Well the change of season is here and the cooler temperatures have moved some species in and some out, but for the moment everybody is here.
From tarpon that like it warm to blue fish that like it cold, migrating sails to permit at the boils, fishing has been excellent.
This morning myself and two other anglers were talking about everything from sailfish from 110- feet eating trolled baits to what I use to catch permit and big tarpon at the boils. Three different anglers talking fishing at the same time.
The first angler wanted dolphin and those pesky sails were eating all his bait. He was fishing north of the our inlet but we had the same reports from the south, it is sail time and yes there are dolphin in the weed lines from 80-feet out, just have to watch out for those sails.
Now if you entered in one of the sailfish tournaments, it would have been pesky dolphin. First permit and now big tarpon, I am confused. Use crabs for the permit and they will get the attention of the tarpon. There are too many species to keep up with.
If you're bottom fishing the snapper is holding everyone's attention. From 40-feet on sardines, mix in a grouper or two. Know your limits on the grouper.
With seas that have been a little sporty at times, offshore saw some nice catch's this week. There have been plenty of Spanish mac's south of the inlet, one cast one fish.
Lots of big whiting for the surf angler all week and yes every other species was there, just not all the time.
Pompano have been biting at County Line late in the day. Try Bob Graham access early in the day. There's no pattern, they're just there.
Use clams for the pompano, cut bait for the blues and the mac's were everywhere, all the time, with a mix of jacks eating anything you threw. If you're fishing for dinner, try the whiting. There is no bad way to fix them.
River anglers had the wind to deal with all week. If they weren't feeling it from the east it was from the south and about the time you found a flat spot, the wind changed directions.
Coves to the north, Middle Cove, Blind Creek, north end of Herman's Bay to name a few had a good bite of trout, small reds, blues and pompano and then the wind went north west and the anglers moved, but I'm not sure if the fish went with them. There was a good bite of pompano at that north end of Herman's bay Thursday and a few afternoon bites from the bridges and then the wind would change it all.
No matter where you fish, the water is cooling so slow your baits down, give the fish a chance to get them. Bridges were busy with mangroves, drum, mac's and snook. It was the only location where you were not blown away by the wind.
Snook closes on the 15th will reopen Feb. 1. It has been one good season.
Have a great week.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.