September 17, 2009
Beautiful fall like days have made fishing along the Treasure Coast much more enjoyable lately. Of course, the temperatures haven't quite dropped yet, but it has been gorgeous out there. The bait fish are everywhere around the inlet, river and beaches. It is a fantastic time of year to be fishing!
Keith Mullins and Cai joined me early in the week. We spent the morning trout fishing and had a nice time enjoying the day and watching Cai catch trout and feed the rest of them. It was a fun day. I did some scouting this week, too. Spent most of the morning just looking around and watching the bait schools. Got broke off by a big snook under the mangroves and boated a nice 28" redfish to end a relaxing day on the river.
Snook fishermen are doing well at night on the jetties, docks and bridges of the inlet. Live bait can get you hooked up on snook or tarpon at night. Bomber plugs or feather jigs have also worked good at night. There have been some Spanish mackerel in the turning basin along with some bluefish chasing bait there. Trout fishing has been best in three to five feet of water. DOA Deadly Combos and live shrimp can keep you busy around Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Middle Cove. The tides have been too high lately to spot redfish schools, but you can still find them around their usual haunts. Snapper, black drum and sheephead have been around the bridges and channel edges. Plan on getting out soon!
Tip of the Week:
Making sure your drag is set properly can make the difference in landing a fish or losing one. Adjust your drag to suit the conditions you are fishing. On the flats, a lighter drag load will give you less chance of pulling the hook on a fish. The fish have no where to hide out there. Around mangroves and docks, you might have to tighten the drag some to have a chance at getting the fish out from under structure before it breaks you off. Match your gear to your fishing. Lighter equipment on the flats is all you need and you can step up your equipment around docks, bridges and other structure. Setting your drag properly can give you better results on the water.
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 9/17
September 17, 2009