Friday, February 20, 2009

Lure Presentation Key To Catching Fish

Fort Pierce - Port St Lucie - Vero Beach - Jensen Beach

February 19, 2009

We had a variety of weather conditions around the Treasure Coast this week. Calm, summer like days over the past weekend to downright blowing conditions later in the week. Some days it was really a challenge in getting out on the water, but we managed to do just that and everyone had a great time in spite of the blustery days we faced. It looks like we should have a decent weekend at least for fishing inshore. Water temperatures have varied each day. Warmer water last weekend to much cooler temps after the wind had its way with the river. The water was crystal clear through Tuesday, but the next day it had been clouded up everywhere we fished.

Kyle Collins and the whole family joined me on a very windy day. Kameron and Skyler really enjoy fishing and Skyler led the way by catching the most fish. Kameron, mom and dad tried to keep up, but Skyler had the best day. She even caught a redfish that broke her off next to the boat. Jake, Jack, Jim and Ben joined me on a windy day as well. We found ladyfish and jacks for the boys. Jack and Ben caught a number of fish to have a fun day on the water. Jake and Jim helped make sure the boys had fun catching fish. Bob and Don joined me on a day that was much better wind conditions. We caught some trout up to 20" and drifted on the usual ladyfish and jacks to end the day with some wild and crazy fishing. It was a fun week for us all.

There are lots of fish out there if you can get to the flats. Redfish, snook and trout have been in shallow water, but it has been difficult to fish many of those areas. I managed to get out Sunday and found some nice fish hanging around some of the docks. It was a good day for redfish and trout. DOA TerrorEyz continues to be the best producing artificial for us. Once the water warms up a little, the fishing should be fantastic out there. For now, fish deeper water early and you can find the fish moving shallow later in the mornings. We can look forward to March as another windy month ahead. Each week, you will face different challenges on which way the wind blows.

Bridges are still producing black drum, sheephead, snapper and some croakers. The jetties are full of bluefish, mackerel and jacks with some good reports of flounder on the south side of the jetties. I talked to several night anglers who have caught some slot and oversize snook this week. Beaches will have whiting, bluefish and some pompano in the surf.

Tip of the Week:
Fishing with artificials can be fun and exciting for any angler. There are more kinds, colors, variations....etc...etc....of lures available that is worse than shopping for toothpaste or shampoo! Any lure out there can catch fish on any given day. Whichever you decide to use, it is more important to use the proper presentation than worrying about color or size. There is more information than anyone could want out there about fishing and you will find that most will always use presentation as a key element to catching fish. Experimentation is one way to determine how to fish any kind of artificial. Whether trying it fast or slow, shallow or deep, or different ways just to work your lure, it can make the difference in catching or fishing. Always be open minded to trying something different. You never know when you just might find a lure that produces fish when presented in the right way. Have fun out there!

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

Good Fishing and Be Safe,

Captain Charlie Conner

(Captain Charlie Conner has been fishing the Indian River Lagoon for over twenty-five years. Specializing in light tackle fishing in Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Stuart and Port St Lucie, Florida. His weekly South Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report gives you the latest inshore fishing information for the Treasure Coast area on the Indian River Lagoon.}

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