It has been a 3-ounce week at the beach with lots of wind, however, it was from the east, so there was no side current to contend with.
There were plenty of whiting and croaker but I want to talk about the pompano? We have resident pompano in our waters, but there were some excellent runs this week. The problem was that they were at all different times and locations, no pattern. Yes, I know they did not read the book on water temperatures and species.
The water is full of big jacks, snook and tarpon and all are there eating whiting, croaker and all the other baits that have moved in. If you're looking to take something home to cook, those big croaker and whiting make excellent table fare... and all can be caught on a piece shrimp. If you are looking for a fight, try one of the big jacks or maybe that tarpon that has been rolling around, not to mention those snook at your feet. A small live whiting or croaker will do the work for you, just do not set that rod down or they will take it. It has been a good week at the beach.
There have been lots of snook at the bridges during the low light hours using live baits and baits with a tail. There are lots of bunker and mullet in the area and they will come to the light of the bridges. A free swimming shrimp will also get a lot attention. Cast your bait up into the current and let the current do the work, incoming or outgoing makes no difference as long as the current is moving.
There are still a few reds hiding in the mangroves, but the trout were not hiding. Put in at little Mud Creek come out and start fishing, and yes you will be out of the wind.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.