South Indian River Inshore – Nearshore Fishing Forecast – August 2012

Bob Dubord with a nice 24" sea trout caught on the grass flats of the Indian River in Fort Pierce on a live pilchard drifted across the flats. PHOTO CREDIT: Capt. Charlie Conner

As summer continues to bring the daily chance of afternoon rains and thunderstorms, fishing will take the usual second seat to the opening of lobster season. Expect lots of boats on the water each day as they head out in search of the spiny critters. Practice safe boating tactics and don’t be in a hurry to get out there. Those dog days of August will continue with hot weather, so take the normal precautions while on the water.

Trout fishing will continue to be the best bite around the river. Top water lures early, followed by a D.O.A. shrimp or CAL jerk bait will be productive on the grass flats. Queen’s Cove, Bear Point and Harbor Branch will all be active with trout. Fish shallow early and move to the edges of the flats as the sun warms things up each day. Look for sand holes on the grass flats. Trout love to sit in them and wait for the tide to bring their food to them. We have enjoyed lots of big trout this year on the flats. This month will provide great weather in the mornings for fishing the river.

Head out to the docks along the river for snook, snapper, sheepshead and redfish. Some big fish will be hanging under the shady areas around many of the docks along the river from Vero to Stuart. Fish your lures slowly. If you use the tide in your favor, the lure will remain under the dock longer and give you a better chance at hooking up. Snook will be active around the jetties, bridges and docks of the river. Live baits, Terror Eyz and Bait Busters will all work well for you. As the rainy season continues, try some of the spillways when the water is actively running over them. A Rootbeer Terror Eyz is a great lure around those areas.

Bridges will hold some nice snapper during the month along with some sheepshead and black drum. The Turning Basin should become alive with glass minnows and a variety of predators to feed on them. Everything on the water loves to eat those glass minnows. Fish the edges of the bait pods and you should find some predators hanging out there waiting to feed. The edges of the channel will also be holding lots of snapper around any of the structure or rocks. It’s a great time of year!

Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby; it’s an adventure!

FORECAST BY: Capt. Charlie Conner
Captain Charlie’s Fish Tales Charters
Phone: (772) 284-3852