Off shore, anglers have had to go deep to find the dolphin of size. There have been lots of "peanuts" up close in the weed lines and rips, but they were small, 20- inches is the minimum, which is not enough to make a sandwich.
Dinner-size fish were in 300-feet of water and deeper on the weed lines and in the rips. Trolling around the patches was the method used to bring them to boat.
Most were in the 15- to 20- pound class and in the mix were some real nice black fins.
How about a limit of muttons, mangroves and grouper to test your equipment? They could be found from 40-feet out using live baits or sardines. There were plenty of reports from the local reefs; both north and south of the St. Lucie inlet, and yes the "peanut dolphin" were everywhere.
King fish were on the numbers, and with this moon coming up, wahoo fishing will be busy. Use deep running baits and you will find them both. You have to get bait to their zone and make sure you bring the right equipment.
The surf is still busy with bait and tarpon, snook and jacks taking all that is offered. There were not many anglers this week. I'm not sure if interest is slowing or the weeds made conditions too difficult to fish. If your favored beach is covered with weeds, go north or south and I am more that sure you will find bait, fish and a clearing to fish in.
Fish are looking at the 3/4 ounce spoon. There's more croaker than whiting, so do not forget the ice.
The Indian River is the home of lost equipment, tarpon, snook, jacks and some of the biggest lady fish are taking all the rods and reels they can. At least when a tarpon takes one you see a jump or two, but the jacks and snook put their head down and it is gone. I wonder what they do with them.
Low light is prime time and smaller baits are preferred from the bridge or in the flats. It seems they are everywhere. Top of the slot trout are hanging out in the water from Nettles Island north on the east side and County Line Road north on the west. Live shrimp and suspending lures are their choice.
There are a few reds but not enough to target. You can find all of the fish I've mentioned at the bridges, plus drum and some good size snapper.
I have no idea what those Pompano were doing at the relief bridge, but they were there.
It has been a good week in spite of the weather man. There's been lots of rain, with thunder out west. Ask yourself if it will it be just a shower or serious rain. The only good thing has been the overcast mornings giving anglers more time in the water.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.