August 25, 2005
Looks like Katrina will be visiting us for a couple of days this weekend. Fishing should be good just before and just after the storm passes through. The winds have picked up slightly this week to give a little relief to the hot, muggy weather we have had of late. Water conditions have been clean in most places, but the winds have stirred up some areas both north and south of Fort Pierce.
The flats have been productive again this week. Redfish have been the most active lately. Tom Hull from Melbourne was down and boated 6 out of 8 redfish hookups. All came on Captain Mike's Spoons. I think he believes in those spoons now! It has been harder to spot schools with the breeze, but look for them in 1-3 feet of water. Most of the action has been after sunrise to ten o'clock in the morning. Top water, spoons and live baits are the best bets for hooking up with a red. There have been schools both north and south of Fort Pierce on both sides of the river.
The trout bite has been somewhat weaker lately. Look for clean water that is 2-4 feet for trout. Top water and live baits are the choices for trout right now. Hopefully this storm will cool the water off a little and improve the trout fishing next week. Bear Point and Harbor Branch offer the best sites for trout right now.
Snook are still on the flats in early mornings and hitting top water lures. For night fishing, try the bridges around Fort Pierce and Stuart with live baits or DOA shrimp. Snook season begins again on September 1st and there will be lots of anglers out there that first weekend. Get out early that first few days and be courteous to your fellow anglers out there.
There are plenty of ladyfish, jacks and mangrove snapper out there. Ladyfish and jacks are all over the flats and hitting just about everything. Mangrove snapper are along the mangroves and any underwater structure on the river. Light tackle for these fish will provide great fun for children of all ages. Tom Hull boated a 27" Jewfish in 2 feet of water this week. Oh...that one was on a Captain Mike's Spoon too!
Have you stopped by the Fishing Center of St Lucie yet? They have a great selection of all the best lures and tackle. Need a new rod and reel? Again a great selection for your fishing adventure that will fit into any budget. Stop by this week and see the latest in gear, tackle and bait. Tell Clint and Kelly that Capt. Charlie sent you!
Tip of the Week:
With snook season approaching and many anglers heading south for the winter soon, we all need to practice both courtesy and patience while on the water. From the boat ramps to maneuvering the channels and flats of the river, let's practice safe boating and courtesy to our fellow boaters out there. Be careful and patient. Let's have a safe and fun snook season this year.
Have a great week on the water. Remember, fishing is not just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
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