We could talk about the rain or the wind, but today the sun is shining and the fish are biting.
Surf anglers are having a great day with all they have been waiting for. There have been blue fish on cut baits with a mix of mac's to keep anglers busy. A long cast is putting pompano in the bucket, clams and sand fleas preferred bait.
Plenty of whiting are biting clam, shrimp and fish bites. It is about time for these species to start biting and they may have been with us all week but this is the first day anglers could go to the beach and not be blown out or have the rain drive you back to the car.
The weather will be a little cool this week, so wear a jacket. We will need the cool weather to keep the surf temperatures as perfect as can be... now if the wind will cooperate.
River anglers were victims of all of the above and then on top of that, bait was a problem. Just seemed there wasn't enough shrimp to go around. Pompano have made a good show across the Sail Fish Flats. I had a few anglers tell me about them skipping behind their boat. I had two anglers limit out in the deep water of Hells Gate and yes they were chewing at the bridges. The favored bait was that little jig.
Trout bite has been excellent with the Power Plant area being the favored location. There were also a few reds in the mix.
Check out the new bridge, just south of the Palm City Bridge, I understand this is a hot spot.
Pompano are in the bay off Club Med. Look to the deeper water, a good bite going. Black drum, sheephead, snapper and mac's, blues, and too many lady fish at the bridges. It's best to say anglers are staying busy.
Off shore, conditions haven't been favorable at all. Yes, the Spanish macs are thick, but when I think off- shore, I think dolphin, sails, black fins and snapper. Sails were in that 100-foot zone north of our inlet, Kings in 60-feet and Dolphin at 80-feet.
Let's hope this week is better for fishing!
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.