It's a sunny 80 degrees with a little wind from the south east... Yes, it's south Florida. I love this place.
Surf anglers, it is a beautiful day but the pompano are not cooperating. There are lots of small fish; some anglers have caught 10 and not one in the limit.
Well we know the pompano are here so where are the big fish? Pompano are a school fish and they run in about the same size. Very seldom will you find a larger fish in the school or very seldom will find a small fish in a school of large but where there is one you will find the other. We would all like to say a longer cast will find the one you are looking for, but sometimes the fish you are looking for could be on the short side. If you are in a school of small fish try casting your bait beyond or just a short cast and let your bait set for a few moments that could be your answer. I'm still waiting for some Blue fish reports but the small pomp's seem to be holding the attention.
Cut bait is working for the blues fish. They are excellent table fare. Three to five pounds is perfect table size. I have heard about them at many beach access points. In the mix has been mac's and jacks with plenty of rod pullers among them. Locate them with a piece of meat then you can cast a spoon. There's still plenty of whiting and croaker out there, so you might say dinner is sure catch.
Off shore, the dolphin have been a hard find. I'm not sure why, the conditions are perfect. Polite seas make color lines easy to read and baits easy to locate. Have you tried adding your teaser to your spread? Slow down and let your baits out further, run them closer, try adding a Mylar skirt to your baits. Don't be afraid to change things around. Fish that I have heard of have been at the 150-foot mark, so try running deeper. There have been some sails on the weeds with plenty of snapper for the bottom anglers.
Cobia seemed to have spread out, but you can still find them in that 20/40 feet of water north of the Jensen Beach, live baits are preferred. Keep an eye out for the permit, they are in the mix. Spanish Mac's are a plenty south of the inlet, start a chum line with some glass minnows and the fish will come to you.
Trout are deep. Anglers are reporting fish in channels and deep water, not a lot but fish. Most said it took a lot of effort to find and put one in the boat.
Slot reds are in school, when one is on the rest scatter, so where did they go? Pay attention you know it will happen so watch the school, then you know where to drift, soft rubber baits were tops.
Blues and Jacks provided most of the action this week, they don't care when one is on the rest will come to see what he is eating, not sure about this group.
Snook season opened on the first with no fanfare. I did not see many anglers, but those who did go using a flair hawk found fish.
Oh well just another beautiful day in south Florida.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.