Yes, the wind is blowing, yes the water temperatures have gone down and yes the blue fish love it.
I spoke with several anglers this morning that went to the surf and all said the same thing: "What's with all the Blues?" I even had a few that were talking about the pompano. Yes, the cooler water is what is needed to bring them in.
This is the time of the year when the bigger blues show, but I would still go early for the cooler water. Cut bait, spoons and big top water baits work well. And yes, I would go single barb hooks; they are lot easier to work with.
There's still no pompano pattern, but it seems that more of them are showing at different times of the day. And you can count on whiting to keep anglers busy.
This wind has given more than one angler an excuse to fish the North Fork and South Fork. There are plenty of trout and reds to be found but you have been protected from the wind.
Wind has been a problem while fishing the Indian River. Just about the time anglers find a sheltered area, the weather man changes the wind and off you go again.
Trout and reds have been very good all week. Mix in the blues and jacks and you will have a busy day. You just have to get out of the wind. However, it really just depends on who you talk to because the snook anglers love it. The more it blows the better the snook bite. Pick a bridge, big bait, and please do not bring a knife to a gun fight.
There are plenty of black drum, macs, blues and a few I have forgotten at all the bridges.
Off shore the conditions were bad enough that most anglers stayed tied to the dock. The seas were four foot plus and just as close together. The only good thing is that the conditions will have moved the fish in as they follow the bait. Maybe the sails and dolphin will have moved into 100-feet... with the price of fuel that is a plus.
Cobia and kings are biting from 40-feet, so if ever this wind stops just maybe even I will be able to find a fish.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.