The Snook Nook FISHING REPORT Always Bring Your Camera!

May 2013

May will appear with first report.

Fishing report 5/19/13
            Tank tops and flip flops, sunshine and flat seas, you just cannot beat the summer in south Florida.  Fishing is pretty darn good too.  From the beaches to the offshore, action it picks up across the board, the mullet migration begins and the fish are right behind them.  Nothing like watching the sunrise on the beach while taking on the likes of 100+ pound tarpon, 20lb snook and bruiser jack cravelles, it certainly beats going jogging.
            After all the “beach re-nourishment” it has finally settled down out there.  Whiting, croaker, big jacks, Snook and tarpon all making the catch list, yes there are still a few bluefish lost in the mix as well.  Early morning top water baits and Yo Zuri crystal minnows will find the Snook, jacks and Tarpon.  After the sun gets up, make your self a drink, relax in the chair and throw out a whiting rig with pieces of shrimp to catch dinner.  Beats the couch any day in my opinion.
            The river is starting to fill up with mullet, redfish, big trout, and Snook will be roaming the flats looking for an easy breakfast.  The west side of the river has been the best bet on the redfish.  Live shrimp, artificial shrimp, and suspension baits like the Unfair Lures Rip n’ Slash fished around the docks will all get bites.  The east side has been holding slob trout from nettles island to middle cove, 3-4 feet of water is the zone.  Top water chuggers and soft plastic baits, keep in mind it is summer, that sun gets up and the water heats up quick so get your fishing in early. 
            Offshore action has been great at times, its May and generally speaking, May is for Marlin, May is for Muttons, and May is for a TON of fishing tournaments.  Bait has been off the beach to the north in about 28 feet of water. After coming off of two weeks filled with 30+ lb dolphin, the trolling bite has slowed as of late.  Bottom fishing has been great since the opening of Grouper season.  Live baits fishing around the 8 mile reef in 120’ has produced gag grouper, black grouper, and those automobiles they call amberjacks.  As happy Henry would say, “Do not bring a knife to a gunfight.”  50lb class tackle is a must if you want to get those fish off the bottom.  Chicken rigs fished with cut squid will get you lane snapper, triggerfish and porgys.  The Mutton snapper bite has been great to the south in 60’ of water, long leaders with a piece of sardine on the end will get you dinner. 
That’s it for this week everyone, get out there and catch a fish!
Fred Caimotto
Snook Nook Tackle and Bait
        A few days of rain, some wind and a sea that made the inlets less than polite, well really not sure how to rate this week but
when the sun was out it made up for the rain, wind and what ever.  Surf anglers were hit the hardest, if the wind wasn’t enough
strong surf made for less than polite fishing.  Now if Blues are your favored this is what it takes to keep them in the mix. 
Big seas will keep the edge cool and the Blues in.  Cut bait is favored, lots of white water and the sent of the bait will make it
easier to locate but the white water will keep the Snook and Tarpon from the edge.  These two species like clear warmer water,
yes they are there just out of casting range, it is May and it is time for summer fishing tell the weather man to shut off the fan.
Residents of the island tell me about all the fish they can see but these two are in the blue water, the seas are settling  and it
will not be long. 
         Trout continue to hold attention be it east or west side, just depends on the wind direction.  Most of the fish are at the top of
the slot and over, 20” and one over.  Trout are school fish so when you are in them you are in them but if your bait is just
relaxing it is time to move, a short ten yards will change everything.  From Big Mud Creek north that treed shore line is shelter
from the wind and there is lots of fish, grass edges is the area.  West wind, start at County Line Road and go north, just look for
the clean water, in the mix will be a few Reds some short Snook and plenty of Blues so bring some extra baits.  If you are a wader
when was the last time you fished the south side of the Stuart Causeway on the west end, great location and some nice fish to
keep you busy.  Snook fishing, well as I always say the stronger the weather the better the Snook fishing and I was not disappointed.
From all bridges I heard about the one that got away, deep running baits after sun down has been the prime time but these fish
are there all day, fish the shaded areas in bright sun.
      Off shore it was big rollers, not a problem once you cleared the inlet.  Twenty pound Dolphin in 100’ but that is not what held
anglers attention, KIngs in 60’ north of the inlet but that still not the one, Cobia that is what all the questions were about.  First it
was how deep and 40’ was the answer, bait, if it swims serve it, Cobia crazy.  Then Grouper season is now open so you know the next
question, we have plenty of reefs in our area pick one, put a big live Pin Fish down and hang on.  Lots of Muttons, Lanes and yes
Grouper were put on board and I know the Dolphin are happy.
       I am ready summer, now just turn off the wind......................................Henry 

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