Friday, December 31, 2010
Inshore, the redfishing fired off yesterday!!! I spoke with Tony Vercillo last night. Tony caught 30 nice redfish most mid to upper slot. Gulp shrimp were working their magic. There are giant trout laid up everywhere right now. It has been tough to get them to eat, but most have been in the 5-10 pound range. I haven't heard or seen too many pompano lately but they should continue to push in with the cold water.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Took a day trip up to Sebastian Inlet today. The day started overcast and cool, but the water was pretty clean accept for all the CATFISH and BLUEFISH they made it hard to get any bait out on the bottom. The sky got much better and warmer about the last 2 hours of low tide, people started catching drum, sheepshead a few reds, small permit 10-11inches, a lot more bluefish and MORE catfish on the south side. The north side had so many people we didn’t try to go over there to fish, but I’m sure they and the same catfish and blues we had. Right before high tide turned into low we got a few flounder 13-14inches on the south catwalk, but then the tide turned and the current was too strong to drag a shrimp or mud minnow on bottom. Mid January-February the flounder will be making there way “BACK” into the inlet from their spawn. I made some good contacts on this trip, and I’ll keep you posted on whats biting up there.......
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Inshore has still been really good considering the extreme temperatures. The red-fishing has been excellent and has produced double digits almost daily. The big winter trout are schooled up in deep holes in the early and late hours, and are pushing up in the shallows during the heat of the day to warm up. Gulp, mirror lure and Marsh Works soft plastics have been producing great results. A super slow presentation is required to get the bite. There are still some big redfish in the Ft. Pierce Inlet as well as plenty of bluefish, mackerel, and some nice flounder.
Have a great day!!!
Have a great day!!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
“Looking for pompano” ? Look at the beaches a little south, of Juno Pier, they are moving with the warmer water. There have been fish caught off of Singer Island’s Coral Reef Park, and down by the PB inlet. I would bet the next stop is going to be Boynton Beach (note you can’t fish the jetties yet--March, April maybe-- but the north and south side of the inlet you can). Park in the south parking lot and its a short walk to ether side , I would even bounce a Capt. Joe’s pompano jig tipped with a piece of shrimp, off the back sea wall of the parking lot, I’ve caught them there before. On the beach you may want to use a double hook pompano set up with a 2-4oz. sinker to get it out there around the sand bar. The pomp guys use clams and sand fleas as bait. Fleas are getting hard to find because of the cold, so go with the clams. You can get them from Publix or a fish market, shrimp will work but some of these guys fish pompano **EVERY DAY** they are using clams. “They talk, I listen”. As the weather and water warms up again’ the pomps will find their way back north looking for a meal, and if you want to catch them you got to move with them.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
“HAPPY HOLIDAY” to all. I plan to do a lot of fishing this up coming week, hitting every spot I can to get some hands on, report updates . Hope everyone got all the new fishing toys they wanted.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This has been a fairly good month at the Juno Pier, a lot of macs, blue fish some kingfish a few reds and whiting the big watch has been for cobia. There have been a good number spotted and caught. There was 6 one day with 4 keepers, about a week ago. There was one caught today in the 20-25lb. range and a few others spotted, but the real story was a 71 lb. cobia caught Tue. of this week. caught on one of the many jigs that are made by the anglers. Today the water looked perfect for pompano and macs, *** the only thing was they didn’t know that. Monday was the day for pompano, a good number caught. There are more being caught off the beaches using sand fleas, and shrimp. Try to get your bait out pass were the waves are breaking closes to the beach, pomps hold up out there waiting for food to wash out to them. If you don’t get a bite at one spot move to another an another an another....a little further down the beach, remember you can’t be a pompano fisherman if you take a chair.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Alright, so winter has set in and it appears that we might be in for another cold season. Well, let's hope not! One cold front has passed and another is fast approaching the Treasure Coast. As usual, they seem to hit us on the weekends and only allow a couple days a week to have a chance to get out on the water. Better get those cold weather clothes out and ready!
The anglers who fished the past week found a good nighttime snook bite around the jetties and inlet. Live bait, feather jigs and DOA TerrorEyz have been working best for snook anglers trying to get a slot fish before the season closed on December 15th. There is only a few days left.
There has been a good redfish bite on the west shoreline both north of Fort Pierce around Harbor Branch and south around the docks. Live bait, CAL jerk baits and DOA shrimp have all worked. There has also been some good size reds taken around the jetties recently. Trout are catch and release this month, but there have been trout taken on the deeper cuts of the flats on popping corks.
Pompano and whiting have been biting along the surf when fishable on shrimp, sand fleas and Doc's Goofy Jigs. Sand perch, sheephead and black drum have been caught off the bridges and catwalks this week. Dead shrimp is always the best bait choice in these spots.
It's gonna get cold again next week, so dress warm and plan on fishing in deeper water for the best results. Afternoons can find fish moving up shallow to get warm and always a possibility of a redfish or trout in the shallows on a sunny afternoon. Have fun out there!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
Captain Charlie Conner
Friday, December 10, 2010
Cooler temps mean cooler water and that means Blue Fish and more Blues, from the surf the rivers and if it is wet they are probably there too. Mix in some Macs and Pompano and you might say are winter visitors are here. Blues on the beach, in and out all day starting at sun rise, nice schools of three to five pound fish are there. Blues are fun to catch they attack the bait they want it before one of the others gets it. They will eat about any thing that moves, so weather it is a spoon or a lure even cut bait take the barbs off the hooks it makes for a fast release from you and for you also. When the Blues slow the Pompano and big Whiting will show, a piece of clam or shrimp will catch both and Blues will also bite, so you will know when they are back. Weather man told us all week about big seas and they never showed, looking for rod benders try the surf it has been an event.
When the weather man calls for a turn in temperatures be at the causeways, the fish know, and the bite is on. They need to eat, build up the energy; Friday it was Snook all day from early to late. Flair hawks, Bombers, D.O.A. TerrorEyz, over slot, under and some in the slot but a lot of Snook. Water is cooling so slow those baits down and fish deeper water, Trout is still closed and Snook will close on the 15th but plenty of Reds, Blues and Pompano to keep busy with. If Reds are the target wait till mid morning and fish the shallow water that is the water that warms the quickest and they know it, stay deep and watch for the schools then move ahead and let them come to you. Did I mention the Jacks and Spanish Macs were every where?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Macs are GOING OFF at the Juno Pier There was a early morning bite today and the same yesterday that had anglers filling there buckets and coolers full of big mackerel. They where biting everything, jigs, plugs, spoons, if it was thrown out there it got ate. There where few pompano even though the water looked perfect for them, maybe there will be a evening run.
Blue fish and Macs are being caught up at Hobe Sound, and other beaches up north.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sun. there were a number of cobia at Juno, What I was told, 7-8 with 4 keepers. One in the 40-50 pound range was lost while trying to bring it up on the pier *(when fishing bring “your own” bridge net don’t think there is going to be one already on the pier)*. They where caught on jigs that a lot of the anglers make themselves,you might be able to buy a few from the guys ,but they are not cheap. They put a lot of work into these fish catching works of art. Very colorful with feathered tails. Cobia like that flash, and colors for some reason, but ha if it works go with it. One of the most important things about Cobia or any kind of fishing is give the other angler his or her room to fish, Lets call it “FISHING ETIQUETTE” something we ALL should practice.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Want to bend a rod; the surf has been the spot. For that early angler casting cut baits or lures it has been Blue Fish and more Blue Fish. Want to have breakfast first, mid morning, how about Whiting, Croaker, Mac’s and Blue fish with a mix of Pompano. After lunch it is all about Pompano, Whiting, Croaker and Blue Fish. After dinner it is Pompano, Blue Fish and you get the idea the fish are there all day depending on the time and location. If they are not there wait twenty minutes or so and some one will show, if you are fishing up close it could be any one of the above but the Pompano try a long cast and it is shrimp that is getting their attention. Surf anglers have had a busy week, but the great thing about the week is pick a time and come on down and see who bends the rod, surf has been busy fishing. Almost forgot to mention big Jacks, twenty pound class, serious Jack’s.
Pompano has been the river target, weather you are fishing in the North Fork, Hells Gate, across the Sail Fish Flats or from the bridges they have been there a few times through out the day, enough for the lucky anglers to catch their limit. Depending on who you talk to as to weather they bite on the incoming or out going but the bite is on morning, noon and evening, three pound fish. That little jigging spoon is the bait, some tip it, some don’t, and some say it is the one with the fly on it but what ever that jigging spoon works. Twenty pound leader is all you need, heavier and it effects the action or the fish see it so go lighter not heavier. Good Red Fish bite north to the Power Plant if you can keep the “pesky” Trout off your bait and the Flounder keep coming, not a lot but every angler reports one or two, early seems best and then you can go chase the Pomp’s. Plenty of Lady Fish, Jacks and Sheephead to keep busy while, waiting for the Pompano and the tide to turn.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
My son and myself took a short trip to the Skyway bridge fishing pier, on the west coast of Fla. We had planned to spend a few nights on the bridge, and do some night fishing. I’ve heard a lot of good things about fishing there, but The COLD weather allowed us to only spend Fri. night on the bridge. We left West Palm Beach it was sunny and about 78 degrees. Skyway was in the 50s doing the day, and 40s at night with winds 15-20mph, we were in shock. Sat. finely warmed up to the 60s and sunny.
We were told about a place called Fort Desoto, just a short drive away. What a “Wade Fishing Paradise”.........
By it being my first time there, I found the local bait and tackle shop --- “The Bait Bucket”--- One of the best tackle shops that I’ve ever been in, not because of their selection of merchandise, (they had everything you could ever want) but because of the people who work there.... Ms Jackie, Kevin, Joe, Les and the rest of the staff treated us like we had been coming there for years. They told us what was bitting, Hot spots and what to use them. We had a great fishing trip, we caught grouper, flounder, redfish, and trout, (Good Eaten Slam), all THANKS to The Bait Bucket. I can’t wait to get back over there.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I was up at Lake Worth Pier today, some blues, macs and a few REALLY nice “pompanos”. There was one that had to be about 14-15” to the fork of the tail. I may need to go to Lake Worth more often. There was only two guys fishing for pomps using fleas that they caught the evening before.
If your out for a good fight there has been a lot of “GOOD SIZE” macs and bluefish, at Juno Pier and on the beaches up that way. They seem to be hitting everything in sight. Whiting, Pompano and a few Cobs there to. I had a nice flounder on at the pier, while fishing live shrimp for the snapper that have been hanging around.( I did say flounder and “HAD” it on ). I was so surprised to see it I set the hook, forgetting I had a circle hook on and the flounder let go about 5ft out of the water.
For you “ NIGHT OWLS ” Juno Pier is open 24hrs, threw the middle of Feb. I will check out the night action and let you know whats going on there..........
There have been a lot of big drum at the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, a hunk of crab or shrimp should do the trick. Snook are still being caught there to, some big ones I’ve been told. The Roosevelt is also a good place for sheepshead fishing, they should be showing up soon.
There has been snook caught at the Flagler and Lantana bridges at night on live mullet. Take a jacket, it’s been a little chilly out there, also check the tide chart out, snook like moving water.
I should have more info. on whats going on down south in a day or so........
Monday, November 8, 2010
Bah, humbug, I want to be warm not cold. Yes, I know it is good for the Sail fish, Pompano, Blues and Mac’s but I live in south Florida.
This week it was weather, north wind bringing in fifty degrees and six foot seas, great for surfing but I want to fish. All this cooler weather had effects on the anglers but not the fish, the bite was on. In shore and off if you could get bait in the water you had a fish. These cooler temps tell the fish it is time to put on some weight for winter now you just have to be there to feed them.
Off shore the bite was close but as the week move on so did the wave heights of course it will lay down and you need to be there. King in 20’, lots of nice fish, plenty in the 20lb class eating any thing that comes their way. Sail fish were at the 100’ mark and there was plenty, boats were going four for ten or six for eight, trolling ballyhoo a really good push following these cooler days. Dolphin were in between, fish in the fifteen to twenty pound class and you guessed it, Ballyhoo was the bait of choice. Then as quickly as it turned on the weather man turn on that wind weapon, now the fish are still there just that we have to wait till we can get there. Mutton snapper bit was outstanding from forty feet to sixty, now if we can just figure out how to anchor in six foot seas, and yes the Spanish Mac’s are back.
>From the surf it was Blues and Mac’s, Pompano, Whiting and Snook, that was early in the week, those cooler temps move a lot of fish in.
Wind did slow some anglers but most found it work able till the week end then the waves were just too much. Kast Master makes a spoon that is designed to cast into the wind, two shapes and plenty of differing weights for wind and equipment sizes and they work, that is the cool thing. Blues, Mac’s and Snook top catch list biting all day, Pompano and whiting moved in when the above moved out the cycle worked all day. Now I am more than sure they are still there when the seas settle. Spoons or cut bait for the fish with teeth, shrimp, clams and sand fleas for every body else and I will sit here and wait for the weather man to turn off the wind weapon.
The worst the weather the better the Snook fishing leave the boat home and come on down to the bridge, any bridge. Anglers found to many fish, how about multiple hooks up and many were in the slot Red Tails Hawks top the list and if you are going take several because you are going to loose a few. This bite out lasted the anglers but it will change as the weather gets back to normal. Pompano are arriving, the area just north of Sail Fish and the bridges have had some excellent runs, and pesky Trout are every where. Good Red Fish bite and then the wind came and no anglers to take advantage of these poor fish. More and more Flounder on the catch list, oh no winter must be here, change of seasons. Plenty of Blues, Jacks and Mac’s to make you crazy, just that north wind keeps on blowing, look to the flat water. So I guess we will just have to Snook Fish under a bridge, don’t you just hate when this happens, see you there………………………………………………………..HENRY
Monday, November 1, 2010
Starting at the beach, it has been a great week with a long catch list and the best part is any time you showed up there was fish. Plenty of Blues, Whiting, Croaker, Pompano, Mac’s and a few more were there and this was all day. Blues were there through out the day, spoons and cut bait top the bait list and the Mac’s and Jacks were there if the Blues missed the bait. Anglers that preferred the Whiting and Croaker found plenty at their toes, the Blues kept them on the edge most of the day. With all the sand fleas on the beach you know the Pompano would be there. We reported lots of small Pompano over the past few weeks and now here come the keepers, do not forget the ice. Most interesting was the time, any time, depending on your location at some point they would be there, lots of fish all week and a seven foot rod kept you in the game.
In shore the Trout season is closed, so they will be hitting any thing thrown. November and all of December the Trout will get a break, one can still catch but you can not keep, time to take the barbs off the hooks because you and I both know it will be all big Trout, have your camera ready. Red fish, slot Snook and Flounder will be the target if you can keep the pesky Trout away. Red Fish just seem to like the west side of the Indian River, yes you catch them on the east side but the west, around the docks is their favored location, along with some slot size Snook, early is the prime time into mid morning, top water, gold spoons, live shrimp and soft rubber will find them if you can keep those pesky Trout away. Flounder anywhere you find a hole in the grass or the drop of a channel edge, fish the drop, almost to the rise. Shrimp on a jig head, just slide your bait across the bottom, they hit hard so do not loose you grip.
This week end in Ft Pierce is the SKA nationals, lots of boats, lots going on, stop up………………………..Henry
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
North east wind, south east wind all hard on the surf anglers, not on the fish. Plenty of Blues, Mac’s, small Pompano, Whiting and a few slot size Snook made the list. Lots of weeds in differing area, strong surf every where and fish, go figure. Anglers were long casting spoons, cast masters, wind cheaters and cut baits. One had to get beyond the weeds and then get your fish through the weeds, which can test your equipment and your nerves.
Lots of small Pompano and lots of sand fleas on the beach now would be a good time to get some fleas for those months when they are hard to come by. Lots of Whiting so do not forget the ice, any time you can would be a good time to visit the surf, lots of fish.
The excellent catch list is from the early part of the week, Trout, Reds, Snook, Flounder and then the wind, lots of fish on the east side of the Indian River, who cares about the wind. Look for the flat water, that is where the bait is and so are the fish. Trout was limited to the early anglers but if you were looking to bend a rod there were plenty of takers. Blue Fish, Jack’s and Lady Fish kept most busy, the Black Drum at the bridges has thinned but the Snook love these conditions. The more blustery the wind, couple that with our full moon and you have perfect weather for big Snook, most over the slot so please do not bring a knife to the gun fight, heavy equipment. When the conditions are like this we have the North Fork of the St. Lucie, an area that is protected from the wind. Plenty of fish that way, you just need to scout that area on the nice days, oxbows, structure, deep, shallow and it is all out of the wind.
If you are and anglers or just some one that loves the water we have it all, how lucky we are…………………………..Henry
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Jupiter/Juno has been loaded with whiting on the pier and beaches,with perch filling in. You can get fresh shrimp at Fishing Headquarters, Juno Bait & Tackle and Lott Bros. Small redfish have been in the surf at the pier, most have been in the 12 to 16 inch range but there have been 1or 2 keepers. If they stay and grow up it would be a nice, they put on a great fight on light tackle. Some snook are still around the pier, not like it was a few weeks ago, but this is Oct., They are being caught on some of the weirdest stuff, but that’s fall snook fishing. The inlet jetty and in the back country may be where you want to be if looking for snook. Live shrimp is the ticket, I’ve got 10 in one morning at the jetty using live shrimp on a hook up jig. Toss it out, let it sink down and reel in really slow, wait for that thump and hold on, there are a lot of shorts but keep at it and you’ll get that keeper.
Fish of the “Toothy” kind have been all around the pier, macs, blue fish and some jacks have been the big catch. It has been hard to catch live bait, it comes and goes. Most anglers have been throwing gotcha jigs — if you got it ,go for it and fill your cooler. We are waiting for the “BIGGER” pompano to arrive. There have been A LOT of mini pompanos, but I know the BIGGIES are coming just a matter of time........
Down in the Jensen Bech area, there have been some B-I-G trout. I saw one of the biggest ones that I’ve ever seen come off the SE seawall of the causeway. It seems they are feeding on everything that comes by them. (Nov.-Dec. closed season). Redfish and some Pompano are also being caught, especially in the Intracostal. I’ve been told by Capt. Joe himself (Capt. Joe Pomp jigs) about flounder honey holes, just a little south of Snook Nook, after I catch a few I MAY give up that location : - }
Flounder are starting to show up in the Ft Pierce area, but we still need some colder weather to really turn them on. Fishing with live shrimp (Fishing Center & Shrimp Spot), finger mullet and DOAs right on the bottom where they live is the way to go. Pin a live shrimp on a weighted head hook or use a carolina rig with a short leader (5 to 6 inches **see tips page**) when using a live fish for bait. There still have been snapper around the jetty and bridges. Using live free-lined shrimp with split shots to get it down, I’ve been using a small circle hook to let the snapper think it’s got a treat. Pompano have been around the jetty, on the beach and in the river. Use a Capt. Joe’s pomp jig alone, or like I do with a piece of shrimp to add a little scent along with the bright colored jigs. Also you can use the jigs flounder fishing, hooking bait to it and dragging the bottom. Snook are around, but seem to be heading back to the back country as it starts to cool off. This time of year I almost always use shrimp, the cooler water makes them lazy. Shrimp move slower and they won’t turn down a quick snack.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Baby It's Hot Outside
General guidelines to help you from heat related illness........
Drink plenty of fluids before & during outdoor activities, especially on those hot Florida days. Drinks of choice WATER and SPORTS DRINKS; stay away from alcohol and drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea and colas) they can lead to dehydration.
Dress in LIGHT-COLORED, LIGHTWEIGHT, LOOSE-FITTING clothing on those hot days.
Take rest,water breaks and wet yourself down in cool shady areas, avoid becoming overheated.
Wear a HAT and SUNGLASSES.
Use a SPORTS SUNSCREEN that is at least SPF 15 and over.
Never rely on thirst. Thirst is a poor indicator of hydration status. When a person feels thirsty they may already be starting to dehydrate.