We're having some cool mornings, but it's not cold yet. Most mornings have started out a little over cast but the sun burned its way through, so it's been a pretty good week to go fishing.
The wind laid down most of the morning and then picked up as the afternoon wore on and the sun stayed out keeping the temperatures to my liking. Not bad for a December week.
Cooler temperatures have moved the sailfish to our door and it you are not catching them you are doing something wrong. These fish have been north of our inlet in 80-feet and they're hungry, so pay attention to your color lines and troll both sides. These are migrating fish. They're not the biggest sails, but they're out in high numbers. It's not unusual to have multiple hook ups, so pay attention. When that fish hits, look around and make sure that the rest of the school is not there with yours.
I can tell you where the fish and baits are, but with two or three sails jumping and dancing behind the boat, you are on your own.
Interesting that in the whole mix has been some excellent dolphin, 15- 25 pound fish. Fish early as the wind picks up so do the conditions.
Captain Pat Price tells me Grouper season closed on Jan. 1.Well, until the seas settle down they will be safe from me. Just because mine is a small boat and I am old!
Surf has been sporty depending on the hour and the day. Fish early to enjoy the quiet surf. I'm still waiting for the pompano and blues to start. Seas are right, temperatures are right and I know the baits are correct, so that must mean the fish do not read this column.
Any day, any hour they will start and the only way to know is to go. Cut bait works best for the blues, and use clams and sand fleas for the pompano. Put bait out there and give it some time and have patience.
Whiting continue to hold anglers' attention. There are lots of big whiting, which are the best table fare, so bring the ice.
In the river there's black drum, sheephead, snapper, trout, flounder and the list goes on. Cooler water has moved the trout to the deeper water. Fish in three to four feet with a slow presentation and you will find plenty.
Reds will be in the shallow water; they like the cooler water and anywhere you are targeting trout, the reds will be there, so just cast to the shallow.
Flounder have been minimal, one and two for all anglers just not a limit. Pompano have been on the catch list. The only place I have had good reports has been in the deeper area of Hells Gate on the outgoing tide. Bridges have been the hot spot for many drum, snapper, mac's, blues and no matter where you are fishing, the lady fish rule. Fish early, then as the day moves on look to the flat water, afternoon wind will move you around.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.