We're having bright, sunny days and just a little wind in the early afternoon and depending on who you talk to the fishing has been pretty good.
The bridge anglers will tell you about all the black drum, blues and macs they have been catching. They're biting all day using shrimp, and in the mix plenty of big sheephead, jacks and a few trout not a bad days catch.
There are plenty of snook for the evening angler. Once the sun goes down, play those light lines, offer shrimp and Flair Hawks, cast your bait up into the current and work it back slowly.
Now, about those pompano... I hate to say it but the weather has been too nice, not one cold snap, not even a short one. Yes, there have been some Pompano, but the bite has been short with no pattern. I would say fish during the high, incoming tide but fish do not read my column. So, this week at Stuart causeway, the water was low and there was no current and they were chewing, so, go figure.
The east wind has kept most anglers on the east side of the river, so starting at County Line Road and going north it has been top of the slot red fish, all on the west side. These fish are in two feet of turbid water, so watch for the splash as they pick over a bait school.
My favored bait is a small gold spoon or a live shrimp. It's something I can work very slowly because they need to get on top of the bait.
Trout has been good, but you have to be 3 or 4-feet of water, and again these fish are deep.
The north side of Nettles Island and north from there, there has been reports of an early bite and they will hit about anything that moves. Pompano has been skipping in many locations.
In the mix has been macs, jacks, blues, even a few flounder made the chart this week.
Surf anglers have reported a good bite of blue fish early on spoons, top water and cut bait. Mix in the macs and jacks, but after the sun has been up for a short time these fish move to deeper water.
There are plenty of big whiting and best part is they are there all day eating anything you have on your line.
Offshore anglers have the most problem with wind depending on the size of the boat. The cobia are still with us from 20-feet on out and that was the target of most small boats. There are lots of quality fish taking the hook. We weighed one at 67 pounds and there are many in the 30- pound class. Live baits are preferred.
Dolphin are in the 15 to 20- pound class from 150-feet out on trolled ballyhoo, but anglers do have to pay attention.
From late morning, the seas became less polite as the wind picked up and so did the sea conditions. The waves were closer and higher, so pay attention to the wind.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.