May 14, 2009
Wonderful weather has prevailed over the Treasure Coast this week, providing some warm, sunny days to enjoy being on the water. The fish have been hungry after the full moon and we had lots of fun out there on the Indian River. It's a great time of year to go fishing.....or just enjoy the outdoors!
The trout bite slowed a little for us this week, but the snook were feeding on the flats and we had several productive days once the full moon waned. Todd Dziak and his girlfriend, Lauren, were out with me on one of those fun, fast action days. Jacks are still cruising the river and we found several bruisers to strip some line off the reels. Todd began his day with a nice Spanish mackerel on a top water lure. The snook took over once the sun came up and we caught some nice shorts up to 26", but Lauren topped off the day with a 28 1/2" slot on light tackle while fishing the flats. Find the bait schools and you should find the predators lurking along the edges.......
The inlet was full of ladyfish and pompano this week. Both Lauren and Todd had lots of fun catching one after another of either ladyfish or pompano. The surf has been holding whiting and some pompano this week. Bridges are yielding sheephead, snapper and some black drum. Look for fishing to improve as the week continues and things get back to normal. The water was cool with the recent upwelling, but the fish will be out there for the taking. Docks continue to be productive with snook, jacks and redfish hanging around those areas. It's a great time to fish the Indian River!
Tip of the Week:
Lots of bait schools are around the inlet and river this time of year. If you want to find the fish....find the bait schools and they will be nearby. Bait usually hang around shallow areas when they can. Fish will be hanging around the edges of the flats or in deep sand holes waiting for the tides to bring the food to them. Early mornings are great times to try top water lures around the bait schools. You never know what might just be around the bait. It's a fun time of year out there.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com
Lauren catching and releasing her snook. Todd with his snook and Keith with a snook caught on the Indian River flats.....