Well finally the wind has slowed, not quite enough for me but it has
allowed more anglers to get a bait wet. So we have been glued to the
east bank of the river and that is where the Red fish are located and
those pesky Trout. I wonder if the Trout know they only have till the
first, then it will caught Trout not pesky Trout. Back to the Red Fish,
a good bite from Little Mud Creek both north and south in two feet of
water. Yes, Sail Fish flats and the area north of North Bridge all on
the east side, the flat water, no turbity. As long as the water stays
cool the bite time is up to you, these fish have been there all day.
Soft rubber baits, shrimp on a jig and swim baits have all been
productive, if those pesky Trout do not get there first. Waders, small
boaters and bank fisherman catching the high tide have taken home a Red
fish. The Pompano bite continues from the Sail Fish Flats north to Bear
Point especially from the relief bridges at the east end of the
causeways. Small jigs with apiece of shrimp are the favored baits and
yes sand fleas in the flats will catch a bunch. Black Drum, Blue fish
and Spanish Macs are keeping most bridge anglers busy, Snook season is
closed till the first day of February.
As the week went on the surf turned
down from a five ounce to a three ounce sinker. The Blue fish bite was
an all day bite, spoons and cut bait put fish in the beach at all
hours. Yes the Pompano were there but you had to long cast to find them.
they were well out beyond the Blue fish. A few Whiting and Croakers but
the Blues ruled the surf all week. If it ever settles down the whiting
and Croakers will be there, we just have to let that sand settle.
Off shore it was 3 to 5 all week, anglers
did go over the week end but it was sporty. Anglers picked at the
Dolphin, found plenty of Sails and most of the action started in the
hundred foot zone. The one zone that kept most busy was the bottom
fishing, big Muttons and Reds top the list with a Grouper or two just to
keep you on your toes. But it was the wind that kept most anglers time
on the water short.
Till next week I wish some
one would turn off this wind weapon....................Henry
I am not sure where what happened to the Flounder. There
is a good bite going to the north but ours have just disappeared, the
bait is here the temps are perfect and no Flounder. Maybe the water
needs to be a little cooler or maybe a few anglers could target these
fish. Look for drop offs in depths and fish and work a bait across
the bottom, shrimp on a jig head is preferred. Look around the bridge
channels, points on the down side of the spoil islands are a good
place to start and then call me and let me know how it goes. Trout
season opens on the first so those pesky fish will eat your baits
Reds can get to them. Good bite going on
the east side of the river,in the power plant area, these are slot
reds. The bigger fish have been in the mouth, Ft. Pierce inlet, out
going tide. So now you know all the secrets and maybe Capt.. Mark
Dravo will let some of those Flounder come south.
Bridges have been busy fishing with a
long catch list, Drum, Blues,Mac's, Sheephead, Pompano and I probably
left some out. Favored bait shrimp, shrimp on a jig, shrimp on the
bottom, pieces of shrimp it was shrimp. Just make sure that tide is
moving and pay attention to what you are catching. Was it low, medium
or high, that will help you target your favorite next time you are on
Bottom fishing for the off shore
angler has been the ticket, big Muttons and bigger red snapper all
in ninety foot of water, Sardines top the bait list. On the top it
has been Dolphin, one here and one there no pattern eating trolled
bally hoo. Good mix of Sails, Kings have put on weight but there still
plenty in the ten pound class to take home for the grill. Spanish
Mac's south of the St. Lucie inlet are thick, one cast one fish so
please take only what you can eat to day and there will be plenty for
your next outing.
Till next week have a great
from the south east, wind from the east , the wind was from all
direction changing daily. Not sure the day you chose to go but you had
to plan around the wind that was a guarantee.
For the surf angler it was either a
one ounce or four ounce day, wind from the west it was one ounce any
another direction it was four. But it was Blue fish and more Blues from
the beach, cut bait or spoons they have been a hungry group all week.
The Whiting, Croakers and Mac's were there if you could get your bait
past the Blue fish. For the long cast it was Pompano and it was a good
bite you just had to get out there, sand fleas and clam strips were the
baits of choice. Good bite at the beach, the fish do not mind the wind
but it can be tough on the angler.
The causeways were the place to beat the
wind. There is always flat water to fish no matter the wind. Lots of
Black Drum, Blues, Mac's, Jacks and Pompano. The Pompano this week were
there on the incoming tide, the bridges at the east end of the causeways
were most productive. Docs Goofy jig for the bridge, strong wind just
use a bigger jig, let the jig down, when you touch bottom pick it up and
let it down, they find fish. Sheep Head and Drum the favored has been
shrimp and clam strips if the Blue fish will leave your bait alone.
Snook will take most baits now that the season is closed (12/15 thru
2/1), how do they know?
The boat anglers have had plenty to do tight
on the east bank, excellent pompano from Sail Fish flats north to
Indian River Plantation using Nylures and sand fleas again catch that
incoming tide and it makes no difference what time. Launching your boat
at Little Mud Creek, start fishing at the mouth and go north, good Red
Fish bite using shrimp, gold spoons and soft rubber swim baits. Reds
like the cooler water and again if you can catch the high tide they will
rooting around in the tree lined shore. The Pompano are south in the
Herman's Bay area, drift slowly across the flats and you will them skip
them, now you know where they are the rest is up to you. Plenty of
Blues, Macs, Jacks and Lady fish to keep you busy and those pesky Trout
are every where.
Off shore the action started on the second
color line, small Kings (perfect for the grill), Dolphin in the 15 pound
class and plenty of Sail Fish if you were not in the tournament. The
wind has made thing pretty sporty out there, check all your weather
sources, then you make the call.
In this wind let safety make the call, this
is south Florida and tomorrow thing will quiet.......
till next week.....Snook and
Trout are closed,,Henry