How about this fall weather? It must be because the blue fish are here, Spanish macs from the beach and from the bridges and it is cold in the morning. As temps change we will see more of these species along with sail fish and pompano; a sure bet the weather is changing.
Offshore the anglers are reporting sails, kings, dolphin, black fins, bonita and even a few wahoo. The best part is up close.
From 80 feet to 150 feet has been the zone. Fall weather has changed the water temps just enough. That 80-foot mark has shown the most action with dolphin and kings. Mix in a sail or two and you can have a very nice day.
From 100-feet out has been the best mix when you add the black fins and wahoo, trolled baits or live have all worked well with the bigger baits deep.
Early in the week the seas were not polite at all, but as the weekend came the seas settled and the fish were hungry. Lots of bonita and black fins, so bring some extra bait you are going to need it. Color lines yes, but I believe the temp lines were more important and it was nice to hear the radio chattering again.
Surf has slowed with the baits being more scattered, but plenty of blue fish and jacks to keep you busy. Still a little early for the pompano, but a few were on the catch list. A few whiting some short snook and big tarpon, so do not get too far from your equipment. Jacks and nlues ruled. At points in the day it was one cast one fish and a chrome spoon is all that was needed. With many location and times on the list it was hard to say, just go and look. Are there birds, baits scattering? How about an oil slick? Just a few things to let you know there is someone home and waiting for you to feed them.
Beach casting has been very good and with the northeast wind and no bugs, I don't know if it gets any better.
In the river the cooler temps have brought out the red fish, not big, but top of the slot. Trout anglers report as many reds as trout, then the jacks and blues take over.
Red fish on the east side or west side of the Indian River from all the usual locations. You'll find plenty of trout with a mix of flounder, not a lot of flounder, but all are catching one or two very nice fish in the mix.
Then in come the jacks and blues and it is time for you to move. If it is numbers that make your day, the jacks will make for a great day with the mix of blues to test your equipment and muscles. Lots of bait in the river makes for lots of fish. About the time you slow down the tarpon will start your heart so pay attention. Flats, channel or bridges; lots of big fish.
For snook, pick a bridge and wait for sundown. Live mullet or bait that looks like a mullet will find what you are looking for. Slot, well most over, so you can take the barbs off the hook for an easy release.
Cooler temps mean no bugs but I would have the spray with me just in case.
Have a great week and I can hardly wait for it to warm up.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.