Fishing ReportsSoutheast

South Indian River

April comes to a close and I am looking forward as May brings beautiful weather and great fishing to the Treasure Coast. Summer did arrive early with some hot temperatures and lots of rain action around the area. It’s obvious that the rainy season is here. Look for afternoon rains most any day as May brings us more sunshine and hot temperatures. The water has been mostly clear around the Fort Pierce area before the recent rains.


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Brice with a nice sea trout caught on the grass flats in Fort Pierce. © Capt. Charlie Conner

Fishing has been good around the area since the water has become more comfortable to the fish. Early mornings try top water lures on the grass flats for sea trout, redfish and snook. As the sun rises, switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits and try deeper pockets or drop offs on the moving tides. The trout bite has picked up along with the redfish and snook action. Bear Point, Round Island, Queen’s Cove and Middle Cove have all been productive for nice size trout lately. Our redfish have come from under the mangroves along with several 27″ snook recently. They are hanging under the shadow lines, so accuracy is critical to getting the bite. The inlet and turning basin has held tarpon, Spanish mackerel and jacks on the incoming tides. Snook season will close June 1st.

John and Tyler caught a good variety of fish including snook, redfish, sharks and sheepshead to name a few on a beautiful day on the water. Captain Pat and Ethan joined me in Sebastian to shark fish. Ethan caught a nice bull shark after losing several that morning. Ed, Charlie and Brody joined me on another gorgeous day on the water. The guys caught redfish, snook, drum and sheepshead among a number of other species for a good days fishing. Terry and Stella caught trout, bluefish, drum, sheepshead and several other species for a nice day fishing on the Indian River. Bonnie and Brice were out again for some nice trout and Brice just missed a slot snook at 27″ to top off the morning. It’s been exciting this week on the river.

It’s been hot this month and using sunscreen is essential to prevent sunburn. Summer arrived early and make sure you protect your skin when enjoying the fishing action around the area. It appears like its going to be a hot summer ahead! Enjoy yourselves and stay safe!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby…it’s an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner