What did we do before we had all these modern conveniences that break down and make us crazy?
Last week's fishing column was lost to cyber land and this week we will try the fax machine, I think.
There has been pompano and more pompano, everywhere from the surf, the bridges and the flats.
If you're fishing from the surf, catch the high tide, you will not have to cast as far. Favored baits this week have been sand fleas and clam, not that they won't eat shrimp, but it seems to hold more attention.
If you are using frozen sand fleas make sure they are thawed before putting them on the hook. If they are thawed, then the shell will not break and they will stay on the hook during the cast.
Yes, a medium light is good but the high tide, no matter the time or that long cast will find them. There have been plenty of blues biting. Use a cut bait to locate them then cast a spoon. There have been plenty of three-pound fish at the dawn hour. Whiting and Croaker will have you pulling rods all day. They are the best table fare
Pompano have been in the river, but you catch the high tide. With the high tide comes the current, so two-hours before, to two-hours after is when you will have the most water and the most fish.
If you're fishing from the bridges, use a little jogging spoon and slow down, let the jig go to the bottom and lift it slowly then let it fall. If the water is clear go to a lighter leader, but please watch your tide charts, morning or night, it makes no difference.
If you're fishing the flats, you'll notice that the pompanos are everywhere. I had two anglers come to the shop by boat and both commented on the pompanos skipping behind the store.
I heard about them at the north end of Herman's Bay, Middle Cove and south to the Sail Fish Flats. If I were boating and pompano were my target, I would head to Sail Fish Flats, catch that in coming water with a small jig, sand fleas and shrimp and hang on.
If the pompano don't make you crazy, the bone fish will. Bone Fish, not sure why, but all anglers I talk to have said, "Where did all the Bone fish come from?" Then there is Hells Gate and the bay at Club Med... There's a lot of talk about Pompano.
If there are any anglers looking for trout, look to the Power Plant area in three to four feet of water. Slow your bait, water is cool and the fish are moving slow but they are there. Mid-morning has been best.
Shrimp, pin fish and DOA shrimp on an outgoing tide seem to be the ticket for Snook all week, lots of shorts and few over the slot, but that slot fish has been a hard find, cool water.
Off shore it is cobia and more cobia. Seems if I am not talking about pompano it is cobia. Funny, no one even asked about the dolphin or sails this week.
Till next week let's hope I can get the tech boys here to get me back in the mix.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.