The Snook Nook FISHING REPORT Always Bring Your Camera!

April 2014

fishing 4/20/14
    The nice thing about the river, you can always hide from the wind.  The East side of the river has been the place, whether it be the Indian or St. Lucie river.  The Middle Cove area has produced an excellent redfish bite as well as trout in the 6lb. range.  Live shrimp under a popping cork, live pinfish, and gold spoons have gotten the bites.  Jigging the Sailfish flats on the incoming tide has produced a mixed bag for Capt. Bob Busholz on the Catch 22 over the past week.  Jacks, Ladyfish, Pompano, Drum, Sheepshead, Triple Tail and Bonefish have been on the list.  His best day included 6 bonefish to 17 inches!  1/4oz yellow jigs tipped with shrimp got them all.   The Snook fishing in the St. Lucie river has been very good on live baits and bomber plugs.  Fish the deep water docks and bridges.
    Just as the pompano started making an appearance, the wind turned up.  However, the Whiting and Croaker have been there to make up for it.  Clams, shrimp, and fish bites have been the choice for bait.  Look for big jacks moving up and down the beach following the baitfish.  Spoons, topwaters, and live baits with get you an hour battle with a 25lb fish.  Few Tarpon showing up around the boils at the power plant.    
    This will be more of an anticipatory report, as the windy weather we have had is seeming to subside this week.  Dolphin fishing has been spectacular.  Anglers who got out on the few nice days we had caught plenty of fish.  Nice numbers in the 200’ range NE of the St. Lucie Inlet, most fish being caught are from 10lb – 20lbs.  Trolled ballyhoo as well as live baits.  Kingfish are making a showing in 80’ of water, lots of small fish but good numbers.  Cobia and permit in 50’.  Hopefully those of us in smaller boats can get a shot at getting out there soon.



FISHING 4/13/14

Cool mornings then lots of sunshine, with the light showers, not bad but the wind is still blowing. March and April seem to be a little confused. Seas have been less than polite, not crazy but not inviting either, four feet and four seconds apart, so I would say a bigger boat is the answer.

So the hardcore angler, or the one with that big boat found some nice Dolphin south of the inlet trolling small ballyhoo. East wind created many weed lines and color lines that hold fish if you can get to them, sporty conditions. Kings on the numbers in 60/80’, hungry group, no one has been out to feed them but trolling a deep running spoon has gotten a lot of attention. The only ones that are happy Cobia and Permit, conditions have given them some time to recover, plenty of them eating live baits.

Now if the seas will quiet down a bit just maybe I might get out there. Seas have been to close for bottom fishing but this is a new week.

In spite of the wind and sea conditions the surf has not been that bad and the best part is the fish are eating, no matter the time. One would get tired of the wind on the beach but you only had to be there a short time, when the fish are biting who cares. Blues in numbers for the early angler with a mix of Macs and some real big Jacks all eating cut baits. Whiting, big Croaker and some Pompano for the rest of the day and in that mix will be Blues, Macs and Jacks. Anglers we talked with all said “ what's with all the fish on the beach”and this went on through out the day. Wind had no side pull to it and three ounce was plenty. A few Pompano no limits..

Finally Pompano at the bridges, early one day and late the next but it was Pompano, a little late but finally and the little jigging spoons did their job. Not big fish but not at the bottom of the slot and then in came the Jacks and every body left, they missed the best part. Bridges have been the place with a large variety form Black Drum to Trout, in the mix were Blues, Macs, Sheep head, Snook and a few I have forgotten. Best part was there was some one there all day and shrimp caught them all.

Lots of Trout from many locations from Middle Cove south to Sail Fish Flats but early was the bite about two hour after sun up they were gone but plenty eating shrimp or small jigs. Reds were in the mix not a lot but there and then came the Blues eating every thing, lots of fish just not all you may have wanted. Snook continue to be strong, lots short for the Flats angler and plenty of big for the late night bridge anglers.

Fishing the flats they were eating any thing you pitched for the Trout but the Bridge it was small shrimp. Anglers were pitching small shrimp to the dark side of the light line and letting the tide move it to the light side, weather they stayed on top or went down when they got to the light side it was time to set the hook.

Yes, the wind can be a bit uncomfortable but when it comes to fishing it depends whom you talk to, have a great week..............................HENRY



FISHING 4/6/14


             Surf continues to be the place to bend a rod.  With summer  temps keeping the water

warm, lots of fish on the surf edge.  Early it is Blue Fish, Mac’s and Jacks looking for breakfast,

cut baits preferred but that big noise top water is getting attention.  These fish have teeth

they are meat eaters, they will hunt with their nose and eyes and hunt till they find the source.

Best part is they do not have to be hungry, they will bite to keep the other fish from eating.

As the water warms they will move out to deeper water and in will come the Whiting, Croaker

and even a few Pompano, it is an all day bite.  Good size Whiting, big Croaker and two pound

Pompano eating shrimp, clams and sand fleas, so do not forget the ice.   Had anglers in this week

talking about the Tarpon, the water must be warm.  Plenty of Sharks to manage your catch, I would

say the best thing to do cut them off, they will not bother with you until you take them form the Water.

           The Indian River has been sort of hot and cold.  We have anglers tell us about all the Trout and

anglers still looking, hard part is they were fishing the same area.  This usually means some one

was fishing with a heavy leader, water is clear, sun is bright try a lighter leader and feel the difference.

From Nettles Island north, three feet of water, slow retrieve across the bottom, Trout, a few Reds, plenty

of Blues, Jacks and Lady Fish to make you crazy, all the way to Bear Point.  West side has been Blues

and they are there all day eating about any thing that you would throw, try a steel leader.  From

the bridges this week we saw some limits of Pompano jugging with that little spoon, problem no

pattern, anglers just had to be there.  But still a good bite of Sheephead and Black Drum and in the mix

Blues, Macs, Jacks and after sun down plenty of Snook.    Same problem with the Snook as last week, fish

are over slot, just have to keep trying.

         Off shore in spite of this nice weather the radio has been quiet.  I know there are fish out there but

anglers are being rather quiet.  South east wind has pushed a few Dolphin in closer and I think that may

be the problem, two weeks ago we had some quality fish in 300/500’ and the anglers are out there when

the fish have moved in.  I would have my baits in the water at 80’ and would not troll deeper than 150’

watching for that weed line or color changes.  Talked the Pat Price of Day Maker Charters and he say slow

but slow to him would be a great day for me and most anglers.  Mac’s seem to have moved, still a few but

is time for them to move but the King Macs have made a strong showing on the numbers.  Cobia still with

us, Permit still with us, so with that most anglers going out have them on their mind, live baits preferred.

With a little luck just maybe next week we will have an offhore report and yes the Cobia and Permit

will still be with us..............have a great week................Henry

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