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FL
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27° 28' 17.112" N, 80° 16' 4.188" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Fish Tales Charters - Charlie Conner
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December 12, 2014

We have had a mixture of weather patterns lately along the Treasure Coast.  About the only thing it hasn't done is snow.  Check the weather closely before you head out fishing.  Lots of windy days have made it a challenge for us.  Mornings have been our best opportunity to fish.  Expect more of the same for a while.  Water temperatures have been in the mid sixties, but we have been able to find a variety of fish to enjoy.

 

Sherman, David and the kids were out for a morning adventure on a two boat trip.  They all caught plenty of fish, including black drum, sheepshead, snapper and other assorted species.  They are ready for next year and another adventure.  Jim, Quinn, Cole and Madison joined me on a breezy morning, but caught lots of fish anyway.  Black drum, sheepshead, snapper and a host of others made their morning successful!  It was a fun week on the river in spite of weather conditions.

 

With the cooler water around the area, look for deeper places that fish might hold up.  Channel edges, deeper docks and sand holes on the grass flats are a few places to target.  Docks will hold sheepshead, black drum and snapper this time of year.  You can find snook and redfish in the same places as well.  You can also find these fish around the mangroves.  As the sun warms things up, the grass flats will be more productive with the fish moving onto them to feed and stay warm.  Try DOA Deadly Combos on the grass flats for trout.  There are plenty of pompano cruising the river and you can find some with Doc's Goofy Jigs or CAL shad tails.  The inlet has been loaded with jacks, ladyfish, mackerel.  Small shiny lures work best.  There are lots of ways to enjoy the fishing so get out soon and have some fun!

 

Dress in layers for coping with the conditions when enjoying a day on the water.  We sometimes have 30 to 40 degree temperature changes some days and layering your clothing will allow you to enjoy yourself in comfort.  Don't forget the sunscreen!  Wintertime is often forgotten when it comes to sunburns.  Enjoy your time on the water!

 

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

 

Good Fishing and Be Safe! Captain Charlie Conner

 

www.fishtalescharter.com captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com 772-284-3852



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Fishing Report Provided by Capt Joe Ward's River Charters - Cammie Ward
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December 9, 2014

INSHORE - The inshore fishing should be red hot in January if the weather conditions are good. This is the time of year when the cold fronts start coming south with all the low temps and strong north east winds causing a lot of headaches for anglers. But, it is time for the bluefish, Spanish mackerel, croakers and black drum to show up in full force. These fish will be coming in the mouth of the Ft. Pierce Inlet and working their way into the Turning Basin and both north and south in the river. On the nicer days try some of these tips - the redfish and trout will be in the deeper holes and channels around places like Harbor Branch and Queen's Cove to the north and to the south try places like Pete Stone Creek or Big Mud Creek. Try working a live shrimp on a 1/8 or a 1/4oz. jig head and fish it very slow if the water is cold. For some fun and maybe a fish dinner try fishing in the Ft. Pierce Inlet and the area between the bridges for some nice Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Your best results will probably come from using Gulfstream Flash Jig or a small spoon. Just look for the birds and the fish feeding on top. Remember - don't take more than you can eat because these fish don't freeze well and there should be plenty of them around all winter. For the bottom fish like black drum, sheepshead and croakers use a lice shrimp or a fiddler crab on a #2 hook and a 15 pound fluorocarbon leader with just enough weight to hold the bottom. Try places like the Drum Hole, Sand Pit or around the bridges. In the surf the pompano bite should be good for anglers using sand fleas or clams fished on a pompano rig. Try one kind of bait and each hook to see which one is working better that day. Just a reminder - Snook season is closed from December 15th until February 1st.

 OFFSHORE - The offshore fishing will be on one day and off the next due to the weather conditions. With the cold fronts and the northeast winds you will have to pick your days you go offshore. The sailfish bite will remain good on both live and dean baits in 80 to 150 feet of water. The kingfish will be in 50 to 80 feet of water and will take a slow trolled bait. The dolphin bite will be scattered from 80 to 300 feet of water. Look for floating debris and hopefully the fish will be there. Try both - naked and shirted ballyhoo. The bottom fishing will be good over the reefs and wrecks for snapper, sheepshead, black drum, triggerfish and the other bottom fish. A live bait or a piece of cut bait will work just fine. Along the beaches look for mackerel and blues.

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If you would like to report a catch, call me at 772-201-5770 or e-mail me at cward11605@aol.com.

Until next week, keep fishing. Capt. Joe Ward Inshore Fishing Guide

 

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