July 4, 2007
It's great to be back on the water again. July has already arrived here on the Treasure Coast, bringing much needed afternoon showers to the area. Be careful out there on the water, as thunderstorms have been the norm most afternoons lately. Be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to head for cover if one should pop up in your area. Mornings will bring light winds and great opportunities for top water fishing around the river.
July is a great month to look for redfish schools....
I had a chance to get out a couple days this week to reminisce memories of fishing with my dad. I will miss sending him my report each week. Redfishing in July can provide some exciting moments on the river! I drifted around the flats and found several schools of redfish still roaming the river. I picked up a couple nice slot sized reds on soft baits. I fished the flats north of Fort Pierce up to Round Island on these trips. My largest was 28" this week.
Trout, like this 30" gator, are cruising the flats this month...
There are large trout and snook in the shallow flats most mornings and on those overcast days. The largest trout this week was a fat 30" one that was hiding in about a foot of water. All the trout were caught on soft baits fished slowly along the bottom. Pinfish or pigfish will be the bait of choice for most trout this time of year. Get some popping corks and give it a try soon. Snook will hit live bait or soft baits. I did lose one large one this week in the shallows. The snook were cruising in two to three feet of water and chasing bait. Fish around any bait pods you come across as the predators will usually be near.
Another redfish released for another day....
Ladyfish and jacks are still hanging around the river. I have heard of some snapper being caught along the channel edges and around the bridges. The surf has been holding whiting and a few pompano. Jacks and tarpon are being caught around the inlet jetties in the early mornings. A lot of large Goliath grouper are holding around the rocks at the jetties. It's a great time of year to go fishing!
Tip of the Week:
With summer upon us, I hope many anglers are sharing a fishing experience with their children or parents. It is a great way to spend time together and learn that there is more to fishing than just holding a rod and reel. Fishing is always more exciting and fun when shared with someone else. It makes for memories and tales that will keep those experiences alive forever!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner