Grouper season opened on May 1 to less than polite seas. Waves were three feet and close to each other.
Big amberjacks kept most anglers busy and after two of these most had enough. Lanes and muttons made the short catch list with many big amberjacks, but an anchored boat in the less than polite conditions, well let's say the grouper were happy.
This was a week where size did matter, if the boat was big enough the dolphin bite was still on 100-feet south of the inlet. Most anglers were south and that is where the kings were. A few sails in the mix and yes the cobia are still with us.
I'm writing this on Sunday and there's no rain. The wind has slowed and the seas are settling and by Monday it will all be perfect, of course we will be at work... I think it's a conspiracy between the weather man and the grouper.
It has been a 3-ounce week on the beach and very fishable, with an excellent catch list. Whiting and croaker made the list with big jacks and snook to round it off. Whiting and croaker were all of good size and were eating shrimp, as were the big jacks.
Overcast days made for easy fishing. Any time was good with snook in the trough looking for small whiting and croaker. Easy fishing till the big Jacks made their presence known.
The river has had plenty of trout with a mix of reds from the Jensen Causeway all the way north along the east side. East wind all week kept anglers on the east side. It's early for the reds as they prefer the cooler water, but they are there all day and the good thing is they will eat anything you would feed a trout.
Big Jacks and lady fish will keep all anglers busy. They are in the mix with plenty of short snook. Tarpon are rolling, no hook up yet but this is a new week. When the river settles you will be able to see the triple tail on the channel markers. Summer is finally here.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.