Surf anglers had a testing week with weather conditions, weeds, rain and surf. It was a rough week. But, in the midst of it all, there was lots bait, mullet, silver sides and glass and with them came the fish.
It's easy to locate the bait; just look for the birds. Just keep in mind that the fish will ball the bait by swimming around the school.
Now that we know where the bait is and the location of the predators, it's time to cast. Fishing the edge of the school will find the tarpon, snook, jacks and a bunch more. Any time at the surf is a good time.
Now back to the fishing conditions... If you're battling weeds, go a few access points either north or south and you'll find a clearing. If it's the rain that's hindering your fishing, well, that you'll have to wait out. If you're going to war with the surf, well, how why not take your board out there and catch some waves? So, all in all, it's not a bad week on the beach.
There's plenty of whiting and croaker to take home, but to watch that tarpon jump will make your day. With lots of access points and a moderate sea, come on down and fish. The ¾- ounce spoon is what everybody seems to favor.
If you're fishing deep, 300-feet plus, you're going to find fish of size.
You'll find dolphin, Wahoo that'll test your equipment, and marlin that will find out just how much line you have on your reel.
Yes, there have been "peanut" Dolphin, smaller king fish and a few smaller wahoos. There are some weed lines to troll around, rips to hold baits in line and enough bait to bring up a marlin. Three hundred feet north of the St Lucie Inlet, east of Push Buttonyou can find some nice black fins and all of the above on trolled ballyhoo. Run one deep and remember to slow down to give the fish a chance to find you.
You have to love the bridges over the Indian River, especially at low light... that's when it's an action zone.
Tarpon, snook, jacks and ladyfsh will pull really hard and there are mangroves, trout and drum to take home. Could it get any better?
If you catch a moving tide around the walls, pier or cat walks, you will be surrounded by fish. Cast up into the current and let the tide move your bait, but please do not put your rod down... you don't have to set the hook.
There's lots of bait around like mullet, pins and silver sides, just to name a few and they are all very accessible, so why would the fish not be there? The same is true from the Stuart Bridge north to Jaycee Park. If you're on the east side or west, low light is best. I guess now we just have to wait for it to stop raining.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.