Did someone say something about rain? I believe it is the revenge of the weatherman just because he has to work.
Finally on Sunday, the sun came out, the wind slowed and the air temperature was perfect. Please notice I said air temperature. The water temperature fell off, so there was cold water. Lots of real cold water.
Anglers running north of the St. Lucie Inlet found warm water in the 150-foot zone, while anglers that ran south are still looking for warm water.
The cold water came so quick anglers were talking about floating fish.
North of the Inlet one fisherman was out 150-foot when there was a ten degree change in water temperature. So let's say from the 150- to 200- was the zone, so the bottom fishing was 90-feet out.
Anglers that were out at the Hill found black fins and plenty of Bonita to bend a rod. Somewhere in between is the where the kings were keeping warm. No one would give me a depth because they say I will tell everyone.
In the mix were some small dolphin, but I did not hear a word about permit or cobia, they were thick last week but shallow. It is still early, so maybe today some will make the catch list.
It was also a hard week for the surf fans. Conditions were just not with them, as rain or the threat of rain kept most away. Overcast skies kept the sun away and wind kept the sand on the move making for some ugly water conditions.
The big croakers were there, Snook season is closed so we do know for sure they were there, but the tarpon were way out of casting range.
The cloudy water moved in and out all week, but it was still fishable, with big croakers on shrimp, clams and fish bites.
River was a mix of trout from small to well over the slot being caught on just as many types of baits. We had reports from north to south, east or west side. With the overcast sky time was not an issue, but the tide did present a problem, with a very low summer tide all week.
Several kayak anglers fishing later in the day reported flounder for County Line Road north on the west side, and lots were reported working baits across the bottom. That was easy, because there was no water.
But the worse the weather, the better the snook action, and yes, the season is closed. Now there are lots of big fish with no wimps in the bunch. It has been an all-day bite, so just look for the fast-moving water around any bridge or ambush point. It was live bait such as big pins or croakers. As long as it was big, they were on it.
Overall, there were some black drum, a few snapper, big sheephead and triple tail that all made the catch list in spite of the rain.
Well, the sun is shining now, so come on down.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.