September October 2015 fishing report

September October 2015 Fishing Report                                                                                              INSHORE

Although August was a very good month the mere mention of September and October gets me excited!  The days and nights will become somewhat cooler as both Black and Silver Mullet begin their coastal migration north along Floridas’ east coast. Historically, the arrival of migrating mullet will start during the second week of September and continue through the end of October. Local populations of snook, tarpon, trout and redfish will feed aggressively on them through the end of this run.
Expect good top water action early in the day and a good bite late in the day as well.
As far as artificial baits go I like the Zara Spook, Badonka Donk and Yozuri Hydro Pencil. They cast great and allow you to cover as much water as possible fishing along sea walls, flats and sandbars.  About an hour after daybreak we will usually switch to DOA Bait Busters which are the most tried and true finger mullet imitation ever invented. Live mullet will also take these gamefish and at times are the key to success especially fishing for tarpon in the deeper cuts and bays.
NEARSHORE                                                                                                                                           On days when the surf is calm we have opportunity to pursue tarpon along the beaches. This fishery is day to day as we only attempt this when the surf is CALM. It can be outstanding. We will normally encounter sharks, barracudas and jacks feeding with the tarpon.
Days that I’m not guiding I will be surfcasting for tarpon and sharks along our local beaches. Fall is the best! Give me a call.

Keep Casting,

Capt. Charlie Fornabio







June recap, July Forecast 2015

June Recap, July Forecast 2015

Hi Everyone,
I spent the first 17 days of June in NJ catching Stripers and bluefish.  I had a great trip, I landed 23 stripers from the surf up to 15 lbs on plugs and over 150 bluefish up to the same weight. I got to fish with my lifelong surf fishing buddies, visit with my parents and basically be a kid for a couple of weeks.
I hit the ground running when I got back to Florida guiding clients to a few nice tarpon and bull sharks in the Sebastian area. I will be fishing this week (weather permitting) in the ocean in search of kingfish, tarpon, false albacore and cobia.                                                       In july I will focus mostly on fishing in the ocean searching for schools of threadfin herring and glass minnows. Find the bait, find the fish. If the winds stay light and offshore it should be good fishing along the beaches both north and south of Vero.
Inshore there will be redfish, snook and a few trout around the deeper mangrove shorelines. Its important to start early to maximize your chances as the coolest water of the day is at first light. The last couple of years we have had good fishing in the turning basin in Ft Pierce as the glass minnows and small menhaden schools get trapped inside the basin and get pounded by spanish, jacks, blue runners and false albacore. Great fun on light tackle. I hope we get a chance to fish soon.
Keep casting ,                                                                                                                                   Captain Charlie Fornabio                                                                                                                          772 360 7647                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


May 2015 fishing report Vero Beach/ Ft Pierce

May 2015 fishing report

May is one of my favorite months. Calmer winds, warmer water, less crowds and shots at bigger fish.

Inshore:The snook and trout bite is perking up with the warmer water temps and influx of baitfish in the Indian River Lagoon. Snook will be holding around structure and cruising the drop offs. The larger trout will be in the shallows over grass bottom following the mullet schools. A good rule of thumb; find the mullet and you will find the trout. Properly presented top water lures fished during first light through sunrise can start the day off right. I like the Yozuri hydro pencil, Zara spook and Storm chug bug. Red fishing will remain steady around the docks , mangrove shorelines and off the beaten path shallows.                                                                                                    The Sebasian river will continue to have good tarpon, snook and bull shark fishing this month.

Nearshore: The arrival of the thread fin herring schools along the coast means action. Tarpon, king fish, false albacore, jacks, cobia, spanish and sharks all come together to terrorize the bait pods. Most of this action takes place within a mile of the beach. This is a very visual and exciting fishery when the wind allows us to get offshore. The power plant in Ft Pierce (the boils) will produce snook and reds bottom fishing and tarpon and permit on top. On a good day there you feel like you are in the middle of a National Geographic shoot!
It has been a great winter/spring season and I would like to thank all of you I have had the privilege to guide.       I look forward to fishing with you in the near future.                                                                                                               Keep casting,                                                                                                                                                                                      Captain Charlie Fornabio
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 Captain Charlie  Fornabio’s

                                            APRIL FORECAST and UPDATE

The first week of April started out fast and furious with good catches of trout, snook & reds as the water temps have been steadily over the 75 degree mark. I was also able to get out in the ocean a few times and had  good catches of spanish and blues around the mouth of the inlet. I also ran into schools of big jacks, daisy chaining near the St Lucie power plant. Some of these brutes were in the 30lb class.

Heading into week 2 was a different story. A bright full moon, south winds, high pressure , and a crazy amount of Easter week boat traffic made fishing a real challenge. As of yesterday (9th) things have leveled off and the catching has picked up. I had a good catch of trout south of Bear pt yesterday with some nice spanish mixed in. I look for the rest of the month to be better each day as the moon wanes and the crowds thin out.

I’m sorry for getting this post out late but I have been “chained to the helm” for weeks on end.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Keep casting,

Capt Charlie Fornabio

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March fishing forecast

Vero beach- Ft Pierce

March has arrived on the Treasure Coast. It has been a cold winter for us here in January and February but the fishing has been very good. Traditionally, in March, we can expect windy conditions along with some clouds as the winter /spring transition begins to take place. March is the turning point for better weather and warmer water temperatures. Water temperatures will continue to rise this month and the fish will start the transition from the deeper water to the flats and actively begin to feed. We should begin to catch trout on the edges of the shallows where the water drops off to the 3-5 foot depths. Red fish and snook will be around the mangroves and docks. Pompano fishing has been solid as of this post with good amounts of fish for those anglers who would like to target these inshore gamefish. Spanish and bluefish are in the inlet and turning basin along with look downs and jacks. The channel edges will continue to hold a variety of bottom fish including sheepshead, snappers and groupers.
March and April are my busiest months for business as our population doubles this time of year. Try to book ahead for trips these next 2 months as I would like to make sure I can accommodate you and your friends and family. I look forward to hearing from you.
Captain Charlie Fornabio
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