It's finally Sunday and I can take off my jacket. It has been a cold week and it depends on whom you talk to if is good or not so good for fishing.
Pompano anglers are happy. This is the first week I have heard about limit catches. Sail fish anglers are thrilled with multiple hook ups.
Cooler temperatures have lowered the water temperatures and now the Pompano have moved in to surfs edge. This week end it has been limit catches for the surf anglers. There have been many good reports from County Line access north. So good, in fact, that they were being caught in the south as well. Clams and sand fleas were the preferred bait, but fish bites were in the game. There were plenty of whiting and croaker being caught too, so, yes you needed a bucket to bring home your catch.
The temperature was right, seas were polite but I guess blue fish just weren't interested in taking the bait. Pompano stole the show this week. Any time before 3 p.m. was a good time and I believe the anglers just tired not the fish.
It was cold all week, and from 80 to 200- feet I heard about doubles, triples and more sailfish than one could keep up with. Small ballyhoo was the trolled bait and for every one that bit there were two following.
It is that time of the year when you have to pay attention. Drop that bait back and watch the others. Do not be so quick to clear the lines. There's nothing better than to watch two anglers and three sailfish on the hooks. It looks like one funny fire drill.
The kings were out this week. They weren't big, but worth the target. Run bait down to get their interest. Cobia were scattered around the 40-foot mark, north of the inlet. Live bait was the only thing they would look at, and please, if you are not sure, use a net not a gaff. Those were permit you were looking at, so where is your live bait?
Finally the Spanish mac's decided to eat on Saturday, one cast one fish... it was back to normal.
The river it is cold making a lot of Pompano anglers happy. All one had to do was count the boats in Hells Gate or just north of inlet across the Sail Fish Flats and in the true Pompano tradition, their comments were, "well there was a few." In this cooler, clear water, if you were not catching maybe your leader was too heavy. If the water is clear, go down in size. You may have to go to 15lb... that is the reason one angler on the bridge is catching and the rest are watching.
Reds were tight on the shore line. Look around those long docks, look at the treed shore lines and fish bait across the bottom.
Trout are a hard catch. Fish in five feet of water and use a jig with shrimp on it, presented slowly, down on the bottom. They will pick up your bait not grab it, so if your bait stops set the hook.
There has been plenty of flounder all week. Anglers are fishing in their zone but then the Blue Fish eat anything that moves.
It is a hard mix ... that is the reason it is called fishing, not catching.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.