Finally the high seas have settled, and the white surf is giving way to the blue water. Now we can go to the surf's edge and catch a fish like Blues, Jacks, Whiting and a few Pompano.
Not sure where the Pompano went this year, but the conditions were not favorable for the species. Even the Blues were not as strong as in the previous season. Again, the water was warm, and then when the temperatures were favorable, the seas kept anglers from the edge.
I'm not sure what the plans are for the beach, but when the crew starts pumping the sand in Martin County, it may be time to check out the access in St Lucie County, because the turbid water will not be favorable.
So the Blues have finally made a good showing, and the cut baits are best. There's still not enough for a spoon, but with the cut bait the smell will help the fish locate the bait. With the spoons, they will have to see.
Whiting are back in the trough, and a piece of shrimp will locate them quickly, in the late morning preferred.
Now about those Pompano. There are a few here and there, and enough to say a location or time so those on the beach will be of good size. It's just Mother Nature taking care of her crew.
Off shore it was big rollers until the weekend, but a lot of fish were caught. There was a good bite from north of the inlet on the eighty line, and from 180 feet to 250 feet, there were some excellent color lines with a mix of weeds and plenty of Dolphin. They were not big, but in the ten to fifteen pound class. The bite varied with time, but anglers all came in with fish.
It was a very good one day. It slowed up the next, but as I said earlier, all anglers came home with fish.
There were a few Kings in the 60-foot area on the numbers. Not big smokers but the right size for the grill, and live baits found most of them.
Bait was not an issue this week, and I did not hear one call on the radio looking, so there must have been plenty.
Seas have settled, so maybe it's a good time to get close to the beach and see if there's maybe a Cobia or two looking to get fed. Thirty feet is a good place to start.
The river settled down quickly, and while we're still waiting for the Pompano, it looks like we may wait till next season.
There were a few here and there, with most being dark in color. This tells me these are our resident fish. So there's no special time from a boat or the bridge, you just had to be there.
Trout bite has been excellent, with a lot of fish in the top of the slot. The cool thing is the bite time has been mid-morning, so suspending baits is the answer.
More Reds this week as anglers were able to fish the west side of our river. So work those long docks from shallow to deep, and shrimp and jigs caught them. The Snook bite was so-so, nothing special, because these fish were still cold from last week. If Snook is the target, wait for the sun to warm the shallow water and look there.
Yes, the dark hour is the hour, but these fish like it warm and they will move from deep to shallow to find their comfort zone.
Finally, it is starting to warm up, so now I can go fishing.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.