Well, we started out with warm weather, and then it went to cloudy, rain and cool. Enough, this is south Florida.
That north wind will keep the Blues busy for the surf anglers, while keeping the cool water in the neighborhood. April is the time for the bigger Blues with some nine to 12 pounds and some bigger. Why? I wish I knew. Maybe they are just older like me and in no hurry.
These fish have been in all day with the best time being early, but it's not limited to that. Cut baits have been preferred, but a big top water popper will find the fish. Cut baits work because of the scent and the popper works because of the noise.
Yes, there are still plenty of the chopper Blues for the early angler. Use cut bait because the water is cloudy and a spoon will hard to see, and cut bait with its scent works.
Now, if you like to sleep in, the Whiting and Pompano will be there when you get there. Once that sun warms that edge, they will move in. These fish are just a pitch into the surf and not a cast. There are plenty of Whiting and a few Pompano in the mix, so do not forget the ice.
With Snook, we will need a lot of south wind with its warm water, and then they will be here.
Stay away from the beach construction as it's causing cloudy water, and you want the blue water.
One surprise has been the river. It's been busy with fish. They're simple to find, just fish the flat water, because that is where the fish are.
With the wind changing direction several times a day, look to the flat clear water.
Trout and Reds top the list when using bait that you can move across the bottom, and a small buck tail or the suspending MiroLure will get the job done.
Moving across the fuzzy water, you will find plenty of Blues, Lady Fish and Macs. Just pick the time and the fish are there.
We had a few warmer days moving the river temps up, then it became cool again, so who knows where the Snook went.
Look to the deeper water as these fish are in their comfort zone, but slow-moving bait just might wake them up.
The unusual week of changing wind directions, wave heaths ups and downs, and varying temperatures made it hard to plan.
But it was a pretty good week depending on the day, with Dolphin to 20 pounds, Kings and Wahoo in the fifteen pound class, and a mix of Cobia, depending on the day.
Dolphin and Sails were in the 130 to 150 feet, and the others were in 60 to 80 feet, all north of the inlet. Bait was not an issue, and I didn't hear of any anglers looking for live baits, so there must have been plenty.
Trolled ballyhoo was preferred, but live bait sure took its toll.
Mutton were south to the Loran Tower in numbers, so it was worth the ride, and came with a King or a Cobia to keep you on your toes.
Looking back, I guess we had a pretty good week of fishing, now it just has to warm up.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.