February 13, 2011

Inshore Fishing Report:

Winter is gradually losing it grip on the Treasure Coast. Still some cold fronts to deal with, but they have only been bringing a few nights in the 40's and the days have been quite sunny and warm. You can expect that the winds will still be blowing, but we will have plenty of days to get out fishing!

I had Evelyn, Mike and James on the boat this past week. We found a good early bite that slowed once the latest front worked its way into the area. They caught some big fish that day and we enjoyed being out on the river. James boated a nice 27" redfish to top off his day, while Evelyn caught a 25" redfish and a 28" fat gator trout. It certainly gave her a battle that she will remember!

Trout have been feeding out there if you can find any warmer water or bait around the flats. We have been fishing those types of areas and having success. Live baits, CAL jerk baits and Deadly Combos are on the top of my list when it comes to trout. We have found our redfish in similar areas and willing to hit the same lures. The reds have been much more willing to bite than trout lately. The docks and bridges have held lots of sheephead this month. Live or dead shrimp continue to produce fish. The inlet and turning basin have held bluefish, jacks and mackerel. The best action has been around the jetties. I had several good reports of flounder around the sand flats and back side of the jetties.

The surf has been producing whiting and pompano. Most of the pompano action has been south until the water temperatures warm up to bring them farther north. Clams, sand fleas and shrimp have worked well along with Doc's Goofy Jigs. It can be a challenge with the windy days, but there are plenty of place to fish if you use the winds to your advantage. Getting out early is one way to get in some great fishing time before the winds set in for the day. Have fun and enjoy the fishing!

Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!

Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner



Evelyn and James with their big fish of the day!

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