Fishing in the rain might make a good topic. It has rained every day, a little or a lot depending on your area, but the fish do not mind they are already wet. At the moment, one cannot see the end of the dock behind the Snook Nook but as it came it will leave, I'm just glad I am not out there. So here comes more rain.
Surf continues to be the location, blues, macs, jacks, snook and tarpon to test your equipment and plenty of whiting and croaker to take home. Lots of bait, mullet, pilchards and glass minnows all week and all day has kept the fish on the move and very active.
Matching the profile with a chrome spoon has been the secret. The bite has been all day. Prime time has been at sun up, but as I say, all day it has been great fishing. Pick an access and look. Do you see any birds, fish jumping any activity? If not go to the next access, you will see the fish. The only problem is the blues and jacks are faster than the snook and about the time the snook pause to look the blues are all over your bait/ Then the tarpon may take your bait, at this point it is up to you.
Bigger chrome top water has taken a good catch. Problem: do you use a steel leader or stay with the mono?
Fish with teeth will grab a lure and another one will grab at any part that is not in the others' mouth, so that's the problem. So now you know where the fish are the rest is up to you. Take a few extra spoons with you, they will be needed.
Offshore the flying fish were the tip off. If sailfish start your heart it was 150 feet, straight out on trolled small ballyhoo. Anglers, you need to pay attention to changes in the water.
Those same hoo found dolphin in the 200-feet range and plenty of black fin on out to 350 feet. Did hear of a couple of wahoo on down baits, not big but not small either, taken by anglers going for the black fins. Bring some extra bait. There are lots of bonita to bend rods.
Bottom fishing has slowed. Lots of cold water on the bottom, fingers of cold, so if your favored location is quiet, move, feel the lead. Is it cold?
Yes, those are some big tarpon at the inlet, right on that color line. These fish are eating the glass minnows; perfect for fly anglers, not my cup of tea.
Playing in the Indian River, lots of fish, quality fish and in real good numbers. East side or west, follow the bait schools. Trout and reds top the list but then the blues and jacks have tested plenty of equipment.
That area just north of Nettles Island or any of the spoil islands I have had good reports, but a must is the hour, dawn is the time.
Two to 3 feet of water from Boy Scout Island to Middle Cove lots of fish. Snook fishing it has been the dark hour, check your tide chart and plan you trip. Moving water is the key and the fish will feed face into the current, slow down give the fish a chance to take that lure.
So what can I say about the lake releases? You now how I feel. It is on our congressman to make a difference. The one we have will not notice, so I hope the people on the west coast are not hoping for any help.
If you should attend any political functions and a congressman is there ask about the lake and what they are going to do to protect us from the drain. The army corps works for congress and if we are to see any help for our water that is where it will come from.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.