Days are starting off with cool mornings, then lots of sunshine with the light showers. The weather's not bad, but the wind is still blowing. March and April seem to be a little confused.
Seas have been less than polite, not crazy but not inviting either. The waves are four feet and about four seconds apart, so I would say a bigger boat is the answer.
So the hardcore angler, or one with a big boat, found some nice dolphin south of the inlet trolling small ballyhoo. The easterly wind created many weed lines and color lines that hold fish if you can get to them.
Cobia and permit are the happiest fish. Conditions have given them some time to recover with plenty of them eating live baits. Now if the seas will quiet down a bit just maybe I might get out there.
Seas have been too close for bottom fishing, but this is a new week.
In spite of the wind and sea conditions, the surf has not been that bad and the best part is the fish are eating, no matter the time. One would get tired of the wind on the beach, but you only had to be there a short time... when the fish are biting, who cares? Blues have been caught in numbers for the early angler with a mix of macs and some real big jacks all eating cut baits. Whiting, big croaker and some pompano have been biting for the rest of the day and in that mix will be blues, macs and jacks.
Pompano have finally been biting at the bridges. They have been biting early one day and late the next, but it they were there. The little jigging spoons did their job. They weren't big fish, but they weren't at the bottom of the slot either. Then came the Jacks and everybody left... they missed the best part.
Bridges have been the place with a large variety from black drum to trout, blues, macs, sheep head, snook and a few I have forgotten. The best part was there was some one there all day and shrimp caught them all.
There have been lots of trout from many locations from Middle Cove south to Sail Fish Flats, but the bite was early... about two hour after sun up and they were gone, but plenty were eating shrimp or small jigs.
Reds were in the mix, not a lot of them, but they were there and then came the blues eating everything.
Snook continue to be strong, lots for the late night bridge anglers.
If you were fishing the flats they were probably eating anything you pitched.
Yes, the wind can be a bit uncomfortable but when it comes to fishing it depends whom you talk to.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.