May 19, 2005
Hope you had a chance to get out fishing. It has been a great week to be on the flats of the Indian River. The weather has been wonderful and the winds have been pretty mild considering the time of year. Always a place to fish on the river no matter which way the wind blows. The water has remained on the clean side even with some winds to mix it up. The flats have been great with some very calm mornings to fish.
Redfish has been the focus for most of the week. The flats have produced some nice reds and lots more of them are feeding in the shallows. Tim from Syracuse topped out with the largest redfish, a 28" spotted tail to his credit. Early mornings have been great with top water lures and a number of good hits and hookups for the week. Another nice 27" redfish was taken on the flats with a top water lure along with a number of other slot sizes. Live bait, cut bait, top water and spoons have been the best choices. Be quiet on the flats. Redfish are quick to move to cover at any disturbance.
Snook fishing has been doing well at night around the bridges and basin. Just a few weeks left for keeping linesiders, so get out there soon. Live mullet or pinfish have been the baits of choice along with large shrimp. Some snook have been up on the flats in early mornings, but the bigger ones have been at night. Top water has worked great in the early mornings on the flats.
Trout have been hitting well with live shrimp most days. Fish in one to three feet of water for best results. Some gator trout have been reported being caught on live shrimp in the early mornings. Top water lures also work great on the calmer days. Work the flats in the early part of the day.
Jacks are still pretty much all over the flats and looking for trouble. Looks for the bait pods to explode as the jacks continue to work their way around the river. Jacks will hit just about anything you throw at them. Bluefish are also still out there on the flats and hitting well. Live or cut baits have worked well. Use a wire or heavy leader if you intend to stalk these predators.
Stop by the Fishing Center of St Lucie for all your fishing needs. Check out their great prices on all their fishing tackle. Got bait?????
I love this time of year for fishing the flats. Redfish tailing in the early mornings in less than a foot of water as the sun peeks over the mangroves. The Indian River is a fantastic place to fish.
It's been another great week on the water.
Fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Hope you had a chance to get out fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner
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