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    Inshore Fishing Report April 11, 2007 Palm Beach / Jupiter


    Well spring has arrived, bringing great inshore action with it. The Snook bite has been spectacular in both the Palm Beach and the Jupiter areas. The Snook have been hanging under docks, near seas walls and up under mangrove shorelines. The big Snook have been migrating out of the back rivers making there way towards the inlets. The average size Snook we have been catching is from 16” to 38”. The best baits for the Snook have been live sand perch and live finger mullet. Artificial lures work also but they have to be presented right. The outgoing tide has been the best tide to fish but as long as the water is moving there are Snook to be caught.

    The Palm Beach area has been on fire lately holding huge Jacks in the 25-pound class and also producing some nice trout also. The Snapper have also been really thick around the sea walls and dock pilings. There have been a couple surprise catches of some small Gag grouper and Jewfish lately also.

    The freshwater bite should pick up rapidly do to our low water levels and water temps on the rise. The Peacock bass bite has been ok but should start to get really hot as summer approaches. The largemouth bass bite has been steady and has produced some decent fish lately in the 5 to 6 pound class. Live shiners and storm baits produce the best bite.

    Well that is the report for the past few weeks. If you would like to test your luck against a hard pulling Snook or any of the above mentioned species. Give Capt. Craig Korczynski a call 561-644-4371 or visit WWW.PhlatsInshoreFishing.com. Or email me at phlats1519@yahoo.com Remember The Snook Spawn is just a month away call now to make your reservations to hook into the Snook of a lifetime.

  • #2
    April 12, 2007

    Inshore:



    April 12, 2007

    Inshore:

    Springtime weather has invaded the Treasure Coast, bringing warm temperatures, much needed rain and a few windy days this week. It was a great time to be fishing the area. A cool front went through over the weekend and cooled the water a little, but it warmed back up quick enough to keep the trout happy most days. We should continue to see nicer weather each week.


    I had some very good anglers on board this week and we found trout most days. I had Adrian from Jensen Beach and his brother. They caught trout up to 24" this week. John and his dad, Bill were out with me and caught a good number of nice trout up to 28". We found most in two to four feet of water. Using live shrimp, jerk baits and twitch baits mostly this week, we fished most days north of the bridges in Fort Pierce. The east shore is still pretty clean on most of the river. We fished from the Moorings south. Look for grassy flats with sandy areas scattered around.


    We found a number of redfish around the river and Mark Amorello boated a nice 22" redfish. They have been skittish of late, but the way Mark's redfish hit....they are getting more active. Look on the shallow flats during the heat of the day for them to be sunning and feeding themselves. We have found lots of bait on the flats. I have several reports of redfish caught on the east side from Bear Point south to the Power Plant.

    Snook fishing has been mostly at night, but we are finding lots of them on the edges of the flats chasing bait. Weather and winds permitting, look around the docks early in the mornings also. Live baits have been working best and some of the night anglers are catching shorts, slots and a few oversized ones.

    Bridges have been holding sheephead, sand perch and black drum. There have been catches of croakers, but I haven't had many reports of them as yet. Pompano turned on for some anglers along the beaches this week. I received a number of reports of nice pompano catches by those using shrimp or sand fleas in the surf. Bluefish, Spanish mackerel and jacks have been hanging around the inlet and surf. Grouper have been hitting around the turning basin for us a couple of days this week. Ladyfish and jacks are everywhere!

    Tip of the Week: Size and bag limits on fish in our area have been set over the years to help keep our fish population healthy and increasing each year. Slot sizes on snook, trout and redfish are in place to keep the larger female fish out there to breed for the future generations of anglers. I had the misfortune of watching a family catch and kill a 40" snook and pretend to revive it until everyone had left. As I left, I watched them scurry to get it loaded and out of there before any law enforcement could have arrived. It was sad to see a beautiful specimen taken out of the spawning population.

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

    Good Fishing and Be Safe,
    Captain Charlie Conner
    www.fishtalescharter.com

    email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

    772-284-3852

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    • #3
      April 20, 2007

      May Fishing

      April 20, 2007

      May Fishing Forecast for the Treasure Coast

      Inshore:

      Finally, the windy months of March and April are almost behind us and we can look forward to the great fishing weather that May has to offer us on the Treasure Coast. Other than the usual windy days, it has been a pretty mild winter and spring has arrived. Look for warmer temperatures and a little less blustery days. As the water temperatures climb, the fishing will steadily improve on the river. It will provide fantastic mornings for top water and lazy afternoons to drift the flats. May is one of my favorite month on the water!

      Redfish will be our main target throughout the month of May. The past several years have bought us schools of slot sized redfish along the Indian River. Most of the fish we have caught have been in the 18 to 30 inch range. They have been sunning on the flats and May gets their blood pumping and turns on the feeding. I always have three lures ready during May…..twitch baits, top water and soft shrimp baits. Gold spoons will also be a great addition to the arsenal when fishing for redfish. As the fish school up, look for them around the edges of the flats. Most of the river here on the Treasure Coast has been holding redfish and you should be able to find some on your favorite flats. I tend to enjoy the east side of the river, but we have found many on the west side as well. Bob from Jensen Beach caught a monster 36" redfish this week!

      Snook fishing in the early mornings will bring some rod bending action as they head up on the flats for an early morning or late evening meal. Top water will always be one of the best choices in the shallows, with twitch baits being a close second. Docks will also hold snook lurking around for an easy meal. Live shrimp is hard to beat around the docks. In the inlet areas, try around the seawalls and bridges with live bait, feather jigs or deep diving plugs. I love early morning for great snook fishing opportunities! Don’t forget that snook season will close on May 31st and will re-open again on September 1st,

      Trout will continue to feed on top water at first light and live shrimp on popping corks during the day. As the sun rises, they will head off the shallows to deeper water in the two to four foot range. We have had some nice gator trout of late and should see some still in the river in the early parts of May. I have had great success with jerk baits this year in place of live shrimp. Both sides of the river have been productive in early mornings. Winter fishing for trout has been good this year and spring should continue to give you some great action.

      Bridges will hold the usual sheephead catch, while snapper will be moving into the river along with flounder. Jacks will be patrolling the areas and creating havoc all over the river. Beaches will produce whiting with still a few catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Tarpon will begin their trek into the river and you can start looking for them in the St Lucie River, Big and Little Mud areas and into the channels of the river. May is a great month to fish the Treasure Coast……plan on a trip out on the river soon!

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

      Good Fishing and Be Safe,
      Captain Charlie Conner
      www.fishtalescharter.com

      email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

      772-284-3852

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      • #4
        Monday, 4/9, seas were predict

        Monday, 4/9, seas were predicted at two to three feet offshore, but fishing even close-in at the reefs, it was much rougher than that, especially as the winds increased mid-morning. I fished with Carl and Susan baker, and daughter Anna. We caught a few keeper snapper and sheepshead, and released lots of smaller snapper, sheepshead, triggerfish and grouper. We also released lots of blue runners, and we were broken off twice by a couple of king mackerel.

        I fished in 40 feet out of New Pass on Tuesday with Dick Timbers, John, Chris and Dan King, and Shane Gannon. We caught keeper lane snapper, whitebone porgies, and Spanish mackerel. We released a seven pound cravalle jack, along with gag and red grouper shorts and triggerfish.

        Wednesday, I fished an inshore trip with Leeds Hutchinson, son John, and grandsons Tommy and Brandon. Fishing in the New Pass area of Estero Bay with live shrimp, we caught a 20 inch redfish, two snook to 20 inches, two sheepshead to 15 inches, and a 2 ½ pound cravalle jack. We released all but the redfish.

        Thursday, I awoke to thunderstorms. Radar indicated a good amount of rain offshore. I advised my anglers to wait for a bit so I could better see how conditions would shape up. There was some clearing by about 9AM, and it might have given us a chance to get out to the reefs, but I surely couldn’t guarantee a rain-free trip in smooth waters. With 4 youngsters included in their party, they thought it best to scrap our fishing plans. Because of a long-weekend family event, I remained off the water for the next three days also.

        I was hoping to fish offshore on Monday, 4/16. But the winds that blew before I left were only worse on my return. With gusts to 40 mph and seas offshore at 10-12 feet, I had no choice but to cancel Monday’s fishing trip.

        Tuesday, my anglers said they wanted to give near-shore a try, despite predictions for increasing winds and seas. We headed out toward the reefs, and within thirty minutes we had taken a wave over the bow. Seas were 3-5 feet. We reversed course and headed back to shore. The winds have been relentless so far this month.

        It finally calmed enough on Wednesday to get offshore. I fished out about 36 miles on a 250 heading from New Pass with Ron Musick and friend, Dick. We caught and released a five foot black-tip shark, and had what would have been three keeper red grouper, had the sharks not gotten all but the heads. We did manage some eatin' fish, though, including a 16 inch mangrove snapper, keeper lane and yellowtail snapper, and Spanish mackerel. We released red grouper shorts to 19 inches--the sharks didn't mess with those, but took all our keeper reds.

        Thursday, predictions were for two to four foot seas, but the winds blew over twenty knots all morning and seas ranged from three to nearly six feet. I fished in 28-30 feet off Bonita Beach with Dr. Bob James, Bob James Jr., and Doug James. Fishing was tough in those seas, and we released a 21 inch gag grouper, a few grunts and porgies.

        My Friday anglers were driving in from Sarasota, a couple of hours away, and with seas predicted to persist into Friday and winds still strong Thursday evening, I couldn’t guarantee good conditions, and we scrapped the trip.

        Repetitious as it may be, the winds were blowing hard Saturday morning. My anglers took my suggestion to fish Estero Bay. Peter Richards and his three young children, Marc, Danielle and Isabelle, fished with live shrimp in the area of Wiggins Pass. The kids had plenty of action and counted sixteen hooked fish. Among those were four keeper mangrove snapper, a keeper sheepshead and a whiting. We released the rest of the catches, which included smaller sheepshead and a 13 inch trout.

        The photo shown is of six-year-old angler Alex Goodall with a 15 inch sheepshead, caught on a recent inshore trip in Estero Bay.
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        • #5
          All I have to say is that we h

          All I have to say is that we have LOTS of Redfish right now and Chris, Jason, Nathan & David all have some days open next week to take you sight fishing for them. Artie & Kim Turner caught (and released unharmed) 26 on light tackle with Tommy on Monday - this photo was taken Tuesday by Charlie Walter from Sheridan Wyoming of his daughter Liz while they were flyfishing with Capt. Jason.

          Call me if you want to go fishing!

          Kathy Robinson
          Robinson Brothers Guide Service
          118 Commerce St.
          Apalachicola, Florida 32320
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          • #6
            Monday, 4/23, the seas were st

            Monday, 4/23, the seas were still rough, but a little calmer, and I fished with Sandy Hook, son Rusty, Rusty's young son Charlie, and a friend, Sam. Fishing in 33 feet out of New Pass with shrimp, we caught ten keeper lane snapper, grunts and porgies, and released gag grouper shorts and blue runners.
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            Tuesday, I headed out on a 260 degree heading from New Pass with Ron Musick, Dick Arnell, Justin Baker and friend Jim. We started a chum line and were bottom fishing with live shrimp in three to four foot seas. We started to catch some pretty nice yellowtail and mangrove snapper to 16 inches, along with a lot of porgies. Suddenly, one of the rods took off running, and we thought it was a bonito, a king mackerel or a shark. It spooled down to the bottom of the spool, and after three more long runs, we worked it back up to the boat to finally get a glimpse. When we saw its 3 foot length we figured it wasn't a bonito. Then we saw the black on its back and knew it was a blackfin tuna. I grabbed a hunk of squid to put on another pole, and tossed it out. We were still rejoicing over the first one when a second one the same size hit. So we got two of those, which are the first two I have caught in all my years of fishing. It was a very good morning (see photo.)

            Wednesday morning I fished Estero Bay, in the area of Wiggins Pass, with Ron Constantini and Rick Staubach. We caught a keeper redfish and a nice 16 inch sheepshead, and released smaller sheepshead and cravalle jacks.

            Thursday it was still kind of sloppy even close-in at the reefs off Bonita Beach. I fished with Frank Vayda, and friends. We caught fourteen Spanish mackerel to 24 inches—a barracuda in the area ate a couple of them. We also caught a keeper sheepshead and mangrove snapper. We released short grouper and a 40 inch lemon shark.

            Harvey Cleland and friends Ed and Tim fished Estero Bay with me, in the Wiggins Pass area, on Friday morning. We fished with live shrimp until the tide quit moving, and caught four keeper sheepshead and keeper mangrove snapper. We released cravalle jacks.

            I fished Estero Bay again Saturday morning with Terry Major and her friends, Carol, Cheryl and Rhonda. We caught a keeper sheepshead and mangrove snapper, and released a 20 inch snook.

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            • #7
              If you like snook fishing on t

              If you like snook fishing on the flats now is the time to go, every day we have been catching fish, as some days are better than others. A great day has been catching 15 -20 fish sight fishing in less than a foot of water and bad days has been only 3-5 fish per day depending on the angler’s skill and weather. The size are averaging 26 to 28 inches and between 5-7 lbs but we are getting fish that go over slot size of 34 inches and around 12-16 lbs and have had some snook over 20 lbs. This has also been a fly fisherman’s dream with at least 10 shots at fish by 11 a.m. and generally 4-5 snook hooked up, again depending on angler’s skill and weather conditions.

              Roger Lynn from Cheyenne Wyoming fished for snook on fly and got a Florida bay inshore flats slam with a 9 lb, 31 inch snook, a 7 lb redfish and a 21 inch trout by noon the first morning and multiple hookups on larger snook in the afternoon. Redfish on the other hand are a little slow to show up this time or year, normally they are all over the place, but never the less they are still around and should make a strong showing any day. The ones that have been showing have been good size. David Torbert and Mathew St. Germain both 13 years old fished the Lucerne- Gossman tournament with me, David catching a 27 inch Red and Mathew sight fished a 31.5 inch snook with other great catches in between and both very good anglers.

              Tarpon are some days all over the place on the Ocean side of Elliot key down to Key Largo and some days when the weather has been a little eh… snotty, completely gone! Pods of tarpon 30-120 lbs are cruising the edges of the flats. These fish are responding well to fly’s, dark with low light and lighter color in clear conditions with good sun. A 10-12 weight rod 20 lb leader with a 60-80 fluorocarbon shock will do the trick. In Florida bay tarpon have been around the island motes. They are in between 5-30 lbs and are a sucker for a live hand-picked shrimp or a D.O.A. shrimp. I have also been seeing tarpon slowly showing up on the edges of the flats in Florida bay which means it is only a matter of time when they pour into the finger channels and ponds in the bay rolling and free jumping at first light.

              This month I had the pleasure of Bill’s Boyce’s show IGFA Angler’s Digetst film there show to be aired in July. I had a wonderful time and would like to thank Jason Schratweiser and Mike Myatt of the I.GF.A., Bill Boyce host of the show the I.G.F.A. Anglers Digest, Dee Peralta and Richard Chudy both on the camera. That day we jumped 3 tarpon brought 1 to the boat caught numerous snook some on fly and Mike’s 2 nice sight fished reds on the flats. If you would like to see a sneak preview of the show please go to www.IGFAnglersdigest.com Behind the show and all of it’s organization was Merijo Attong and Jennifer Barber of Sportsman’s Addiction, thanks for all the help you two, you made it great!!!!

              Biscayne bones are big and bad now that the schools are getting bigger as the water warms up. We are catching fish regularly in the 9-12 lb class on live shrimp #1 Owner hooks and 12 lb fluorocarbon leader this is also a great time for fly fisherman.

              Permit is sometimes easy to find this time of year depending on the wind…. They are now pushing their way on the flats these guys are generally 20 lbs but we have caught them as large as 41 lbs last year on live crab! Till next time, when I have time to write.. Tight lines.


              Capt. Jim Hale
              www.Canepolincharters.com
              786-255-1788

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              • #8
                The waters are warmer and the

                The waters are warmer and the fishing is hotter!

                Sandra Allen
                Book Me A Charter


                Aprils cool beginning should have us fishing a longer spring season for inshore species of fish. Expect our Apalachicola area waters to slowly warm. As May temperatures start to heat up the bays and estuarial area waters expect the fishing in general to be good, some days excellent with the right conditions.

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                Inshore… The inshore fishing was on fire during the month of April. We expect the “catching” trend to continue into May. Our target fish this month are Spanish Mackeral, Speckled trout, Redfish, Black Drum and Flounder just to name a few of the many species that we catch this time of year. If you’ve ever been out triple tail fishing and were able to snag one of those fighting rascals you know you have to go out and do it again. I’ve got great news for all you tripletail enthusiast- The tripletail are here! Expect May fishing to be good through out the month.

                Speckled Trout, Tripletail, Redfish and Spanish Mackeral are the hot ticket for the inshore angler this month…

                Don’t limit yourself to one species of fish guys, go for the slam!


                We do offer FLOUNDER GIGGING charters for the Apalachicola area waters.

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                Offshore.... May and June is typically a calm month for offshore fishing. Aprils offshore fishing was good, we expect it the fishing to only get better in May and June as the gulf waters warm with our beautiful spring weather. Expect to catch Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, King Mackeral and Cobia for a mixed bag of reef dwellers while bottom fishing or flat lining our area reefs and wrecks.

                We have been fishing a lot lately, feel free to browse around our website and look at our huge photo album with over 30 pages of fantastic fishing pictures (bragging rights) of our wonderful clients with their prize catch. We are located online at www.BookMeACharter.com.


                We Know/Go fishing!

                The weather predictions for this week are wonderful for both inshore and offshore fishing with offshore seas predicted at 1-2 ft wave heights the entire week. The great news for you is we do have boats open and captains ready to go fishing. If you are close by and are feeling sick (with fishing fever)call us and we can make arrangements.


                Let’s go fishing while the weather predictions are calm.

                If you’re looking for experienced, family friendly, native guides give us a call 850-653-2622.

                We’d love to take you fishing in our backyard!

                Sandra Allen
                Book Me A Charter
                Apalachicola, FL
                850-653-2622

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                • #9
                  Inshore Fishing Report May 3,

                  Inshore Fishing Report May 3, 2007 Jupiter/Palm Beach


                  Warm weather is among us, which has triggered an awesome Snook bite. The Snook have been going ballistic the past few weeks do to the warmer water temps and beautiful weather. The Palm Beach bite has been great around the sea walls and docks. Both low and high tides produce double digit numbers of Snook from 18 to 36”. Many of the Snook are being caught on soft plastic baits with a jig head, along with top water lures. Live bait also produces, but the bait has been scarce lately so live sand perch has been the bait of choice. The night fishing for Snook has also been hot with live shrimp and sand perch being used. Most of the bigger fish have been on the outside shadows of the dock lights. The smaller juveniles are stacked directly under the dock lights making for great sight fishing.

                  The Snook spawn is almost here and the bigger fish are already stacking up in the mouth of both Jupiter and Palm beach inlet. The best months are to come and the spawn usually peeks July and August. This is the perfect time to target those trophy Snook.

                  Palm beach has also produced huge Jacks along the sea walls. These fish are strong and make for great action on light tackle, with the average fish weighing 10 pounds and up to 25 pounds. The Sea trout bite has also been steady around the dock s were there is grass.

                  Jupiter has been great for a mixed bag of both common and Fat Snook. These fish are willing to take any bait near them. Low tide has been great for sight fishing, but the out going tide produces the best numbers of fish. The Jacks have also been plentifully up in the river near any sea wall, top water baits make for great explosive action along with live baits.

                  The Peacock bass bite has picked up tremendously do to warmer water temps. These fish are holding in 1 to 2 feet of water on pot holes in the grass and near water drains. The average fish caught weighs around 1 to 3 pounds. There are some bigger fish in the 5 to 7 pond range around. I recently broke a record for Peacock bass last week throwing the fly rod. I was using a 9 weight fly rod with a twelve pound tippet, and caught a six pounder that beat the current record by 2 pounds. The Largemouth bass have been taking top water lures and small crank baits. The Largemouth are holding from 2 to 6 feet of water. Anytime you see schools of shad the bass are there.

                  Well that is the report for the past few weeks if you would like to experience inshore fishing for any of the above mentioned species give Capt. Craig Korczynski a call 561-644-4371 or visit www.PhlatsInshoreFishing.com. Or email me at phlats1519@yahoo.com. Remember the Snook spawn is near book your trip now to catch your trophy Snook of a life time.

                  (Message edited by phlats on May 03, 2007)

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                  • #10
                    I was in port on Monday, but I

                    I was in port on Monday, but I fished Tuesday in 80 feet on a 265 heading out of New Pass with anglers Jim McCarthy and friend, Dan. We had one great day fishing. Baited with live shrimp, we began catching some nice yellowtail snapper to 16 inches, landed about eight of those along with keeper lane snapper to 12 inches. We kept four of the latter and released the rest. We also released ten nice-sized banded rudder fish, two king mackerel at 26 inches and 40 inches, and short grouper to 20 inches. Our best catch was a 25 pound blackfin tuna, which we caught, believe it or not, on half a shrimp (see photo.) We got that big boy boated, and I put a hunk of squid on the pole while I was getting the tuna on ice. Suddenly, the rod screamed--I thought it was another tuna. It spooled 200 plus yards of Power-Pro line. For 35 minutes with one angler on the reel and one on the top of the rod, we fought that fish. At the end of a long run, with no line left, I lifted the rod-tip ever so slightly. There was a big thrust on the end, and a 7 foot bull shark snapped the rod in half just under the big guide. With both pieces of the pole held fast, we fought that big boy to the end, thanked him for the fight, and released him. The thrill was well worth the damages!

                    Wednesday morning, my old friends Chris and Lissa Dillon from Indiana were in town for business, and they managed to reserve some pleasure time, along with friend Ed Bosch, to fish offshore with me. We headed out about 15 miles on a 260 heading from New Pass with some shrimp and pinfish in the bait well. We caught twenty keeper-sized lane snapper, Spanish mackerel to 20 inches, a 28 inch kingfish, porkfish, whitebone porgies, a 25 inch goliath and grouper shorts to 19 inches. We caught one keeper gag grouper at 23 inches on a pinfish. We released all but the keeper gag and a few lanes.

                    I fished with Jim McCarthy and Dan Gilbert again on Thursday, about 37 miles out of new Pass on a 260 heading. No tuna this time, but our shrimp and squid served up five mangrove snapper to 17 inches and ten keeper yellowtail snapper. We released gags just short of legal to 21 inches and red grouper to 18 inches, along with porgies. We had two big sharks cut lines a couple times, but never close enough to see what kind.

                    Saturday, I headed back out to the same area with Jim Ozark and two of his friends. We used shrimp and squid to catch a dozen keeper yellowtail snapper, a half dozen lane snapper, grunts porgies and triggerfish. We released a variety of grouper shorts—reds, gags and scamps.
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                    • #11
                      May 3, 2007

                      Inshore:

                      Lot

                      May 3, 2007

                      Inshore:

                      Lots of sunshine and great fishing weather arrived here on the Treasure Coast this week. The winds eased up to let anglers enjoy themselves both inshore and offshore. It was nice not to hide out among the islands for a change. Lots of baitfish have invaded the area and the fish are out there chasing them. May is always one of my favorite months on the water.

                      Trout fishing was spotty some days, but we managed to catch some each day on the water. I had David Brashear and R J Swinford on the boat Sunday and each caught a nice trout in the Teen Anglers Tournament. Tom Hull was down from Melbourne and we caught a nice number of trout. Tom boated a huge 26" gator trout along with several others in the slot range. I managed a 23" fat trout also. Bob Whitbold reported another big gator trout catch this week. The usual flats were holding trout and we used jerk baits and gold spoons.

                      Redfish were hanging on the flats again this week. After scattering several small schools we found a few in the mood to eat. Tom Hull battled a fat 26" redfish that he caught on a twitch bait. Spoons and soft baits are also good choices when seeking a spot tail on the flats. Some are hanging very shallow, so keeping a stealthy approach is a necessity. I have found redfish on most flats lately so they are out there cruising around.

                      We caught a few snook this week, but they weren't our target most days. Most of the snook anglers are fishing at night along the bridges and seawalls around the inlet. I did talk to several who caught legal size snook this week. Live pinfish or large shrimp (when available) are the ticket for fishing these areas. Now that the winds have given us a break....try around the docks in the early mornings. Tom Hull completed his slam this week after catching a snook hanging around the flats.

                      Bridge fishing was slower this week. While sheephead and some snapper are being caught, many anglers took a break in the action. Lots of Spanish mackerel are still around the inlet. Some big jacks have been around the jetties along with bluefish. The surf has continued to hold whiting, bluefish and some pompano for those beach anglers. I keep seeing more and more sharks around the flats. As the bait continues to show up on the flats, they will seek the shallows in search of an easy meal.

                      Tip of the Week:
                      Wade fishing is lots of fun and many people around this area take the opportunity to get out fishing on the shallows. We continue to see many large stingrays and sharks coming up on the flats in very shallow waters. Just a note of caution to be careful when wading around the river. I had a number of reports of sharks attacking fish as anglers were reeling them in and experienced it myself. Sound, smell and sight of a fish can bring a reaction from these creatures.

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

                      Good Fishing and Be Safe,
                      Captain Charlie Conner
                      www.fishtalescharter.com

                      email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

                      772-284-3852

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                      • #12
                        May 10, 2007

                        Inshore:

                        We

                        May 10, 2007

                        Inshore:

                        Weather played a factor in this weeks fishing with fronts and storms in the area playing havoc with the barometer. Fish are still being caught, but some days have been spotty at best on the river. We are still wondering how the looming depression will affect our area. Already pushing water on the ocean, we have experienced higher than normal tides. Surprisingly, I am amazed that the river has remained fairly clean in spite of winds and weather.

                        Trout fishing occupied most of the weeks fishing. It has been an on and off week for the sea trout. We have managed some decent trout in spite of the odds. Tyler Serio caught a nice trout on the Teen Anglers Tournament on Sunday and Glenn from Canada boated a nice trout also. Tom Hull reported a sweet 28" gator trout landed this Thursday. Round Island and Queen's Cove have consistently been holding trout.

                        Most of the snook fishing activity has been around the inlet area. Night anglers have caught some nice slot sized snook on live bait around the sea walls and bridges. Day anglers are using mostly live pinfish or mullet in the same areas. Once the weather returns to a more normal state, look for snook to be actively chasing bait around the flats. David Brashear fought a large snook this week, until it broke him off on the flats. Bob Wittbold also landed a fat 24" snook on a top water lure this past week.

                        Redfish have remained around the flats most days. Glen Akselrod boated a nice 22" redfish on a soft bait while fishing along the flats. We have seen many out there of late and they should become more active as the water warms up. Spoons, soft baits and top water will be great choices on the flats. Most areas I have fished have been holding redfish.

                        Catches of sheephead, snapper and black drum are being taken around bridges and docks in the river. Live shrimp has been the best baits for these fish. Tarpon have been filtering their way into the river and should be showing up at the deeper creeks and channels of the river. The catwalks have been pretty sparse lately of anglers.

                        Tip of the Week: Weather can change rapidly here on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Keep an eye on what is happening around you in the sky while fishing or enjoying the water. Know what you will do if a thunderstorm suddenly closes in on you. What will you do? The ocean can provide a challenge to some boats, while others can steer around bad weather. The river can offer many places to run for cover. Don't get caught in a bad situation this summer. Plan what you will do if severe weather approaches unannounced!

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

                        Good Fishing and Be Safe,
                        Captain Charlie Conner
                        www.fishtalescharter.com

                        email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

                        772-284-3852

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                        • #13
                          The calm winds and seas of las

                          The calm winds and seas of last week didn’t hold too long. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday brought strong gusty winds and high seas, which caused me to reschedule my offshore anglers for later in the week. I finally headed out Thursday on a catch-and-release trip with Harry Oleferak. NOAA had predicted two to four foot seas, but I knew they would be at the higher end of that range, with the winds still blowing hard. We stayed close in at the reefs off Bonita Beach, and even there we had three to four foot seas and a steady wind of 15 knots. We used small cravalle jack and blue runners for bait. We caught and released Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, and an eight pound goliath grouper. We also had a bigger goliath cut our line, and a 3 ½ foot barracuda eat one of our blue runners.

                          Anglers Eric Harper and Dave Enayert had been waiting since Monday for a day calm enough to go after goliath grouper. The two wanted the thrill of the big catches, and I knew trying to catch those in the rough seas we had earlier this week would be next to impossible. Friday we finally had two foot seas at the reefs, so we seized the opportunity to load up the heavy tackle. We released six goliaths boat-side that ranged from 75 pounds to over 200 pounds. The biggest one was 5 ½ feet long. We caught them all on blue runners and small Spanish mackerel.

                          Chris and Yvette Worthington and young sons Hunter and Peyton fished with me Saturday. We started out about 16 miles out of New Pass where we caught some snapper, but before long, the porpoise moved in, so we headed further out to about 37 miles. We caught a bunch of keeper yellowtail and lane snapper for food value, but my anglers also wanted some big fish for sport value. We caught two sharpnose sharks, each about three foot, then hooked a seven foot bull shark that gave us a good fight. We were broken off by something big and fast that I am guessing was a tuna.

                          The photo shown is of angler Ed Bosch with a 28 inch kingfish, caught on shrimp last week on offshore trip.

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                          • #14
                            May 17, 2007

                            Inshore:

                            Lu

                            May 17, 2007

                            Inshore:

                            Luckily, the fish don't realize a windy day from a calm day. If you could get out fishing this week...the fish were there. Looks like these conditions will remain for a little while longer. We did manage a few much needed rain showers this week and the grass is sure relieved for now. Water conditions are cloudy in a lot of areas and remained relatively clean in others. You will have to look around to find some clean water for a few days.

                            Redfish were again roaming the flats for us this week. Glen was down and boated a nice redfish this week. Dave was down from New York and boated two nice slot sized reds. We had a few get off on us, but enjoyed the hookups anyway. Look in shallow water to find some redfish cruising. Soft plastics and gold spoons worked best for us. All our redfish this week were slot size fish.

                            Trout are feeding early and will move to deeper water as the sun rises in the sky. Top water or live bait usually works well for early morning trout. Clean grass flats are the areas to look for to find some trout hanging around. You can't beat shrimp on popping corks this time of year.

                            Snook anglers are catching a few slot sizes lately around the inlet and bridges. Live bait is always the best choice. Most of the fishing has been at night or early mornings for snook. Larger shrimp has been scarce, so pinfish or mullet is a good choice for baits.

                            Mike hooked up on a nice flounder on the flats this week. We have found a few scattered around the river lately. Ladyfish and jacks continue to patrol the flats for an easy meal. The jetties have continued to hold bluefish and mackerel along with the usual jacks. Not a lot of action lately on the catwalks. A few reports of snapper and sheephead around the bridges and structure of the river.

                            Tip of the Week:

                            Memorial Day is almost here and lots of boaters will be heading off on the water. Many don't get out often and this is an excellent time to check out the ol' boat and make sure it is seaworthy. It's never good for a boat to sit and there are too many things that can go wrong. Batteries go bad.....electrical problems can occur.....fuel.....trailer issues.....and many more. Don't wait until you have launched you boat at the ramp and find out you have a problem. The ramps will be super busy and it is better to find out now if you have a problem and get it fixed.....rather than tying up the boat ramp trying to find out why you can't get the boat started. Prepare now and make your holiday on the water an enjoyable one!!

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

                            Good Fishing and Be Safe,
                            Captain Charlie Conner
                            www.fishtalescharter.com

                            email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

                            772-284-3852

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                            • #15
                              Monday, 5/14, the winds were b

                              Monday, 5/14, the winds were blowing once again. I advised my anglers, Patrick and Natalie Smith, to fish the bay instead of heading offshore for fear of rough seas out there. We used live shrimp in central Estero Bay to catch keeper mangrove snapper and sheepshead. We had a couple of break-offs that were probably nice reds, but fishing treelines is tough for novice anglers--way too easy to get broken off.

                              My Tuesday anglers wanted a full-day well offshore, and with 3-5 foot seas building to 4-6 out there, we decided it would be best to defer that trip until we have better conditions.

                              Wednesday, I headed out to 38 miles on a 260 heading from New Pass with anglers, Dr. Paul Martz and friend Christian. We used live shrimp, sardines and cut bait to catch a dozen yellowtail to 16 inches and a few mangrove snapper to 15 inches. We released a 40 inch kingfish, grouper shorts, with the largest gag just 1/2 inch short of keeper-size, triggerfish, jolthead and whitebone porgies, amberjacks to 22 inches, and three bonito to seven pounds (the bonito were caught on spoons.) We saw two mahi-mahi, each about 3 foot long, jump about 50 feet from the boat.

                              Thursday, I headed back out again about 37 miles from New Pass, this time with Mike Cole and friend Jason. We caught some nice yellowtail and lane snapper again and kept a few of those for the guy’s dinner, then went catch and release for the rest of the day. We released more snapper, porgies, grunts, triggerfish, bonito to eight pounds, a 26 inch king mackerel, and a 3 foot sharpnose shark. We used shrimp, sardines and squid for bait. The guys had a couple of big kingfish hooked, but had their lines broken before they were boated.

                              Dr. Paul Martz and friend Christian LeClerc, who fished offshore with me Wednesday, fished the backwaters on Friday. We had good tide conditions in Estero Bay and plenty of live shrimp in the bait well. We caught three keeper redfish, one 21 inches and two at 20 inches each, and a fifteen inch sheepshead. We fished until the tide started coming in too fast and the water got cloudy, but we had already caught our limit of redfish (see photo.)

                              Saturday morning I returned to Estero Bay, this time with Dr. Roland Rivera, his dad Raphael Rivera, and friend Dr. John Jay. We caught two keeper redfish, 20” and 21”, a 13” sheepshead, and some keeper mangrove snapper, all on shrimp. We released a small snook, and jumped a small tarpon about 20 inches long.

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                              • #16
                                Inshore Fishing Report May 21,

                                Inshore Fishing Report May 21, 2007 Palm Beach / Jupiter






                                Warm weather leads to hot fishing. The Snook fishing has been awesome the past few weeks in both Palm Beach and Jupiter. The docks and bridges have been the best spots for the Snook. The inlets are holding the bigger spawning Snook, but the weather has not been great. We have had huge swells and terrible winds making conditions unfishable near the inlets. The Snook have been taking live sand perch, live mullet, and artificial baits will work also. Top water lures work great in the early morning and late afternoon, and soft plastics with a jig head will produce bites during the day. The Snook have been averaging 18 to 38 inches. The Tarpon bite has picked up the past week with many of the bites coming on live sand perch near drop offs. These fish are in small pods and have been ranging in size from 10 to 50 pounds. The Jacks have also been plentiful around the sea walls crushing live mullet. The Jacks will take just about any live bait or lure thrown in their direction. The sizes of the Jacks have been 1 to 15 pounds.



                                The Freshwater fishing has been awesome especially the Peacock Bass fishing. The Peacocks are thick and are ranging from 2 to 5 pounds. Live shiners work best but artificial baits will work also. The largemouth bass bite has been solid also with many of these fish averaging 3 pounds and up to 7lbs. Many of the fish we have been catching can be sight fished which makes for great fly-fishing. The water has been crystal clear and the fish have been lying up near the banks.



                                I had the privilege to take out Florence for a Snook fishing trip and a Peacock bass trip last week. Florence was 99 years old when I first met her now she is 100 years old and is still active. Last Thursday I took Florence out in search of Snook up in Jupiter. Florence managed to catch 4 Snook, 1 Fat Snook and 3 Common Snook. The biggest Snook was 24 inches and the smallest 17 inches. Florence also caught mangrove snapper, Lane snapper and one puffer fish. On Friday I took Florence out freshwater fishing for Peacock Bass, which she has never seen or caught before. We started off in a cove were the Peacocks have been bedding, we tossed out some shiners and it was on. Florence caught 5 Peacock bass and had a double header with two nice Peacocks that weighed 3 and 4 pounds. The smallest Peacock of the day was 2lbs and the largest 4 lbs. Florence also managed to catch some nice Largemouth bass making for a great day, with a total of 5 Peacocks and 6 Largemouth Bass.



                                Well that is the report for the past few weeks if you would like to experience awesome inshore fishing for any of the above-mentioned species. Give Capt. Craig Korczynski a call to book your trip. Remember the Snook spawn is here call now to reserve your dates to hook a trophy Snook. Visit www.PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, or call 561-644-4371. Email phlats1519@yahoo.com

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                                • #17
                                  Wind Doesn’t Matter When You F

                                  Wind Doesn’t Matter When You Fish the Pit!

                                  I managed one day on the water with a charter this week and even it was a little windy. The Trout were cooperating on both live shrimp and Rip Tide 3 inch Mullet. The most productive colors of the day were the “nite glow” – “electric chicken” – and “silver mullet.”

                                  My guests were Bill and Corey from Minnesota and N. Dakota. Both were experience fresh water anglers but wanted to try the saltwater variety. The bite was slow early on, but Bill did manage to hook up with a nice trout early and then a nice snook which came right up to the side of the boat before pulling lose and escaping before we got a chance to take the picture. Turns out it was the biggest fish of the day and the one that got away.

                                  Both early fish came on the 3 inch Rip Tide Mullet in the nite glow color. If you haven’t tried these super lures you need to. The paddle tail on this lure gives a natural swimming action with a good vibration. Rig it carefully to make it run straight and you have a killer bait. In fact, notice the little fin on the top of the bait and use it for an exit point for the hook when you rig it on a Rip Tide Pro Jig Head. If you bring the hook out right at the fin the bait will be rigged perfectly straight and give you the natural action you are looking for.

                                  When the bite slowed we went to live shrimp for a while and final found some schoolie trout willing to play. Once we found them Bill went right back to the Rip Tide Mullet and caught just as many as Corey did on the shrimp.

                                  Fishing the Pit

                                  The Pit I alluded to in the opening is an operation Southeast of Orlando where you can go fish for Barramundi (an Australian Cousin of the Snook). I had heard how great the fishing was in the ponds and wanted to take my grandson to experience some no-stop catching. It turned out to be a great way to give a little instruction to an amateur angler in the fine art of landing fish on light tackle. All the fishing is from the bank, you simply walk around the pond looking for your own honey hole.

                                  The ponds are part of a commercial fish farm with a couple of different ponds where they conduct hook and line fishing. My grandson was the first to the water with a rod and reel and he made a cast to the waiting Barramundi. Bam! He was hooked up before the rest of us even had our hands on a rod and reel.



                                  And so it continued for four hours of non-stop “catching.” The fish weighed in at between 6 and 8 pounds and I guarantee you they are a blast on light tackle. At one point I switched to my Shimano Stradic 2500 but after a couple of fish I decided to go back to the 4000 for a little more control and less fear of smoke coming from the drag.

                                  I caught most of my fish on my old standby Rip Tide Mullet but also caught them on the Mud Minnow and the Rig Tide Flats Chub as well. I even switched over to a fly rod and caught several more. These Barramundi would hammer about anything you put out there.

                                  If you want a different experience of catch and release fishing you can get more information by calling Capt. Byron Hennecy at 407-908-3216 or by emailing him at bkhennecy@aol.com. His operation is called Osceola Outback Adventures and you can visit the website at www.OsceolaOutback.com.

                                  As always, you can visit my website at www.inshorefishingadventures.com to view pictures of the fish we catch in the Cocoa Beach area. That’s what it’s all about. Good fishin’.

                                  Capt. Ron Presley
                                  Phone 321-454-7285
                                  presleyr@bellsouth.net

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                                  • #18
                                    Ben Sampson and girlfriend Jil

                                    Ben Sampson and girlfriend Jill just wanted to catch fish Monday morning, 5/21, so we headed out in some fairly rough seas to the 5 mile reef. We caught triggerfish and keeper mangrove snapper there, but it was pretty sloppy, and for everyone’s comfort, we moved in closer to MAY reef. We got into a lot of Spanish there, and kept seven of those, along with some lane snapper.

                                    Tuesday, I fished Estero Bay in the area of New Pass with George Peterman and friends Donna, Richard and Mike. We caught a couple keeper mangrove snapper and a couple of keeper sheepshead, and we released a 19 inch snook and a cravalle jack.

                                    My offshore trips for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday never materialized, with winds howling once again. Wind has been the main theme around here since early April, with just a few calm days during the past six or seven weeks.

                                    Saturday morning, my anglers who had scheduled an offshore trip were willing to try the bay instead, with winds and seas still rough offshore. Paul and Joyce Cherubino and nephew Bob Leeks fished the tree lines on the east side of New Pass and Big Hickory Pass, with live shrimp. Bob landed two 21 inch redfish. Paul followed up with a 20 inch red, and Joyce caught a 15 inch sheepshead. We released smaller sheepshead.

                                    The photo shown is of Cap’t. Dave with a 23 inch gag grouper, caught on an offshore trip earlier this month on a less windy week.

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                                    • #19
                                      I fished the tree lines in Est

                                      I fished the tree lines in Estero Bay around Hickory Bay with Homer Jack Moore and wife Lorraine on Tuesday. We caught and released lots of mangrove snapper and a 14 inch sheepshead. We lost a nice redfish boatside when I turned to get the landing net and Homer’s line caught on a mangrove root.

                                      Wednesday’s planned bay trip cancelled at the last minute, so I didn’t get out fishing again until Thursday, when I fished Estero Bay with father and son Will and Justin Berry. We fished with live shrimp around Big Hickory Bay and caught a couple of keeper mangrove snapper and sand bream. We released short sheepshead.

                                      Looks like some rain and rough weather coming our way for the next several days, with what is looking like a tropical depression right now.

                                      The photo shown is of anglers Kurt and Brett Dargis with a 16 inch sheepshead and an 18 ½ inch redfish, caught on live shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.

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                                      • #20
                                        May 31, 2007

                                        Inshore:

                                        We

                                        May 31, 2007

                                        Inshore:

                                        Well, June has arrived here on the Treasure Coast and we are still battling with the windy weather out there. Offshore has really been tough to get out for those anglers and the river hasn't been a piece of cake either. The fishing has improved in spite of the conditions out on the flats. Most anglers have been hugging the eastern shorelines or drifting across the flats in search of fish. It's gonna stay that way most of this week and into next week, so adjust your plans out there and catch some fish!

                                        Redfish was our fish this week. Robert Strang and Laura Colon boated four redfish in the 24-28" range, with a double hookup on two of them. Nick Palladino took out Tim Keck for his birthday and each of them caught two redfish that were in the 22-28" size. Tim lost a larger redfish that would have topped the 28" one. Chris was out with me and boated three reds in the 26-28" range. All were caught on soft baits or spoons this week on the flats. The water has been churned up somewhat, but the fish are still out there. We fished the areas from Bear Point to Round Island this week.

                                        Trout came in number two on our catch this week. The bite has held steady and there are some nice sized trout on the flats. Nick caught some really nice trout while drifting the flats. The usual areas have been holding trout along the east side of the river. Soft baits, live shrimp or twitch baits have worked for us most days.

                                        Snook season closed at midnight on Thursday, May 31st. The fish will still be there after that, but bring a camera for a good photo. Handle the fish and release them carefully to keep them healthy. Most action has been around the bridges and turning basin. Nick Palladino caught his snook on the flats to end up his day with a slam.

                                        Bridges has been slower and less anglers lately. Look for sheephead and black drum around the catwalks. Snapper have been hanging around the channels edges. Look for some bluefish and mackerel around the jetties and if you dare fish the surf, look for some whiting and a few pompano around the beach areas.

                                        June will bring more action out of the redfish on the flats and trout will continue to hit early mornings. Keep an eye peeled for schooling redfish around the favorite flats. As the winds die off, look to top water early and soft baits as the sun rises. Docks will hold some a nice assortment of fish both early and throughout the day. May bought us all a challenge and I think everyone is looking forward to a great June fishing experience!!

                                        Tip of the Week:

                                        If you regularly fish the flats, here is a little tip I use myself. I keep a small mushroom anchor on the boat to hold position if I drift into an area I want to fish more thoroughly. It doesn't take up much space and is easy to use. If you are fishing an area and start catch fish, drop the anchor and take the time to fish it before going on across the flats. You can weigh it easily and start your drift again. It's a simple tool that I use often out on the water.

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

                                        Good Fishing and Be Safe,
                                        Captain Charlie Conner
                                        www.fishtalescharter.com

                                        email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

                                        772-284-3852

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