August 12, 2009
The Treasure Coast has once again enjoyed beautiful....but HOT weather this week. We have stuck with our plans of leaving at 6 am so we can get back off the water before the afternoon heat and rain arrive. It has worked in our favor and we have enjoyed lots of fantastic fishing on the river. As long as the bait schools are on the flats, the fish will continue to feed.
Trout and snapper are still the bulk of our catch. Top water lures early are still producing lots of fish. Live shrimp on DOA popping corks continue to keep you busy reeling in fish. Add a DOA shrimp to that popping cork and you have a great way to target good size trout. Work it aggressively and you will find the fish. DOA CAL jerk baits will work just as well. Watch for the bait schools and fish the edges for the best action. Lorenzo and sons, Eddie, Julian and Loren caught at least 75 fish on their adventure. Ranging from big trout, snapper, jacks to one big pompano for dinner. It was one of those days you keep hoping for. Joe Vennarini and brother, Charlie, also had lots of catching this week. We ended up the day with one huge school of jacks running through to hook up all lines on some great action. Bill Marino and Jessie were out with me and we once again had the fish cooperating. Jessie caught some of the bigger trout that day, but both had lots of rod bending action. Round Island, Harbor Branch and Queen's Cove have all held good amounts of trout. Steve Brigham reported catching a 32" trout this week while fishing some of the docks in the area. He was using an artificial shrimp. It sure has been a fun week out on the water!
Snook around the jetties can still find anglers fishing for them. Snapper are just about anywhere you choose to fish. Tarpon have been in the deeper waters of the inlet, Harbor Branch and the Moorings. I intend to try the new DOA BFL 5.5 out on them later in the week. Action has been excellent, so get out fishing soon!
Tip of the Week:
Reel care is an important, but often forgotten part of fishing. Making sure the gears are greased and bearings lubed can insure a longer life to any reel. Many problems with reel failure will relate to lack of proper care. Keeping drag washers in good condition is just another part of reel maintenance. Some reels have easy access to gears and make it simple to maintain them. Local tackle shops generally have a reel repair service to either clean and grease or repair many reels. Take a little time to give a some attention to your reels and they will give you many more fishing adventures.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com
Fishing fun on the Indian River this week!