A big, bright sun, high summer temperatures and quiet surf means one thing... It's tarpon time. Now is the time to see a tarpon in action or even time to test your luck at catching one.
Drive to any beach access and walk up on the dune and watch the bait schools. They look like a gray cloud moving in the water and around the edge is where the fish will be holding. This is all happening up close, so close in fact you can use your fly rod to find them.
Early in the morning is the best time to catch a fish, then again, I've never caught a fish with a watch on. Big tarpon, big snook and my favorite, big jacks, will be there waiting for the cast.
Match the bait profile. These are small glass minnows, so smaller bait is mandatory. Yes, you can walk in the water. The bait will be around you and scatter only when one of the big three show. These are all big fish so please do not bring a knife to the gun fight.
Now, we all know these fish are catch and release, so please step into the water and release do not crank these fish up on the sand, remember their slime coat. For dinner we have big whiting... a piece of shrimp or fish bites and a short pitch to the trough will fill the bucket, so, don't forget the ice.
Indian River anglers come north of Boy Scout Island stay away from that brown water, fresh water in a salt water environment? Same problem in Fort Pierce fish north of Taylor creek or south of South Bridge, fish early, be on location for sun up, bite time is narrow. We are so lucky that we can have access to water, no matter what our political reps do.
From the Stuart causeway north to Bear Point find a grass edge and fish it for Trout, Snook, Jacks, Ladyfish and don't forget the channel markers for the Triple Tail. Live shrimp, suspending lures or soft rubber are all catching now you just have to find some time go.
Fishing the bridges for anglers that cannot make that early morning time, great location with shallow and deep water but the most important is the shaded water, fish under the pier or cat walks for best results.
Early there is a lot of bait at the bridges and so are the Tarpon, Snook and Jacks with Lady Fish to keep you busy, watch for the bait. If this group starts your hart it is all about the bait schools, no bait keep looking, could be at the other end or side of bridge. Snapper and Black Drum have kept most rods Bent, shrimp is the most favored bait.
Off shore get away from the brown water, look to the deeper water, fish the color lines and any flotsam you may come across.
Surface temps are warm run your baits below the surface for best results. A few Dolphin from 300' out with a mix of Black Fins and Bonita, King Fish have been most active at low light, a few around in the day light but most in the evening. Some Wahoo and I do believe it is because anglers are running more baits in their zone, not a lot to report, not many anglers leaving the inlet.
Till next week please keep in mind the problems with the water are all political. Remember when elections come if they are in office now, vote for any new face and if they don't work we can vote them out. Also, follow the money.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.