April 23, 2010
The winds slowed down this week and allowed us to fish many areas around the river. Warm, sunny days around the Treasure Coast have melted away the memories of the cold weather we had not so long ago. The bite was a little slower this week, but we still caught fish around the river. It's wonderful to see those nice spring days out there!
Trout continued to be our best catch of the week. We have fished many of the usual grass flats from Round Island down to Middle Cove. Richard and Jacob were out earlier in the week. Mark Orr joined me on another day. Dan and Jack joined me the latter part of the week. We fished both north and south of Fort Pierce and was able to find trout on most of the flats along with the usual jacks. Try the DOA Deadly Combo or live shrimp when drifting for trout. We enjoyed good weather all week! It was a nice week to be on the water.
While trout will be the best bite for now, the redfish will become more active on the flats as May approaches. DOA shrimp or TerrorEyz around the docks can find you some action. The sheephead have thinned out around the structure, but you can still find some around the river. It's the time of year that I enjoy fishing docks. As the winds begin to slow down, you can spend the mornings with top water lures before the sun gets hot and can find a variety of fish hanging under the docks. The big jacks are coming into the river now and lots of baitfish can be found around the area as well.
The bridges and inlet has held Spanish mackerel, some bluefish, jacks and a few black drum. The pompano bite has been down towards the Stuart area lately if you are looking to surf fish. You can find whiting along the beaches for some great table fare. The weather will continue to improve and so will the fishing!
Tip of the Week:
The manatee zone in the Fort Pierce inlet will be shifted to summer rules on May 1. That allows boaters to use the ICW channel at 30 mph during the summer months. Keep it safe as all inlets have lots of boat traffic, especially on weekends. Just because you can go fast through an inlet, doesn't always make it safe for everyone. Fun and relaxation is usually number one on most anglers list for heading off on the water. Observe boating regulations and, above all, be aware of boaters around you. Let's all have a fun, relaxing and SAFE summer on the Treasure Coast!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
South Indian River Fishing Report 4/23
April 23, 2010