Off shore, it was permit and more permit, enough so that no one cared about the Dolphin or anything else.
I know the Dolphin were happy. Permit at the Sand Pile, and from there to the Boils, which is what all those boats were doing.
Anglers were moving slowly north from the inlet in 40 feet of depth, watching for the gold flashes. Once located, it was pretty simple. Crab on a jig head casting in their direction and hang on.
The first problem was finding crabs or big shrimp, and the second problem was the sharks. Both were a big problem.
If you were going to put one in the boat, you had to be fast and use a big piece of equipment. It was not the time for a knife in the gun fight.
When that fish eats your bait you need to muscle that fish to the boat and into the box, or it will be a snack for the man in gray.
Right now there is plenty of Cobia in the mix, so the Dolphin can wait. Now, there are lots of boats on these fish, but it is a big ocean, so give everybody lots of room and time for everyone to practice their best manners.
Dolphins were in 130 feet with a few Sails and plenty of small Kings. Yes, it was a good week for the off-shore anglers.
There are still bigger Blues in the surf for that early angler. Eating cut baits, these fish are there most of the day, but the numbers are early.
Pompano at the Tiger Shores access were in and out, but when they are in, they are there in good numbers, so there's no special time. You just have to be there.
Summer has arrived and the Snook have made a good show at the surfs edge. Bombers plugs, Krystal minnows and DOA Bait Buster are all working well.
Get your feet wet, cast in the trough for bright silver, slot size, real nice fish. Plenty of Whiting, and there's all good size, so do not forget the ice.
It's a beautiful blue surf. Finally summer is here, and any day I know the Tarpon will show.
River anglers are all talking about the St. Lucie River, north fork and south fork having big Snook.
Temperatures are perfect, with the deep water and plenty of baits. Trolling is the key, mid channel, big Bombers and Rat-l-traps just as the sun sets gets lots of big fish.
Good week for the Snook anglers, with plenty of shorts in the flats and plenty of fish well over the slot at the bridges. Low light was preferred.
Still plenty of Blues, Macs and Jacks to keep busy, but slot Trout have been a hard find with all the wind. Look for the flat water, and that is where the bait is and where the fish are. Be quick, because the wind is about to change directions and you will be looking again for that flat water. Already the third week in April and we still have March wind.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.