South Indian River Fishing Report 8/15

August 15, 2018 by Charlie Conner

Trip Info

The Catch
Snapper (Mangrove)


Mornings haven’t been so bad this past week.  Getting out early or late in the day can keep the worst of the heat away from you.  Seems like around noon is when it starts getting hot and that’s the time to get off the water.  Water temperatures were in the mid eighties this week and the fish were cooperating nicely for us.  The St Lucie River continues to have it’s issues with water quality, but there are places to enjoy the fishing and avoid those troubles. 

Don, Art and Sherman were back again this month and we had an awesome day on the water.  There are plenty of mutton snapper in the river even though we can’t stretch them out to 18”.  They put up a nice fight anyway.  Lots of lane and mangrove snapper as well.  The guys caught plenty of snapper!  Sherman caught one nice slot redfish and lost a bigger one while fishing docks along the river.  They even added a nice sheepshead to finish off a good morning.  Rick and Brody joined me with Brody’s good friend Van.  The boys caught lots and lots of fish and kept up with Rick all morning.  Brody caught a nice mackerel and a 16” tripletail to top off his day.  Van caught a nice sheepshead and mangrove snapper to add to the days catch.  It was a nice morning to enjoy the fishing!

There are still lots of snapper along the channel edges.  Sheepshead are also hanging around most any structure.  Redfish have been around docks along the river.  DOA shrimp or live bait can help you hook up to a slot fish.  The jetties have been good for snook, especially at night.  Look for trout around Bear Point or Harbor Branch on the flats.  Early morning top water lures or Deadly Combos have been good for sea trout.  Mackerel, jacks and ladyfish have been coming in with the tides and are abundant in the channels. 

Make sure to stay hydrated and use lots of sunscreen this time of year.  Watch the weather and avoid being caught in an afternoon thunderstorm.

Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!

Good Fishing,
Captain Charlie Conner

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