It's been pretty nice weather, even for the Pompano anglers, with cool mornings, cool temps throughout the day and a big bright sun.
So I will wear my winter shorts and put on a jacket just for you, Pompano fans.
So where are the fish?
If you have been fishing almost to Ft. Pierce (Douglas access) and spent some time of the beach, I know you got your limit, but you have to put in your time.
Finally, these fish have made a showing but not at a regular time. They've been early in one location, and later at the next, but they have all been up close.
So you may have been there but you were out of their zone.
Please do not just cast as far as you can and let your bait set.
Move it in, and then move it closer and just maybe you and the fish can get together.
Surf anglers have had a lot of Croakers and Whiting on shrimp, clams and Fish Bites from many access points while looking for the Pompano.
Some Blues for the early morning anglers using cut baits and in the mix has been big.
Macs and Jacks tend to bend a rod, quiet surf has made for some excellent fishing. Now, just maybe, it has been cold enough long enough for some Pompano to be around long enough to set a pattern to their travels.
These cooler temps seemed to have sent a signal to our off-shore fish that it is time to eat.
Captain Pat Price put a fifty pound Dolphin in the Day Maker along with several other fish over twenty pounds, and all have taken on small Ballyhoo, mixed with several Sails and a list of others.
Captain V.J. Bell on the Sea Check has had a busy week also with Sails and Dolphin, and again small Ballyhoo, but while V.J. was fishing north, Pat was straight out 150 feet, and that was the zone.
Anglers were fishing color lines, reporting lot of flyers and fishing both sides of the lines.
Kings on the numbers, big Lanes, muttons and plenty of Cobia at the Sand Pile, and yes, it has been the cooler weather bringing them out.
I just do not like being cold.
Pompano are skipping north of Nettles Island, skipping at Joe's Point and across the Sail Fish Flats. So why are they not on the hook?
Several anglers reported seeing them skipping and then said, "Where are the Reds?"
Reds have been hanging in the very shallow water of two feet, and if there are Mangroves, fish right at the edge.
For Slot Trout in 4 feet, if this is your target, slow your retrieve. Trout, like me, like the warm temps but also in the mix has been plenty of Blues, Jacks, Lady Fish and some big Sheep head.
Waders and boaters have had an excellent time, but you have to wear a jacket, because it's cold. Bridges are still waiting for the Pompano, but with Black Drum, Sheep head, Blues, Jacks and Macs, there is plenty to do.
Now about the Snook. They like it warm the same as I do, so look deep. After sundown pick a bridge, look to the deepest area and slide a Flair Hawk across the bottom. If the jig stops set the hook. Yes, they do get hung up; but if not, you're not in the location, so bring two.
Bridges offer plenty of ambush locations, and keep in mind they will feed face into the current, so pitch your bait up into the current and move it as the tide is moving.
Next week more about Snook and maybe more on Pompano.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.