I spent the most part of this past week visiting my family way up in
West Virginia. With all the nasty weather lately, it was much better
than trying to fish! As some of you remember, my dad passed away
back in June. I spent this last weekend with my mom and family to
remember his birthday. We went to visit the National D-Day Memorial
in Bedford, Virginia. My dad was in the first waves on Omaha Beach
on D-Day and was only one of three survivors on his landing craft of
thirty soldiers. It was a great trip and nice to spend some time
with my mom and family.
National D-Day Memorial
Looks like the weather held a pretty good grip on the Treasure Coast
with windy, wet conditions most days. In talking with some of the
local anglers, snook was probably the most exciting action. Those
fishing around the docks and bridges managed some slot size along
with a good number of shorts for their efforts. Live shrimp or
mullet has worked best for snook. I had a few reports of redfish
around the river. Most came from along the docks or bridges with a
few reports from the flats. Trout was again slow due to the poor
water conditions. Bridge anglers have been rewarded with black drum,
redfish and some sand perch for their efforts. Live shrimp has been
the best choice of bait.
Trout action will improve as the water clears....
I managed to get out today to check out the river and found that the
water clarity had already improved and you could see the bottom on
the flats that I fished. It will take a few more days of good
weather to help clean it up again. I found plenty of bait on the
flats and that's where I caught my fish. Snook, trout, jacks and
ladyfish was that catch today. A couple of nice trout up to 23" and
the snook were shorts, but put up a good battle. I found some fish
hanging around some glass minnow pods also. Top water and suspending
lures gave me some good action today. Of course to stay in sync
with the recent weather.....it rained all morning!
If the water conditions continue to improve, look for the action to
get better on the river. The fish are out there and some clean water
goes a long way to getting them in the mood to feed. You will have
to search out the better water. The grassy flats like Bear Point and
other areas to the south generally clean up quicker. Hard bottom
flats will also clean up better. Have a good week out there!
Tip of the Week:
Rain gear can make the worst rainy day a little less miserable.....
Make sure you have your rain gear with you out on the water. Showers
like this week can sneak up on you quickly. It's a good idea to keep
a few Ziploc bags on board to keep cell phones, keys, wallets,
cameras....etc from getting wet. Water can find it's way into most
places, so always be prepared for foul weather. Keep dry out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an