As we begin 2019, let’s hope that this year will bring about change to help the water quality on the Treasure Coast.  Last year had it’s challenges, but we ended up on a high note as I see the sea grass and water quality improving with the fairly dry winter months.  It has been a mild winter and water temperatures have been in the low to mid seventies so far.  Winds can be very challenging this time of year, so plan your outdoor adventures accordingly.  Enjoy the awesome January fishing this month.
The winter fish have arrived and that means lots of exciting action and many different fish to target.  Dave and Cody were back this year to enjoy the fishing.  They caught redfish, snook, drum, sheepshead, snapper and pompano along with many other species on some beautiful mornings on the Indian River.  Al, Tim and Ryan found drum,sheepshead, croakers and snapper to make for a fun river adventure.  Don, Lexi, Sammi, Stacy and Ely found whiting, snapper and sheepshead to top off their catch on a very windy day.  Sherman had his family visiting and we took three boats of the kids fishing and found a good variety of fish for them to enjoy.  All the family came down for the holidays to also celebrate Sherman’s 90th birthday a little early.  It has been a fun week on the water.
Pompano have been in deeper water around the river.  Doc’s goofy jigs, sand fleas or live shrimp have all worked well.  Docks have been filled with snapper, sheepshead and drum.  You can also find redfish hanging under the docks as well.  Snook fishing around the jetties and bridges has been best at night.  We are catching smaller snook around some of the docks.  Croakers and whiting have been coming into the river and can be found around channel edges or deep cuts.  Try a DOA Deadly Combo on the grass flats when searching for trout or redfish.  I love this time of year and the variety of fish available around the river.
Watch the weather and dress in layers to cope with cooler temperatures early and to stay comfortable as things warm up later in the day.  January should be a very productive month this year.  Thanks for everyone for making 2018 a successful year for me.  I appreciate those who read my reports and hope I have helped improve your fishing!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby….it’s an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing!

Captain Charlie Conner