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Dirty water after Fay with some fish being caught

Capt. Ron Bielefeld
August 24, 2008
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

Well, I finally got back on the water after Tropical Storm Fay lingered for what seemed like forever. We received a lot of rain and some pretty stiff winds. Rain totals vary, but my rain gauge collected 12 inches and it tends to be on the low side. The water conditions in the lagoon and near shore reflect the fact that over a foot of rain fell. The water looks like tea in some areas and black coffee in others and has come up quite a bit. There is a lot of floating grass to contend with as well. Near shore the water is very dirty and there is a large easterly swell that is keeping things a churned up. Despite the poor water conditions the bait is still abundant and there are some hungry fish out there. Unfortunately, the bulk of the hungry fish are jacks and ladyfish. Don't get me wrong jacks and ladyfish are fun to catch, but so are trout, snook, and redfish. We have caught a few small snook and trout and did have one school of reds come close. The reds just turned up their noses at our offerings. The fish we caught hit top-water (Yo-Zuri Banana Boats) early and then shallow diving plugs (Yo-Zuri 3D Fingerlings) once the sun was up. In shore, we have been fishing flats, the edges of flats, and around spoil islands We were off the water by 10 am, because the near shore situation was not conducive to catching anything.
All we can do is hope that we do not get any more heavy rain for a while, which should allow the water to clear up. As long as the bait stays around and the weather pattern stays on the calm side the fishing should pick up both in shore and near shore.

Until next time, Tight-Lines to all
Capt. Ron Bielefeld

Target Species:

trout, redfish, snook, bonita, spanish, tarpon

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Sebastian, FL 32958
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