It is time for a change of season, cooler water and this will bring our winter species to the table. Red fish are the first to come to mind, we have resident red fish, but the cooler water will bring many more. We should start to see many over the slot.
Blues and Spanish Mackerels will also pick up in numbers along with the sought after pompano. Winter, I love this place.
To the surf and the ever changing conditions, wind and then no wind, white water then calm all in the same day. Mullet have moved on and with them went most of the tarpon. So in their place we have blue fish, macs, jack's, big croaker, whiting and yes small pompano.
As this month closes it will be time for the bigger pompano, I promise. Cooler temperatures seem to have awakened plenty of whiting and croaker and the best part is they are there all day, so no hurry, head out whenever you are ready.
Blues and macs are biting for the early anglers but a high tide will put them at your feet. You have to sort through the pompano for the keepers. Best time for the pomp's is early for the long caster, but we are talking pompano, and they set the rules.
There were a few snook from the trough; they were up close having whiting for breakfast. DOA bait-buster is the lure getting the most attention. So if you are just looking to bend a rod come on down the surf is place.
There are so many little red fish and that is a good thing. They like the cooler water and if they are small that means the slot and bigger reds are not that far off. There are small reds throughout the area and I've heard about some bigger fish in the Walton Road south area to County Line at low light.
Trout has been steady with top of the slot fish from Bear Point south the Power Plant. Again, early is best but they are here all day. Suspending lures this week have gotten most attention.
There are lots of fish at the bridges, blues, macs, jacks, mangroves, drum and list goes on. It depends on your fishing time as to who is home, but the bites have been there most of the day.
After the sun down, the snook are feeding on most anything. Mullet have moved on so they are not picky eaters. Small swimming baits and live shrimp are preferred. Sorry, there's not enough wind for a Flair Hawk. Always keep watch for activity in the river, what looks like a school of mullet could be reds, blues or Jacks a plenty from all locations.
Till next week, release one for me.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.