Just maybe this should be a rain report or maybe something about the wind, but this is a fishing report.
Rain or the threat of rain had us all week watching the clouds and waiting..Yes it did rain, but this is Jensen and if it did rain it was short and not as it was called for.
Now the wind, it was out of the east all week, sometimes more that others, but it was blowing. So it was the east side of the river with its sheltered shoreline or the North Fork that drew attention.
Little Mud Creek, with its sheltered shoreline, close proximity to the boat ramp and the shelter of the bridge was the spot. Excellent trout on top water, reds on suspending baits and flounder on jigs were some of the catch list.
It was an all-day bite. The overcast sky kept the water temps under control and the bait in the shallows. Also on the catch list was a good bite of jacks and blue fish, not sure of these blues but they were a hungry group taking most bait home with them.
Tarpon were south in the channel going to Big Mud Creek and the snook, that know their season is closed, ate about anything you put in the water.
North Fork it was about the same, putting in at Sportsmans Park and running south but not quite to Club Med, great sheltered run with a tree shoreline just no as many blues but they were there also. Wind was the
problem; looking for flat water.
Tarpon put in at the Prima Vista boat ramp and start fishing. Not big tarpon but plenty of tarpon, trick is, what are they chewing today?
Surf was a hard call, changed daily, east wind. High surf kept the temps cool so we had a few pompano make the catch list, lots of blue fish and plenty of whiting and croakers. Whiting and croakers were take-home size, too big to use for bait but you know how I feel, big bait, big fish.
If you have the time and equipment put a big bait out. Just do not wander too far from that rod because a big fish will take it for sure, anything that can eat that big bait can take the equipment home, pay attention. Snook bite is excellent. If they are your target take the barbs off
the hooks and tarpon made the list, finally, Bathtub Beach south to the inlet, live bait.
Offshore the weatherman was wrong again, forecasting high seas that never happened. Best to go to snooknook.net and scroll down to inlet cam and then to weather, where you will find up-to-the minute wave heaths, radar and a picture to help make that decision.
The east wind should have pushed the fish in closer. Last week we were talking about 300 feet, this week from the few boats that went out it was large dolphin from 120 feet to 300 feet on trolled baits, scattered but then we had no one fishing in between. Sails also made the list and few snake kings. Bottom fishing continues. Lanes, muttons and Gggs filled the boxes. Oh well, so much for the weatherman.
Even if it is overcast I still love this place.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.