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Summertime has arrived and the weather has been great! With the exception of a couple of days of wind and rain from Hurricane Dennis, it's been sunny and little wind on the water. The fishing has held up both before and after the storm front went through. The weather has provided very nice conditions to fish the flats. Get out early! It's hot out there and the best fishing is at daybreak. It get hot quick and will wear you out by noon.

The redfish bite was excellent this week. Visiting from Washington DC, Irv and his wife caught five nice slot sized reds in only a few hours of fishing. Early fishing on the flats with top water will catch some spots in shallow water at sunrise. Once the sun gets hot, move to the mangrove edges with live baits, spoons and soft baits for the best chances at hooking up with a nice redfish. In talking with a number of anglers, we have realized that there seem to be more redfish in the river than we can remember. It's been a great year for spots!

Snook have been all over the river. Fish the jetties, bridges, Taylor Creek and the turning basin with live bait or jigs at night or early mornings. Lots of reports of snook catches all over the river. Fish the flats at first light with a Zara Spook or Chug Bug for some good light tackle action. Snook are attacking the bait pods at first light and heading for the mangroves in the heat of the day. Live bait or soft baits have worked best under the mangroves. Look for mangroves that have 2-3 feet of water under them for some snook action.

Trout action has held up with live baits. Top water at first light on the flats will entice a trout into hitting along with live baits later in the morning in 2-4 feet of water. Try around Round Island, the Power Plant or Bear Point for a good opportunity at some trout. Popping corks with live shrimp or pinfish are a good way to fish for trout.

While there are a number of tarpon around the river, not many reports of hookups so far. First light will provide the best chance at hooking a tarpon with top water, live mullet or pinfish. They are finicky so patience is necessary. There are tarpon off the beach this time of year and as more bait arrives along the beach, will provide lots of good fishing from the sand or boat. There will be a number of voracious feeders along the beach looking for an easy meal. Look around Little and Big Mud Creeks for some rolling tarpon.

Jacks have been running the bait out of the water all day long. Some nice 7-8 pounders are being caught on the flats and can really bend a light tackle rod. They are hungry and vicious and will hit just about anything. Live bait along with spoons and jigs have worked great on hooking up with a nice jack. Enjoy the fun and catch some!

Got bait??? Catch up on all the fishing news at your local fishing headquarters - The Fishing Center of St Lucie in Fort Pierce. Find out what's biting and what to use. A great selection of tackle and gear for all your fishing needs at great prices. Stop in and see Clint or Kelly today and check out the newest arrivals.

Tip of the Week:

This time of year it's very hot on the water. The heat can quickly drain off fluids and you must keep yourself hydrated. Keep plenty of water with you during the summer months. Drink lots of fluids prior to going on the water and keep up the intake of water throughout the day. Avoid getting heat stroke by drinking a lot of water. Find some cooling neck wraps to keep with you. After a short soaking in your ice cooler, they can give you a much needed cooling off in the summer heat. Keep hydrated and cool on the water and above all....have FUN!


Fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing!

Captain Charlie Conner

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