Well, I was concerned that last week's storm meant the last of the bait schools on the beach, but how wrong I was.
It seems it is more. Now we have big schools of big mullet, lots of bait for the fish to forage. Tarpon, snook, blues, macs and plenty of jacks, not to overlook some of the biggest whiting and croakers; too many fish to keep up with.
Shrimp, cut baits, spoons, top water, flies, if you can cast it there is a fish for it.
As I said last week, the bite is all day depending on the target but anytime you have this many Jacks, the answer is bring more bait.
Early if it is tarpon, snook or jacks, blues, macs and jack's early afternoon and the lady fish, whiting, croakers are there all day with location subject to change at will. Oh yes, more jacks. If you just want to bend a rod the surf is the location.
Lots of fish so not being sure how long this bait will be with us, now is the time, come on down.
Offshore has been quiet, not a lot anglers, but fishing has been good for those who went. Heard about some worthwhile dolphin in 60 feet straight out of the inlet on a thin weed line. A few more at the 130 feet on a temp line. There are fish you just need to feed them.
Pay attention to any flotsam no matter the depth. Thirty-pound cobia off a whale shark. When was the last time you saw one of them? Bottom fish has not been as impacted, current slowed and the water deep has not affected by the fresh water.
Muttons, yellow tail, AJs and did I mention the big jacks? Bottom fish has been good with plenty of rod benders using sardines.
River anglers have found plenty of reds and some trout just north of the Jensen Beach area on the west side, from Nettles Island north on the east side at all the usual spots, but whatever side, you have to fish early, from dark to two hours into sun up.
Warm water will slow the fish down; early is the coolest part of the day. Throw top water in 2 feet of depth, slow that retrieve and a little noise in your bait will add to it.
Snook is open. Pick a bridge after sundown with tidal movement, keeping in mind the fish will feed into the current. Pitch a flair hawk, a deep running lure, DOA TerrorEyz a bait that you can feel it hit the bottom and work it back slowly. Fish the light lines and please the slot is 28 to 23 inches overall length. So enough reading, go catch a fish.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.