July 10, 2009
Getting out early or fishing late in the day will give you the best opportunities in July. Hot afternoons can slow down the fishing and also take a toll on you as well. We have found fish shallow early and moving to deeper water as the sun heats up. We just finished up the full moon, which made it even more challenging during the day. Things will improve as the coming weekend nears, so get those top water lures ready and head out for an early morning on the river.
Trout have continued to hit the DOA Deadly Combo. We have stayed with the glow shrimp with much success most days on the water. Work them more aggressively than you would live shrimp. We fished mainly south of Fort Pierce, where the water continues to be clear on the flats. Look for the grass flats that have lots of sand holes to find the trout. We have been targeting the glass minnow schools with greater luck on the trout bite. Robert White and his bride joined me this week to enjoy the fishing on the Indian River.
Snook are still prevalent in the inlet and along the docks of the river. We haven't targeted them much since they are out of season. The DOA 5.5 lure is now available in most tackle shops and will be a great lure for snook and trout fishing, especially around the mullet schools. Redfish have been scattered with a few nice fish being caught on the flats. Look around Harbor Branch and the Moorings in the shallows. Snapper are along the channel edges north of Fort Pierce and around the bridges as well. Lots of jacks are out there to give you some fun also. The Spanish mackerel and bonito have shown up around the inlet this week. Plan a fishing trip soon!
Tip of the Week:
Keeping hydrated in the hot weather is a must to keep from overheating during the day. Start early taking fluids, like water, Gatorade or PowerAde, to keep essential fluids in your system. Dehydration can cause fatigue, lightheadedness and even heatstroke. Drink plenty of fluids during your adventures 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
Fun on the Indian River this week!