Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From Capt. Henry @ SNOOK-NOOK Jensen Beach

Well, after a brisk and windy weekend, looks like we are in for some spectacular weather this week. Temperatures back in the 70’s and 80’s, 5  10 knot winds, and a flat ocean awaiting us for the weekend! Although not many of us like the cold weather, especially when the wind comes with it, it does tend to change things up a bit.
Everyone has been waiting for those elusive Pompano to show up in good numbers. Keep in mind, these fish like cooler water, with the mild winter we have had, a nice cold front could drastically change the bite. Look for good numbers of fish to make a push into the river through the St. Lucie and Ft. Pierce inlets. Sailfish flats, which has been inconsistent at best, should produce good numbers on the incoming tides. On foot anglers, try the East ends of both the Stuart and Jensen Beach causeways. Goofy jigs and hair jigs in the 3/8 and 1/2 ounce will be the ticket.
The trout bite has been stellar throughout the week, with nice redfish numbers mixed in the bag as well. Gold spoons, soft rubber baits and top water plugs should get you bites. Again water temperature plays a factor here as well, look to a slower presentation as the fish may become sluggish with cooler temps. The east side has been the place to be, but with the wind slowing down, look for the west side to settle down and work along the docks for your redfish. Snook action has been steady around the bridges at night.

Surf anglers, the pompano and blues should really start chewing this week. Cooler temps and a not so violent ocean will bring the fish in. Clams have been the ticket with sand fleas being rather scarce. Blues will be an early bite, throw a spoon or a cut bait, and you’ll be in them. When the blues slow up, get that 12’ rod and look for the pompano to move in. The whiting and croaker seem to be there all day long. For those of you who have trouble keeping bait on the hooks, the Fish Bites have been working well on both the pompano and the whiting.

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