December 4, 2009
Weather was the deciding factor most of the week on whether anglers were fishing or just waiting for a nicer day to get on the water. Wind played a big part in that decision. Fishing has continued to be good even though the weather isn't as cooperative with anglers. The weekend should provide a little more favorable conditions.
Snook fishing around the inlet has been very good this week with the full moon and windy weather helping get them in the mood to eat. Nighttime anglers have done good with live bait, feather jigs and diving plugs around the jetties. Live bait fished on the bottom around the turning basin has also done well. Docks have still been holding redfish, sheephead and black drum around the river. Live shrimp, DOA TerrorEyz or shrimp have worked well in those areas. Trout fishing was a little more quiet on the flats. The water temperatures continue to drop and the fish have moved to a little deeper water. Water temperature will be a factor when fishing the river as it cools off.
Bluefish, mackerel, ladyfish and jacks are all around the inlet. Shiny lures work best, but live shrimp will also get you some action. From south of the bridges in Fort Pierce to the mouth of the inlet has been active with feeding fish. Bruce Greenop was out with me on Sunday and ended up his day with a big 5# Spanish for dinner. Bridges have been busy with a good sand perch bite for those anglers. Live or dead shrimp can catch you a mess of sand perch, black drum, sheephead and flounder. There have been some pompano caught along the surf. Mostly south of Fort Pierce for now. Shrimp or sand fleas are the baits of choice along the beach.
Tip of the Week:
Wintertime has arrived on the Treasure Coast. There are lots of days this time of year that the weather has a determining factor on fishing or not.... It's a great time of year to do those things to the boat or trailer to get ready for better weather ahead. Whether it be cleaning, fixing or organizing, it's a great time of year to take one of those foul weather days and give some attention to the boat, equipment or tackle. Once in a while I actually find out that there is a bottom in my tackle bag. Never can seem to find it most of the time! You will always find things that you were certain that it was lost. Spring isn't that far off, so spend a little time this winter getting things back in working order.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
South Indian River Fishing Report 12/4
December 4, 2009