July 12, 2007
CATCH OF THE WEEK:
It was another great week on the water. Fantastic summer weather along with some great fishing. I enjoyed a wonderful thrill over the weekend. We took our granddaughter, Chloe, out for her first fishing trip. She is just about two years old now and we have been anxious for this first trip with her. With the help of Grandma and her dad, Rick, we thoroughly enjoyed this first fishing adventure with Chloe. She reeled in two nice catfish and was so excited at seeing a live fish in the water. I am sure she will be ready for another trip soon! Grandkids are a wonderful thing!!!
Another week of redfish out on the flats awaited us. Don White and Mike Mapps were out with me over the weekend and we found the redfish cooperating. Mike and Don combined for ten hookups with reds and boated six nice ones from 22 - 29 inches. It was a fun filled day on the water. Rick Flynn was out with me also this week and after three hookups, he landed a nice 27" redfish on a low tide. Look in deeper water during the heat of the day to find some redfish. Jerk baits worked great for us this week. Round Island and north of there have reports of reds schooling in that area.
Snook have been hanging near the flats in early mornings. The deeper water near the Power Plant has held some nice snook and trout lately. Top water at first light is a great way to get a chance at a hookup. Remember, they are out of season and handle them carefully. Lots of reports of snook around the spillways and bridges recently.
Trout is an early morning bite using top water. Look for them to move into deeper water as soon as the sun comes up. Live pinfish or pigfish works great on a float. We found some up near Round Island and Harbor Branch this week. There have been some large trout caught this month.
Jacks and tarpon are cruising around the jetties. Live bait, top water or diving plug can get you something biting at first light. I had a couple reports of Bonita coming into the inlet to feed also. Ladyfish and jacks are also around the river as is the norm this time of year. The bridges have been yielding some snapper to those anglers. Have some fun and go fishing!
Tip of the Week:
A number of new regulations went into effect on July 1st with the FWC. Some sizes and bag limits on several fish have been changed and it's your responsibility to know the laws. The new regs haven't hit many tackle shops yet, but you can find them at http://myfwc.com/marine/regulation.htm and print your own copy. While snook is well know for the changes there, some other offshore species are now changed. Be aware of the new changes.......
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
July 12, 2007