Finally after a week of wind it has settled down, but it is Sunday. Tuesday and Wednesday is the start of sailfish season, tournament time, then Saturday and Sunday it is Pirates Cove's turn.
Nothing to do on these days? You might want to stop in and check out some of the toys, boats like you have never seen at Sail Fish Marina then at Pirate's Cove Marina.
It was a tough week for surf anglers. All most could do was look, white water, wind and more wave action. It was cool enough and the sun was bright and we know the fish are there but impossible conditions. Blues, jacks, macs and pompano and all we could do was look. But this is a new week, surf has settled now we can get even with them. Still 3-ounce conditions but the water has settled and the only thing missing is you and I.
River anglers had to choose which side of the river. Wind played a factor all week but if you slowed down your retrieve I know you found reds, trout and flounder.
Water is cold so you need to find deeper water if trout is your target, but the other two are everywhere. It is a live bait week, shrimp are favored, or if you must put the smell to your artificial and let them set.
Fish are moving slow, they will pick up a bait not strike at it. About the blues and macs they are everywhere, they like the cold because everybody else slows down and that makes everything an easy target. Well, they can bend a rod and the numbers are there.
Wind brought out the snook anglers, the bridges were busy after sundown and the flair hawks were the bait of choice. Heard a lot about big fish, not many in the slot, but most anglers this late in the season are there for the fight not the slot and they were not disappointed.
Couple of nice runs of pompano at the bridges just not enough to set a pattern, all nice fish and the jig is the bait.
Offshore anglers ran to deep water, up close. The seas were big with a lot of white water, 300 feet out it was big rollers. Finally dolphin that weighed in at 20 pounds plus and there were quite a few just not many anglers and I don't blame them.
Seas were sporty all week and those who did go all came back with plenty of dolphin. Many were talking about those they released, good-size fish and no, I did not go out there. Sails were the target with many anglers getting ready for the tournaments and those pesky dolphin were eating the baits. Don't you hate when that happens?
Pulling ballyhoo was proffered, some black fins were in the mix and then of course, the bonita so extra bait is needed, pesky dolphin.
This week the weather is looking real good with plenty of sun and polite seas. Maybe this week even I will fish.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.