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December 9, 2005

INSHORE:

Other than a few days of another cold front working its way through the Treasure Coast, the fishing has been great most days this past week. Beautiful weather over the weekend and another great weekend ahead of us. The water has been blown again by the winds that hit us mid-week, so the quality will be somewhat less than we like to see. Around the inlets, the water will continue to be milky and dirty for now. The farther you can get from the inlets, the better the water will improve.

Snook fishing has remained steady through the week, when you could get out to fish. I had several reports of snook caught around the docks along the inlet, the north bridge and Taylor Creek areas. Bomber lures, jigs and live bait have been the choices of baits. Along the flats, top water, suspending lures, spoons and soft baits have worked well on snook up to 24". The eastern shores by Harbor Branch and Round Island have held snook this week. After sunrise, hit the mangrove edges for great snook action this time of year. Don't forget that snook season closes on December 15th!

Lots of redfish were on the flats just prior to the cold front. They should continue to come on the flats to feed throughout the day. Slot size reds are hitting gold spoons, soft baits and live bait in 2-4 feet of water. Largest redfish we caught this week was 27". I have found reds on the eastern shore just about anywhere north of the bridges in Fort Pierce. Round Island continues to produce redfish on the flats around that area.

The trout bite continues to be steady in the early mornings. Top water will entice a trout into biting along with spoons and soft baits. Work the areas where you can find cleaner water in 2-4 feet. As the water cleans up, the western shores along Harbor Branch will hold trout in the mornings along with Bear Point and down by the Power Plant. Trout season will re-open on January 1st.

Ladyfish were boiling the water this past week. Large schools of ladyfish were along the edges of the flats feeding on glass minnows. When you come across them, toss just about anything at them and you should be on! Remember that redfish love a nice fresh chunk of ladyfish for a mid-morning snack.... Jacks are also patrolling the flats in search of a meal. Pompano are in the river, mostly to the south of Fort Pierce. Heard of some nice sized pomps being caught down towards Stuart area.

Tip of the Week:
With cooler weather approaching, now is the time to check out your batteries. For some reason, cold weather and batteries don't mix well if they are old and ready to die out on you. With a cold engine, it will take more juice to crank up that motor and that's when you might find yourself wondering what happened to that battery. Take a few minutes now to save yourself a lot of wasted time at the ramp.

Have a safe weekend. Remember, fishing is not just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!

Good fishing and be safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

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