The Snook Nook FISHING REPORT Always Bring Your Camera!
Cool mornings then lots of sunshine, with the light showers, not bad but the wind is still blowing. March and April seem to be a little confused. Seas have been less than polite, not crazy but not inviting either, four feet and four seconds apart, so I would say a bigger boat is the answer.
So the hardcore angler, or the one with that big boat found some nice Dolphin south of the inlet trolling small ballyhoo. East wind created many weed lines and color lines that hold fish if you can get to them, sporty conditions. Kings on the numbers in 60/80’, hungry group, no one has been out to feed them but trolling a deep running spoon has gotten a lot of attention. The only ones that are happy Cobia and Permit, conditions have given them some time to recover, plenty of them eating live baits.
Now if the seas will quiet down a bit just maybe I might get out there. Seas have been to close for bottom fishing but this is a new week.
In spite of the wind and sea conditions the surf has not been that bad and the best part is the fish are eating, no matter the time. One would get tired of the wind on the beach but you only had to be there a short time, when the fish are biting who cares. Blues in numbers for the early angler with a mix of Macs and some real big Jacks all eating cut baits. Whiting, big Croaker and some Pompano for the rest of the day and in that mix will be Blues, Macs and Jacks. Anglers we talked with all said “ what's with all the fish on the beach”and this went on through out the day. Wind had no side pull to it and three ounce was plenty. A few Pompano no limits..
Finally Pompano at the bridges, early one day and late the next but it was Pompano, a little late but finally and the little jigging spoons did their job. Not big fish but not at the bottom of the slot and then in came the Jacks and every body left, they missed the best part. Bridges have been the place with a large variety form Black Drum to Trout, in the mix were Blues, Macs, Sheep head, Snook and a few I have forgotten. Best part was there was some one there all day and shrimp caught them all.
Lots of Trout from many locations from Middle Cove south to Sail Fish Flats but early was the bite about two hour after sun up they were gone but plenty eating shrimp or small jigs. Reds were in the mix not a lot but there and then came the Blues eating every thing, lots of fish just not all you may have wanted. Snook continue to be strong, lots short for the Flats angler and plenty of big for the late night bridge anglers.
Fishing the flats they were eating any thing you pitched for the Trout but the Bridge it was small shrimp. Anglers were pitching small shrimp to the dark side of the light line and letting the tide move it to the light side, weather they stayed on top or went down when they got to the light side it was time to set the hook.
Yes, the wind can be a bit uncomfortable but when it comes to fishing it depends whom you talk to, have a great week..............................HENRY
Surf continues to be the place to bend a rod. With summer temps keeping the water
warm, lots of fish on the surf edge. Early it is Blue Fish, Mac’s and Jacks looking for breakfast,
cut baits preferred but that big noise top water is getting attention. These fish have teeth
they are meat eaters, they will hunt with their nose and eyes and hunt till they find the source.
Best part is they do not have to be hungry, they will bite to keep the other fish from eating.
As the water warms they will move out to deeper water and in will come the Whiting, Croaker
and even a few Pompano, it is an all day bite. Good size Whiting, big Croaker and two pound
Pompano eating shrimp, clams and sand fleas, so do not forget the ice. Had anglers in this week
talking about the Tarpon, the water must be warm. Plenty of Sharks to manage your catch, I would
say the best thing to do cut them off, they will not bother with you until you take them form the Water.
The Indian River has been sort of hot and cold. We have anglers tell us about all the Trout and
anglers still looking, hard part is they were fishing the same area. This usually means some one
was fishing with a heavy leader, water is clear, sun is bright try a lighter leader and feel the difference.
From Nettles Island north, three feet of water, slow retrieve across the bottom, Trout, a few Reds, plenty
of Blues, Jacks and Lady Fish to make you crazy, all the way to Bear Point. West side has been Blues
and they are there all day eating about any thing that you would throw, try a steel leader. From
the bridges this week we saw some limits of Pompano jugging with that little spoon, problem no
pattern, anglers just had to be there. But still a good bite of Sheephead and Black Drum and in the mix
Blues, Macs, Jacks and after sun down plenty of Snook. Same problem with the Snook as last week, fish
are over slot, just have to keep trying.
Off shore in spite of this nice weather the radio has been quiet. I know there are fish out there but
anglers are being rather quiet. South east wind has pushed a few Dolphin in closer and I think that may
be the problem, two weeks ago we had some quality fish in 300/500’ and the anglers are out there when
the fish have moved in. I would have my baits in the water at 80’ and would not troll deeper than 150’
watching for that weed line or color changes. Talked the Pat Price of Day Maker Charters and he say slow
but slow to him would be a great day for me and most anglers. Mac’s seem to have moved, still a few but
is time for them to move but the King Macs have made a strong showing on the numbers. Cobia still with
us, Permit still with us, so with that most anglers going out have them on their mind, live baits preferred.
With a little luck just maybe next week we will have an offhore report and yes the Cobia and Permit
will still be with us..............have a great week................Henry
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