We have beautiful weather all week then the weekend, the weatherman turns on the wind weapon.
With sea conditions of 1 to 2 feet all week, it was bottom fishing that kept anglers busy. In 60 to 80 feet of water, it was gags, blacks and scamp grouper, mix in the 40-pound AJs with a cobia or two and you could come home tired, real tired.
Dolphins were the winners. A few were reported, but all anglers were looking for those bottom dwellers and the dolphin were left to their own, 100 to 150 feet north of the inlet is where they were hiding. Bait was not an issue, but those pesky cobia were an issue for anglers who did not have that pitch rod rigged and ready.
Then the weekend, wind gusting to 25 mph, let the blame fall on the weather man.
Bottom fishing has been hot. The grouper have not heard the season is open and with the boat anchored or drifting pay attention to the cobia.
Surf fishing has seemed to settle to our summer pattern. Blues early, mid-morning it will be whiting with a mix of pompano. Throw in a few snook and it makes for a nice day.
Slot snook seem to be at the beach taking plugs and live baits. Fishing early you will have to deal with the blues, but these fish are up close, north and south not east, shallow water is their location. Yes, a small whiting will get their attention for you anglers who want to sit, but I am a walker, have to keep moving and I don't know why.
The only catch not reported has been tarpon. When that happens, it is summer.
It must be summer, triple tail on the channel markers, had three reports this week. These fish like protection the markers give and the sun keeps them warm so now you know they are there, why no catch? Drift to the markers, engine off, and look. Study the water and you will see them, cast a shrimp and they will eat. Now about the channel marker they just swam around. If this is your target you need a fast tapered rod. When you set the hook you want the hook and the fish coming your way, not the rod bending then the hook coming your way and now you know why they like the cannel markers. Excellent table fare but you will need two knives to clean one.
Trout, early in the shallows then deeper as the sun rises, mix in a red or three with a flounder and you must be fishing in the area of the power plant, top water, soft rubber and the poor old shrimp have kept anglers busy.
Lots of ribbon fish at the bridges. Careful, these fish have big teeth and lots of them. If you are not sure cut the leader and attach a new hook, best to be safe not chewed on.
Plenty of drum, snapper and blue fish to keep busy with and wait for the sun to go down, then it is snook. Our bridges make for good fishing.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.