Let's start by talking about the river. You have to fish early. If you wait too late in the day, the fish will hide from the sun. High temperatures mean warm water.
Fish are smarter than they're given credit for. They know to get out of the sun. They will be in the skinny water looking for breakfast and you need to be there to serve it. Start with top water lure then go to a sub-surface lure as the sun rises.
From the Nettles Island north, pay attention to the treed shore line and the bait. They will tell you where the fish are moving to. Lots of trout, ladyfish and snook and yes, you can go south to the Stuart causeway. There's lots of snook and maybe one will be in the slot.
Tarpon are hanging around the deeper water, bridges and intersecting channels. You need to see what has their eye and match the profile. The prime hour is early but it depends on the bait. We have had 40- pound class fish feeding at the change of the tide all week.
Big jacks are taking up the slack, feeding on anything that moves from small to big, so hang on.
A few top-of-the-slot reds have been reported on live shrimp from county line north. Lots of trees and long docks provide the shade for their comfort zone on the west side. There are lots of big ladyfish to keep anglers busy on both sides.
There are lots of fish at the bridges, such as snook, tarpon, jacks, mangroves, blues and mac's to name a few. They're feeding on mullet of all sizes and glass minnows. You will see the cloud coming and plenty of small pins are keeping all of them fat and happy. Yes, shrimp will catch them.
Surf is the same as last week with Tarpon (80lbs plus), snook (way over slot), and jack's that will pull a boat all following the bait schools. Time is a hard call because the bait is in and out all day, best bet is to watch for a high tide, two hours before should find plenty of fish.
If you want to take dinner home, there are lots of big croaker and plenty of whiting out there.
Off shore plenty of small Dolphin from forty feet out on the weed lines, please let them grow. Go catch a Dolphin that you need a gaff to put in the boat, three hundred feet and deeper, yes on the weed lines and they are hungry. Few black fins and plenty of bonita at the hill but hard to go past fish to catch fish.
Mangroves, muttons and grouper are on the bottom. There are plenty of local reefs that get no attention, so look at your charts. From 40- feet you could have the numbers and be the only one there.
Reds have to be thrown back but there are so many out there you will not be disappointed. You could drift over or anchor, and put a sardine down. When it hits the bottom, give the reel two cranks and you will be ready. Bring lots of ice because you are going to need it. Live baits are not an issue, there are lots of sardines, so, thread fins and you know how I feel about mullet. There's no excuse, go catch a fish.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.