It has been a hard week with the cold air, wind and waves. But after watching the weather in other areas, I love this place.
These 60 degree mornings will get the water to the temperatures that the Pompano anglers have been waiting for. Yes, there were pompano at the bridge and some at the surf, but not enough to set a pattern. They are in the Club Med area of the North Fork down to Hells Gate, across the Sail Fish Flats to the bridges at the causeway, not a lot but Pompano.
Incoming tide and a little Jig were the best combination. It wasn't enough to set a pattern, but it was enough to make its presence known. They were bringing in three pound fish. But conditions ruled the day and not many anglers were out of there.
Looking at the forecast for this week's fishing trip: check out the wind and find a spot where you will be away from it and yes, catch some pompano.
There's a good trout bite in the river, just look to the deeper water, three-to-four feet and slow down. There's not much on reds this week but plenty of trout. There's no shortage of mac's with a mix of blues to cut everything off, so be ready have some wire leader or long shank hooks with you.
Yes, we had a report of pompano at the north end of Herman's Bay but again there weren't many anglers.
The surf was heavy all week. The fish had no problem the bait. Anglers were finding three pound blues, plenty of macs and enough whiting to fill the bucket.
There were pompano and the jacks and I heard there were Pompano. Sand fleas and clams work best for the pomps, and cut bait for the rest. With the over cast days, any time was a good time, just dress warm.
Off shore conditions were calling for high waves but with the time between them it was more like big swells.
These cooler temperatures and sporty seas will bring on the sails. The bite will start up close, about 60-feet is where I would start and yes, run down bait. Break out the teasers and use them.
No matter the conditions, we do not have to shovel and yes I can still where my shorts and flip flops.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.