We've had two weeks of beautiful weather! A little wind and seas that never went above three feet. I love south Florida.
Let's start on the beach... it is summer and the fish are here. It's a great time to go for a walk, casting a lure or just bringing a seat with you and let the bait find the fish.
Snook season is closed, so all the slot fish will make their presence known. Tarpon are rolling and the whiting, with a mix of croaker, will keep you busy. Snook and tarpon are biting for the early angler casting plugs or live bait, which there is plenty.
Tarpon will test your limits from small to big, they are all out there. Snook will make you wish you could turn back time, but they are still fun to catch. Please do not drag these fish up on the sand, step into the water and release them. The sand wipes off their slime coat that protective coat that lets them glide thru the water.
There are plenty of whiting to take home or use as live bait, that's what the snook and tarpon are feeding on. Yes, there were some pompano and blues reported, but only a few. Looking for a place to bend a rod? Come on down and do not forget your sun screen.
Offshore, the cobia bite is still on from many locations. Anglers, bottom fishing have reported cobia and lots of snapper, amberjacks and a few grouper. It's been hard to get a bait to the grouper with all the snapper and short cobia on the reefs... notice I said short Cobia, 33-inches is the minimum.
There's been a good dolphin bite and fish in the 20- pound class were the norm. King fish were in little closer. There weren't big fish, but the ones that make a great dish from the grill, 68-80 inches were north of the inlet. Black fins were deeper, yes some up closer but if that was your target, you had to fish 220-feet plus.
With summer fishing, fish early and watch the sun come up. There's still a lot of big trout with a mix of slot reds but you have to be there early. After the sun has been up for a couple of hours, fish the shaded water or go to deeper water and slow down, the fish will pick up the bait not attack it. Snook season is closed so that is the reason they are in the inlet, North Fork and South Fork... just pick a bridge they are everywhere.
Tarpon are in the inlet, South Fork, North Fork, pick a bridge and they will be there, low light is the time.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.