The surf is alive with tarpon, glass minnows from inlet to inlet and tarpon to go with them. There is a mix of others, but it is the tarpon that are putting on the show, 20 feet from the sand.
Early is best, but these fish are there all day, breakfast time is the time. In the mix are snook, lady fish, big jacks, all feeding on glass minnows, so throw something that has the profile of a minnow and a Kast Master to match that profile. This lure is a flat spoon made for throwing in the wind and without the wind it casts real easy, 3/4 ounce is the one, take the treble off and put on a single for a quick release.
Yes the snook, jacks, lady fish will all eat them so it a bait for all. Early is the bite time for most, tarpon have their own clock, so you just have to spend the time. You will not be disappointed.
Now about the whiting and croaker eating a small piece of shrimp, up close in the wash, pay attention because so does every body else and a tarpon, snook or jack on a whiting rig will take that rod with them.
Now is the time, come on down and make a few casts because you just don't know who is feeding when but one thing is for sure: some one is eating now.
Lots of big fish and miles of small baits can make for a great morning, afternoon or evening. Did I mention the Spanish macs?
Offshore, it seems, is stuck in the summer slow down or maybe it is us the angler. When looking for fish we look for weed lines, rips, flotsam or temp lines, the one you should be playing is the temp line. Warm temps have the surface water high in temperature, so look for the cooler water, look down.
Troll your baits in the comfort zone. That is where the fish are. This week Seth Johnson caught his 75-pound wahoo in 100 feet on a deep running plug. The fish want away from the heat so they stay down in their comfort zone.
Slow down, run your baits deep that is where the fish are. Dolphin are not to be found other than a few peanuts, plenty of sails and the kings are back, plenty of small black fins at the Hill. Now let's go to the bottom. Still some cold water, but not everywhere. Yes it will be cool but not cold.
When fishing your favored numbers, if the bite slows or stops check your lead, put to your cheek. Is it cold? If so move. You do not have to move far, the cold water comes in fingers, just move because the fish have.
Bottom fishing continues to be excellent with muttons, lanes, mangroves and few grouper. Big baits will find big fish. Slow down and think about the comfort zone.
River fishing, starting before sun up, the area around Little Mud east or west side fishing the shallows it has been plenty of slot trout some reds and still flounder. This holds true for most of the area from the Sail Fish Flats north 'till about 8:30 a.m. Then the fish head off to deeper water. Time to look at the bridges, deep, shaded, moving water is a perfect comfort zone. Plenty of drum, big sheephead, some macs, jacks, and a list of others to bend a rod and yes the Tarpon like the bridge, also.
All that being said, fishing is pretty good, it is the timing that is important this time of the year. No matter what "no catch Carl" says, plan you day and go catch a fish.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.