We have enjoyed a much more normal winter lately. Cool nights and nice days have allowed the water temperatures to remain in the 60's. This time last year, we had that horrible winter storm that killed so many fish around the state. Luckily, it hasn't been as bad so far this year. A few more weeks and it will begin to warm up and transition into spring around the Treasure Coast.
Lots of fish have been biting all around the river. Sea trout on the flats in three to five feet of water on live shrimp, I found a nice trout that was willing to hit a CAL jerk bait on the flats. Deadly Combos and CAL jerk baits. Redfish on the flats taking DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits. I was out earlier in the week and found a small school tailing in some shallows around one of the many sand bars of the river. Hooking up on three, I got two to the boat before they moved on. A CAL jerk bait in the Arkansas Glow color had them biting.
Sheephead, black drum and some snapper have been hanging around the bridges, docks and channel edges this month. Live or dead shrimp has worked best on these fish. Pompano have been taken around the jetties, beaches and on deeper flats in the river. Doc's Goofy Jigs are the most popular lures for pompano, along with shrimp, clams or squid. The surf has also held its share of whiting and bluefish. The inlet has been full of blues, mackerel and jacks that are willing to take anything shiny.
With the winter being much more cooperative this year, the fishing has been outstanding in the river. Get out and enjoy the water while the sun is keeping things much warmer.
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