September 23, 2010
The winds are still blowing out there as storms out in the Atlantic continue to push the wind out of the east. The ocean has been rough most days, but you can still fish the river....at least on the east shoreline. The fish are biting in spite of windy days out there. You just need to plan your trips to use the wind to your advantage. We have fished the east side of the river from Bear Point up to Queen's Cove with good results this week.
Eric, Alex, Tina and Etta joined me for the Michael Shields Memorial Fishing Tournament this past week. Alex is six years old and Etta is eight, so our plan was to let the kids have fun that day. Alex is an avid fisherman and was excited about fishing on the flats. We headed up to Bear Point to seek out some sea trout for him. We lost track of the trout that he and dad, Eric, caught that morning. No big takers, but lots of nice size slot trout. DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jerk baits and live shrimp kept the guys busy fishing all morning. Tina and daughter, Etta, joined us by mid morning and we found more trout willing to bite. Young Alex caught a nice redfish up on another flat, while Eric caught a snook from under the mangroves. We finished with five fish on our score card for the tournament, but the fun we had with Alex and Etta outweighed filling out the score card.
Trout continue to be the best bite out there. Fish the bait schools or in three to five feet of water for some good trout action. Snapper continue to feed around bridges, channel edges and structure. The snook bite slowed a little, but that is more due to the winds that kept many anglers from fishing. Redfish are up shallow in the sandy flats. DOA shrimp or live bait works well on getting them to bite. The surf has been hard to fish due to the east wind, but whiting should be feeding whenever it slows back down. It has been a fun week out on the water!
Tip of the Week:
Kids and fishing is always a great combination. The excitement and thrill they have out on the water fills your heart with joy. I have had a good many kids out on the boat this year and we have had many days of fun watching them catch fish. Even if you don't have kids or grandkids close by, you have friends or neighbors who do. Taking a kid out fishing allows you to teach them about fishing and boating. The rewards are fantastic when you watch them catch fish and see that big smile. I take the grandkids out fishing and have volunteered for Teen Anglers for many years now. TAKE A KID FISHING SOON!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
South Indian River Fishing Report 9/23
September 23, 2010