May 21, 2009
Much welcomed rain dampened the ground, the temperatures and the minds of anglers this week around the Treasure Coast. I have to say it was nice to see some green grass for a change and a milder climate. It gave me a chance to catch up on the honey-do list and do some work on both the boat and tackle. And soon, it will be mowing grass for a change as well!
Although, we have had some wet conditions, many snook anglers have braved the winds and rain to get a chance at catching that slot fish before the season ends. Time is running out as snook season closes May 31st. You can bet night fishing will pick up this next week. There have been some good catches for those that have been heading out. The jetties have produced good numbers of snook along with the bridges and docks around the inlet. You can bet the spillways will be packed now that there should be water running again. Live bait has been the best with red-tail hawks working for artificials.
We did manage to get a trip in just before this wet front hit the area. Mads Levet and son, Mike, went out with me on a warm, sunny day on the Indian River. The trout were in the mood to eat and they caught a dozen nice trout with three being over the 20" size. The others ranged in the 15 - 20" slot. All were caught on the DOA Deadly Combo. It continually proves to work better than live bait.
Redfish have been on the quiet side, but we have seen many in the shallows. Once this front moves on, look for the reds to be feeding along the flats. Bridges were quiet this week for the most part. A good number of fishermen were out on the jetties catching snook, jacks, bluefish and mackerel. A few reports of snapper this week, and it should be picking up real soon. The fishing has been great, just a few rain clouds to dampen your spirits.
Tip of the Week:
Take some time to check hooks on your lures. Saltwater and metal just never seem to mix well and hooks will rust quickly. There are many brands and types out on the market to choose from. I like the VMC galvanized treble hooks when I am changing hooks. They are strong and now even come in the 6x type. It can give that favorite lure some new life for another day. Rusted hooks can easily break and cost you that big fish. I keep a small box with different size hooks, split rings and split ring pliers ready and take an hour once in a while to refurbish those lures. Oh, and don't forget to put a good sharp edge on those hooks before heading out 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
Trout has been a mainstay for anglers during May along the Treasure Coast.