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October 2009



        Finally the wind slowed the seas laid down and the fish were "chewing". We talked about this last week, when this all settles down be there and the fish did not disappoint the anglers.
         Off shore that east wind pushed the fish into the 80' zone and Dolphin, Sails  and a few Black Fins made a good showing. The Dolphin were small ten to fifteen pounds, did not hear of any bigger but there plenty of them.  The Sails made a good show unless you were in  a tournament boat. Black Fins were there but if it was the target, two hundred was the place to be. The best part was what ever baits you were using they were eating. Trolled plastic, Bally hoo, live or dead Sardines, they were "chewing". Bottom fishing in sixty foot of water produced nice Muttons, Mangroves and a Dolphin or two ate a dead Sardine pitched from the boat. Spanish south of the inlet, a few, not enough to say come on down, another two weeks and they should be here.
           From the surfs edge it has Blue Fish and more Blue fish, two casts and at least one Blue Fish. Anglers were using spoons, top water and cut mullet, all worked. Jacks, Whiting and more Blues, no body wants to hang around a school of Blues. Not one Snook or Tarpon to report it was all about the Blue Fish.
            River anglers were looking for the over slot Reds we talked about last week, well this week they were all slot. One of those , you should have been here last week. The up side was the fish were there, what happened to the big, I wish I knew. That power plant area was the location, still eating shrimp or dark color jerk baits. Plenty of slot Trout to keep you busy while looking for the Reds and the slot Snook all came from the same locations. The bridges in dark hours is where the Big Snook are being caught, lots wind, strong currents and Flair Hawks was the combination. These fish were all well over the slot, all that was needed was a bridge net and a camera. This week with the wind down it will be live baits or swimming lures. Plenty of Jacks, Blues, Lady Fish even a few Flounder made the list.
No Pomps to report but it is close to their time and yes the Spanish have also been in the river.
            Till next week, where is the camera..................HENRY


FISHING 10/17/09

          What's this fifty nine degrees in Jensen, if I wanted cold I would go up north to Vero?  Well I guess it is fall, change of seasons and all that stuff,  like it warm, hot is better.  But if it is 60 here it is real cold to the north, time for all the migratory species to head our way. For the surf angler it will mean lots of Blues, plenty of Pompano and those pesky Tarpon will head south leaving your baits for the other species.  Off shore just maybe the mix up will bring in some Dolphin, stage the Spanish Mac's, add more pesky Sails and Kings that you can grill. Inshore every one will be hungry, have to eat more to maintain their body temperature, sounds good to me.
          With the cool temps the mullet have moved off the flats to the deeper water where the temps have not changed, cooler water. fish deeper and slow down your retrieve. We have had an excellent Trout bite from north to south, lots of slot fish in three feet of water and no reason to think that will change. Slow you presentations, let you bait go to the bottom then move it slowly. Red Fish a few, those that have been caught have come from the west side of the Indian River from Walton road north to Midway fishing the docks early on live shrimp, slot fish. Lots of over the slot Snook at the bridges, low light or an out going tide will stack them up. Live Mullet has been the bait but a small live shrimp being swept buy the current has put a  few on the cat walks. Yes, the Blues have been biting everything off in the power plant area, bring some long shank hooks and wire with you.
            From the beaches it has been Snook and big Jacks for the early anglers casting any thing that looks like a mullet. Cooler water will move the Mullet off a bit but still in easy casting range. Nice Whiting for the rest of the day, pieces of shrimp,clams, mullet will all catch their attention, bring the ice to keep them as fresh as possible.
            Off shore, Black Fin Tuna still keeping anglers busy, two hundred feet plus, trolling small feathers. Thirty pound Kings in one hundred and thirty feet and a few free jumping Sails is about all I have heard, not many anglers.  Mid-week winds are to be all east and that should bring some warm water and Dolphin in to our area.
           Till next week, I guess it is time to break out my winter shorts..........HENRY

FISHING 10/10/09

         Lets go catch a fish, plenty of fish just not a lot of anglers. Seas were perfect, sun a little hot but a nice week to fish.
          Off shore it was the Black Fin Tuna, Dolphin and small Kings, the perfect one for the grill. So where is the bait???? Up close, so why would the fish be any where else. Dolphin 12/20 lbs in fifty feet not two hundred but fifty feet, that's where dinner is. Good mix of small Kings there with them all on the bait school. At the two hundred mark it is Black Fin Tuna, lots of them. Troll some small feathers till you locate them then have your pitch rods rigged and ready. These fish are small 3/5lbs and some bigger but plenty of them. Set your boat limit, when you reach that take the barbs off the hooks and release the rest. Catching lots of fish is lots of fun but when you get back some one has to clean them. Sails made a show but where are the Wahoo.  These fish love small Bonita's and Black Fins and everyone forgets about them, you find that school and run a bait deep around it and see if you don't find one or two, let me know how it works out.
             Surf action is all bout timing, still plenty of Snook and Jacks or the early angler casting a Spoon or that D.O.A. Bait Buster. If looks like a Mullet cast it. If the morning is not possible just catch a high tide, they come back. Plenty of Whiting and Croakers thought the day so do not forget the ice. We had good reports all week from the beach, Blues, Mac's, Pompano (small) and Tarpon were on the catch list.  Watch for the bait schools and if your target is Tarpon, please bring the big tackle.
           There is plenty of slot Trout  for the river anglers, from north to south, three feet of water using soft rubber baits and you will get all the Trout you want and yes shrimp they will eat. Did not here much on big Trout all Slot fish. Reds early from Bear Point south to Nettles island on west side, not sure what it is about that west side but it is their favored. From the flats it has been slot Snook, from the bridges all big. Anglers have reported plenty of Snook, problem, all to big using live baits or if it looks like a mullet use it. Gray and dark hours are the busy times. For the day time angler it all about the shrimp. Plenty of Black Drum, small Jacks and plenty of Snapper will keep the rods bent. Not to many anglers but plenty of fish.
          Till next week, release a few for me.............................HENRY




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