United States
27° 28' 17.112" N, 80° 16' 4.188" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

INSHORE - Look for the inshore fishing to improve this month as the water temps warm up. The snook action around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and at the area's bridges should be red hot for anglers using live baits fished on a 5/0 live bait hook and enough lead to hold the bottom. The redfish bite should also be good at places like Jack Island, Round Island and around Harbor Branch. Try a live shrimp or a small crab fished under a popping cork on a 20# fluorocarbon leader and a #2 circle hook. Look for plenty of big trout on the flats during the early morning and late afternoon. Your bait of choice will be a live pilchard either free lined or fished under a popping cork. Around the full moon don't forget the snapper bite should be on. Try the channel edges both to the north and south in the Intercoastal. Fish a live shrimp or small white baits on the bottom. I like a #2 hook, a 1/2 to 1oz. weight and about 2 feet of fluorocarbon leader. Don't forget the red bead between the weight and the swivel. On the beach try your luck on the pompano and whiting with shrimp, clams or sand fleas.

OFFSHORE - The dolphin are here but it seems like you have to be in the right place at the right time to get them. We have had some 25 pounders come into the docks and a lot of 15 pounders. They have been using ballyhoo or live baits. Try 120 to 200 feet of water. There has been a good cobia bite in 40 to 60 feet of water. Have a rod ready with a Cobia Slayer from Gulfstream Lures and you should do good. The kings have been in about 40 feet of water and taking live baits. Most if the fish were between 15 to 25 pounds. The Boils has been producing some nice fish - black drum, snapper, over the sot snook and others. Live baits have worked the best. Along the beaches there has been bluefish, spanish and tons of jacks. Anything shinny will get these fish. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 51-60 F

Look for a good snapper bite along the channel edges around the full moon. Try a live shrimp fished on a #2 hook and a 1/2oz. weight. I like a 20 pound fluorocarbon leader and about 24 inches long. Places like the North Bridge, Harbor Branch to the north and south of the South Bridge should produce some nice fish for a dinner. As the water warms up the trout bite should be good at places like Bear Point, Round Island or the Midway Road area. Live pilchards will be your best choice and free line them using a 4/0 or 5/0 Kale hook and a 20 to 30 pound leader. If it is redfish you are looking for then try the flats and mangroves around Jack Island will be your best place and hard to beat. Try a live shrimp, small crab or a piece of cut ladyfish and fish it under a popping cork. The snook fishing should also be red hot around the Ft. Pierce Inlet when using live pilchards, pinfish or a select live shrimp. Fish these baits around the lighted docks at night or drifting the Ft. Piece Inlet on the tide changes. The bottom fishing for black drum, sheespshead and croakers will be good for anglers using a live shrimp on a bottom rig and fish around the area bridges or rock piles. Along the beaches the pompano bite should improve. Try using a pompano rig with a sand flea or clam.

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 51-60 F

South Indian River Fishing Report 1/28

Winter weather has been hanging around the Treasure Coast lately.  Temperatures in the 40's and 50's at night have cooled down the water recently, but daytime temps ranged in the 60's and 70's.  The water has ranged from 59 to 68 degrees, but the fish have continued to bite for us.  Winds have been blowing most days for us and that makes for a challenging day on the water!

We continue to catch redfish, black drum and sheepshead each trip with a few trout in the mix.  You can also find some pompano, Spanish mackerel and a host of other fish to catch.  Fishing deeper water has been good for us, while docks and mangroves continue to be productive.  DOA shrimp has been the best artificial lure for us.  Live shrimp will find plenty of sheepshead this time of year.  Doc's Goofy Jigs are great when looking for pompano.  I enjoy this time of year because of the variety of fish to be caught by anglers.  It's a fun time of year to enjoy the fishing along the Treasure Coast.

Kevin and Chris had a good morning in spite of windy conditions.  The landed five redfish along with black drum and sheepshead.  Travis, James and Tyler had a nice morning.  The guys caught sheepshead, jacks, snook and lots of other fish.  Art, Ted and Chris found a good variety of fish, including mackerel, snapper, flounder and sheepshead.  Steve and Pete caught the usual sheepshead, snapper and other species.  Gloria and John also found a variety of fish on a windy day full of challenges.  Gloria topped off the morning with a 29" redfish.  Mike and Melinda had a good day in spite of another windy morning.  It was a good week fishing with a lot of windy challenging days for us.

There are plenty of places to fish this time of year on windy days.  Watch water temperatures and change your tactics when it is cooler water.  Deeper channel edges and drop offs can be productive on cool days.  Deeper docks will generally hold fish as well.  On bright sunny days, look to the grass flats to hold fish soaking up the sunshine.  Winter always presents a number of challenges for anglers, but you can be successful if you watch conditions and use them to your advantage.

Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!

Thanks and Good Fishing! 
Captain Charlie Conner