The north wind has been really blowing... There's quite a change of seasons happening.
Cooler temperatures mean cooler water and that may have had something to do with the 10-pound flounder from the Indian River Side park pier or the two six pounders from the Jensen Beach Causeway.
The cooler water might be the reason for the schools of way over the slot reds, not to mention the Spanish mackerels in the river.
We are lucky because we have these fish with us all year but as the water cools, the numbers pick up.
Trout and reds have been strong, but as the wind keeps changing direction picking a location can be difficult. There are top of the slot trout with plenty of slot reds eating just about anything that is presented. Fishing the power plant area or the inlets early is best, but I've never caught a fish with a watch on and the cooler water will keep them moving.
If you're looking for flounder, slide a shrimp along the bottom, take the bait to the fish, look along drop off no matter how small, they will be on the down side waiting. It seems the big Spanish have arrived and they will bite anything that moves, but chrome and shiny get most attention.
Bridges, flats or surf; they are everywhere. Any time is good for this species and in the mix are some nice blues on spoons and cut bait.
Snook are still here but you will have to locate them. Mullet have moved on and so the fish have spread out, not that they are not at the bridges, but they are a little more careful about what they eat.
The surf is pretty much the same as last week with big whiting and croaker holding most attention. Not only are they good size but they are there all day, so any time is a good time.
Blues and macs are there for the early morning angler or watch your tide chart and catch the high tide. Spoons and cut bait top the list and with this wind, a bigger spoon will get you there.
Bring the right equipment because the jacks are of good size and they will take it home with them.
Pompano are still small. There have been a few bigger fish but most have been just legal. There are plenty of sand fleas, so bring your rake and get ready for the bigger fish.
Off shore, the wind has mixed up the scene. I guess I should have gotten a bigger boat. There are big patches of weed and excellent color.
But again this week the action was to the south trolling bally hoo. There aren't big dolphins, but there are plenty of them.
The changing conditions kept most anglers waiting but then it does depend on the size of the boat.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.