Another beautiful week and the surf fishing has not slowed.
Last week it was the tarpon. Well not much has changed. With plenty of bait on the edge why would it change? All size tarpon, big snook, bigger jacks, monster macs and plenty of bonita. Mix in a couple of small cobia and I do not think it could get any better.
Best bite has been low light, but the fish are feeding all day. Check your beach before you unload, go to the crossover and look. Are the baits, birds and fish there? If not, move to the next access. One out of three will have it all.
The only thing different this week will be the numbers of anglers. Most of us are home nursing the muscles we used the week before. That little chrome spoon has been magic, so bring a few extra with that extra spool of line and the 40-pound leader material. Did I forget the Advil?
This is an annual event on the surf. If you have not seen it you need to come on down and watch. Amazing is the only description, but like it started it will slow. Forget the Advil and bring the equipment.
This week I have seen many pictures from the beach all with the rods straight up. Time to put the pressure on, tilt that rod, put the tip in the water if you have to, but that is the only way you can turn that fish and if you are going to get your line back 45 degrees of tilt is a good start.
Offshore, finally dolphin have made a showing. Not a lot but at least we have had several reports, some at the 80-foot mark, some in 200 and more in 300. All were found on some type of weed line trolling or working live baits. These fish were not big but they were not peanuts.
Some black fins were reported at the Hill and the kings were south of the inlet, bonita everywhere. Inlet it is tarpon and snook on live baits and sharks and more sharks.
Please, when releasing a fish in the inlet, just reach over and cut the leader. When that shark comes from under the boat to take that fish he has no idea that your hand is there. Be extra careful this time of the year.
River it is more tarpon and snook but how about a trout or red fish in the Flats before sun up?
From Countyline Road north on the west side it has been perfect. River is flat, not a noise anywhere 'till that top water lure gets slammed. Not the biggest, but at the top of the slot for both reds and trout and the best part is there is numbers.
On the east side from Nettles Island north plenty of fish, but as the sun rises the bites slows. Fish early before sun up.
In the mix will be the tarpon and snook and you will know when they bite. In the quiet it sounds like an explosion.
Bone fish in the south of Sail Fish Flats on small jigs slid slowly across the bottom. More pesky tarpon and snook. Wure would be nice to have these fish here in these numbers all year. Oh, well, summer in south Florida. Could it get any better?
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.