Well, the weather has been perfect!
There has been lots of sun, moderate temperatures and a little wind. This is the time of the year when you find out why it is called fishing and not catching.
Where are the dolphin, that is the question. It seems from the anglers that I talk with, that these fish are south of the inlet in 200-feet of water, south to the Loran Tower. Then there is the angler that was in 200-feet of water, straight out of the inlet that caught all he wanted.
Trolling was the answer.
Taking dinner to the fish, covering more of the area and the one thing both anglers talked of was the color lines.
Cobia anglers were another group. The fish were there, they just weren't chewing, at least not like last week. Yes, the numbers have gotten less; you just need to cover more of the area. Slow down and pay attention, you will see them. Just make sure you have a pitch rod rigged and ready.
It seems the permit were the easy target this week. Anglers found plenty while looking for the Cobia. Both were heavy on live bait.
Now if you are a snapper fan, pick a reef, send a sardine down and it will be a lane, mangrove or a mutton getting your attention. Know your bag limits and species so as to not ruin a perfect day.
Surf anglers, what can I say? Think about the time of day and the tide when you had a great day at the beach. The cooler temperatures are working for the blues and that means early mornings, cut bait is preferred.
Pompano love the high tide. They do not care what time, so fish two hours before through two hours after. Sand fleas and clams are preferred.
Now for the best table fare... There are lots of whiting, and they are there all day, just fish up close. Shrimp, clams, fish bites, it's easy to feed this group. Looking just to bend a rod? The surf is the place. There's something biting all day with bait or lures, just don't forget the sun block.
Snook fishing has picked up with the warmer water temperatures in the river. Live baiting in the St. Lucie River has produced fish in good numbers. Docks from the 10 Cent bridge to the Roosevelt Bridge held fish for both morning and night anglers. Hard plastic plugs like the Yo-Zuri Crystal minnow work as well.
Fishing from the Jensen Causeway has produced a mixed bag of mackerel, drum, sheepshead, snook, and a few pompano from the east side relief bridge.
Up to the north around Bear Point, trout, ladyfish, jacks and even heard of a school of Redfish or two have been found.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.