It's cold and I am freezing but a lot of pompano anglers are happy and just as many blue fish fans are thrilled.
One day the fish have been south, the next day north, but they are defiantly here. These days of cold have lowered the water temperatures to a more comfortable zone and the fish don't care if the fishermen are freezing. Blues and macs are eating cut baits and time does not matter, these fish are a hungry group they will eat whatever you are baiting for whiting, croaker or pompano.
Our blues are smaller and like to eat mullet and other smaller fish, so they are not as gamy as those of the north, which make them good table fare.
Mac's come through and bite anything that moves, but again, they are pretty good table fare. If they are your target try fishing them early. There's a good mix of blues in this group. Cut mullet is preferred but a spoon will get their attention.
If you're looking for pompano, try to catch the high tide. You will not have to cast as far and a piece of clam or a sand flea will get their attention. Clams and shrimp for the whiting have been filing buckets, but there are always a few blues or macs to try out your bait. There have been lots of rod benders from the surfs edge.
Pompano are in the river. Catch that incoming water. The one area with the most has been the south end of Sail Fish Flats, just inside the inlet or how about Hells Gate with its deep cuts. They are two great locations. Only problem is what if you do not have boat? Get out your tide charts a plan a trip to the bridge, two hours before high tide is the time using those little jigs. Some anglers will put a piece of bait on the hook others not, but they will find the Pompano. Problem, the bite time has narrow but after these cold days and I am freezing, they may be there as you read this. As cold as it is the bite remains very good with blues, macs, drum, sheephead and snapper to keep you busy while waiting for the pompano. Bridges have had an excellent catch list.
Boaters, the reds have been at Walton Road and the trout over to the east side in three feet of water. Reds like the cooler water but the trout slow down. If your bait stops, set the hook. We had some pomps skipping at the north end of Herman's Bay, flats north of the Stuart Causeway and the bay at the House of Refuge, not to mention those in the North Fork. It seems they are everywhere, now if I knew what time they were eating it would help.
Have a great week!
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.