Big beautiful moon, monster moon, as it has been described; not sure what it may have done for fishing, I think it was a little too big.
What controls the tides, the moon as close as it was gave us some of the strongest tides we have seen in a while.
Grouper season opened May 1, and with the full moon, it could have been as asset, but the monster moon gave us current, like 20 ounces of current, making it difficult if not impossible to get bait to the bottom.
Very experienced anglers found the grouper but the average angler, like you and I, had a difficult time, but the night was beautiful and it was a pleasure to be out there.
It has been many weeks since we had the conditions of 1 to 2 feet, 10 seconds apart and the anglers who went out after lunch are the ones who found the fish. They were up all night eating, so next time we have a full moon, keep that in mind.
A beautiful weekend with king macs topping the catch list, some cobia and a few dolphin, but it was the bottom everyone was trying to get to. A new week and that moon is gone, conditions perfect, let's try it again.
Surf is perfect. Blue fish early, they like the cooler water and then big whiting up close. Cut bait early found the blues, 3-pound fish, from dawn until mid morning. After the sun warmed, in moved some of the biggest whiting we have seen. Both make for excellent table fare.
Now it is time for the snook anglers to come on down. Slot fish and yes, they are feeding on the whiting. Cast a diving plug north or south, not east, these fish are up close looking for the whiting. Yes right there in the first trough. Surf is very fishable, do not forget the sunscreen, cap and sun glasses.
River has settled, no turbity east or west side, take your pick. Lots of bait of all types and lots of fish feeding. Fish early or look to fish deeper in the shaded waters. Keep in mind these fish want in out of the sun.
Lots of slot trout this week with a mix of reds. The flounder are still with us but it is the blue fish and jacks that are eating everything you throw, so bring some extra, you will need it.
Interesting was the pompano bite from the bridge, late afternoon and jigs caught the limit. Strong resident school or maybe they just like it here and are not leaving. No matter, it is nice to see these fish in the numbers we are seeing them.
Black drum, blues and snapper kept most bridge anglers busy and the dark hour it was the snook, still hard to get the slot fish, but I will keep trying. Flair Hawks and that black Bomber were favored this week.
Yes, it is Florida, hot, big, bright sun and I love it.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.