The cold front last week did us no favors yesterday. 20 knot winds out of the north that shifted to the east latter into the day blew out the St. Lucie river and pushed the bait down deep. After throwing the cast net about 20 times and coming up with nothing but glass minos, I finally got one good throw and loaded the livewell with 2-3 inch pilchards. With the livewell loaded I ran to Sandsprit Park to pick up Lenny and his son Hayden. Lenny comes down from Ohio once are twice a year to visit his son and they love fishing together. We set up on our first spot, a dock near ten cent bridge, and immediately hooked up with mangrove snapper. After catching three short mangroves Lenny hooked into a keeper Spanish mackerel. The wind switched directions, so we headed to the hole-in-the-wall. Drifting live pilchards turned up a really big catfish. A few nice fish got off before I could tell what they were. If I was to guess, I’d say more Spanish mackerel. As the son started to set and us still without a snook, we headed to the Roosevelt bridge. It took a while but righ at the end of the incoming tide, we caught three snook and a few ladyfish. Hayden caught one shorty and one keeper. Lenny caught his personal best snook, 27 and 1/4 inches, just under slot. All things considered it was a very successful trip.
The bitehas been slow all winter, however that is starting to turn around.The sub par fishing gave me lots of time to fix some mechanical issues that has been plaguing me since last summer. Small snapper have been plentiful of the breakers reef. The east winds have been blowing the sargassum closer to shore, however I have still been having to run 8-10 miles offshore to find dolphin. We haven’t been on crazy numbers, but we are getting quality fish. Snook season closed last weekend, however they have been biting well at night around the bridges. They are feeding on pilchards that are thick right now in the St. Lucie river. As we move into April my advice would be to watch the wind and pick your days. The bite from the lakes to the ocean will just get better as summer comes