Well, not sure what happened to our red snapper season but the weatherman knows the secret.
Rain or the threat of rain kept most home. Those who did get out were faced with changing currents and then there were a few who caught fish. They would tell you how deep they were fishing and baits used, but that was it, a very guarded secret. Even if I knew I still could not get that boat to locate, anchor?
Did get a few carcasses to send to FWC and maybe they can garner some info from them. Dolphin were the same story, great one day and the next still looking, so this brings me back to the weatherman; that rain or threat will shorten a day.
Bottom fish saved the day with lanes, muttons, mangroves and plenty of yellow tails to put in the box. Hard to go look when you know you can bend a rod on just about any reef. Sardines were the favored bait.
Beach fishing was full of surprises. Tarpon and big red fish on the incoming tide, yes even with the brown water. The fish were there and eating was the game, top water, jigs, mullet, as I said, they were eating. The mouth of the inlet was the location and yes, a little north up to Bathtub, excellent bite. Please put a single barb hook on your spoons.
Snook were at Walton Rocks and plenty of big croaker and whiting kept most busy; a few blues and some pompano but not to target. Lots of mullet, so the bite run most of the day. If it looks like a mullet throw it and let's see what the surprise is.
Going north getting away from the brown water it was trout and more trout, all slot and bigger from the Stuart Causeway to Middle Cove using top water and suspending baits. Low light was the answer and after sun up things slowed down, well let's say they turned off.
Red fish on the west side of the river from County Line Road to Walton Road very busy but you had to fish low light. These fish are in 2 feet and yes you can use your fly rod. As long as the tide was moving the fish were chewing at the bridges, snapper, drum, lady fish, a few trout and some blues were holding attention, but as the sun went down in moved the snook and it was busy all over again.
Flair Hawk and Bomber lures top the list but with so many mullet, live bait was hard to beat. Try hooking your mullet on the bottom or the top of his tail. You will notice he swims a little different. Now cast the fish into the bait school and hang on.
Now if the weatherman will give us a few days without rain we could get back to some really good fishing.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.