The March wind is still with us, and so are the Blue Fish.
For the surf angler, it is a double-edge sword. Wind can make it difficult to fish, but if the wind slows will the fish move on?
At the moment, it has been 3-ounce days, but a little piece of cut bait will find plenty of fish. There's not too many Whiting this week. They are smarter than to hang around a school of Blues.
These Blues have been in the five-pound class, making them excellent table fare. The best part is they have been eating all day.
No need to hurry when you get there, they will be waiting. Snook like the water less turbid and without the Blues, they eat all the Whiting.
But if you are looking to bend a rod, come on down. Nothing on Pompano at the surf this week, the anglers were busy with the Blues. Look to the clean water, and stay away from all the beach workers.
East and southeast wind has kept most anglers on the east side of the river or going into the North Fork of the St. Lucie looking first, to get out of the wind, then finding fish.
Plenty of slot-size Trout and few Reds were found with a mix of Blue Fish.
Suspending baits top the list, as Blue fish love the soft rubber, or at least half of them.
But Snook were everywhere, with a monster moon for three days, they spent their night eating. Bridges and docks, anywhere they had an ambush point, it was Snook time. Live baits or artificial ones, on the surface or across the bottom, even I could catch Snook.
Problem is, they were all over slot. Lots of fish and lots of photos, but ever notice how a photo gets heavier with age?
Anglers fishing the skinny water found plenty of short Snook for their catch list, and lots of twenty-four inch fish.
It is good that we have the numbers of assorted sizes. They will surely be with us for a while.
Now, about that slot size.
Offshore it was the conditions. The weather man said one thing, and anglers said another. Forecast was big, and it was half of the forecast, but when the bite is on who notices?
Dolphin bite was on, with the fish being in the fifteen- to twenty-pound class, and some bigger eating trolled bait in that 120-foot to 180-foot zone.
For real numbers, the bite was early, but still plenty throughout the day. There was a nice mix of Sails in the group, but it was the bottom that held attention.
Big Mangroves, Muttons to be proud of and Lanes for the grill were all taking sardines. How easy is that? From forty feet out, we had reports that yes, there were a few Cobias. The only one missing was the Permit.
Seas were busy enough that you could not sight the fish. Oh well, settle for the big Mangroves and Muttons.
Sure hope this wind turns off soon, though.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.