March 6, 2009
March has certainly lived up to its reputation of coming in like a lion. Lots of windy weather this past week has made it difficult and challenging to fish the river. The weekend looks a little more friendly for now and we can expect to see some warmer weather again. The water has cooled off some this week, but the sunny days will begin to warm it up again. Hope you get a chance to get out fishing!
The trout bite has remained good if you could find some areas to fish the grass flats. The DOA TerrorEyz has continued to be a great producing lure out on the flats. Today, it fooled trout, jacks, ladyfish, flounder, bluefish and snapper for us. Round Island and Queen's Cove has been productive north of Fort Pierce, while Bear Point has been fishable most days to the south. Live shrimp on popping corks are also a great way to find some sea trout. I have found some redfish schools in shallow water, but they were more interested in staying warm this week. There are also some large snook lurking in the deep sand holes in the shallows as well. Warmer water will get these fish active and feeding soon. April can't get here soon enough!
The pompano bite along the beach has been good on the north end of Fort Pierce lately. Whiting is also available along the surf as well as bluefish and jacks. Sand fleas and shrimp have worked well for baits. The jetties and inlet continue to hold bluefish, mackerel and jacks. Shiny artificials are working great out there. The bridges have the usual sheephead, snapper and black drum for those anglers. Snook fishing around the inlet has been fair this week. Not many reports due to the windy weather out there. Some flounder have also been caught on the south side of the south jetty this past week.
Tip of the Week:
Trailer maintenance is often forgotten or put off till another day for a lot of busy anglers. Making sure lights work, tires inflated properly or bearing are greased are a few important preventatives that can save time, expense and frustration. Inspect your trailer each time you use it and do the simple things that can keep it running smoothly. It doesn't take a lot of work to keep your trailer in good reliable condition. Lack of maintenance leads to problems much quicker!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
South Indian River Fishing Report 3/8
March 6, 2009