Offshore, we started the week with great fishing from 30 feet out. We had Dolphin, Sails, Kings and Cobia.
If there were too many boats in one location, all you had to do was go deeper to next color line and you were back in the fish. And there were lots of fish.
Anglers reported as many as six to eight on Sails and more Dolphin than you could want. Trolling or using the live bait the fish were eating, and most of the Dolphin were gaffers and the Sails were everywhere. It was very busy fishing.
Cobia fishing was a little different. They follow the sharks, so if you did get one on and you were not fast enough, the sharks had their way with your catch. Talked with several anglers that just gave up, because they felt like they were just feeding the men in gray suits.
But as the week progressed so did the seas, which built to eight feet and kept many weekend anglers just looking and saying, "We should have gone yesterday."
Looking at pictures of the St. Lucie Inlet at the points the rock jetties, I saw they were covered by waves, which were not a good idea.
It will settle down this week and maybe we can get out this coming week. Let's hope the fish are still with us.
Big rollers also took their toll on the beach, with lots of white water. As the seas settle, Blue Fish and Jacks will keep most people busy as the second rod is looking for the Pompano.
After two or three years of great Pompano fishing, we are still waiting for them to show. Checking last year's reports, the month of March was the busiest for Pompano. Now if the seas will settle and the turbidity leaves the water's edge, maybe we can go the beach and find a few. That is, if the Blues will leave our baits alone.
With the east wind, it has been the east side of the river that is holding attention. There has been excellent Trout biting all week on everything, and live to all types of artificial baits were getting attention.
Three to four feet was the zone for working baits slowly across the bottom. From Middle Cove south to Joe's Point, we had reports of slot Trout to over the slot. One cool thing, the bite time was all day.
Few Blues and Lady Fish in the mix with the occasional Red Fish, but the rods were bent all day. By the bridges, it was Sheep head, Drum, some Blues and a few Macs that kept anglers busy, but the Snook were just not hungry.
Early in the week, Snook were chewing getting ready for the cold. Mother Nature told them when and when not to eat, and they did. There was a lot of fish to look at but hard to get one to eat.
It is warming this week, so get ready. Yes, there were a few Pompano but they were small, so let's hope for this week.
Now if only the wind and swells will settle.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.