Let's see, the temperature has been 90 degrees all week and yes, I love it.
Of course I am inside the Snook Nook with the air conditioning running, but every once in a while I stick my head out the door and enjoy it for a moment and then I go back inside. The big, bright sun and the temperatures just makes you lazy and the same goes for the fish.
Fishing off shore it is all about bottom fish, because that's where the fish are in the cool comfort zone. Water temperatures are hot and the fish are looking for cool water. Look deep, that's the comfort zone. There are lots of bait fish, they like the warm water, but there is no one to bother with them.
Yes, that occasional dolphin or the king fish will a appear, but if you are looking to take a fish home run the baits deep, and maybe a wahoo will make your day. Bottom fishing is excellent. Five pounds of sardines will keep you busy, from 60-feet out you will find plenty.
If you're fishing at the beach, go early. That is when the tarpon and snook are there... you'll have to watch the sun come up. Be ready with baits of all sizes, you never know what they feeding on but they are feeding. Use 30 to 50- pound leader and lot of line. There are plenty of good size whiting with a mix of croaker for the day. A piece of shrimp will find them for you.
Fishing in the river there are plenty of fish, but you have to fish early the coolest part of the day.
There are plenty of trout and reds from county line north. Take your pick of the east or west side... you should be eating breakfast before 10 a.m. When the sun comes out, the fish go deep or to the shadows. Use a small jig to get their attention. There are plenty of snook and tarpon in the low light, play with your bait size, you just don't know when or what they are eating.
It is summer and it is hot and I love this place, but do not forget the water... stay hydrated in this heat.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.