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March 2008

Subject: Fishing 3/27/08

 
        The Bonita are back, it must be summer. Off shore anglers have been talking about big schools at most depths keeping the crew on their toes. Most boats leaving our inlet are targeting Dolphin,
Sails, Kings any thing but Bone Heads, they can go though your baits as fast as you put them in the water. I use them as a gauge, when they show that usually means it is the end of the wind and cool weather, summer. Dolphin have made a reasonable showing in the 80 to 100 ft of water, Sail fish at the 110 mark and the Kings started at the 30' mark. Yes the Bonita are every where in between so bring some extra bait or how about some light tackle and catch a few Bonita. Serious fighters on light and fly tackle, more fun the Spanish Mac's.  Tuna hang around under the Bonita eating what they let fall, you know they are there, run two baits down before you get to the school. This method guarantees you wont find a school and you can bring home the Dolphin and the Wahoo for dinner. Bottom fish has been all types of Snapper, should be a good week for the muttons and while you are out there you rigged the extra rod for Cobia?
         Turbid surf may have slowed the beach fishing but this is a new day. The turbity leaves the quickly and the blues will be there, still plenty of whiting and the Pompano are there for that long cast. Look for the Pomps at the color line, where the turbid meets the blue water, cast beyond and bring it back to that area, the fish will be on that edge. Now if summer is here we should start to hear about Snook and tarpon on the beach,  warm water is the key.
          Three feet of depth across Herman's Bay and you will be in the Trout, water is still a little turbid, anglers have had limit catches on dark color rubber baits. But we have had reports of limitsTrout catches from the St Lucie river both north and south fork, plenty of trout.  The Reds have been on the move, anglers report schools, but they are not eating.  Get ahead of the school, you can see how they are traveling, be out in front and let them come to you. The go to bait, a gold spoon, slow retrieve and be ready, one maybe two shots at the school. Plenty of Drum, Sheephead, Jacks, Lady fish, Blues and yes Snook at every bridge.
         Fishing is good, you just have to get a bait wet, where is the camera????????
Subject: Fishing 3/22/08

 
          Wind, who cares we have plenty of areas that you can fish and be out of the wind. But then if you are a Snook angler you love the wind, the stronger the better. When the water is splashing up on the walk way that is the time. Big Snook and plenty of them. This is the time to break out the big equipment, do not bring a knife to the gun fight. All the bridges are the favored locations, strong tidal movement and wind mixing up the water sweeps the small and not so strong species through the narrows and the big fish know. Snook are a big strong fish and they can and take advantage of the conditions and they do. Twenty pound tackle, 1 1/2 to 3 ounce jigs, big Wind Cheaters and big deep running baits will find plenty of fish. You need the weight to fight the currents and you need the heavy tackle to control the fish. When the water is splashing up on the cat walks any time is a good time. Bring the camera you will have plenty of photos to take home.
          From JC Park stay tight on the east shore, the water will be flat, less turbid and the Trout, Reds, Jacks and Pompano will be there. The east bank from the Stuart Causeway south again with Trout, Pompano and Jacks will keep you busy. The east side of the St. Lucie in the Hells Gate area Pompano, Blues, Jacks all out of the wind. The North and South Fork of the St. Lucie report Pompano, Reds and Trout all in the quiet water and there is plenty of it. So the next time the wind blows there is a list of locations and I am sure there is plenty more, another reason I love this area. Favored bait has been a free lined live Shrimp with a split shot on the leader, smaller swimming rubber baits, jigs and the old stand by MirrOlures.
         As the surf settles the bigger Blue Fish will make a strong show, casting Spoons, big Top Water and cut mullet. Yes they taste like fish but not that strong taste you get from the northern fish. Wait for the sun to warm the edge and the Whiting will be there and maybe a snook or two will follow these fish in. Pompano, look for the color line from blue to turbid, be ready for a long cast, they will be on that edge.
         Off shore that east wind will line up the weed, color, and temp lines visit all three no mater the depth. The east winds will bring the action in that much closer but like most of us with smaller boats we will have to wait until we are comfortable with conditions.
         Enough reading, lets go catch a fish.............Henry
Subject: fishing 3/13/08

 
          Summer is coming and I can hardly wait, enough cool and enough wind, I vote for summer. I want live bait in the inlet, won't be long now. Live bait in forty feet and coming this way. As the temps become stable the water temps will also and the bait will not only move in so will the fish. Dinner is here and so are the fish, excellent King Fish bite in forty to sixty feet, run one down to get their attention and the rest will follow. Big jacks mixed in so pay attention to your equipment. The Dolphin bite starts in the one hundred fifty foot area Sails at the two hundred mark but every day they are moving closer and as the bait moves in and closer to the surface. the fish are just looking for dinner and it is here, did I mention the Cobias on the bait pods? Location, straight out the inlet, how easy is that. Still plenty of Spanish Macs south of the inlet, keep that pitch rod rigged and ready, all of the above travel in schools.
           Walking the surf edge the Blues are putting on weight, Pompano for that long cast and for the group that likes to sleep in, Whiting early afternoon. Now if I want to get a Snook knowing they like the warm water, early after noon would be the time, warm water.
            Trout through out the area in three feet of water, using live shrimp or a bait that will work below the surface. Few Red Fish, not limit catches but from the Indian River all through the St. Lucie River I have had catches reported. Pompano at the bridges, Pompano in the St. Lucie, look what happens when we let mother nature take care of the water and leave man out. Fishing is  looking real good, come on down and get a bait wet...............Henry 
 

 

MARCH 3, 08 FISHING

TROUT SEASON IS OPEN, NO THEY WILL NOT CHANGE THE SLOT SIZE ON THE SNOOK, AND THERE WILL BE NO SEASON FOR GOLIATH GROUPER AND ANY DAY FOR THE COBIA. THAT ANSWERS ALL THE MOST ASKED QUESTIONS LETS GO CATCHA FISH.

LOTS OF SLOT TROUT, THE BIG TROUT KNOW THE SEASON IS OPEN BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO TAKE HOME A FEW YOU WANT THE SMALLER FISH. GOOD CATCHS REPORTED ON ALL BAITS. JERK BAITS, MIR-O-LURES, SOFT RUBBER SHRIMP, SPOONS THE LIST GOES ON AND THE LOCATIONS JUST AS MANY. FROM THE NORTH AND SOUTH FORK TO THE INDIAN RIVER THE TROUT BITE IS ON. MOST FISH IN THE FIFTEEN INCH SLOT AND A FEW TO TWENTY INCH ALL IN THE SLOT. THE BITE HAS BEEN ON IN THAT TWO TO THREE FEET OF WATER ALL DAY WITH PLENTY OF SLOT SNOOK MIXED IN TO KEEP YOU PAYING ATTENTION. RED FISH A LITTLE DIFFERENT, NOT SURE WHERE THEY GO AFTER SUN UP, THE BITE IS EARLY. SLOT SNOOK IN THE FLATS, HIGH TIDE MID AFTER NOON HAS BEEN THE MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES. THE POMPS CONTINUE TO KEEP BAITING ANGLERS. THREE HERE, TWO THERE AND PLENTY TO SEE JUST NOT HUNGRY. BRIDGE ANGLERS THE SAME, GOOD RUN FOR TWENTY MINUTES THEN QUITE, THE FISH ARE HERE AND IN NUMBERS FROM THE NORTH FORK TO SOUTH BRIDGE IN FT. PIERCE, DEEP AND SHALLOW JUST NOT HUNGRY. NYLURES, DOC’S JIGS EVEN A SHRIMP ON A CORK WILL CATCH THEM, THE QUESTION IS WHEN. ANGLERS THIS MORNING REPORT A BITE AT THE JENSEN BRIDGE BUT I KNOW BUY THE TIME I GET THERE IT WILL BE OVER. BIG SNOOK AT THE BRIDGES DURING THE DARK HOURS, LEAVE THE RULER AT HOME AND BRING THE CAMERA, THESE FISH ARE WELL OVER THE SLOT, CHARTRUCE FLAIR HAWKS ARE THE BAIT OF CHOICE. SKIM THE BOTTOM WITH THE JIG, SIXTY POUND MONO LEADER AND HANG ON YOU WILL FEAL THE THUMP. LOTS OF DRUM, SHEEPHEAD, LADY FISH AND JACKS TO KEEP YOU BUSY. HEARD ABOUT SOME SMALL TARPON HANGING OUT IN THE INLET, NOT A TARGET, MOST JUST GAVE THESE FISH PLENTY OF ROOM.

OFF- SHORE STILL SCATTERED, NO PATTERN, NO REASON JUST THERE. THE ACTION ZONE HAS BEEN ONE HUNDRED TO TWO HUNDRED FEET ALL WEEK. ON THE CATCH LIST IS QUALITY DOLPHIN, SAILS A FEW SMALL WAHOO AND KINGS. THESE FISH WERE HERE AND THERE AND YOU HAPPENED TO BE THERE THE SAME TIME AS THEM. ANGLERS GOT ONE SHOT AT THEM AND IF THEY MISSED IT OFF TO TROLL LOOKING FOR THE NEXT, ONE HERE ONE THERE. LIVE BAIT CONTINUES TO BE A HARD FIND WHAT WITH THE CHANGING SURFACE TEMPS, BAITS ARE ALL DEEP. PLENTY OF MULLET ON THE INSIDE TAKE SOME OUT; MULLET ARE A SNICKERS BAR TO MOST FISH OR A BRIGHT MYLAR SEA WHICH OVER A BALLY HOO TOP THE BAIT LIST. A GOOD TIME OF THE YEAR FOR A TEASER CHAIN, LET THE FISH KNOW YOU ARE THERE, ANY THING TO CATCH THEIR ATTENTION.

SURF ANGLERS, STILL PLENTY OF BLUE FISH, AND MORE BLUES. THIS IS THE TIME WHEN THE BIGGER BLUES START OT SHOW AND YEWS THERE IS PLENTY IN THE RIVERS. BUT TO THE BEACH IT HAS BEEN BLUES AND MORE BLUES. EARLY, LATE IF YOU ARE A BLUE FISH FAN OR JUST WANT SOME THING TO PULL ON THE LINE TAKE A WALK ON THE SURF EDGE. FEW POMPANO UP CLOSE BUT THE LONG CASTERS HAVE CAUGHT THEIR LIMITS. HOBE SOUND AND FREDERICK DOUGLAS ARE THE TWO THAT THE LIMITS ARE COMING FROM. NICE WHITING CATCHS REPORTED IN THE EARLY AFTER NOON WITH A FEW CROAKERS MIXED IN. PAY ATTENTION THE BIG JACKS ARE THERE ALL DAY AND THEY WILL TEACH YOUR EQUIPMENT TO SWIM.

TILL NEXT WEEK ANY THOUGHT ON THE LIVE THURSDAY NIGHT CAST????????????????? HENRY

 

 


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