July 23, 2009
Funny.....we fuss about cold weather in winter and hot weather in summer. It is hot out there! Days in the 90's that bring on a sweat just thinking about it. Plan your trips with that in mind. Take plenty of water and don't forget the hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion. We have been heading out by 6am to beat some of the heat this time of year. Keep your cool....the fish are out there!
Trout and snapper fishing has been the best bite on the river. Lots of mangrove snapper along the channel edges, docks and on the flats. Live or dead shrimp will get you in on some of the action. Trout fishing can still find you some gator trout on the flats. Justin Clarke had the catch of the week when he boated a nice 28" gator trout. Top water lures and live shrimp on a DOA popping cork will work for you in two to five feet of water on the grass flats. Queen's Cove, Bear Point and Harbor Branch have all been active recently. Find the glass minnows and you can find the trout hanging nearby.
There are still mackerel, bonito and jacks around the inlet. Snook fishing around the jetties has continued to be productive on catch and release snook. Tarpon have been around the mouth of the inlet as the tide comes in. It might be hot out there, but it's a great time of year to be fishing!
Tip of the Week:
Mornings have been calm and that's the time to get out the top water lures and have some fun at first light. There are lots of different types of top water lures and everyone usually has their favorites. There are the walk-the-dog styles like Rapala Skitterwalks or Mirrolure Top Dogs and the chuggers like the Storm Chug Bugs or the Bomber Pop N' Minnows. Each have their own uniqueactions on the water. It's not quite as important which one you use as how you use it. I like to work a top water at different speeds and patterns until you get that first strike to see what will attract the fish on that particular day. One thing about fishing......everyday is different!
Remember, as always,fishing is not just another hobby, it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Capt Charlie Conner
Captain Charlie's Fish Tales Charters www.fishtalescharter.com
Catch of the Week goes to Justin Clarke who boated this 28" gator trout on the flats.