fishing Forecast

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  • 09/30/2018 1:41 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    The season of the mullet has arrived
    by Capt. Tom Van Horn

    Believe it or not, cooler nights, shorter days, and prevailing northeast winds are just around the corner and they are all sure signs fall is in the air along Florida's east central coast. Another sure sign of fall is the waves of baitfish working their way south through the lagoon and along the beach as the fall mullet run commences.

    Masses of black and silver mullet, Atlantic menhaden (pogies), thread fin herring (greenies), and bay anchovies (glass minnows) have begun their southerly migration following the warmer tropical waters. This migration creates an all you can eat buffet of yummy little baitfish shadowed by a large array of hungry predators looking to fatten up for the winter.

    In and around the inlets of Ponce, Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlets look for flounder, snook, jack crevalle and oversized redfish feeding on migrating baitfish along the jetties and just outside the inlets. Easterly swells, challenging seas, falling tides and currents, and aggressive anglers can make for sporty angling conditions in the Sebastian and Ponce Inlets, so please pay attention, keep the engine running with someone at the helm, be patient and enjoy the rewards.

    Weather permitting, near-shore opportunities are the best you will see all year. Along the beaches, target areas of concentrated bait schools for a mixed bag of snook, tarpon, kingfish, cobia, jack crevalle, oversized redfish, and sharks. Additionally, snook fishing in the surf will improve as the baitfish move south along the beach. Also look for schools of glass minnows to begin showing up bringing larger Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and tarpon with them.

    In the north Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons, higher water levels will allow anglers to venture into areas normally inaccessible during the spring and summer months. Look for slot redfish in close to the edges along the shoreline shadowing pods of finger mullet, and for the larger breeder redfish cruising in deeper water and ambush sites where migrating mullet are forced to venture out from the safety of the shallow flats.

    Remember, in fishing we always try to match the hatch, or in this case the migration, so mullet imitation lures will be you key to success. For larger redfish, tarpon and snook, I suggest the DOA BFL or Bait Buster and if toothy fish are in the mix, switch to hard baits like the Rapala Skitter Walk or Sub Walker.

    Hope you make time to get out there and catch-um-up,

    Captain Tom Van Horn

  • 09/29/2018 4:19 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Fall Fishing is good
    by Capt. Greg Stamper

    Here we are on the last quarter of the year and fishing between now and December is usually some of the best we can get. October brings the beginning of dropping water temperatures. These water temperature drops begin migrations of fish from North in the panhandle. Schools of fish and what eats them begin moving South down Floridas’ West coast shoreline. Depending on how cool the water gets and when, bait schools will push South staying in areas for days or weeks at a time. The further South the bait moves the longer they stay in those areas. True cold fronts rarely reach Southwest Florida till December so starting now we can have schools of what’s eating the bait hanging around for long periods of time.

    In the backcountry the primary subjects will be Snook, redfish, jacks, and trout this month, with tarpon sprinkled in. We managed to find a bunch of small and medium snook and a few reds toward the end of September, after battling with red tides. 

    Snook and Redfish will continue to be catch and release only, throughout the entire Southwest coast. Till further notice this will stay in place as it should, but we can still catch them. October typically brings the redfish together in schools and often anglers will have the ability to see them cruising. These schools of redfish usually throw a significant wake when moving places, making for easy pickings. Topwater plugs are a popular choice in October as anglers can cover a lot of water easily. Cut baits like ladyfish, mullet, or crabs are another option should you put out “spreads for reds”. Finally, free lining live baits along or around oyster bars or shorelines always works well.

    There’s a good chance that the big tarpon will start showing up certainly by the end of the month. Personally, I like fishing for them on the low wind days. If it’s the 100+ pounders I’m looking for when it’s calm you’ll catch glimpses of them rolling or free jumping in areas. You can run up and down our beaches on days when its calm and find schools working bait. Typically, we will target them with threadfin herring or crabs and fish up current from them drifting the baits behind us moving on the trolling motor. On the days when it’s a bit windy we can always target the juvenile tarpon that are plentiful in our back bays. These juvenile tarpons were a saving grace for trips during red tide and are a lot of fun as they range from 10-40 pounds. Most creeks, canals, and rivers throughout the area here will have them, you’ve just got to have time on the water to figure out the when and where.

    The fall also begins a push of bonitas, kingfish, tripletail, and other species into our area for many months. These fish can be found nearshore easily within the first 10 miles. Depending on what you like to do, targeting these fish can be done many ways. Bonitas and kingfish often show themselves by making commotions on the waters surface or sometimes free jumping. You can troll plugs, chum them up straight to your position, or do the run and gun approach from school to school once you’ve located an area they’re in. Tripletail is a bit different, now we start checking all the buoys, markers, or floating debris we see until the stone crab season starts making things much easier. November typically is when we start seeing the 10-20+ pounders but you never know.

    Finally, as we’ve begun the recovery from red tide, I hope the areas impacted most will begin to heal. These areas are usually where I picked up pompano in great numbers, spotted seatrout up to 8 pounds and a gauntlet of miscellaneous species such as mackeral, ladyfish, sharks, etc. in October. I did not fish these areas from July 27th till September 25 as red tide seemed to constantly be in different places throughout the area the entire time. However, I fished a few of these areas on two different occasions since and did find a few. These areas aren’t back to normal by any means, but hopefully a few more weeks of good conditions will change things up.

    Tight lines,
    Capt Greg Stamper
    Snookstampcharters.com
    239-313-1764

  • 09/29/2018 4:16 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Catch and Release Snook and Redfish
    by Captain Michael Manis

    On average, this is one of my favorite months. Snook and redfish are entering favorable transition periods.  Because, they’re separate and unique, sight-fishing opportunities are possible on mangrove shorelines and on open grass flats.  

    Snook begin moving away from open water shorelines towards backcountry creek systems. Last month, I began making my way further into the backcountry and I plan to push a bit farther this month. In Particular, on the east side below Punta Gorda, I’ll work the extensive collection of tidal creeks three or four islands deep. Later in the month, they should really be on the move. It’s hard to imagine now, but these creek systems will provide protection and more stable water temperatures when it cools off and the fronts start pushing through.

    In addition, it’s hard not to put some time in on the West Wall. It does see a lot of boat traffic, but it’s a natural migration path for fish making their way towards the Myakka River. When it’s good, it’s really good. Tidal creek areas around the Myakka Cutoff are also a good place to look.

    Redfish are coming off their August and September spawn and will still be grouped up on open flats. Any bay or sound could hold fish. In past years, flats with good flush from the Gulf were a good bet. For this reason, I have always liked the flats adjacent to Stump Pass in Lemon Bay and between Captiva and Boca Grande Pass in northern Pine Island Sound. This close to Gulf passes; water clarity and sight fishing opportunities improved.

    This year, depending upon how long the red tide sticks around our beaches, we may have to spend more time looking inside the harbor.  The Cape Haze Point area and around the bar outside Turtle Bay is worth a look. Further up the harbor, the flats outside Hog Island can fish well. Too, the bar system that runs from Mangrove Point to Alligator Creek is a possibility.

    As a final thought, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has put a catch and release only rule in place from Anna Maria Island in Manatee County all the way down to Gordon Pass in Collier County for both snook and redfish. This is to help protect the species now that red tide has killed so many fish. It’s time that we all give a little back and practice preservation through stewardship.

    Until next month, good tides.

    Captain Michael Manis

    Punta Gorda Fly Charters
    (941) 628-7895
    mike@puntagordaflycharters.com
    www.puntagordaflycharters.com

  • 09/29/2018 4:12 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Transition to fall
    by Captain Charlie Conner

    October marks the transition into the fall weather patterns along the Treasure Coast.  You can expect temperatures to begin to cool down somewhat into more comfortable days to enjoy the outdoors.  Water temperatures will begin to slowly cool off as well.  October provides great weather and hungry fish.  It's a fantastic month to be fishing!

    The fall mullet run will continue to dominate the area as large schools of finger mullet fill the beaches, inlets and rivers of the area.  It has been an active season this year.  You can expect lots of big fish to be feeding on them both day and night.  Snook fishing will be best during the night hours on the higher ends of the tides.  Live finger mullet, croakers and pigfish will be the best live baits to use.  DOA Terror Eyz, Bait Busters and feather jigs will be good artificial lures to use for snook.  Try around the jetties, turning basin and bridges as well as many of the deeper docks around the river.  Lighted docks are especially productive when fishing at night.

    Redfish has continued to be a wonderful fishery for us again this year.  Each year has seen their population increase and many anglers have enjoyed the experience of fishing a large school of reds this year.  October will continue to be a productive month for those who seek redfish on the flats.  The new DOA 2 3/4“ shrimp or CAL grub tails are two of the best choices for redfish along with a variety of live and cut baits.  The west shoreline south of Fort Pierce is always a good area when looking for redfish.

    The trout bite will be good this month.  Get out early with a top water lure for some exciting action on the river.  Switch to a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait later in the mornings.  Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Middle Cove are all great areas to fish for trout around the Treasure Coast.  Look for some sheephead, black drum and snapper around the bridges, docks and channel edges.  The surf will be alive with jacks, snook, bluefish and other predators, which will all be chasing the bait schools along the beach.

    Snook season has been in full swing for the past month and anglers are always looking for that slot fish to take home.  Beaches, jetties, bridges and mangroves are all popular areas to seek snook.  Top water lures, DOA Bait Busters, CAL Airheads and live baits are all great ways to target snook in October.  It's another great month to fish along the Treasure Coast!  Have fun and get out fishing soon!

    As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!

    Good Fishing and Be Safe,

    Captain Charlie Conner
    www.fishtalescharter.com 
    email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com
    772-284-3852

  • 08/30/2018 6:11 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Moving slowly from Summer to Fall
    by Captain Michael Manis

    It’s been a trying summer on our coast. It’s probably anybody’s guess as to how our fishery will come through all this. Catch and release is something we can all do and try to get the fish back in the water as quick as possible. Keep in mind, when we take a fish out of the water, they can’t breathe. Try holding your breath the entire time you have a fish in the air and that’s what they’re experiencing.

    Generally, about this time of year, it’s not unusual to find yourself fishing some typical summer patterns while also looking at some new opportunities. For all practical purposes, even though we feel like fall is on the way; it’s still summer. Just like last month, tarpon are still holding in and around the deeper holes of the upper harbor as well as the bridges. Early in the morning, looking for rolling fish is a great way to begin any day. This is the time to throw the deep running or trolling model D.O.A. Bait buster.

    For new opportunities, even though the heat still makes it feel like summer to us, fish are generally ahead of the curve and snook should enter a transition phase as summer winds down. As their spawning season comes to a close, they’ll begin making their way away from the deeper cuts and move towards the rivers and backcountry creek systems. They’ll also need to put on weight after spawning. Out of Punta Gorda, shorelines bordering the harbor that intersect cuts and sloughs are worth exploring. On the east side, the stretch from Ponce Park to Pirate Harbor, a labyrinth of small islands can fish well and don’t overlook the west wall across the harbor where there’s eight miles of potential shoreline.

    With this in mind, I’ll still try to spend some time looking for redfish. Typically, this and next month provide some of our best redfish fishing of the year. It’s now that the fish begin to school up in preparation for the spawn. When in schools, if not spooked, they can be very aggressive as they compete to eat. I’ll probably look towards the top of the harbor on both the east and west sides as well as around Hog Island.

    Until next month, good tides. 

    Captain Michael Manis
    Punta Gorda Fly Charters
    (941) 628-7895
    mike@puntagordaflycharters.com
    www.puntagordaflycharters.com

  • 08/30/2018 6:06 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Coping through red tide
    by Capt. Greg Stamper

    September has arrived, and a continuation of summer patterns hopefully gets back to normal.  This should be the last of the true heat, as we will hit the 90’s for most of the month consistently. Occasionally we’ll get some days in the 80’s, and if we’re lucky some early morning runs in the low 70’s. Our rain patterns will stay normal with an inch or so in random places each day, keeping the creeks and small rivers flowing. We had a tough start to August this year with an extended bout of red tide that has certainly impacted the fishery negatively.

    I write bits and pieces of this article starting at the beginning of each month to give you, the reader the best forecast for the future month. With that said, here’s the information I’ve gathered thru August, to give you my best opinion of how September will treat us.

    July 27-Aug 4: After a week of fishing through the worst of fish kills since 89, we are finally seeing fewer dead fish and a little bit of greener water in isolated places. We still have heavy pockets of red tide in the passes, the front parts of the bay, and nearshore to at least 5 miles, as that’s as far as I went. Fishing was so bad I flat out cancelled two trips, as it just wasn’t the right thing to do for the customers. It was a sad week of fishing from Captiva all the way down to Wiggins pass for me. I went out several times on my own or with other Captains and saw hundreds of thousands of dead fish ranging from bait, eels, flounder, snook, redfish, goliaths, and even a whale shark. I’ll be scouting again starting Aug 5, so I’ll continue writing then.

    Aug 5- Aug 10: OK here’s the good part, nearshore has fish. I went out 8 miles, as the red tide was still bad inshore. The red tide was out there as well, but figured maybe I’d find fish in 30-40 feet on the bottom. I went to several wrecks and reefs and marked some fish. Nothing was happy to oblige however, I’m guessing these fish aren’t interested with red tide still around. As far as I could tell based on my experience, these are permit, goliaths, snappers and possibly snook, sorry I don’t have all the fancy technology that shows me exactly what they are yet. My guess however, based on how they acted the fish were posted up waiting for a change. I dropped crabs, live baits as I sabikied a few, and a few chunk baits with only a shark picking up my offerings. Thankfully a good amount of baby tarpon are in the back bays and creeks though. These tarpon are up to 40lbs and can certainly be targeted, along with snook, sheepshead, and jacks for the most part. Our small rivers and creeks as of now seem to be holding the survivors. Haven’t seen much else yet in the open bays, but I’m hoping they branch out as this mess cleans up, since there’s plenty of vacancies available.

    Aug 11- Aug 17:  So, besides all the negative publicity and the complete vacancy of tourists that should be here, there’s fish available. With that said I’m going to recommend catch and release regardless for a while. I can only compare this to the massive fish kill / freeze we had 8 years ago. Personally, I’ve had a no kill policy for snook since then, but depending on how the next few months go, that may apply to everything for a while. Luckily, I’ve been into tarpon to 40 ponds, snook to 30 inches and even a few redfish along with a bunch of jacks up to 6 pounds. There’s bait that’s tiny showing up in a bunch of places and besides fishing the passes or out in the gulf, it’s been decent in the back bay. We still have red tide spread out in areas, but it’s more like patches now. I can get drags pulled this week so life’s good, unfortunately the clients aren’t here with many people that were booked worried about what they are seeing throughout media. Can’t’ blame them actually I’d be thinking the same. Well back out Tuesday for SnookStamp.

    Aug 20- Aug 28: Still finding fishing tough in open water and near the passes, but the rivers, creeks, and in some places the East side of the bays are holding fish. A few more redfish have shown up along with small snook, a bunch of sheepshead, snappers, and baby tarpon. I saw my first batch of decent size baitfish, 3 days ago but didn’t bother netting them as I’m hoping they’ll make more. Shrimp is now living well in live wells, as well as pinfish. I’m hoping that with all the rains and East winds things will start cleaning up allowing us to get back to something normal soon.

    So, all things considered I’m just writing off August and keeping a positive outlook moving into September. The fact that I’m seeing bait showing up tells me without another big bloom predators will follow. Scouting with artificial baits will be my repertoire for the next few weeks, knowing that when I get calls to go fishing I can lean back on the fish I’ve already found. It’s been a tough time for lots of business throughout the region so call your favorite guide, ask them what’s up in their local area, and go from there. We’ll get through this soon and I’m looking forward to writing a real fishing forecast moving forward. Tight lines Capt. Greg

    Captain Greg Stamper

    Snookstampcharters.com
    239-313-1764


  • 08/30/2018 6:02 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Bait Schools are easy to spot in September
    by Captain Charlie Conner

    September is always an exciting month to fish along the Treasure Coast. August was another hot month for us. Anglers eagerly await the arrival of the annual fall mullet run. The beaches and rivers will be filled with mullet and you can find lots of predators following the bait this month. Look for tarpon, snook, jacks, bluefish and many other species feeding on the mullet this month. Top water and suspending lures work fantastic in September. Try a DOA Baitbuster or Big Fish lure while fishing around the large schools of mullet. It's a great time of year to fish early mornings along the beach. The fish will be cornering the bait along the surf and action can be fun and exciting.

    Snook season opens again on September 1st. Anglers have been patiently awaiting the chance at keeping a slot fish for dinner. A few things to keep in mind while you are anxiously getting ready for the start of the season are making sure your license and snook permit are not outdated. Know the slot size, which is 28” – 32” and a one fish per day limit. Check your rods, reels and fishing line. Don’t lose that keeper fish because of something that you could have avoided by a little preparation. Remember that there will be lots of anglers heading out the first several days of the season. Have fun and be safe!

    You will be able to find some redfish schools this month as they gather up to head out to the ocean. Look around the shallow sandy flats for them to be feeding. DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits can coax them into biting. Look for trout around the usual flats like Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island. Deadly Combos fished on the edges of the bait schools will find some action with trout and other species. Snapper can be found along channel edges and around structure. Sheephead, drum and snapper can be caught on the catwalks of the bridges. Live or dead shrimp will find these fish.

    September Tip:
    Fish the bait schools! It's easy to spot the bait this time of year. If you don't find bait around your favorite fishing spot, you will most likely not find many fish there. Move around if you need to in order to find active bait. Fish love this time of year and they are out there gorging themselves on the bait in anticipation of the coming winter months. Try a CAL Airhead or DOA Bait Buster around the mullet schools. Early mornings can be exciting on the flats. You can find big fish in shallow water around the bait pods. It has been a long hot summer and finally temperatures will begin to mellow out and water temps will get back to normal. It's a great time of year to be fishing!

    Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!

    Good Fishing and be Safe,
    Captain Charlie Conner
    www.fishtalescharter.com
    captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com
    772-284-3852

  • 07/30/2018 3:18 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Fish Early
    by Captain Michael Manis

    For lack of a better word, this could be considered the height or “dog days of summer”. Most days, it provides a small window of opportunity. Between the heat and afternoon thunderstorms, I like to get off the water by lunch. In addition, the water temperature heats up quickly in the backcountry so I’ll typically spend most of my time in open water.  Too, the light winds provide an opportunity to fish places that can be squirrely in my skiff most of the year. 

    At first light, the upper harbor is a good place to start looking for rolling tarpon. It’s a lot of area and can definitely use up some of that window. From the 20 foot hole between the West Wall and Ponce Park up to the mouth of both the Myakka and Peace Rivers is the zone. In particular, around U.S. 41 Bridge can be really good. Moreover, loading at either Ponce or Laishley Park makes for a short run.

    Around the 20-foot hole, don’t be surprised if you run into some sharks. Black nose, blacktip, and bull sharks are always possible. In addition, smaller sharks can be great sport on the bars that border the open harbor. It’s not unusual to see blacktip and bulls cruising and on the prowl. These bars stay a bit cooler from a decent tide flow.

    For example, concentrate on spots that get direct flow from Boca Grande Pass. Typically, Turtle Bay and the Bokeelia bars fish well. Also, don’t be surprised to see a school of jack crevalle cruising and busting bait on these bars. They disappear as quick as they show up so be ready to throw no matter what you’ve got rigged.

    With slick mornings, the markers offer a unique opportunity. Because it’s structure, there’s always bait and consequently predator species won’t be far away. Spanish mackerel, jacks, blue runners, and mangrove snapper are just an example. It may not be any of the more glamorous species; but it’ll keep your rod bent and on fly and light tackle it’s still plenty of fun. Artificial baits like plugs, feathered jigs and spoons are all you need.

    Fall is right around the corner and we’ll soon transition into one of the best times of year. Until then, enjoy the light winds and minimal boat traffic and get out early.     

     Until next month, good tides.

    Captain Michael Manis
    Punta Gorda Fly Charters
    941-628-7895
    mike@puntagordaflycharters.com
    www.puntagordaflycharters.com

  • 07/30/2018 3:13 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Fishing in the Heat
    by Capt. Greg Stamper

    August is here, and the heat continues as we push through the hottest time of the year. With our water temperatures at their peak, finding good current is a big help. Stronger currents bring more oxygen to the fish and usually keeps them active. Based on tides some days will be better than others to fish. Days when low tide is mid-day means fish early or fish late. Low water from one to four PM will be extra hot with lower oxygen in the shallow water. Once the afternoon thunderstorms finish, things will be better. The rains help cool down the water and adds a bit of oxygen. Snook, redfish, trout, tarpon especially the juveniles, as well as pompano, and permit will be the targets for most of this month’s trips.

    Snook fishing along our beaches is the standard around here, as long the winds are low. I certainly prefer winds from the Northeast clockwise to Southeast when fishing the beaches. Snook are a lot of fun when you can sight cast to them using an assortment of lures and baits. Slow rolling on a trolling motor within casting distance of the beach is the way to go. I prefer moving with the current as I sight fish, as most fish will be swimming at you. Generally, the snook will be within feet of the shore as they harass the schools of bait moving along.

    Juvenile tarpon will be plentiful throughout Southwest Florida during August. When targeting these small tarpon, it’s best to start early. I like to be on the water at my spot before sunrise to take advantage of the first light. Usually, anglers will have about the first two hours to get them. I’ve had some days when the bite does last longer, however that’s usually when there’s overcast keeping the light levels low longer. These small tarpons are anywhere from 5 to 40 pounds and can be handled on the same rods that we redfish with. The tarpon will take a variety of baits from shrimp, whitebait, and crabs to a bunch of the small artificials. 

    When the tides begin to slow down that’s a great time to head to the local passes and cuts. These areas will have current first or last during the tide shifts. Pompano, ladyfish, mackerel, sharks and trout are the usual suspects. A simple jig tipped with shrimp worked aggressively mid water column should do the trick. On days when the ladyfish are thick you can always keep a dozen of them and head off for some shark fishing, as there will be plenty of them around up to eight feet.

    Shark fishing is a fun time especially for anglers that want to catch something big. When targeting sharks, I’ll use heavy spinning outfits with 80-pound fluorocarbon leaders and 6/o circle hooks. Yes, we’ll miss a few as some of the sharks will cut through the leader, but you’d be surprised how many you land regardless. Now if you start getting bit off constantly using a small piece of wire is an option. Bulls, hammerheads, blacktip, gray reef, and spinner sharks are the usual suspects. Occasionally as we set up putting out our cut baits and begin chumming, I’ll have clients throw jigs for anything that’s around. Catching anything from mackerel to catfish causes commotion and vibrations in the water bring the predators in quicker.  Another good practice is to have a buoy at the end of your anchor line. This is a good idea when you hook a beast as you can throw all the remaining line in the water and chase the fish. Likewise, once you’re done with the one you just caught you can come right back to where you were already chumming and pick up where you left off.

    Tight lines,

     Capt. Greg Stamper
    Snookstampcharters.com
    239-313-1764

  • 07/30/2018 3:09 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Summer docks provide good variety
    by Captain Charlie Conner

    As summer continues to bring the daily chance of afternoon rains and thunderstorms, fishing will take the usual second seat to the opening of lobster season.  It has been a wet season this year with lots of afternoon activity.  Expect lots of boats on the water each day as they head out in search of the spiny critters.  Practice safe boating tactics and don’t be in a hurry to get out there.  Those dog days of August will continue with hot weather, so take the normal precautions while on the water.  Have a great August this year!

    Trout and snapper will continue to be the best bite around the river.  Top water lures, like the DOA Airhead or Bait Buster, fished early, followed by a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait will be productive on the grass flats.  Water quality has been very good this year to date, but with all the hot weather the water temps have been higher than normal.  Queen’s Cove, Bear Point and Harbor Branch are usually active with trout.  Fish shallow early and move to the edges of the flats as the sun warms thing up each day.  Look for sand holes on the grass flats.  Trout love to sit in them and wait for the tide to bring their food to them.  We have enjoyed a good amount of big trout this year on the flats.  This month will provide great weather in the mornings for fishing the river.

    Head out to the docks along the river for snook, snapper, sheephead and redfish.  Some big fish will be hanging under the shady areas around many of the docks along the river from Vero to Stuart.  Fish your lures slowly.  If you use the tide in your favor, the lure will remain under the dock longer and give you a better chance at hooking up.  Snook will be active around the jetties, bridges and docks of the river.  Live baits, Terror Eyz and Bait Busters will all work well for you.  As the rainy season continues, try some of the spillways when the water is actively running over them.  A root beer Terror Eyz is a great lure around those areas.

    Bridges will hold some nice snapper during the month along with some sheephead and black drum.  The turning basin should become alive with glass minnows and a variety of predators to feed on them.  Again the fresh water runoff will play a part in determining where to fish this month.  Everything on the water loves to eat those glass minnows.  Fish the edges of the bait pods and you should find some predators hanging out there waiting to feed.  The edges of the channel will also be holding lots of snapper around any of the structure or rocks.  It’s a great time of year!

    Make it a point to keep hydrated and lathered up with sunscreen.  Take those precautions early so that the end of your day will be as enjoyable as the beginning.  Sunburn or sun poisoning isn’t any fun and can become dangerous to your health.  Drink plenty of water or Gatorade.  Have fun in August and good fishing!

    Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it's an ADVENTURE!

    Good Fishing,
    Captain Charlie Conner
    www.fishtalescharter.com
    captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com
    772-284-3852

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