrew Donofrio with a snook and redfish and son, Andrew, with a big jack this week.

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