To look at our catch list, you'd think there's no dolphin out there. Dolphin are in deep water, 400-feet plus. I've talked with other anglers and they've all said that they're in deeper waters, but I've always found it hard to go past fish to catch fish.
King fish in 60-feet of water, and there's a mix of king's and wahoo in 80-feet. Anglers can also run to the Hill for black fins and bonita, but if you're already that deep you may as well go look for the Dolphin.
Ballyhoo continue to be a hard find, so use lures and live baits, of which we all have plenty.
Run baits deep for the kings and wahoo and keep one up just in case you find a dolphin in closer.
Bottom fish have been keeping lots of anglers happy. Drop a sardine down from 40-feet out and do not forget the ice, you will need it.
There are lots of great reefs in the area that never get any attention, look on your chart and check them out, you will be surprised.
Surf anglers are still fishing the bait schools. Big tarpon, big snook and jacks will pull you down the beach.
There is plenty of access in the area. Go to the dune and look for birds working the water, diving or sitting, any movement in the water all signs of bait.
If there is none of the above got back in the car and go a half mile to the next before you take out all your equipment, you will find the bait.
There are plenty of big croakers and whiting for an excellent dinner, so again do not forget the ice.
The Indian River is trout crazy. Anglers from north of Taylor Creek or Bear Point south are talking about
trout in numbers. Most are in the top of the slot with an unusual mix of black drum. I'm not sure why drum are in the flats, but they are. There's not much to report about red fish, except they're small. There's plenty of ladyfish and jacks to make you wonder why you are casting at the tarpon. Are there no small tarpon? From the bridges it is more
Snook are everywhere, but September opens snook season, so they're sure to disappear. I'm not sure how they know but he news travels fast in their schools, Remember, 28- 32 inches is the slot and Florida Wildlife Commission doesn't care if, "he took your bait."
Talk with you next week end and maybe we will talk about snook.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.