Hope you have been enjoying the nice weather finally! Thought the winds would never give us a break, but it's been pretty nice out there on the water. Lots of anglers were out this weekend to test their skills against the fish world. We should be starting our summer patterns of nice mornings and afternoon chances at rain. Now this is starting to look like Florida!
Redfish were, again, cooperative to us this week. Greg Schroeder boated five reds in the 26-30" size range in a few short hours of fishing. I was out again Saturday and found three willing to take an artificial. As I said last week, work your baits slowly out there. Soft baits have been the best producers. Twitch baits have come in second in catching reds.
Greg Schroeder with three of his five redfish caught on the flats of the Indian River....
Snook fishing has been much quieter with the closing of the season. You can have a good chance at a photo release on the flats at first light. Top water is always the choice lure early in the mornings. There should be a few hanging around the Bear Point area and under some of the docks also. Handle the fish carefully and release them quickly so they can be there this fall.
Trout were a little slow this week for us. Bob Bergen did report catching a nice fat 24" trout that weighed in at 7 pounds. Early mornings on the flats and move off the edges as the sun rises. Top water early and live shrimp on popping corks later in the day. Queen's Cove and Round Island should continue to hold some nice trout.
Some nice snapper have been caught along the channel and around the bridges. Some reports of decent size sand perch around the bridges have come in this week also. I heard of some pompano being caught along the beach south of Fort Pierce. Whiting will be hanging in the surf, too. Plan a fishing trip soon and enjoy what the Treasure Coast has to offer out there on the water....
Tip of the Week:
As summer arrives, trout will become a little harder to target. They will be feeding on pigfish throughout the river and not much else will attract their attention. Get out those dusty fish traps or get you one to set out and catch some of those little guys that the trout will be cruising the flats for. A pinfish or pigfish on a popping cork will be a great way to catch some summer trout. And the little critters out there won't be as much a bother as they are on live shrimp. Good luck fishing out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!