Well, fishing wasn't quite what I thought it would be for the offshore angler. One thing I kept hearing was the water is cold. Not sure why, but at least there are a few fish to catch.
Trolling was the best, covering from 80-feet out to 150 feet - that was the zone. It was sails and dolphin. Was fishing great? Not exactly but not that bad. Anglers reported two to three sails and the same number of dolphin and no wahoo. Are the wahoo getting smarter or just no one is on target?
If you are out there, please fish the column from top to almost the bottom. Ten percent of the fish feed in the top 10 percent of the water, so what's the problem? No tricks to it. If your baits are swimming well on top, the one below is doing the same. Put some weight at the leader, 24 to 36 ounces will get it done and maybe next week I can talk about wahoo.
Dolphin in the 10- to 20- pound class, a few black fins and plenty of bonita. Look real close at the Bonita there has been some real big black fins taken as of late.
North of the inlet, south of the inlet, on the color line of garbage water from our inlet, there have been reports, no patterns to follow, but one thing that keeps coming up is that 100 feet of depth sounds like a good start.
Beech has settled but the cooler mornings have kept a lot of anglers away, not sure why. It is blue fish and pompano with a mix of Spanish macs weather. Spoons are the preferred baits and clams for the pompano, weighted four macs over 4 pounds, one from the river and the others from the beach.
Still plenty of bait on the surf's edge and the fish were from north to south. Pomps at the Hobe Sound beach, but there were pompano at just about every other beach. One just has to wait until they find your bait. Long cast then work your bait back slowly, they will find you; they are there. Not a word on snook the jacks are faster.
Red fish in the river, that is the target, and these fish have not been disappointing, all sizes eating all your favored trout lures. Bite time has been most of the day depending on the bait schools. These fish and most of the rest are on the baits to the point that they do not scatter when a boat gets in the mix.
Anglers report reds, snook, trout just hanging around the edge just looking at them. Fat and sassy is a good description. A cast in to the school will find the blues, jacks and lady fish, casting to the edge and you find a hungry one of the other three.
Best get away form the schooling baits, look to the docks, look to the bridges any grass edge, the less light the better, although the water temps are perfect.
Trout is now open all year with the same limits, 15 to 20 inches, four in the bag with one over 20 inches, easy bag to fill.
Reds one a day, but with so many being caught, put them back until it is time to go.
Snook are back to normal from the "great storm." Pick a bridge, wait for the sun to go down and start fishing. Small baits this week, Yozuri crystal minnow has the profile, slow down.
Black drum at the Jensen Bridge have kept many anglers happy with some blues and plenty of macs to make a good day even better. Shrimp is the bait, anytime made it even better.
Cool mornings, time for the jackets. Yuck, this means I may have to put the top up on my car.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.