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.