Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

                               

Despite the “moist” conditions lately, the fishing for snook remains great in the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers. Still being caught on pilchards around the bridge and dock pilings, they are starting to make their way towards the inlets to spawn.
If looking for pilchards, they have mostly moved offshore and are no longer easy pickings in the rivers.
Tarpon have been lurking around the bridges and a few along the beaches lately. Late night fishing with crabs has been producing good results.
In the Lake Worth Inlet there have some tarpon around and they are being hooked using smaller baits.
Lantana Bridge anglers have reported catching croakers, sand perch, small snapper, jack crevalle and moonfish using fresh cut shrimp and small jigs. Mullet are also being caught around the bridge for bait.
There have been reports of good snook action around the Boynton and Lake Worth Spillways. Live Target and Red Tail Hawk lures are working best.
Using live shad around the various spillways in the canals, has been producing a good bite on clown knifefish, peacock bass and largemouth bass up to 8 pounds as well as a variety of catfish and gar up to 15 pounds. Look for flowing water from drain pipes or adjoining canals for productive freshwater fishing using jigs and top water lures.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE:

The bass bite was incredible for The Nik Kayler Benefit Tournament https://www.nikkaylertournament.com/ last weekend. Featuring over 100 boats, 24 boats netted 20 pounds or more and the winning boat took in 38.5 pounds. The Monkey Box, Harney Pond and Tin House Cove areas were hot spots and surface baits including poppin’ frogs and Zara Spooks worked well.
With all the rain recently anglers working areas with moving water have been doing well using chrome blue Rat-L-Trap baits.
The bluegill bite is still good in the Kissimmee River, Taylor Creek and the J&S Canal areas. Using live crickets many anglers are reporting catching their limits.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


Snook fishing continues to go off pretty good inshore right now.  The snook got the memo that it was almost summer spawning time and they are feeding pretty darn good right now.  Boat docks and seawalls are good areas to fish during the day, while bridges close to the inlets continue to produce at night.  Flair hawks and bigger swimbaits remain the lures of choice for the snook.  Been some big jacks along the same seawalls that the snook are hanging around.  Nothing quite like a monster jack destroying a noisy topwater walked along a seawall early in the morning.  Mangrove snapper action continues to slowly improve inshore.  Sandperch bite has been very good on small pieces of fresh cut shrimp right now.

SURF/PIER:  Still a few pompano around and being caught.  NO doubt we are nearing the end of the pompano season, but it's still worth putting them out at this point.  Sandfleas and clams are still the top bait choice for the pomps.  For all around action, including the pompano, try fishing some cut shrimp for very mixed bag action.  
                 
The Juno Beach Pier has been pretty hot lately.  Some Macs and kingfish coming over the rail early in the morning and late in the afternoon on Rapala X-Raps.  The big jacks have been cruising around.  Snook action also continues to improve at the pier.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

Even though it sounds like a bit of a broken record, it’s a great song! The snook are still biting in the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers. They are still being caught on pilchards with the best spots being around the docks and bridge pilings.
There are still trout around as well, but they are mostly up around the power plant.
Tarpon are being spotted around the power plant as well.
Along the beaches in the Jensen area, there are still large mats of seaweed that are making it tough for surfcasting.
That said, there are still pompano around.
Along the beaches in Jupiter the jack crevalle bite has been great. Anglers are having a blast catching these incredible fighters. Not lightweights either, fish in the 15 to 30-pound range are being caught.
Snook have been moving out of the river and Intracoastal and are being caught at the Jupiter Inlet and along the beaches as well.
At the Juno Pier there have been pilchards around and anglers are catching snook and even cobia.
Anglers fishing the Lake Worth spillway are reporting catching slot-size snook using Red Tail Hawk lures.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE:

The bass bite has been good, but it’s mostly been a morning bite. Anglers fishing the first four hours of the day and using live shiners are having the best luck. In the Monkey Box area of the lake, plastic worms have been working as well.
The bluegill bite has continued to pick while, conversely, the crappie bite has continued to slow.