We are keeping our fingers crossed as we near the end of the hurricane season. Last year we took a double hit in September with Francis and Jeanne. The Indian River is holding more baitfish and water quality is improving. Last week the mullet were thick from the St. Lucie Inlet north. We ran a few night trips fishing the Jensen Beach Bridge and had some nice action on snook to 9 pounds, trout to 4 pounds and ladyfish. Finger mullet on circle hooks along with DOA Baitbusters and jointed Bomber lures did the trick. When everything is feeding on mullet, we try to match the hatch. I did notice the shadow lines have changed at the Jensen Bridge. They added lights about 10 feet up the bridge supports and really lights up the area now. Fishing lighted docks we switched over to glow shrimp and caught some jacks to 3 pounds along with smaller trout under 15 inches.
In the inlet area, fishing was slow till the last couple of hours of incoming tide. Among the catch list were blue runners, jacks, snapper, redfish and did see a few tarpon in the 80 pound class smashing baits but no takers on topwater chuggers. It was quite sporty near the rocks so we wisely elected to stay inside. Water temps were down as low as 77 degrees last week but jumped back up to 83 yesterday.
Planning on running a "recon trip" Sunday scouting areas north near the power plant. The baitfish that were so thich between the causeways last week seem to have moved north. Think I will fish the grass flats early morning for trout and redfish and maybe look for a few tripletail after. Won't be long now for the pomps and macks to return.
Still refitting the 28' Pacemaker for offshore trips. We are going through everything on the boat getting it ship shape and should be up and running in a few weeks. Just added a new flushing head and livewell and can't wait to get deep sea trips going.