Well, 17-foot seas that came with our tropical storm put us all on guard. It seems when that is going on there is always more important things to do, like put new line on, fix rods and sharpen hooks; important things.
Conditions just got worse, but as the seas settle we all know the fish will light up both inshore and off once it settles. Except if you are snook angler and we will get to that later.
Offshore the change of conditions will bring the fish in, up close, sails, dolphin and kings, to name a few. The upper column of water will be oxygenated; flotsam for the baits to hide in, color lines and rips, all the things we look for will be everywhere.
Flotsam will hold wahoo, color lines for the dolphin, rips for the kings and sails and the black fins will be up close. The great thing about a storm is the after the storm.
Surf was out of control, moving too much sand, but we all know it will settle and when it does there will be a whole new group of species to play with.
Pompano have been playing with us, one, one there but the cooler temps will bring them in and as soon as the sand settles it will be pompano. Blue fish will be on the move, jacks will be feeding an anything that moves and there may still a few tarpon to test your equipment. Whiting and croakers are in good numbers at the trough, along with plenty of snook, that is if the jacks don't steal your bait first.
Real high tides, cooler water and a little less sun have brought the reds to our area. It was great trout fishing with a mix of reds now it has been great reds with a mix of trout. Your favorite location for the trout is now the location for the reds. Favored baits, you can take your pick. Cooler water means hungry fish, slot is 18 inches to 27 inches one per day that is the down side.
Trout continue and so do the blues and jacks so take the barbs off the hook for an easy release.
Now we just have to wait for the water to settle.
If you let the weather keep you from snook fishing, well you missed it. If you recall, I always say the worst the weather the better the snook fishing. The water was slamming up over the walks and the snook were chewing, big fish eating big baits. It had been an all-day event, foul weather gear mandatory, several Flair Hawks tied on with 50-pound leader and you were in the fish.
Big bomber long A, black back with chrome sides and it was out of control, wind, waves and big snook. You should have been there. Me, I am old so I just watched and grinned as the anglers put on their foul weather gear, drooped six Flair Hawks in the jacket pockets and off they went for I am more than sure will be the day they talk about until the next storm.
So pick a bridge and come on down, preferred dark hour, throw a Flair Hawk and if it stops, set the hook.
'Till next week, watch the water settle and do not be late.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.