So what are those boats doing so close in the surf, permit, tarpon, snook and big Jacks? Seas have been so polite that the flat boats can work the shoreline and not end up on the shoreline.
Their target is permit or tarpon - crabs are the preferred bait - but if they are not chewing, a big summer snook or a monster Jack will try most anglers and their equipment. One foot, 10 seconds apart makes for some excellent fishing up close. So if you are surf angler or have thought about giving it a try now is a great time.
That 7-foot rod will cast to everywhere you want to be and the fish will test your ability and the warranty on your equipment.
Whiting is the most targeted, excellent table fare, but also that is what brings in the bigger fish. Live bait fans can put one on the line and put it right back where you caught it, do not wander away from that rod because one these fish will take it home with them. Hard part is once you have tried the whiting it will hard to use it for bait when all you are thinking is dinner, and a little piece of shrimp is all it takes to get dinner.
Cold water has left the beach. Tarpon are rolling at the inlets, House of Refuge, on up to Walton Rocks. Permit have been up and down the beach with permit of size at Walton Rocks. Snook season is closed and the Jacks are everywhere on the move. Lots of fish to test you and your equipment.
Offshore we still have some cold water but it is leaving. Bottom bite has picked up and the dolphin, still a hard find. Bonitafest is going strong in all depths, makes one wonder how many bonita are on this earth. Cobia are still on the catch list along with sails and black fins, so it may seem slow, but there are plenty of fish to bend a rod.
Bonita are everywhere from the Sand Pile out but so are the cobia. Many anglers drifting or anchored have many tales of the cobia that were at the boat and they were not ready.
Bottom fish, muttons and lanes top the list, mix a gag or two then add a cobia; does not sound bad to me.
Trolling, you have to run a bait or two down. The surface temps are high and the fish are in their comfort zone. Take a bait to them, you now where they are.
Sails are cruising and the black fins are at the hill so what can I say, plenty of fish with out the dolphin and kings.
River anglers, if it numbers you are looking for you had better be in the water before sun up. Action starts before sun up and is over by 9 a.m. Many locations in 2 feet of water using noisy top water. After that, move to deeper water and please do rule out channel edges.
Later fishing requires weighted jigs or soft rubber baits than can worked slowly and will get you to the bottom. Tarpon from many locations, snook at the inlets and bridges, so why has no one told me about the triple tail at the channel markers?
Big bright sun, warm water and channel markers, shut the motor off and drift to the markers, a shrimp on a jig head will find triple tale.
No matter where you fish, drink lots of water or Gatorade. You need to stay hydrated.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.