Finally the dolphin made a good showing. They started at 400 feet as the week went on they moved to 300 feet. Not big fish, 10 to 15 pounds and plenty of them.
Anglers were going to Push Button Hill for black fins and finding dolphin but in the mix were plenty of bonita. Trolling was the method used to locate the fish then they were chummed to the boat with chunks of sardines and squid. Please take only what you want and leave the rest for another day.
Black fins were 5 to 8 pounds and with a mix of dolphin it made for a good day. Big bonitas. Bottom fishing continues to catch most anglers with muttons, lanes and mangroves, throw in a few yellowtails and gags to fill the box; my arms are tired, time to go in. From 40-feet out, real good bottom fish.
Surf it has been blue fish and jacks on spoons, 3- to 5-pound fish that can pull. Morning has been preferred, snook are there and I heard from more than one angler how they approached the bait and the jacks got to it first.
Plenty of whiting and croaker to take home and you may want to try a blue fish, they make excellent table fare.
Plenty of bait on the beach just out of casting range, so you can sit and watch all the action, you just cannot cast out that far.
River anglers have had a busy week, plenty of mullet and pilchards from Bear Point south on the east side, lots of big trout on big top water lures. These fish are active from early morning to mid-morning. As the hours move you need to go to deeper water but stay with your chrome top water. Reds you will switch to a suspending lure. Lots of blues, jacks and lady fish to keep you busy. When was the last time you checked your leaders?
Bridges were hot and cold and not sure why. Drum, jacks and blues were there and then gone. Could have been the bait, just not sure.
Snook, you need that moving water, watch your tide charts. Two hours before and two hours after high noon are the premium hours. Cast that Flair Hawk into the current and slide it slowly across the bottom. Live baits, look around and see what is there, match the hatch, it works.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.