Surf anglers those are not giant pompano, they are permit. It is their tie to come in; they like the warm water and with them are the palometa, another cousin of the favored pompano.
We have a good resident population of pompano as a lot of anglers have found, but the permit is not as long in the neighborhood.
Anglers fishing from the shore line are catching them on sand fleas. Anglers fishing from the boats will only use crabs so do me a favor and don't tell them.
Plenty of whiting and croakers to keep you busy and then there is snook, pesky snook, and some tarpon rolling around, plenty to keep you busy.
Jacks, the bulldog member of the pompano family will take your equipment home with them so do not wander far from that rod holder.
River anglers, your bite time is short, two hours before sun up and an hour after, then the fish move to deeper water or cooler water. Look to fish shaded water or deeper water, like the bridges, a great location.
This week has been a good week with trout, drum, snapper and few others like pesky snook from most bridges, perfect location with deep and shaded water.
From the flats we have had reports of slot trout and few reds, mix in a flounder and those pesky snook and you can have a nice morning. Yes, shrimp are still small. Triple tail are on the channel markers, they like the sun.
Tarpon are everywhere until I get there. Big fish closer to the inlets and smaller as you get up in to the river if you call a 30-pound fish small. Small, live baits have been getting their attention.
Without a weed line to be found the dolphin are scarce and if you do find one it is a peanut. Sails have kept most anglers busy but the bottom fishing has stolen the show.
Kind of hard to go past fish to catch fish. Lanes, muttons, mangroves and grouper are from 40 feet out. The best part is they have enough current running to keep them chewing. Have the pitch rod rigged and ready for the cobia. It seems they like to follow the catch up to the boat. Black fins at Hill and enough bonita to just make one wonder just how many can there be.
Not too many anglers out this week. The sun and the heat made it difficult. I guess the triple tail and I are the only ones that love it. Maybe next week we will get more to talk about.
'Till then, bring plenty of water and drink it all day. Please do not wait 'till you get thirsty.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.