Could the weather be any better? The sea be more polite? This is south Florida at its best.
A small problem with some cool water coming to the beach, but it was limited and not at all access. Some of the reefs had the same and you needed to check your lead. If the fish were not biting, move to the next reef or to the next surf access. With all our locations what's a little cool water?
Bottom fishing tops the charts, with muttons, lanes, big mangroves and grouper to test your equipment and sardines were the favored baits. If you were fishing and area and the fish stopped biting it is time to check your leads. Hold it to your cheek if it is cold.
You know what the problem is, just move to the next reef, there are plenty of fish. Dolphin continue to be a hard find, with the seas being less than 2 feet it is kind of hard to find a weed line or a rip. Same for the king fish, just gone, but we have the pesky sails eating everything from 60-feet out.
Too many bonita and some black fins at the Hill that make the days complete. Slow troll with bait deep. Most fish this week were taken from 180-feet out and yes there was plenty of bait at the Sand Pile with cobia for those who were paying attention and had the pitch rod ready.
Surf anglers do not listen to "no catch Carl" there were plenty of fish on the surf's edge. Fish early and fish close. It is a lot easier for the predators to catch dinner in 2 feet of water than deep.
We had some cold water upwellings at few access points. Put your feet in the water. If it is cool move north or south to the next access and it will be perfect.
Lots of whiting, plenty of croakers and too many snook (the season is closed), in there feeding on the whiting. Only heard of one tarpon this week, now either my anglers are getting old or no one wants that battle.
Tarpon at the Bathtub, House of Refuge, county line and Walton Rocks eating big baits, so where is all my youth and vitality? A piece of shrimp or clam will find them all, just check that temp before you start.
River anglers, start before sun up casting top-water baits in the shallows; lots of premium trout, a few reds but those pesky snook are everywhere.
East side or west fish early. The river is flat, no turbity, and if you can see them they have already seen you. Be prepared for that long cast, bring out that 71/2-foot rod, make the long cast and speed up the retrieve, it works.
Fishing after sun up you need to find shaded water, docks, treed shore or go to deep water. Now is the time to slow down. These fish are in their comfort zone and you need to aggravate them to get the strike.
Yes, plenty of tarpon from the North Fork, South Fork to the inlet and then up the Indian River. Look around and see what baits are in the water. This will help you choose a profile that looks like whatever it is they are eating. Yes, it will change from location to location. Playing with tarpon is an all-day event.
Shrimp, well what can I say other than in the summer, big shrimp go to make little shrimp and until they get back, your shop may not have any. Not because they do want to sell them there just are none. If they do show they will be small and a lot of shops just do not like to sell shrimp that you can't put on a hook. This is an annual event so be patient. I promise they will be back but not quick enough for me.
It is summer and it is hot. No matter where you are fishing you need water, not heat stroke, so bring water and drink, even if you are not thirsty. 'Till next week. Don't you just love this place?
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.