So, this week I will leave the weather man out of the conversation and talk about fishing in the wind, I guess I will have to adjust.
Let's go to the beach... this north wind and north east wind means anglers will have to bring a 12- foot rod out... see, I am adjusting.
Anglers need to ready for the long cast, which will get you away from the white water. As the wind blows it will lower the water temperature and the blues and macs will come with it. With the east wind, the edge will be turbid. There will be lots of sand moving around, preferred bait will be cut baits. These species hunt with their nose and they will follow the scent, so they will find the bait.
Spoons have to be seen and in the turbid water it can be difficult. That 12- foot rod will put you in the zone for pompano and there has been a few small fish, but legal ones. So, get yourself a bag of finger mullet, some four ounce sinkers and come on down, our winter species have arrived.
With seas running three to five-feet and close together, I don't think I can adjust... It's a young man's game and I am old.
Captain Pat Price, who is young, found his fish from 80-feet out, trolling ballyhoo. The Day Maker had a young group on board and if there are fish to be found he will find them. Then Captain VJ Bell from Sea Check found his catch in that 100-foot zone. He prefers trolling small ballyhoo. Both reported fish to 20- pounds with a mix of sails. One hundred feet is the zone. Talking with anglers from Fort Pierce to Jupiter all comments started in that area. Nothing reported from the bottom anglers... maybe a little to rock and roll. Not to worry guys, I am not buying a bigger boat.
Anglers fishing east side of the Indian River and the South Fork were talking about the reds, over the slot reds. With the overcast days we have had, any time was a good time using small gold spoons and soft rubber baits.
There are plenty of trout in the area of the power plant; sheltered flat water using suspending lures and shrimp jigs again any time was good. Over cast skies meant plenty of blues, jacks and lady fish to keep you busy.
The bridges have been the best location with all of the above and drum, sheephead, mangroves and snook. All of those fish and the right conditions, too. On the north side, snook love strong currents, on the south side it is drum and mangroves, which prefer the quiet water. But in the middle of it all, there are blues, macs and throw in a few that I have forgotten.
So in spite of the conditions I have adjusted, ready for winter.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.