Finally, three days without a jacket. Now let's work on this wind, because I am ready for summer.
Yes, I want that warm quiet surf, even if I can't catch a Pompano.
Finally this week we had Pompano on the beach. There was no special time, they were just in and eating. We had anglers reporting catches in the midmorning thru late afternoon, from the long-cast anglers to the guys that fish up close. They all caught Pompano.
Clams and sand fleas were the favorites, with everyone taking home three or four. That is a lot better than the week before.
Blue fish were with us until late afternoon, and had the Whiting all day. I only heard of one Snook, but summer is coming, so let's hope for next week.
Anglers drifting around in the Inlet found plenty of big Macs with a mix of Blues and yes, a few Pompano.
Cut bait on a 3/0 long-shank hook sure caught a bunch of the toothy critters. There was no need to go out of the Inlet if the Macs were your target, and there were plenty right there. Every angler commented on the activity in the Inlet, as it was solid Macs through the day.
River was run over by the Macs, and so was Roosevelt Bridge, marker no. 19, and the causeways north to the power plant and beyond. They all had lots of Macs.
The fish moved in waves, and you could see them coming, jumping and swirling, eating everything in sight.
If it moved or flashed they were on it, that flash minnow jig, and small spoons and cut baits took their toll.
These were big Macs. Anglers all commented on their size, and four were plenty. Trout bite was also good all week, with most in the slot using suspending lures. Then the Macs showed up.
Reds made a good show early again until the Macs came through. Sheep head and Drum were at the causeways again until the Macs came through, and if the Pompano wanted to show -- which they did -- the Macs ran them off also. There were lots of Macs, no matter where you were fishing.
The only solution was to move because that is what all the fish did. We just got out of their way.
This week should be a good week for Snook. After the cold turned them off, these warmer temps will wake them up.
It has been a week of slow fishing for the line siders, and it is time for them to eat, so pick a bridge after sundown.
Offshore, it has been the color lines that have held the fish, from 130 feet to 300 feet, there has been plenty of Dolphin.
Interesting, it has been a late morning bites, so finish breakfast, then come on down.
Polite seas made it possible for most anglers, and small ballyhoo was the preferred bait as they trolled up one side and down the other on those color lines. If you are on a line and it starts to get crowded, just move out to the next line. There has been many catches, and most fish were in the ten- to fifteen-pound class.
A few Cobia were reported following the turtles but the Remoras were thick and taking any cast that was made to the Cobia. Maybe next weekend our luck will change.
Have great and warm week.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.