Sunshine, heat and a little breeze makes one want to sit and push whatever you have to do today to tomorrow.
I love south Florida.
It seems the fish live like I do; time and date doesn't seem to matter... or so it seems.
Depending on whom you talk to, whether the fish are biting, where and how deep all point to one thing; yes, it is summer.
Offshore, the cobia keeps chewing, and depending on whom you talk to, you might find out where they are.
We had reports from 25-feet out and yet there was no pattern. Some hit live baits, others on jigs, again, no reason for them to be there but they were.
Anglers looking for live baits didn't find much, but the cobia was there. Anglers who were bottom fishing in 60-feet of water had them at the boat. Some would eat and others would just look, but you had to have that extra rod ready if you were in the game.
There were lots of short cobia, but in the mix were some excellent ones. As one angler said, "Oh well, it is summer." Whatever that means. It sounds like they have plenty to eat. If this is your target, bring everything from jigs to crabs... It sounds like you will need them.
Dolphin were an easy find if you knew where to look. About 125-feet a little north of the inlet, eating small ballyhoo, with a whisper of a weed line was the spot.
A few kings made the catch list. They were not big, but perfect for the grill. Most were in the 10-12 pound range.
Bottom fishing continues with lanes, muttons, grouper and yes, cobia.
Surf anglers had a lot to say about weeds. It really just depended where you were fishing. If you go to an access beach, look before you take your equipment to the edge. If there are weeds, go to the next spot because not every angler had this problem.
There were plenty of whiting and croaker with big jacks on the edge. A few snook and tarpon made the list, but again it depends on you location.
Tarpon and snook were south of Stuart Beech and the best bite was early, but I had reports of fish all day. Some fish were hitting live baits, some on artificial lures.
The river is warm, so fish early or late; low light is the key. If you are in the water after the sun comes up, you need to be in deep water or at least shaded water.
When the sun goes down, they will travel to the shallows, so plan your times and you will find fish.
The shallow water from the north end of Herman's Bay to Bear Point on the east side of the Indian River is the best location.
Trout, reds plenty of jacks with a mix of Blue fish will keep you busy if you hit eh channels after sun up. Go to the channels, the bridges, the piers because that is where they will be.
Because of pumping from the lake, my advice is to avoid catching fish in The St. Lucie River.
Whether you are fishing the surf, the river, bridges or out on sea, remember, it's summertime and a hat, sunglasses and sun screen are mandatory.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.