South Indian River, Port St Lucie & Fort Pierce
Capt. Charlie Conner
March 17, 2005
Port St. Lucie - Saltwater Fishing Report
Inshore Fishing Report
Sitting here watching the rain and thunderstorms roll by outside seems a great time to write this weeks fishing report. Can't fish so let's at least talk about fishing!
Other than today, the weather has been great this week out on the river. The temps have been in the mid to high 70's and the water is nearing 69-70 degrees out there. The fishing has been steadily improving with the nice conditions this March. It's been a very mild winter and spring near. It has been great not to have to fight wind and cold everyday.
Trout are being caught all over the river. They have been biting in as little as two foot of water to five feet. Live shrimp is always a good choice to use along with soft baits, spoons and top water. Fish the baits on the slow side this time of year. Look for clean water which I have found all over the river.
Redfish are all over the flats, especially on the east sides of the river. Andrew from Tampa caught a nice 24" slot red on a Capt. Mike's Spoon in one foot of water on the flats this week. This time of year they are still a little skittish on the flats so keep the noise down and move slowly across the flats when fishing. Spoons, live bait, jigs and top water are the best choices for reds. If you happen upon a ladyfish, redfish love ladyfish chunks!
Snook are starting to hit along the mangroves and should continue to improve with the warmer conditions. Soft baits, spoons, pinfish and live shrimp are always good choices for the linesiders. Night fishing around the bridges and seawalls also continue to produce well. Find the mangroves along the deeper cuts that provide good cover for snook. They will also head up on the flats in the mornings to look for breakfast.
Jacks are everywhere! Just about anywhere you fish right now, you will find jacks somewhere nearby. Some larger ones have been in the inlet along the seawalls. They are always fun to catch and not too particular about what you throw at them.
Pompano are in the river now. I found several schools up along the flats near Harbor Branch. Check the flats on the east side of the river up that direction. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are a good snack to throw to them.
Bridges are still producing a good assortment of fish. Reds, drum, sheephead and snook are being caught on live shrimp and pinfish.
Hope you had a chance to get out fishing!
Captain Charlie Conner
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