Offshore, seas are polite, so polite even I gave some thought to fishing and that means real polite.
Still early for the Stuart light tackle results but the numbers at this time look a lot better than last week; 114 releases and there is still more time.
Listening to the radio and hearing about all those pesky dolphin and black fins getting in the dredges and making a mess of anything that looked like a teaser. Sorry, but it sounded good to me. The pesky dolphin started at 100 feet of water, those pesky black fins were in 200 feet and if I were fishing, sails are not my target but let me have a shot at those pesky fish and I will be a happy angler.
From the start I would run my baits closer together as opposed to spread out. If the dredge is what they want, it is worth a try. If it is black fins, I would start at 200 feet knowing they are looking at teaser. I would have them all out. The little difference is mine would all have hooks in them. I want to see just how pesky they can be.
So the dolphin started at 100 feet and the action went on from there. Ballyhoo was the favored bait and the bite started at mid-morning, never caught a fish with a watch on. How do they know?
Finally some king mackerel made a showing in the 60-foot area, not big fish but nice size to take home. Not a word on bottom fish, not sure why conditions have been excellent. Sardines have been a hard find and mullet work just fine so what is the problem?
Mackerel have moved in to the hole, bigger macs have been there in the evening, green jigs and Clark spoons 1RBMS have been the baits. Watch your limit. Someone will have to clean all those when you get back.
Surf anglers had a good week with pompano and blues being the target. We had reports from Fort Pierce to Hobe Sound at differing times, but a lot of good catches were reported.
Lots of sand fleas on the surf's edge made for good fishing, but clams were the favored for pompano. Cut baits and spoons for the blues and macs, early for the numbers, but we had fish reported all day, weather was perfect.
Looking for the whiting? Wait until mid-morning when the sun warms that edge, then a pitch to the trough will find them. Do not forget the ice.
In the river it has been the bridges with a long catch list from black drum to ribbon fish and everything in between. Shrimp has been the bait and the good part has been it has been all day. Blues, macs, pompano, flounder and the list goes on. Not a lot of any one species but a lot of fish.
Pompano were at the east bridges until the macs moved in. As they left the pompano were back and then the blues and macs would show. It was in and out all day.
Reds were north at the cove on the north side of Nettles up to Big Mud in the shallow water. Anglers were sure they were mullet until they were right up on them.
Some trout reported along with flounder but the reds were the target. River has slowed down, salt water is moving back into the St. Lucie River. You might want to check out the Hells Gate area if you are a Pompano fan, marker 19 for Macs. I am just not a fan of fresh water in our rivers.
Snook season closes on the 15th. If you are going to get one more this is the week. Pick a bridge after sun down, I'll meet you there.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.