So the dolphin were in the 180-foot zone, just north of the inlet, just no anglers to take advantage of them. Is the offshore fishing slow because of no fish or no anglers? My thoughts are it is the anglers.
Nice weed line at 180 feet. Had some nice 12- to 20- pound fish and one angler took four and came back in. I asked to see if there were any other boats out there. No. Maybe it is the price of fuel or just not the time of year?
So we had reports of dolphin from 180-feet out to 240 feet, quite few sails were putting on a show, some small kings at 60 feet and wahoo at 200 feet, looks like the fish were between 180 feet to 240 feet.
Trolling was the method, medium ballyhoo preferred, live baits found a few but not like the trollers. Bottom fishing continues to put fish in the box, lane and mutton top the list, but plenty of AJs, with a cobia or two to keep the anglers on their toes. I know it is hard to drive by fish to catch fish but if you are going to take home a dolphin or two you will have to go look.
Red snapper opens Sept. 14 for three days then the following weekend for three more, one fish per angler per day and the FWC will be collecting data, save your carcass, bring them to the Snook Nook or your local tackle shop so they can pick them up. Closed for three years let's hope it worked.
Surf has picked up making the bait move out to the less turbid water, very distinct color line. When crossing the dune, look to see where that color line is, can you cat to it, is there any activity? The fish you are looking for will be at the edge. Blues, jacks, a snook or two but plenty of big whiting and croakers. Did not hear a word about tarpon this week. Three-foot seas made it a little tuff on the anglers but great for the surfers.
Three feet of water for the river anglers, that is where the fish are playing. Big blues, 6-pound trout, nice slot reds, plenty of lady fish and jacks that can pull your boat. Anglers fishing early found plenty of fish, before sun up to a couple of hours after sun up, not 2 feet, not 4 had to be in the 3 foot and that was from north to south in the Indian River.
St. Lucie has a lot of fresh water from all the rain. Tarpon at the Stuart Causeway, Jensen boat ramp, Walton Road, Little Mud Creek, still plenty of tarpon to start your heart, pay attention to what baits are there so you can match the hatch.
Snook, easy wait for sun down and pick a bridge and cast a flair hawk, let it go until you feel the bottom and retrieve. When your bait stops set the hook. The west side of the river is clean, the east side is still a little green but plenty of fish, you make that decision.
'Till next week, that red fish slot is 18 inches to 27 inches, one per day.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.