How about this beautiful weather? Perfect is the best description. Cool evenings with a little wind but perfect days to be outdoors.
Cooler evenings make for great blue fish in the early hour on the beach. It's been a busy week for cut baits in the early hours. Blues like the cooler water and in the mix you will find jacks and mac's to keep busy with.
Spoon and noise top water chuggers are all doing well. These fish are all in the three to five pounds making for excellent table fare. Plenty of big whiting are biting all day on a piece of shrimp or clam... the only thing missing is the pompano.
Not sure why but it seems the only time they show is at a high tide and that can be a short appearance. Check your tide charts and get to the surf about one hour early. Favored bait has been clams and sand fleas. Try fishing up close.
These fish usually are there for the long cast, but this week it seems it is the short cast. Bring that 12-foot rod just in case.
Cooler evenings may affect the trout, but the reds like it. From County Line Road north, those long docks are holding plenty of slot Reds. The good thing is they are hungry. Try a soft rubber drug slowly across the bottom, live shrimp and yes, top water works for everyone but me. In the mix are a few trout, plenty of jacks and bigger than big lady fish.
Trout are still hanging in their three-foot comfort zone. Slow your bait, fish deep and do not be surprised if you find all the jacks and lady fish in the river.
There are still plenty of black drum at the bridges and with them are plenty of sheephead, blues, macs and plenty of snapper. Snook are waiting for the sun to go down. Pick a bridge, free line a shrimp, pitch a Flair Hawk or how about a live mullet? They have been a hungry group.
Best bet for pompano is in-coming water at the bridges, the Sail Fish Flats and the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. It seems they come in with that high tide and they like the flowing water, jigging spoons have been taking a toll.
Quality dolphin continues in 200-feet. Skipping ballyhoo is the answer. There have been a mix of sails, but the cobia also continues in 40- 60 feet.
Use live bait for the cobia, but be careful, there are lots of small fish, 33-inches to the fork and one per angler.
Till next week let's hope this weather stays.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.