Monday, March 28, 2011

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

March might have roared in like the lion that it is noted for, but the latter part of the month has favored us with fantastic weather.  Even on the windy days, you can still get out and enjoy some great fishing.  April promised to bring us even better fishing and weather!

Treasure Coast Fishing Forecast - April 2011

As March blows out of the area, you can plan on plenty of windy days in April. It’s a transition month as the weather progresses from spring into summer patterns. Warm days will bring the water temperatures up into the 70’s and that means great fishing conditions around the Indian River. Plan on getting out early in the morning on the flats before the wind wakes up later in the day. At least the winds won’t have that cold chill as April settles into the Treasure Coast….

Redfish and trout will be active around the flats. They will be shallow early and gradually move to the edges of the flats as the sun get higher in the sky. Look to areas like Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island for trout to be feeding on the flats. On a calm morning, break out the top water lures and switch to jerk baits, like a DOA CAL 4” Arkansas Glow. Shallow running Mirrolures will also entice the trout into biting. Don’t forget to use the Deadly Combo for more exciting trout action on the grass flats. There has been a lot of redfish activity throughout March and it should make April a fantastic month. We have a very good population of redfish this year. Redfish can be found on sandy flats around the docks or try the Moorings and Bear Point for a chance at a nice size red. DOA shrimp or CAL grub tails in root beer or glow colors are great ways to find a redfish along with a trusty gold spoon.

Snook will be around, but not the main target this year since they are out of season. They will be feeding as the water warms. Catch and release them carefully as the water warms. Docks will hold sheephead, jacks, redfish and many other species. I like either a DOA shrimp or TerrorEyz around docks. Fish them slowly to keep them under the dock as long as possible. Drop a live shrimp or pinfish under a dock as well for a great chance at hooking up. There are many great areas to fish so plan on getting some fishing in this month.

Bridges will continue to hold sheephead, jacks, bluefish and some black drum. The big jacks will be invading the river this month. Maybe not great to eat, but a tough battle on light tackle. The inlet will continue to hold bluefish, jacks and mackerel. While April might be a little windy, it a great month to fish the Indian River.

April is the first month that fish can enjoy good water temps and they will be feeding heavily around the flats. Early morning can bring lots of good results this time of year. It was a milder winter this year and the fish are anxious to enjoy some warmer weather…..and so are we!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another's an

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

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