January 8, 2011
Inshore Fishing Report:
Well, we have another new year just started and at least it began much better than last years freezing weather. Nice mild, but windy days have allowed anglers to get out fishing on the river most days. We have even enjoyed a few calm days out there and the fishing has been good so far this month. Water temps have warmed up into the mid 60's and you can find lots of hungry fish around the river.
Channel edges and drop offs around the flats have been productive. My wife, Eva, joined me for a quick trip on the water this week and landed a nice pompano for dinner that night. Ron, Mike and Timberly joined me mid-week and we found bluefish, trout and even a big mackerel on the flats just off a sand bar. John, Jeff and Jim went out on a windier day just after the cold front. The flats were not as active, but fishing docks provided the guys with lots of action and a good variety of fish, including jacks, drum, sheephead and bluefish. We had a good week on the water!
Fishing CAL jerk baits or DOA shrimp on the flats can find trout when the water is back up into the mid to high 60's. Deadly Combos are also excellent to find the trout on the flats. Fish in two to five feet of water. Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island have all been productive. Reports of redfish have been mostly north of Fort Pierce on the west shore using DOA shrimp or Gulp baits. Docks have been loaded with sheephead, black drum and assorted species to keep you busy. Live shrimp, TerrorEyz or DOA shrimp are all good choices around the docks.
The jetties and inlet have been full of bluefish most days. Shiny lures and live shrimp have all worked well around those areas. Lots of jacks and ladyfish have been all around the river lately. Some pompano around the surf and jetties have provided some good meals for hungry anglers. Bridges and catwalks are a great place to look for sheephead and black drum.
Keep your fingers crossed that we won't have more freezing weather this month. The fishing has been great and mild conditions will keep the fish feeding. It has been a great start of the new year!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Thanks and Good Fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner
South Indian River Fishing Report 1/8
January 8, 2011