July 19, 2012

I was back on the water again this week and found the fishing is still great out along the Indian River. We disappeared a few days to celebrate my wife, Eva, and her best friend, Lillian's, 60th birthdays on a Caribbean Cruise to the islands. We had a great time, but it's time to get back to work out on the water.

Captain Joe Ward and I went out to enjoy a day on the river and see what the fish are up to on the flats. We found the redfish, snook and trout were hungry and every fish we caught were all over the slot size. Joe and I seem to get out once or twice a year to have fun and it was nice to enjoy a day with him on the river.

All the fish have come to the north of Fort Pierce on the grass flats in two to four feet of water. I know the fishing to the south of Fort Pierce is just as good, but I wanted to check out the conditions up north. The incoming tides have provided the best bite for us for quite a while now. Try using DOA shrimp, top water lures or drifting live pilchards this time of year. All will work well on all these fish when fishing the grass flats.

July continues to be hot and getting out early can allow you to enjoy the mornings before the heat of the day sets in on you. The winds have been calm at first light and gives you wonderful chances at using top water lures. It's gonna be a hot couple of months so take plenty of water and suntan lotion with you.

The bridges continue to hold sheephead, snapper and some black drum. The snook have been heavy around the jetties and inlets along with some bluefish and tarpon in the mix. July will continue to be a good month to enjoy the fishing and you can still find plenty of fish on the flats this month. Have some fun and get out fishing soon!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner


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