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Monday January 17 2011 ,08:39 am

More Seasonable Weather Means MIxed-bag Catches

It's good to see the New Year coming in without record cold and freezes. Since Jan 1, we are seeing slightly warmer water temps in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River, into the mid 60's and slightly higher on incoming tides, so seatrout, redfish and a few snook have returned to shallow water. Pompano are ducking into the St. Lucie Inlet only sporadically, and hanging where water temps are over 65. I did find a few pomps midway between the Inlet and Ft. Pierce Inlet, around the powerlines, mixed with blues and a few Spanish this week.

The surf is still the best place to target pompano, and the bite is best when the wind is east-southeast, and around high tide. After cold snaps, expect the best bite south of Hobe Sound Beach down to Juno and beyond. My surf charter customers last week enjoyed a good bite south of Juno, taking home a dozen nice pomps. If interested in learning to fish the surf for pompano, I am offering half and full-day trips for up to two anglers, all tackle and bait included. Cost is $350 for a full day (8 hours) and $300 for a half (5 hours). Skiff fishing charter rates for 2011 are $550 for a full day, $350 for a half day, and includes all tackle and fishing licenses. In the photos below, that's Stuart's Jim Borer landing an IRL pompano on jig; a nice seatrout taken on fly; charter customers Kelly and son Ashton from Sarasota on Juno Beach with one of many pompano; a good pompano catch on jigs at Jupiter Inlet.

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