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September 22, 2005

It was a short week of fishing due to the winds and rain from lovely Rita passing though South Florida. Hopefully, Texas will be spared the devastation that Katrina left in the Gulf. There are still some winds out there and offshore will be a mess for a few days, but it's clearing up and this weekend should provide some great fishing weather.

Earlier in the week, the snook fishing continued to be productive around the docks, bridges and inlets. Red-tail Hawks are still the lure of choice along with live shrimp, mullet and pin fish. Night fishing has provided the best chances at a keeper snook. Mornings are great for a top water lure on the flats. Charlie McClure reported catching several large snook around the boils on live greenies with one a nice 33" keeper.

Some nice trout have been caught on the flats early in the mornings. Harbor Branch and the Moorings have been giving up some nice trout this week. Top water at first light is the best opportunity for a keeper trout along with live baits in 2-4 feet of water on the flats.

Redfish are still hitting in the mornings on the shallow flats. Some nice slot size are hitting top water and spoons in the first several hours after sunrise. Look for them in 1-3 feet of clean water. Zara Spooks, Top Pups and Chug Bugs are great top water this time of year.

Jacks are everywhere both in the river and off the beach. Some bigger jacks have come into the river chasing the bait fish all over. Watch for the showering mullet and you will find a school of hungry jacks feeding on them.

Charlie also reported seeing some rolling tarpon around Bear Point over the weekend. You will also find some hanging around Little Mud Creek. Very early morning fishing is required to get a chance at a hookup. Live bait and top water will be your best bet at fishing for tarpon.

The Fishing Center of St Lucie has all the best snook lures. Need some good advice on what to use for that snook fishing adventure? Heading offshore? They have the best selection for all your offshore fishing needs. Plenty of live and frozen bait for that day on the water. Stop by today and check out the Fishing Center of St Lucie. On US-1 just south of Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.

Don't forget to come to the Giant Flotilla on September 24th in the St Lucie River. Show your support for cleaning up our waterways and be there. Go to www.floridafishandhunt.com to get all the details.

Tip of the Week:
Do you have a First Aid Kit on your boat? I am sure that most boaters have included one as part of their equipment. Check it out a few times a year and make sure it has everything included that you might need for an emergency. There are many chance accidents that can occur on the water. Having the right supplies to handle an embedded hook or nasty cut can help minimize a lot of accidental situations. Have emergency numbers handy in case you encounter an incident that might require medical help. Hopefully, you will never be faced with any kind of accident, but have the sense to be prepared for one should it happen to you.

I won't have a report next week, as I will be visiting my mom and pop in WV.

Have a great week on the water. Remember, fishing is not just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!

Good fishing and be safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

email me at: [email protected]
visit my web site at: www.fishtalescharter.com
772-344-3187 or 772-284-3852 (cell)
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