With wind speeds of 3 mph and waves as high as 2 feet, it has been an excellent week for the offshore angler. Lake Atlantic is calling. Yes, the dolphin fishing has been good, with fish in the 15- to 20-pound class, eating trolled baits and live from 80 feet out. It is the bottom fish that are holding most anglers attention.
Grouper season is open and they don't know it. Gags to 30 pounds from many locations, mix in the snapper and you have some sore muscles. I will be the first to tell you I am a trolling angler, but it is hard to go past fish to catch fish, especially when a sardine in 60 feet of water will fill the box and I can be back for lunch. Need a change now when the fishing is so good that it is hard to miss. Know of a ledge where you might catch bait, that is the location. Try putting a bait on the bottom and do not set the rod down, set the hook.
Back to the dolphin and pesky sails from 80-feet out with the numbers coming from about the 150-foot area. Kingfish have been absent from all reports, not sure what happened to them. Beautiful weather, great fishing, I love Florida.
To the surf it is whiting, snook, permit, a scattering of blues, big jacks and the tarpon are at the Bathtub, it must be summer. Snook know the season is closed so take the barbs off the hooks. If it is in the water they will pick it up. Do not crank them up on the sand, step into the water and get your picture and a quick release, please.
Big whiting all day, permit are taking sand fleas and the scattering of blues, it seems, are there for the early angler.
Tarpon were eating big mullet but we all know that will change about the time you get there. Bring from small to big and we are still waiting to hear about a release, heard plenty about break offs.
River it is slot trout a plenty, suspending baits are the key, fishing north or south, lots of trout. Reds have been a little difficult, some south of the Stuart Causeway and north to the west from Walton to Midway Road, fishing those long docks, slow presentation.
Big flounder with plenty of blues, both big and small to take your soft rubber baits, bring extra, you will need them. Snook, well they know and you know, so release and if you like you give them a kiss and send them on their way. September is coming.
Great weather, great fishing, what is there not to love?
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.