by Captain Charlie Conner
This year has flown by! Here it is December already and the Holidays are almost upon us. Both inshore and offshore fishing have provided anglers with many great fishing adventures. We managed the hurricane season with some luck. You can see the seagrass making a comeback to the Treasure Coast. Hopefully, this winter will be milder, the water quality improves, and the fishing is great for everyone.
Trout, redfish and snook will be targets throughout the winter. Snook season closes December 15th, but many anglers will still play catch and release with them. Fishing around bridges, docks and inlets can bring great action with snook hanging around the deeper waters of the river. Trout will tend to hang around the deeper cuts of the river. Move off to three to six feet of water for trout. Live shrimp on popping corks or DOA Deadly Combos will work the best for them.
Redfish can be found around local docks during the winter months and a live shrimp or DOA Shrimp can entice them into striking. Don't forget about the deeper cuts along the mangroves for redfish and snook in December. Using stealth is essential when fishing the shallow waters for redfish. We had very good success at finding the reds in shallow on sunny days on the grass flats. A mild winter will have them feeding in the shallows this month. It was a fantastic
Pompano are already arriving in the area and not only provide great fishing action, but fantastic table fare. Spanish mackerel and bluefish will continue to hang out in their favorite haunts of the river. Jack Crevalle will be traveling around in packs chasing bait all over the river. Flounder should arrive soon and hang around the inlets, docks and sandy flats of the river. Ladyfish is a great way to spend a few hours with the kids on the water. The bridges will be holding sheepshead, black drum, croakers and sand perch for those anglers. There is a good variety of fish to target on any given day in any kind of weather conditions.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Captain Charlie Conner