We have enjoyed some wonderful summer weather this week on the Indian River. There were some great days to be out fishing along the Treasure Coast. I had the pleasure of meeting some experienced anglers and a lot of fun out on the water. I love this time of year!
Parish and Chantel Murphy were down over the weekend and we hit the waters of the Indian River at first light. Parish topped off the day with a 26" trout and 26" redfish from the flats. Chantel had a huge trout hit her top water lure just beside the boat, but only left us a big wake as it left us quickly. The the week, I spent at the DOA Outdoor Writers Festival in Jensen Beach. Met some top notch anglers and writers from around the state of Florida. Scott Allgood and Spencer Hobby spent a day on the water and met the challenge of the shallow water flats. Scott boated three snook up to 26" and two redfish that were 26" and 31". Spencer showed his skills by catching a 20" gag grouper and two trout of 23" and 26" for the day. We had a short day with James Hall and Mark King and managed a few short snook and some angry jack crevalle in a few short hours on the water. We used all DOA Lures and proved they produce fish! It was a fantastic week out there! Look for some of the photos on next weeks report.
Some large trout have been holding on the grass flats. Bear Point, Queen's Cove and Harbor Branch have been productive. Try a DOA Deadly Combo for some good trout action. Spencer worked one with a glow shrimp for his two gator trout. Parish hooked up with his on a DOA CAL jig head with a jerk bait for his gator.
There are still some small redfish schools cruising around the area. We landed two reds on top water this week. Parish had one inhale a Skitterwalk and Scott with his ever faithful DOA Bait Buster proved they would eat one also. Look in the shallows and you might see a few tailing on the flats. Stealth is a must this time of year. Soft plastics on the flats can work great this time of year.
We found some snook holding around some of the docks and mangroves this week. James nailed a couple of shorts and Scott landed three.....all on DOA Bait Busters! Remember...snook season is closed, so get a quick photo and release them safely.
Shane Barber sent in this photo of a 90 pound black grouper caught by himself and buddy, Tim off the West End, Bahams in 650 ft of water.
Parish Murphy with a sweet 26" gator trout caught on a soft plastic DOA jerk bait....
Parish Murphy with a 26" redfish caught on a Skitterwalk at first light on the Indian River...
Lots of mutton and lane snapper on the river. We found schools of snapper feeding on the glass minnows. You can find lots of snapper along the channel edges and all the Spanish mackerel and Bonita you want around the inlet on the incoming tides. The beaches have held tarpon around the bait schools along with mackerel, bluefish and jacks.
Tip of the Week: Think about slowing down your ride with the price of gasoline. Running slower can save a lot of gas in a years time and will only keep you from those fishing spots for a few minutes longer. Keep your motor tuned each year and change your spark plugs several time a year to keep your engine running efficiently. The gas prices will only keep going up and you can save some money by managing your trips. Plan your trips to minimize traveling whenever you can. Slow down a little and save some money!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!