The only way Dolphin fishing could be better is if they can pre-packed. The weather has been perfect; the seas very polite and fish are biting from 60-feet out. We had fish reported from there out to 400-feet with lots of dolphin eating trolled ballyhoo.
Whether you were north or south of the inlet it seems there were fish everywhere. In the mix was were sails, kings and wahoo. The seas were only two-feet, so every boat was invited, any time was a good time and the dolphin chewing all day. The cobia were happy about that since it took the heat off them, but they were still there.
Crabs were the hot bait and they were in 40-feet watching the boats go by. On the bottom it was lanes and mangroves and in the mix were some big amberjacks with sardines being preferred. It has been a great week for the offshore angler. It's finally summer fishing and I'll finally put fuel in the boat.
The surf has settled, temperatures are warm and the snook are moving in. Floater diver type lures, Krystal Minnow and the DOA bait buster top the list, mid-morning is preferred.
Tarpon are starting to show. There have been some nice fish, 80- pound fish. Anglers will need lots of line and live baits for these guys. Looking to bend a rod and take home dinner, there are plenty of big whiting and croaker which are excellent table fare. They are eating pieces of shrimp, clam or fish bites have gotten a lot of attention... do not forget the ice.
I did not see a lot of river anglers this week, with the seas being so polite, if floats it was off shore. Looking for an eight-or nine-pound trout? Go north to Round Island, there are lots of big trout to be caught. Live baits are getting attention. Plenty of trout from Bear Point south most are at the top of the slot with a mix of reds for the early anglers, big jacks so keep a firm grip on your equipment. There are plenty of snook, wait for sun down and pick a bridge, most fish will be over the slot, so no light equipment and live baits are the answer. It must be summer, not one question about pompano nor did I hear of any but tarpon are on the move in many locations.
Well time for me to get back to work, let's hope this weather stays and the dolphin bite stays with us.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.