Fishing Report from For Shore Fishing.
Capt. Charlie Conner/Fish Tales Charters
January 16, 2018
The year has started off with winter moving in and cooling things down quite a bit. Wind, rain, and cold have made the first part of January a real challenge to get out and enjoy the fishing. Water temperatures have dipped into the 50’s and it will take a few sunny days to warm things up a bit. You can expect lots of wind this month along with the normal weekly cold front moving through the Treasure Coast. Watch the weather and plan your adventures carefully, reports Capt. Charlie Conner of Fish Tales Charters (772-284-3852). http://www.fishtalescharter.com.
Sheepshead are always the best bite in this kind of weather. They don’t mind the colder water and there are lots of them in the river to keep anglers busy. Bridges, docks, and channel edges are favorite areas to fish for sheepshead, drum, and snapper. The night time snook bite has been good around the bridges and jetties. Look for the Spanish mackerel and pompano bite to improve around the area. Trout, snook, and redfish will be on the grass flats when the sun is high to warm up. Black drum and croakers should be moving into the river now that things are cooled down. January is always a good month to enjoy the fishing, Conner reports.
Winter weather is a good time to work on reels, tackle, boats, and such. We get a lot of windy days and this is the perfect time to get your equipment in good working order for the upcoming spring fishing. Don’t forget to check out the safety equipment on the boat. It’s an important part of fishing and boating. Dress in layers this time of year. Temperature swings can be go from the fifties into the eighties in a few hours and layering can keep you comfortable out there, Conner reports.
Capt. Charlie Conner, a Fort Pierce based fishing guide, has over 30 years experience fishing Florida’s Indian River Lagoon from Stuart, Fort Pierce, and Port St. Lucie to Titusville. Conner is a licensed Coast Guard Master Captain specializing in light tackle fishing for such species as snook, redfish, and speckled trout along the flats and islands of the Indian River.