I know I should get use to these cool mornings, it is almost Thanksgiving. Did I mention the wind?
Seas have been a little sporty and yes we have had a little wind, but it is still pretty nice and the fish do not seem to mind. Lots of Spanish macs in the river and the surf along with blues, pompano, croaker and a few others.
Offshore the sails have arrived with a mix of dolphin and plenty of black fins. Some macs in the hole depending on the day, but the kings are still missing from the report.
River anglers are trying to stay out of the wind with plenty of reds and trout to keep busy with blues, jacks and ribbon fish chewing anything that moves, so I guess I will adjust.
It has been that 100 feet of water for the action to start not going beyond 180 feet. Rips and color lines have made this area the busiest, trolling baits preferred.
Dolphin seem to be in the 15- to 20-pound class, most taken on the blue side of the color line. Sails are using the colored water for an ambush and whether you are north of south of the inlet the fishing has been pretty good.
Bite seems to start early but we have excellent reports from the afternoon anglers. Black fins are mixed in the with the bonita and you rate your trip by numbers. Bring more bait because this group is hungry.
Spanish macs in the hole have been in and out, still a little early but worth a stop. If they are there that green crystal minnow jig will find them. Sure wish I had something to tell you about the king macs but still not on the catch list.
We have wahoo north of us and to the south, so why is no one fishing for them?
Surf anglers have had an unusual week. Pompano, blues and macs were on the list but the times were a little different. It would seem they forgot to set their clocks. Late morning has been the bite time.
Yes the fish are there early but the numbers have been later in the morning to mid-afternoon. Pompano bite has started from Vero to the St. Lucie Inlet, nice numbers and nice size.
Sorry to say the Hobe Sound area has been the home of the shorts, maybe this week they will get a few bigger fish in that area. Blues have been a good target with macs a close second, spoons and cut baits for these two. Big croaker and some whiting from noon on, they like me like it warm.
The wind has kept river anglers moving looking for flat sheltered water. Makes no difference there are plenty of reds with that mix of trout to keep busy. Suspending baits are preferred, something that reds can get on top of. Yes, you can catch them on top water, but I can't.
Have had reports from Bear Point south to Boy Scout Island, lots of nice reds in the top of the slot, best part is the cool water, any time is a good time.
Most trout from mid-morning and the blues and jacks don't care what time, they are there just waiting. Some pomps from the bridges; not enough to say when but big macs and big ribbon fish to keep you on your toes.
It has been a long time since we have had this many ribbon fish in the river. These fish have serious teeth so be careful, they will strike anything.
'˜Till next week, I am adjusting.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.