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Henry Caimatto
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Use bridges to your advantage
Rating: 2.45 / 5 (20 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Feb 15 - 08:54

Well, the sun has been shining and it looks like a nice day with moderate temperatures.

But the wind has been blowing, which is good for the fair but limiting for the anglers. The wind has changed directions, but it has not slowed, and keeps the water in a mix with off-shore sporty conditions.

So the surf is up with plenty of white water, and the river has been churned. But the worse the weather, the better the Snook fishing. Strong mixed-up water is what big, strong fish that can move in any conditions are made for. The best part is they love structure with lots of ambush points and that is our bridges.

Wait for sundown and pick a bridge with all the lighting. They create the light lines, with deep and shallow spots, and with excellent strong water you don't need a boat to fish these prime locations.

You will need a strong rod, however, one that when you lift it brings the hook to you and not bend to the fish.

A sixty or seventy series reel with twenty pound test line and three feet of forty-pound leader tied to a two-ounce flair hawk, and you are ready.

Look to the pilings, and keep in mind they will feed face into the current. Now you know how to position yourself. Cast up into the current and slide that flair hawk across the bottom. If it stops, set the hook.

The hard part is the slot. From 28 to 32 inches is the keeper. The rest will keep you busy, so do not forget your camera. Yes, they will eat live bait. Shrimp and small fish top the list, so keep in mind they are waiting for the tide to sweep a taste morsel past that bridge piling.

These fish are there all day, so it is possible to catch one in the daylight hours.

I'm still waiting to hear about the Pompano, and it looks like warm water is the problem. I did hear about a few closer to the inlet from the boaters.

But while the boaters are looking for the Reds and Blues, the Jacks and Lady Fish have kept them busy.

The only one is missing is Flounder. Not a word this week, but the way the wind has been blowing from one side to the other, it has been tough to find the flat water.

I wonder what going on in the North Fork.

Surf has been difficult all week, with strong surf all week. Blues started, then the wind, then Whiting started and then more wind. So if you are lucky enough to be on location early, it has been Blue Fish, then Whiting and Croaker, with Snook or two in the mix.

Of course, they were not in the slot but there were fish. As I talk about the wind, my only thought is we could be up north in all that snow, so I'll take the wind.

Off-shore fishing has been good this week, with big Dolphin, a good number of Sails and the Kings making an excellent showing. All of this is taking place in 100 feet of water.

For now, the Cobia are still with us, but the wind kept the boats from coming too close, so 20 to 50 feet away has been their location.

It was all possible; it just depends on the size of the boat, so a thank you goes out to V.J. Bell with his 57-foot boat.

Until next week, I will just keep dreaming.

Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.

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