How about this beautiful weather? With cool evenings and warm days with plenty of sunshine, I am not sure it can be any nicer.
Our warm temps have kept some of our winter species at bay, but there are a few that seem to like it.
Surf anglers looking for that run of Pompano are still waiting for a pattern. The Blue fish are there, just not the numbers that we have seen in the past.
If Blues are the target, be there at the coolest part of the day, at sunrise. If you are watching the sun come up, cut bait will get the attention you are looking for. If you are catching numbers, then you can switch to a spoon. The scent of the cut bait will bring them to you, and if they are schooled up, the spoon with its flash will get their attention.
As for Pompano, well, there's no pattern to report. There's some at Walton Rocks, but from the county line on south to the inlet, it has been a hard call. Pompano have been in and out, with some small and large. But with no pattern, they have anglers waiting. So there's no special time or tide, but just when they feel like it.
The upside has been the Whiting, which has been available all day and at excellent size. Use a piece of shrimp or fish bites and you are in the fish, the best table fare.
Playing in the inlet has been Blues and Macs along the rock jetty. The best part is they are there all day. Spoons and cut baits will keep you busy, but the best part is that the Macs are all large, and the Blue Fish are 3 to 4 pounds.
Off shore was interesting, with most action reported in 50 to 80 feet of water. Sails, Kings and Cobia topped the list and yes, there were even a few Dolphin.
Deeper at the 150-foot mark was weeds, color and bait, but no fish. Anglers found their fish on the way in, in the shallow water.
Small Ballyhoo and live baits kept the rods bent. Yes, the Cobia were small, but there plenty over 33 inches.
Anglers were talking about the schools of big Jacks at 20 to 40 pounds, and Jacks big enough to pull the boat. Now, if we could get them to pull the boat back to the inlet, we could save a gallon or two of gas.
River fishing has been good all week, with anglers reporting limits of Trout and Reds from many locations on lures and live baits.
Only problem is the Blues. Jacks and Lady fish are here in force, and they will eat or tear off whatever you are casting.
Water is a little cool, so slow your retrieve down if the bait stops set the hook. For Snook, pick a bridge after the sun goes down, cast your bait up into the current and again if your bait stops set the hook.
A few Pompano can be found at the bridges. Again, there's no pattern if fishing from a boat. Spend your time closer to the inlet. The Pompano we have heard of have been silver in color, a sure tip they just came into our river.
Nice weather and nice fishing, could it be any better?
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.