Well, maybe it is not cool enough for the pompano, but it sure is nice weather to me.
From the surf it has been blues, whiting and big croakers. Mix in a flounder or two and it has been a productive day at the beach.
Early for the blues using cut baits. A medium cast will put you in their zone. Not a crazy catch but plenty to pull the line.
I believe it is a little too warm for the big run, but cool enough to bring them in. These fish are in the 3- to 5-pound class, excellent table fare and yes, there will be a few throughout the day. Fish early for the best results. Mid-morning is when the edge will warm to a perfect temp for the whiting. These fish are just a pitch to find their zone, please remember the ice.
Favored baits have been pieces of shrimp, clam and fish bites. Yes, a bluefish will stop by and try a taste so watch our fingers. Lots of baits in the surf, so watch your equipment. Lots of anglers talking about the spinner sharks.
River fishing has been excellent, plenty of trout and reds, but with a lot of other fish it has been busy. Lots of rod benders: black drum, sheephead, lady fish, jacks and the list goes on.
No, none of those pesky pompano. The water is just too warm. How lucky we are. I had two anglers in from the south who wanted to wade, so I took out our little map gave them a few spots and they were amazed at their catches and the number of waders they saw, access to our water. Top water early then to suspending lures and yes, live shrimp all did their jobs.
From north to south, depending on which way the wind was blowing, it was a good week. Bridges and piers again this week saw plenty of black drum, big sheephead along with blues, jacks, lady fish and I even saw a triple tail from a channel marker. South Florida, I love this place.
Offshore I have not heard much, most of my information comes from the boats that were tournament fishing but 150 to 200 feet would be the place to start.
Take dinner to the fish, small dolphin and sails kept most busy. Up closer in the 60-foot range north of our inlet there were a few kings and cobia along with plenty of sharks. Cobia follow the sharks catching what they miss, so if cobia is the target get them in the boat or you will be sharing your catch with the man in the gray suit. Sardines for the lanes and muttons from 40-feet out.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.