Yes the sun was shining all week and the wind blowing, so what does that do for fishing?
Wind this week kept the surf anglers watching, river anglers on the east side, offshore tied to the doc and bridge anglers happy. As we always say, the more the wind blows the better the snook fishing.
River anglers, in spite of the wind, had an excellent week with a long catch list. On the east side it was reds early with a mix of blues, jacks, macs, flounder, trout, snook and I know I forgot a few like the drum and sheephead.
Live shrimp were favored but that suspending bait did not disappoint me.
Red fish early in the skinny water at the base of the mangroves around docks and plenty in the channel across from the House of Refuge, not a few but plenty of slot fish.
Anglers using shrimp found a good mix of flounder, not a limit, but all took home a pair or three. Let that bait go to the bottom on those edges and you will know when this species is on.
Trout were in the deeper water, 3 feet plus looking for their comfort zone and moving slowly, so if your bait stops set the hook; lots of nice fish.
Anglers fishing south of the Stuart Causeway across Sailfish flats were limiting on pompano using little jigging spoons. Good bite throughout the day. How lucky we are that we live in an area that offers great access no matter conditions. Blues, macs and jacks everywhere, no time limits, just lots of them eating anything that moves, lots of rod pullers.
Now the bridges were interesting with not a few but a lot of sheephead and plenty of black drum, then the above three and mix in the Rrbbon fish and bigger flounder and there were a lot of happy anglers.
Bridges at the east ends were the locations for the pompano, with a short bite time you just had to go, crazy times all day with that little jigging spoon. If you were lucky to be there at the right time it was a limit catch.
Snook bite, all oversize, so take the barbs off the hooks and wait for sun down. When that Flair Hawk stops set the hook. River has been the location for fish in spite of the wind.
Surf has been a hard call all week. Not-so-polite seas have kept more anglers looking than fishing. When one was able to fish it was 3 ounce or better to hold. Pompano were the target, blues in the mix a hard call.
Anglers who did fish reported fish, but with the wind not sure it was worth the effort. Lots of sand blowing and some hard wave action. Yes, the pompano were there and the blues were up close, clams and cut bait preferred.
Offshore was less than a great week. Only boats out were the tournament anglers.
Finest Kind Quickie was the slowest I can remember. For two-day fishing six fish won and if you're going to play in this group one had best have all their ducks in row.
As I sit here writing I am waiting for the results of the Pirate's Cove Tournament and it looks like 153 fish were released, 21 boats and "Chasin Tail" was the top with 17 releases. Is just because we are used to fishing in great conditions that a little wind has us all talking?
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.