October 17, 2011
The usual October winds continue to make it challenging to fish many of the favorite areas on the river. All the recent rain has really dirtied up the river and definitely affected the bite. As the water clears back up, the fishing will improve as well.
Todd and Lauren were back again this year. This year, they also came down to get married. Congratulations to you both! We had a slow bite with the conditions, but caught fish anyway. Rosemary, Dave, Ali and Nick had a better day with trout, bluefish and jacks to keep them busy that morning. On a windy day, Melissa, Carin and Charlie caught trout, jacks, ladyfish and even a keeper pompano to round out a challenging day. We had a lot of fun out there this week!
The trout bite has been improving later this week. A windy forecast for the week keep the water chopped up for now, but the trout will feed on the outgoing tides for us anyway. DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits and live baits should continue to be productive for us. Lots of jacks around the river can keep you occupied most of the day. They will hit just about anything you throw at them. The pompano are back in the area. They will move into the river and will be feeding in four to six feet of water on the flats. The power plant and middle cove are always popular areas as well as Sailfish Flats down to the south. Doc's Goofy Jigs, clams or sand fleas are good choices when fishing for these tasty fish.
Snook fishing has been good at night if you could stand the conditions to fish for them. The winds have made it hard to fish the jetties, but you can bet the hard core anglers will be out there. Spillways will be productive areas whenever the water is running over them. Terror Eyz is very popular there. It has been hard to fish for reds lately with the choppy conditions. Try around the mangroves for now and fish the flats on those calmer days. There is still lots of bait schools around the river, so fish around them, too.
You will find the water temperatures somewhat cooler than prior to the recent weather. The transition into fall weather continues on the Treasure Coast. It's a great time of year and even better now that the winds and rain have left us! Take some time and get out fishing.
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner http://www.fishtalescharter.com
Nick with a couple of his fish from this week.