Beautiful sunny skies awaited us this week on the water. The weather has been fabulous and so has the fishing. Look for the same conditions for the next week. The windy days are still out there, but you can always find a place to enjoy a day of fishing on the Treasure Coast. The water temperatures crept back up into the low 70's with all the sunshine and the fish have been biting for us.
Ron, Mike and Phil joined me on a postcard kind of morning. The guys caught redfish, sheepshead, snapper and a host of other fish to fill out an enjoyable day of fishing. I volunteered again for the Treasure Coast Casters tournament this past Sunday and had Savannah Ward on the boat. She started out catching everything that wasn't on the fish list, but ended up finding a few nice sheepshead and black drum to bring back to check in. Savannah caught at least forty fish in the short time we had to fish and three were keepers. She finished in First Place for the Middle School Division and had the biggest fish with her black drum. Congratulations go out to all the Casters who fished in the tournament! If you have kids or grandkids in the area that love to fish, contact Cammie at 772-201-5773 or go to treasurecoastcasters.org for information.
Our trout bite slowed a little when the water cooled off. We caught trout, but not the bite we generally have out there. DOA shrimp gave us some nice sized trout on the grass flats. The watermelon color (425) has been working well for sea trout. We have found a good number of redfish hanging around the docks. Most are just short of slot size, but give you a good fight on light tackle. It should be another good winter for redfish in the area. The sheepshead and black drum have been moving into the river this week. You should be able to find the around the bridges, channel edges and docks of the river in good numbers.
There have been some pompano caught along the beaches in scattered areas along with whiting in the surf. The inlet and turning basin has been flooded with jacks, blue runners and ladyfish. A couple reports of flounder on the south side of the jetties this week. Don't forget that snook season closes on December 15th! Have fun and get out fishing soon!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner www.fishtalescharter.com