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Around the Stuart and Jensen Causeways, and most structure in the area, there is still a solid sheepshead bite. They are hitting shrimp and fiddler crabs.
Black drum are being caught at the Roosevelt Bridge and tripletail and croaker are being caught along the channel markers using shrimp on a jig head.
If you're looking for snook, they are being found deeper in to the St. Lucie River right now and even up into the north fork.
The surf fishing along the Martin and St. Lucie County beaches has been hit or miss the past week. Though it's actually been a little more on the miss side, anglers are reporting catching the occassional pompano and some nice-sized whiting.
There are also Spanish mackerel still being caught around Peck's Lake.
Along the beaches in Jupiter, anglers are getting some pompano, Spanish mackerel and a few bluefish.
If you're going to walk the beach, throwing a spoon will work well.
Up into the Loxahatchee River, anglers are getting a mixed bag including some hard-fighting jack crevalle, ladyfish and a few pompano.
Like last week, the fishing at the Boynton Inlet has been extremely slow.
Action in the Intracoastal Waterway, inside the inlet has been relatively quiet as well. Capt. Bruce did report seeing small aggregations of manatees moving south.
The bass bite has been pretty hit or miss the past week. One day it's on fire, the next day it's slow. That said, they are mostly being caught on live shiners. After that, throwing a Senko or flippin' and pitchin' creature-style baits has been working. Working the holes in the hydrilla patches has been good, especially around the Tin House Cove area.
Before this last cool snap, the speck bite had been fantastic. Using jigs or minnows, and fishing the early morning and late evenings, guys were getting their limits. It's still decent and as things warm back up it should improve. Working the edge of the grass patches has been effective, with the pier along with Indian Prairie and King's Bar being hot spots.
Fishing in the conservation area in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the bass fishing was fantastic Tuesday morning.
Capt. Bruce caught and released 35 bass, with some up to six pounds, using a mix of Chug Bugs, black/blue football jigs and Whack'n Worms in pumpkin.
INSHORE- Inshore fishing improved a bit this week. Cooler temps seemed to get the fish biting a bit better. Sheepshead and black drum action really improved in the Loxahatchee River and ICW. Live shrimp will be the best bait option for both of them. Mixed in with the drum and sheepshead will be some ladyfish, jacks, and occasional pompano. The Hobe Sound ICW flats continue to improve with an assortment of life. A few trout, pompano, snook, ladyfish, and other assorted life are swimming around on the Hobe Sound Flats right now. Live shrimp, Gulp Shrimp, and gold spoons are all good bait/lure options on the flats right now. Look for the stretch from Mile Marker 40-44 to be your best bet. If the west side of the ICW gets blown out, give the boat docks on the east side of the ICW a try.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing once again left a bit to be desired this week. Surf and water conditions did improve towards the end of the week; but unfortunately fishing reports did not drastically improve with the better conditions. A small handful of pompano were caught from Juno Beach up to Hobe Sound. No rhyme or reason to the pompano, just a few around for those spending time on the beach. Sandfleas (if you can find them!), clams, and FIshBites all remain good bait choices for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier has had a handful of Spanish Mackerel this week. Crappie jigs or small Rapala X-Raps remain good bait choices for the Spanish Macs on the pier. Best action for them will be first thing in the morning and then late in the afternoon. A few kingfish bites on the pier this week as well. Seems to be best first thing in the morning for the kings. A size 14 Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnow will be top lure choices for the kings. The Blacktip Sharks are starting to show in better numbers along the beach. Still a few weeks away from full on migration status; but better numbers for sure around this week.
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Snook Nook owner Henry Caimotto, nicknamed Mayor of Jensen Beach, dies at 76
Henry Caimotto moved to Jensen Beach in 1983, leaving behind the cold winters of Michigan for the warmth, sunshine and sparkling waters of the Treasure Coast. By 1984, he had become owner of Snook Nook Bait and Tackle, and few who knew him ever saw him wear long pants again.
Caimotto, known as "The Mayor of Jensen Beach," died Jan. 12. He was 76.
Caimotto's loss was commemorated by scores on Facebook pages. Some knew him as a vocal, feisty champion for clean water. Others knew him as the guy who sold them a couple dozen hand-picked shrimp when they went fishing in the morning.
One thing about Caimotto was certain: Those who met him will never forget him.
"When I moved to Stuart in 1999, I was assigned to write environmental stories for Florida Sportsman magazine," said Indian RiverKeeper Mike Conner. "I was sent to Rivers Coalition meetings, where Henry Caimotto basically was the engine that pulled the train.
"He set the bar for activism, and those office-holders who lacked Henry's fire for the River hated to see him coming. He stoked a little fear, and that was what I admired about him most."
Caimotto had a favorite saying about why Florida is a very special place.
"If it were not for the water and the sunshine, everybody would go to Arizona. Because if you just want sunshine, what a great place to find it. At the rate they're treating our water, it may not be long that we may all be going to Arizona," he told TCPalm's Tyler Treadway and Eve Samples in 2013.
Caimotto had been a hairdresser during his days in Michigan. But he found his calling as a small business owner who understood the Treasure Coast's inextricable link between its waterways and its economy. He was passionate about making sure the powers that be learned how their decisions — influenced by special interests — could kill off an entire segment of a community's economy.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Caimotto hosted a weekly fishing show on a cable access channel that aired Saturday evenings in Martin and St. Lucie counties. He spent the first 15-20 minutes of the two-hour program reading headlines from local newspapers about how polluted the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee were.
Caimotto also could be heard delivering a daily fishing report on WSTU 1450 AM and hosted a weekly radio show Friday afternoons on the same station.
His commentary on how waterways were being managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management District and other state and county officials often was scathing. In spring 1998, a massive Lake Okeechobee discharge event really drew Caimotto's ire. That's when scores of species of fish in Martin County waters began showing open, bleeding lesions on their heads, fins and skins.
Caimotto allowed the Department of Environmental Protection to stage a sick fish collection station in his shop's parking lot. Former TCPalm reporter Tyler Treadway described the 1998 moment in a 2016 analysis of a discharge event that year.
"While the DEP was collecting fish at the Snook Nook, the shop's owner, Henry Caimotto, was collecting more than 30,000 signatures from local residents pleading for a solution," Treadway wrote.
"The discharges fired up a lot of people," Caimotto told Treadway. "It got some play in the media. Some meetings were held, and then some more meetings. People said they'd study this and that. I heard the word 'study' so much it chokes me. But in the end, nothing ever happened."
Caimotto blamed Big Sugar and was frustrated with elected officials who didn't do anything about the problem.
“We have to buy the land south of the lake. There are areas where we can buy the land and treat the water," he said in a 2018 interview in Indian River Magazine. "Agriculture could care less because it is not to their financial advantage. The money is too big on their side. I blame the politicians. They know where they get their money from."
Today, Everglades restoration projects have begun to reach completion, people with knowledge of the river are in positions of power and the Army Corps works closely with Treasure Coast officials. Caimotto's passion helped in achieving that.
A helping hand
Caimotto also will be remembered as someone who was always willing to help. He gave fishing instruction for free to anyone who asked. He donated products from his store for charity auctions and fishing tournaments. He educated people who simply stopped in to buy shrimp how to become better stewards of their environment.
He is survived by a son, Freddie, 36, and daughter, Ally, 32, both of Jensen Beach.
Our charismatic fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry says high winds and churned water blew out the fishing over the weekend, but he expects the weather will calm down once again and fishing will pick up.
SURF/PIER- Another slow week on the beach. Rough conditions and dirty water brought fishing reports pretty much to a grinding halt. Conditions over the weekend unfortunately aren't looking a whole lot better. Saturday looks like it may end up being ok; but hard to say how the water will look. If it clears up a few fish may show up. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few fish in the rough stuff this wee; including the stray winter snook or two. If the water stays on the cleaner side we could see a little push of pompano this weekend, but I'm not holding my breath on that one! A handful of bluefish around. A loud noisy topwater popper, silver spoon, or cut mullet is a good bait choice for the blues. About time for the better numbers of Blacktip Sharks to start showing up.
The pompano bite has slowly been picking up at the Jensen Causeway and could be a sign that more fish are beginning to move into the river.
Also at the causeways, the sheepshead bite has jumped up and had many anglers scrambling to find fiddler crabs for bait. The Snook Nook currently has them in stock.
At the Roosevelt and 10-cent bridges, there have been good numbers of black drum caught the past week and anglers working the channel markers in the area are reporting some nice triple tail catches.
If you're looking for snook, the top spots have been deeper into the St. Lucie River and up around the powerplant using live shrimp and artificial baits resembling shrimp.
Anglers working the beaches or along the beaches by boat are reporting a good Spanish mackerel bite. Though, with the wild weather it's been tough, they are hitting spoons and Gulfstream Flash Minnows. If they're there, but not wanting play, chumming with block of glass minnows will usually get them fired up.
Anglers working the beaches at the north end of Jupiter Island have done extremely well the past few days fishing for Spanish mackerel.
As a bonus there have been sheepshead traveling under those schools.
In a departure from recent weeks, there has been little to no bait around the Boynton Inlet the past week.
In addtion, there have been few anglers trying and no real action to report.
Inside the inlet, in the Intracoastal Waterway, there have been scattered schools of mullet as well as threadfin herring and pilchards found around the bridges.
At the Lantana Bridge, anglers are reporting catching small bluefish, mangrove snapper and sheepshead on live shrimp and clams.
Capt. Larry Wright said the bass bite has been very good the past few days. Not only have the numbers been good, but there have been some bigger fish. He said they've been averaging four to seven pounds with a couple a nine pounders in the mix. Though shiners have been by far the most effective bait, Capt. Larry did say that if you're going with a artificial, flukes, Senkos and Speed worms have all been working. Darker colors including blacks and blues are working best for the worms, however, one angler claimed that pink was the top color. Capt. Larry then joked that "if you throw anything at them long enough they'll probably take it." Working the middle ground, over the top of the eel grass and dollar pads, from Buckhead Ridge to Horse Island has been the best area.
For the speck fishermen, the bite is still good with guys getting 20 fish all the way up to their limit most nights using jigs.
Report courtesy of Palm Beach Post
Friday, January 7, 2022
INSHORE- Sheepshead fishing has been good inshore. A small jighead with a live shrimp is a solid way to go for the sheepshead. Lake Worth/Palm Beach Inlet is a good spot to look for the sheepshead. As are local bridges and boat docks; especially ones that have access to deep water and barnacles growing on them. Catch and release snook fishing has been fair inshore. Some big snook layer up under boat docks in the Loxahatchee River. A live mullet is hard to beat for the snook. The shrimp jig bite has been fair at night around the bridges for the snook. Outgoing tide will be the best, but don't overlook incoming tide if the water is a little dirty.
SURF/PIER- A big swell and dirty water has kept reports to the minimum this week. Pompano reports remain very slim. Those putting in the time on the beach are finding a stray pomp or two. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites are all good baits to try for the pompano. Bluefish numbers have increased slightly. A loud noisy topwater popper is a great lure choice for the blues. Spanish Mackerel action has been good up towards Peck's Lake. Clark Spoons, Gotcha Lures, and crappie jigs are all good lure choices for the Macs. A couple box of glass minnows will go a long way in getting the Macs fired up. About time to start seeing bigger numbers of Blacktip Sharks showing up.
We got to experience some really calm beach days during the month of December, however those are not the greatest conditions for Pompano fishing on the beaches. Pompano tend to feed more when there is a little bit of surf that will uncover the little crabs, shrimp and other bait that they feed on that is hiding underneath the sand. Also, as mentioned with the Pompano fishing inshore, the inconsistent temperatures have not allowed the water to stay steadily in the range where the schools really start moving into our area. There still have been Pompano hitting the beaches by those who are putting in the time.
Nearshore Fishing Report
Fishing the Indian River will hopefully get a boost from the slightly cooler temps this week, and hopefully clear a bit more. Sea trout catches have improved along the spoil islands, mostly in the AM, on soft plastics and live shrimp. Redfish numbers seem sporadic, with anglers finding opportunities where there’s cleaner water closer to the inlets. Snook numbers have been good along the mangroves, along with some larger fish on the flats, particularly closer to the inlets. Surf fishing for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel has been steady on spoons and jigs, with plenty of Jack Crevalle as well. Pompano fishing has been so-so, but hopefully the cooler temps will push more fish into the area. Not many sand fleas around, so most have relied on clams and Fish Bites. There’s been Tarpon in the inlets at night, along with Bluefish and Spanish. Hogy paddle tails have worked best on the Tarpon, and spoons and jigs on the Bluefish and Spanish.