Well sort of a quiet week on the fishing scene, not sure why the fish are home but not a lot of anglers.
Seas off shore have been a little sporty and this mornings' 10-mph wind may have dampened a few plans, but still it has been a beautiful week.
Let's start on the surf edge. Whiting and there has been a good catch, one just had to look for an area that was free of weeds. Keep in mind, weeds offer a lot of cover for our fish but I am sure glad when it leaves, Snook, tarpon, permit and more will be there.
Still the blues early with a very narrow bite time, but plenty to make up for. Big whiting and croaker, something to take home but the snook are there with them, so before you use one as bait, take the barbs off the hook for an easy release.
Still waiting to hear about the tarpon. We know they are rolling and we have had a few pick up a bait just not the hook and no, I don't know how they do it.
Permit again this week on sand fleas. Anglers looking for pompano found them with a long cast, not a lot, but still worth the effort and even you are not fishing the surf is the sight we all came to be with. Bring your coffee and come on down. You will not be disappointed.
Offshore not a weed line or a color line and the dolphin are just as scarce, scattered, one here one there. This is the time when you need to take dinner to the fish. Trolled Bally is preferred, if you do find them, then live baits but do not wait for them to find you. Bonita a plenty; now is the time to think about strip baits for fall. Get them while you can.
Bottom fishing continues to be the place to fill the box from 50 feet out. Lanes, muttons, yellow tail and gags not to mention the AJs and the cobia. Where is the pitch rod? Still plenty of Cobia coming to the boat or following your catch to the surface; pay attention.
River anglers pick out a spot and be there before sun up throwing a top water bait or a chugger, a bait that makes noise, one that will get some attention. After the sun has been up for an hour or two the fish will move to deeper water. Trout and reds are on this list. When these fish move to deeper water soft rubber or a suspending bait will find them, slow down. Turn the motor off and drift to the channel markers. Shrimp on a jig head, the triple tail love the warm sun, and the tarpon, who knows, but low light seems to work best.
Yes, it is warm and the sun is bright and that is what I love about south Florida.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.