Two mornings this week I opened and the temperatures were in the 40s. Oh well, anything for a Pompano.
We had two great years of Pompano starting in November but this year we're still waiting for the run. Water temperatures have been unusual to the warm side, but finally we got some weather that will bring down the water temperature and bring in some Pompano.
I had several anglers in today saying they finally caught some on the beach. I'm not sure what some means, but at least they are talking.
The interesting thing that the bite has been all day, with plenty of Croaker, Whiting and let's hope more Pompano.
Most interesting is the catch.
Whiting and Croaker are up close, and in the mix were the Pompano, so just maybe a little longer cast and you would really be in the Pomps. Clams and sand fleas were the favored baits, but the fish bites sure seem to work.
Blue Fish for the anglers using cut baits, small three to five pounds makes excellent table fare and again, the bite has been all day, if you like standing in the cold.
Trout are coming in from many locations. In spite of the cooler temperatures, the fish are chewing and they are mid-slot to bigger, with mid-morning being the best time.
Favored bait has been live, so lure anglers, you have to slow your baits down, real slow.
Reds like the cooler water, so look to fishing east or west side of the river with an early time favored.
Now if you are looking to bend a rod, the Jacks and Lady Fish are everywhere. At 20 to 30 pounds, Jacks are being found in big schools around the power plant, and in that mix a big Ladys, with schools of Blues to keep you on your toes.
Snook have been busy eating for the last few days. Not sure what these cold days will do to them. They may just go deep and forget to eat. There have been lots of small Snook in the flats and lots of big Snook at the bridges, with sundown being the preferred time.
Off shore it has been real good for Dolphin. Just talked to Day Maker charters, and he put six in the boat and had two Sails in 200-feet water east of the inlet.
All week, the zone has been from 150-feet out to 200-feet on the color lines. Most are trolling small ballyhoo with a large on the down line, just in case there is a Wahoo. And yes, there were two.
Due to conditions, the close-up fishing for Cobia has been not working. Most of the Cobia are sight fished and the surf has been cloudy. It's not that the fish are not there, but to run that close to the edge in these conditions?
Well, all this weather is for the Pompano anglers and I hope they are happy.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.