Ninety degrees and a big bright sun... yes, I love it. But the only problem with catching fish in the heat is you have to fish early, before sun up.
Low light is the key for the trout and red fish anglers. I'm not sure about the snook and tarpon, but the triple tail love the sun, so plan your trip to maximize your catch.
River anglers fishing the east side of the Indian River from Nettles Island north before sun up have found limits of trout and reds to play with. Top water lures were favored, but live shrimp took their toll.
When fishing this area, look around... what is there that attracts and holds fish? Now think about all the other areas you have fished that have these same qualities... now you have plan "B."
Tarpon are rolling so they must be eating. When tarpon are on the move they are looking for a place to roll. You will have to figure out what they're eating. I would rather be lucky than skillful.
Snook are in the spawning mode. That is the reason the season is closed. There are lots of big female, most are 34- inches and bigger. Please do not bring a knife to the gun fight... it's a big fish so be prepared.
If you want a picture, hold your breath and when you need to breathe so does the fish. Be quick getting that snapshot and then release the fish back into the water.
It's the lazy days of summer and the triple tail and I love it. I will at the pool and the Triple Tail will be at the channel markers lazing the time away. But, no fear, a shrimp on jig will wake them up.
Surf anglers, there are plenty of whiting and croakers to keep you busy. Just a pitch into the surf's edge will find them and there are plenty. They are excellent table fare and worth the effort. Please bring ice; you will want to keep them as fresh as possible. Any time is a good time to fish for them. Fish early for big numbers, but you can catch a nice dinner any time. Big jacks, big snook and tarpon also find they make a great meal, so do not leave your equipment unattended.
There are lots of big fish on the edge, and it seems that everybody likes them for dinner.
Off shore been a quiet this week with not many anglers. The bright sun and high temperatures may have something to do with that. We did weight a 35-pound dolphin this week from 130-feet of water. The angler found a rip and was chunking bait when this fish showed up.
The chatter all week was about peanut dolphin. When you find a school of peanuts, drop baits deep and troll around them and I'll bet you'll find the reason they are on top.
A Wahoo from 60-feet, he got the bait before the bonita found it, another example of why are these fish in top.
Cobia from 20-feet out and plenty of them, live bait, pitch bait, trolled baits... if it moves they are interested. Remember, 33-inches is the minimum.
Bottom fishing is strong with bigger lanes, big mangroves and plenty of muttons. In the mix are amberjacks and grouper and you can catch them all on big pin fish.
Big bait equals big fish, and sardines kept a lot of anglers busy. Then there are those pesky cobia that keep swimming up to the boat. A good bite of summer sailfish, some medium size king fish and then the bonita... I guess this week wasn't too bad for the offshore angler. Maybe in this case I would prefer to be skillful rather than lucky.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.