Weather this week along the Treasure Coast has been wet and windy on a few days, but great fishing conditions most of this week on the Indian River. A great weekend is ahead of us and with all the baitfish around the river, it should be a fantastic time on the water. We have spent most of the week between the Power Plant and the Fort Pierce bridges and found cleaner water in most areas and lots of activity on the east side of the river.
There have been lots of schoolie trout on the flats. Find the cleaner water and the bait schools and you should find your fish. Lots of other species have been feeding around the bait as well. Barracuda, snook, redfish, jacks, mackerel and bluefish have all been out there feasting. There are some tarpon around Big and Little Mud Creeks. It's a wonderful time to be fishing the Indian River. Try live bait, like mullet, pinfish or shrimp, and DOA CAL jerk baits for your best results. Top water in the early mornings can also give you some solid strikes. We have been targeting 3 - 5 feet of water around the edges of the bait fish.
Tom Tait and his fishing friend, Annette, were out fishing this week with me and we caught trout, snook and jacks along the bait schools. It was a fun day on the water. Adrian and Lionel Lusardi were back fishing with me again this week. We caught an assortment of fish including trout, snook and jacks and just missed a tarpon hookup at Little Mud. Lionel ended the day with a nice redfish on a CAL jerk bait.
I have had a few reports of the sand perch showing up around the Fort Pierce bridges this week. A few flounder, snapper and black drum also being caught around the Inlet. Some whiting, bluefish and mackerel along the beaches have kept surf anglers busy. Snook fishing around the area at night has been productive at the jetties, north bridge in Fort Pierce and the turning basin. It's a great time of year.
This week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Martin County Anglers Club in Stuart. Met a great bunch of avid anglers and had a wonderful time at their meeting. Thanks to everyone for having me and hope to see you all again.
Tip of the Week:
Fishing the Treasure Coast in the fall can provide fantastic opportunities at hooking up with your favorite species. So much baitfish have invaded the river that it's easier to decide where to fish and spend more time fishing. We look for areas that have nervous, agitated or bait being crashed. Fish the edges with live or artificial baits for the best results. Snook, trout, jacks and redfish will all be looking for that quick, easy meal. If the bait calms down and things get quiet, it might be time to move on to the next action. The more the activity, the more chance at finding the fish. Try fishing around the bait.....you just never know what might be lurking on the outskirts!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!