It looks like the rainy season has set in on the Treasure Coast. We have had lots of showers around the area lately and the plants are turning green again. Look for chances of afternoon rains now and watch the weather out on the water. We dodged a lot of rain clouds recently, but haven't gotten too wet yet. The winds are still blowing most days and that can affect your fishing more than wet weather. We have had lots of good fishing in spite of conditions.
Redfish and sea trout have been our best bite most days. Look for big trout to be holding in sand holes on the grass flats. Working Deadly Combos, DOa shrimp, live pilchards and top water lures can help find some of the big gals on the flats. We have been fishing two to five feet of water this past week. Our redfish have been under the mangroves most days. They usually hold under the trees so you have to get your lures under them to find a bite. CAL paddle tails are an excellent choice for artificial lures under the mangroves. With all the recent rains, try the drain pipes along the mangroves when the water is moving. There are lots of juvenile snook around the mangroves righ now as well.
You can also find some big bluefish around the area as well as jacks and ladyfish. I don't recall seeing so many snapper around the river. There are lots of keeper size, but lots more small ones. The surf has been tough to fish lately, but when you can get out on the beach look for whiting to be the best catch. Bridges have held sheepshead, snapper and a few black drum. The jetties has had a pretty good snook bite on the high ends of the tides with live baits.
I had a lot of great anglers on the boat the past week. John and Jim were back out with me and caught a nice redfish and a couple big trout on a super windy day. Brad, Evdakiya and little Adam braved the winds to find a variety of fish biting for them. Rick and Ernie caught some nice sea trout. Marcia and Don boated a nice variety of fish as well. Pam and Jerry had a fun day that included snook and other species on their trip. JoAnn, Doug, Debbie and John all caught big trout on an exciting flats adventure. Ben was out with his sons, Cooper and Will, on a day that was not only beautiful, but exciting for the boys. Cooper hooked up on a couple big bluefish that had him and Will working as a team to get them to the boat. Lots of smiles and laughter for us this past week!
Expect more winds and rain as April comes to a close. May will find more chances for afternoon storms and the winds will slowly die down to our summer weather pattern. Fishing will continue to improve and May will provide lots of exciting days on the water. Have fun out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!