Rain, rain, go away, come back again next year.
Finally the wind slowed and now it is the rain. Beautiful mornings move to over cast skies, then there's rain. It's like revenge of the weather man. But, we had a pretty good week of fishing, inshore and offshore. Even the surf yielded some nice fish. The rain doesn't bother the fish, they're already wet.
Let's start on the beach... there's quite a list, from croaker to whiting with plenty of snook, tarpon and jacks to test equipment.
Fish early in the day for large numbers. There have been plenty of baits on the edge that brought plenty of snook and jacks close.
Smaller baits were the secret; x-rap No. 8, small Krystal minnows, jigs with a dressed hook and a DOA bait buster, all small in size but must look tasty to the fish. There were lots of hookups.
The tarpon were a little farther out, but still within casting distance. The smaller bait caught their attention, lots of sighting but not much on the hook up. Whiting and croaker were there all day, up close in the trough.
Off shore it has been cobia crazy. There have been lots of cobia from 20- feet out eating everything cast to them. They've been active from early in the day to midafternoon. They're not the biggest we have seen but there are plenty of them.
Bull Shark and the Sand Pile have been the favored locations, but put someone in the front of the boat and go north from the inlet. Keep your eyes open and you will see the fish and you can stay out of the pack on the reefs.
There are lots of baits in the area watch the bait schools, there is a reason they are on top. Before leaving, put one on a hook with some lead and cast back to the middle of the school.
Dolphin were in the 150-foot zone. Nice color lines were holding some 20- pound class fish, but it is hard to go past fish to catch fish.
There is cobia and more cobia south for the Loran Tower reef, with plenty of lanes, muttons, mangroves and grouper on live pin fish. Big bait equals big fish.
The best fishing this week has been early because as the afternoon hour moved in, so did the rain clouds.
The snook bite is out of control. It seems they are everywhere. Live baits, jigs or hard baits, yes, these fish are chewing. There are plenty in the inlet but anglers have to be careful; please drift, do not anchor. Lots of big boats are moving through our narrow inlet and their wake will put you on the rocks, so pay attention.
Bridges, piers and channels are busy with tarpon, snook and big jacks. The low light has been busy with multiple hook ups. Bring the right equipment, live baits preferred.
Overcast skies have given anglers a little more time in the river with some quality trout on the east side of the river and reds on the west. Plenty of snook, lady fish and Jacks to keep you busy.
Drum, sheephead, snapper, and more snook are out there for the bridge anglers. Those at the bridge are not limited to time, all day bite it has the shade for their comfort zone.
Go easy with the snook; they are here to spawn. That is the reason for the closed season. Handle them as little and as quickly as possible. Release them quickly. Remember, hold your breath and when you need to breathe so does the fish.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.