Cool mornings, warm days, polite water, what else can I say? I love this place. There's still plenty of bait both inshore and off, and lots of fish, so let's why not get one or two?
The mornings have been the best time at the surfs edge. There's plenty of bait and plenty of fish.
This week's catch list was long with blues, mac's, jacks, snook, tarpon, whiting and spinners making the cut. There's a lot of fish from most locations, only difference has been the time that they're biting, but there's fish all day.
It's an early bite for most, but watch the surf and tide, they make a difference. The only constant has been the spinner sharks with an appearance late afternoon through the evening time.
The best part is they are all in casting range. If it looks like a mullet and has flash about it, cast and hang on. Whiting have been up close but be careful, the jacks will come just as close, difference being the jacks will take your equipment home with them.
I didn't hear a lot about tarpon this week and I am not sure if the anglers are tired or the bulk of the fish have moved on. How many days can you get beat buy a fish before you say this is a young man's sport? An eight-foot rod combo with a ¾-oz spoon and you are ready, so, come on down.
River anglers are just buying bait not asking where to go and that tells me there are plenty of fish.
Lots of big jacks and blues are cruising the river and neither are picky eaters so, Kayak anglers beware.
There's still plenty of top of the slot reds and trout from County line road north, east or west side, and early is best. But, we have had reports of all day biting with live bait or artificial bait bringing them in. I guess the fish are hungry.
There's still tarpon rolling out there, there's just no young anglers to play with.
The snook have been big. Just pick a bridge after sun down and remember, please do not bring a knife to a gun fight. Bridges have all of the above plus black drum and snapper, even a few pompano made the list. It makes it hard to pick a best-bet spot.
Off shore is still about the same as last week with small dolphin on the top of the list. Anglers report plenty in 70- feet, just north of the inlet pitching live baits. Now why no one has put bigger bait down to see why these fish are staying up, I am just not sure.
Big dolphin eat little dolphin, so if they are on top, 'why' would be a good question. There's some bigger fish at the 150-foot mark and that is where the black fins start, so if you put bait in, chances are the fins will be first. Troll bigger bait and see if that works.
There have been a few sails in the mix, but the unusual has been the Spanish mac's just north of the inlet. There's enough out there that a few commercial anglers are taking early advantage.
Nice weather, no rain and an evening breeze, I love this place.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.