Wind, wind and more wind but at least it’s done raining. Stiff SE breezes will plague us for the next week, fortunately there is always a place to hide. Off shore this week was less than quiet,
Dolphin were here in 150’ to 200’ south of the inlet, 15/20 pound fish and plenty of them. Trolling was the answer, taking dinner to the fish. A few Kingfish and a Wahoo or two kept most anglers busy, when the wind picked up most everyone headed for the inlet.
Mackerel boats had to look for the right water, a little further south than usual but once they found it they were happy and busy anglers. Stuart Sailfish club had their outing this weekend, sea conditions were of question at 6-8’ but they still managed a few fish,
top boat with 6 sails still had a nice day. Bottom fish were not in the game this week. Seas were a little much to put out the anchor but next week we should see better conditions for it.
River was limited to the east side, that is unless you like fishing a 3 foot chop that is the entire West side. Little Mud creek has been a great starting point for anglers seeking Trout, Redfish and a place out of the wind.
Throwing soft plastic Gulp, DOA, and Monster 3X baits along the mangroves has been very productive. The live shrimp are starting to plump up nicely, if your looking for bigger Trout go to a bigger Shrimp or a “Select” as we call it.
Free line or fish your shrimp under some sort of a popping cork, you pick your favorite as long as it makes some noise it will work. As the wind settles and the water clears keep the leader to a minimum, sometimes 30lb is just too heavy,
a 24’’ stretch of 20lb fluorocarbon is a good start. Drum and Sheepshead have been keeping bridge anglers very busy, shrimp, fiddler crabs, clams and cut blue crabs will do damage. Fish your bait right along the pilings with a jig head or a small egg sinker,
again a 20lb leader will suffice. Snook anglers season closed December 15th and will reopen February 1st, keep that in mind when handling the fish for release, a quick photo and safely back in the water he/she goes. Bridges will be your best bet for big fish,
bucktail jigs, Bomber Windcheaters, and big swim baits will all get into the lower part of the water column where Snook seek consistent water temperatures.
Here at the Snook Nook we like to show our appreciation to our customers the best way we know how, our annual tent sale. This Saturday December 19th the reps from Penn fishing, local boat captains, and the women anglers of Florida Sportsman Magazine will join us at the shop from 9am-6pm. All Penn products will be on sale as well as hundreds of other items. Win local fishing charters, rods, reels, tackle and much much more. Its our way of saying thank you for shopping our small business because without our customers, we wouldn’t be here.
Tight lines and Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Snook Nook!