Finally, the dolphin has made a good appearance in our area. These fish are in the 12-to 25 pound class and there have been quite few on the hook. They are eating live and trolled baits in the 125- to 175- foot zone. Watch for the color lines because that is where the fish are. From north to south there has been a good bite and yes, there are plenty of sails in the mix. I'm not sure if these fish just showed up or if they have been there all along.
Cobia has been the target for the last three weeks. Yes, the cobia is still at the Sand Pile and there are a few anglers whom have not yet filled their freezer, but most are ready for a new target, so watch out dolphin.
There must be a blue fish bite in the morning. I sure am selling a lot of cut bait and spoons to the early morning surf anglers.
Blues like the cooler water, so they will be shallow, looking for breakfast. They are not hard to feed, as they are aggressive eaters. If one doesn't bite, the one next to it will. Even if they're not hungry, they do not like to share. Go to a single hook on a spoon... it is a lot easier on the fish and you.
If you're looking for whiting, tell me, how many would you like? They are with us all day and they are of good size. A piece of shrimp will get their attention. Pompano will catch the high tide so you will not have to cast as far. They will be looking for the sand fleas, clams and shrimp... it is that simple.
River anglers are talking red fish with County Line Road and Walton Road being two productive locations. Fish the grass edges using bait that you can crawl across the bottom or how about a live shrimp on a jig head? Trout are in their comfort zone: three feet of water and staying close to the bottom. The east side of the river has been more productive, but you never know where they will pop up. Most of these two species have been slot fish, so, no monsters this week.
Now about those Snook... most have been over the slot, so, pick a bridge after sun down, cast your bait up into the current and let Mother Nature do the work. There have been plenty of snook all week. Snapper, jacks, blues, lady fish, and mackerels... the catch list is long, so be ready to bend a rod.
There really is good fishing from all locations.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.