Weather has been perfect but the west wind the past few days has pushed the bait off the shore line. Yes you can see the fish, problem is casting to them. Just a little out of range but still a sight.
These next few days the wind will change and they will be back but for how long not sure.
If you have not been to the surf you need to come on down, tarpon, snook, bonita, Spanish macs, small cobia, the list is long but again, for how long. Every summer when the bait shows so does every species you would want. Some seasons they are here longer than others but as they came they will leave. Now is the time.
Casting anything that has a flash about it but it has to be small in profile. That is the key, match the hatch.
Interesting story about a young man who hooked a tarpon every bit his size, fought the fish for what seemed to be an hour, landed the fish, then he a three of his friends spent the next half hour in the surf to revive the fish. Young man, your efforts did not go unnoticed and myself and several other anglers who were there were impressed and thank you for the respect you showed that fish. Nice to see that respect.
This week you may have to drive to four not three access points but the fish are still with us, so as I said earlier, come on down.
Offshore this week we had weed lines in 80 feet straight out of the inlet. Dolphin were there, not big fish, but fish starting in the 15-pound class, 25 was the biggest coming from that area. Anglers you need to pay attention. The fish are up close.
George Mittler of Sea Psyche charters found his kings at the King Fish Numbers in 100 feet and there are plenty of sails all in that area so get your baits in the water sooner rather than later. The fish are up close.
Our bottom temps have returned to normal. Day Maker charters put a 94-pound AJ in the boat along with snapper, kings and plenty of bonitas fishing south of the inlet. Bottom temps are back to normal, current has slowed and yes, there are plenty of lobsters but please, if you see anglers fishing in an area, wait until they leave before putting up your dive flag.
Inside it has been plenty of trout and red fish but you have to fish early, from dark to about one hour after sun up is the bite time, using top water in 2 feet of water.
Both north and south of the Jensen Causeway excellent reports, but once that sun comes out the fish go to deeper water.
Tarpon and snook in the inlet, at the bridges, North Fork and south, but you have to look around and see what is there for them to eat then match the profile and yes, it will change form location to location.
Tarpon do not mind the sun but will stay in the deeper water and the snook will be deep. Snook season is closed and tarpon you cannot take, so be extra careful when handling them.
South Florida, I love this place.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.