Rain, rain go away, come back again another day. Four days of overcast skies; have not seen that in a long time. We need the rain, just not all at one time.
Oh well, the fish are already wet so put on the rain gear and let's go catch a fish. Flounder continue - it seems they are everywhere - anglers fishing north or south are putting on the catch list and they are all good size not lots, but one or two mixed in with the trout catch can make a great dinner.
Trout it has been top water all day, usually after sun up the fish go to deeper water, but with the overcast sky they lounged all day in the shallows, excellent catch reports from north to south, upper slot fish.
Reds north of county line road, again fishing the shallows no need to look for shaded water the whole river has been in the shade. Soft rubber work slowly across the bottom found plenty. Bridges list the variety and there was cover in the rain. Sardines for the blue fish early, then it was too many sheephead, plenty of snapper, mix in a few drum and you get the picture. Jacks, lady fish and flounder were also on the scene and then came the tarpon looking for little tiny baits and the snook know the season is closed; busy busy at the bridges.
Surf anglers had to deal with too many whiting but the blues and jacks kept them busy watching their equipment. Tarpon from Bathtub to the House of Refuge then north to Walton Rocks, these are areas that they were milling around. Not sure what they were eating but they were eating. Snook, as I said earlier, know the season is closed so if they are the target take the barbs off the hooks.
Offshore it was the week for small boats, 1 to 2 feet, 11 seconds apart it was Lake Atlantic. Fishing up close plenty of permit, tarpon and snook were the targets if you could find the crabs for bait, easier to find the fish then the bait.
Anglers found themselves running to 300 feet just to get away from the bonita, Dolphin on trolled baits, the sails made a good show but the bottom bite is off the charts. Gags in the 20-pound class, muttons just as big, add in the lanes, yellowtails and then the AJs all eating sardines and you have a tired back and arms that you wish belonged to some one else.
From 40 feet out, if you have any numbers that you have not visited in a while now is the time. Dolphin, black fins, a few kings have all made a good show, but anglers are cutting their trolling time short coming in and check out the reefs, bottom fishing has been that good.
Sun is shining today. I love South Florida.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.