by Capt. Charlie Conner
September will continue to be warm, but the fishing is always exciting. August was a super-hot month! It’s a great time of year to target tarpon, snook, and redfish around the Treasure Coast. Lots of bait has arrived in the area and the predators are chasing it both in the river and on the beach. Water temperatures will continue to be warm and have been in the upper 80’s lately. It is always best to fish early or late in the day. The fall mullet run begins this month and that will bring exciting action to the area. September is an awesome month to fish the Treasure Coast!
Photo: Eli found this nice pompano while fishing along the channel edges in Fort Pierce.
Snook season opens again on September 1st. Live bait, DOA Terror Eyz, and assorted other favorites used around jetties, bridges, and sea walls can get you hooked up to that slot fish. Make sure you are prepared for the season and check your equipment. It’s always good to check your license and snook permit, too.
Fish the shallow water early. Look for redfish around docks and mangroves this month. They like the shade these areas offer, and you can get a nice redfish fishing live bait, DOA shrimp, and CAL grub tails. The trout bite improved this year, and you can find some nice fish around Bear Point, Harbor Branch, or Round Island flats. Fish top water early and switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits as the sun warms up.
Find the bait schools and you’ll find the action! It's easy to spot the bait this time of year. The fall mullet run is going on strong in September. If you do not find bait around your favorite fishing spot, you will most likely not find many fish there. Move around if you need to find active bait. Fish love this time of year and they are out there gorging themselves on the bait in anticipation of the coming winter months. Water temperatures will begin to mellow out and will get back to normal. It's a great time of year to be fishing!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner