Wow, on Sunday there was no wind or rain, and the seas were quiet. It was a real change from the week of strong winds, heavy rain and less than polite sea. After six days of southeast wind gusting to 30 mph, I'm saying enough of this March wind, and let's get with on summer.
Snook season is closed, so I know all the slot fish will be out and hungry. But Black Sea Bass is now open. Five is the bag, and a lot of happy anglers that were unhappy can now ask where they all go. Tired of blaming the weather man, I guess it is just Mother Nature.
Finally, the surf has laid down, turbidity has cleared and the Whiting and Croakers were quick to come back. They're at your toes, up close, so it's just a pitch and you will be in their zone. They make excellent table fare, and are so good the Snook are right there competing for the catch.
Their season is closed and they know it, so if you have not caught one, get ready. If you are going to target them take the barbs off the hooks for a quick release and please do not pull them up on the sand as it will wipe off their slime coat. Any time is a good time for the beach.
Yes, I know the Snook are everywhere, and are stacked up under your dock and mine, not to mention the bridges, but the season is closed. Never caught a fish with a watch on but they know. You cannot keep them, so take the barbs off the hooks for a quick, easy release.
The wind has taken a break, the river has settled down and now you can fish from north to south catching Reds, Trout and plenty of Drum. Boaters, pay attention to the channel markers, because there is Triple Tail aplenty.
We have also had reports of Tarpon in the North Fork, by Roosevelt Bridge, and at the Cross Roads on north to Ft. Pierce. I just have not seen any, but it is June and it is their time.
Offshore, the bottom fishing continues to hold interest from 60-foot out, with plenty of Muttons, Lanes, Mangroves and Grouper. Favored bait has been big with live Pin fish, but sardines have also been putting them in the box.
So where are all the big Black Sea Bass that have been taking all anglers bait? Season is now open. Kings are still north on the numbers, but it is the Dolphin I want to hear about.
Straight out in 90-foot to 125-foot deep water on trolled ballyhoo. Early has been the bite time, but I sure wish we had some fish that like to sleep late.
One day out of seven we have had some nice weather, so now it is time for the rest of summer.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.