A few days of rain, some wind and a sea that made the inlets less than polite -- well, really not sure how to rate this week, but when the sun was out it made up for the rain and wind.
Surf anglers were hit the hardest. If the wind wasn't enough, strong surf made for less-than-polite fishing. Now, if Blues are your favorite, this is what it takes to keep them in the mix.
Big seas will keep the edge cool and the Blues in. Cut bait is favored. Lots of white water and the scent of the bait will make it easier to locate, but the white water will keep the Snook and Tarpon from the edge. These two species like clear warmer water. Yes, they are there just out of casting range.
Residents of the island tell me about all the fish they can see, but these two are in the blue water. The seas are settling and it will not be long.
Trout continue to hold my attention, be it east or west side, it just depends on the wind direction. Most of the fish are at the top of the slot and over.
Trout are school fish, so when you are in them, you are in them but if your bait is just relaxing, it is time to move. A short ten yards will change everything.
From Big Mud Creek north of that treed shoreline is shelter from the wind, and there is lots of fish. Grass edges are the area.
With west wind, start at County Line Road and go north. Just look for the clean water. In the mix will be a few Reds, some short Snook and plenty of Blues, so bring some extra bait.
If you are a wader, when was the last time you fished the south side of the Stuart Causeway on the west end? It's a great location and there's some nice fish to keep you busy.
As for Snook fishing, I always say the stronger the weather the better the Snook fishing, and I was not disappointed. From all bridges I heard about the one that got away. Deep, running baits after sundown has been the prime time, but these fish are there all day. Just fish the shaded areas in bright sun.
Off shore it was big rollers, but not a problem once you cleared the inlet. Twenty pound Dolphin are in 100 feet, but that is not what held anglers attention.
There also were Kings in 60 feet north of the inlet, but that still not the one. Cobia, that is what all the questions were about.
First it was how deep, and 40 feet was the answer. Bait? If it swims, serve it, and Cobia goes crazy.
Grouper season is now open so you know the answer to the next question. We have plenty of reefs in our area. Pick one, put a big live Pin Fish down and hang on.
Lots of Muttons, Lanes and yes, even Grouper were put on board and I know the Dolphin are happy.
I am ready for summer, now just turn off the wind.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.