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Friday, October 24, 2014

Palm Beach Report

  photo courtesy of Larry "Fishman"Finch
The beach fishing along the Treasure Coast has been great this week. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, jacks and pompano are all biting. Spoons are working extremely well. There are still some tarpon hanging around but most of them are a little too far out to catch from shore. Boats running along the beach are having success though.Trout and redfish are both being caught n the west side of the Indian River, and snook are biting around bridges and deeper docks.The beach fishing in Jupiter has also been very active, with pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks all being snagged. There are still some mullet around but not in big schools, and you'll also see the occasional snook and tarpon. Casting spoons has been very effective. In the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River, jacks, snook and tarpon are all biting around mangrove edges, bridges and docks. The best action is, as you'd expect, at night. Ladyfish and jacks are being caught in the surf along Palm Beach. Those fishing early in the morning are also reporting some snook and tarpon. Jacks and small snapper are being caught in the Intracoastal throughout central and southern Palm Beach County, but the best bite is still snook around bridges and docks after the sun goes down. Jacks, bluefish and sheepshead are all being caught in the Intracoastal near the Lantana bridge, and moonfish and sand perch are hitting at night.  There are still some decent mullet schools around the Boynton Beach Inlet and the beaches in south county. As a result, ladyfish, jacks, snook and tarpon are all being caught in the surf and near bridges in the Intracoastal.

The bass fishing has definitely improved on Lake Okeechobee. Better numbers and sizes of fish are being caught, and you can now hook them throughout the day - not just early in the morning, although that is still the most productive time to be out on the water. The fishing will continue to get better in the next few weeks, and November should be an excellent month for bass fishing. If the weather conditions will allow, your best bet is fishing the outside edges. Areas such as East Wall have been on fire this week. Artificial lures and live shiners are both working well, so it's a matter of preference. However, on windy days, throwing artificial lures back in the grass is the way to go.
 The current water level on Lake Okeechobee is 15.75 feet.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

From Capt Joe Ward @ Bait Shack - FT Pierce

The inshore fishing remains steady for most anglers who are fishing just before first light for trout and again right before dusk. The trout have moved out just a little to the deeper cuts. Before daylight try a top water bait and after about 8am switch to a live shrimp fished under a popping cork. The best places have been at Bear Point to the south and up around Harbor Branch to the north. The snook bite continues to be good for the anglers fishing the last hour of the out going tide and the first hour of the in coming tide. The snook have been around both the bridges and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. A live bait like a pinfish, pigfish or a finger mullet have been hard to beat. With the water temps dropping a little it should not be long before you will want to start using a Flair Hawk and bounce it off the bottom. 
  Photo courtesy of Hai Truong @  
The redfish have been in the Ft. Pierce Inlet for the last few days and most of the fish have been in the slot. A live shrimp has been the best bet. The snapper bite is still strong along the channel edges for mangroves and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet for muttons. Both have been taking a small live shrimp. A few flounder have been coming from the South Jetty and there has been plenty of Spanish and jacks in the surf.

Sebastian Inlet Report


It has been a beautiful day at the inlet with plenty of fish biting. It is breezy and a little choppy and is predicted to pick up even more tonight. Friday may be rough but the fish should continue feeding. Many Jacks have been hooked on shrimp and are providing much action. Small Snook (12 to 14 inches) are being landed and released. The Snook are being caught by the Snapper fishermen who are also landing a fair amount of Mangrove Snapper. There are also a few Black Drum starting to show. Missing from the line-up are the feisty Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. They have been spotted around Fort Pierce Inlet and to the north of Cape Canaveral. Rumor has it that the Blues and Mackerel will start to show following the north winds on Friday and Saturday.
Why go to the Keys or Bahamas in search of Bonefish, Pompano and Permit when you can fish the flats around Sebastian Inlet? Late yesterday evening, Lindsay Rowland was testing her newly outfitted skiff on the backside of the inlet when she landed several Bonefish and two Pompano. Lindsay's friend, Steve Stewart also landed and released three beautiful juvenile Mutton Snapper on fly. See photos. The Sebastian Inlet may now be referred to as an exotic fishing destination!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Ft. Pierce
Inshore the snook fishing should pick up with this windy weather and northeast wind. The trout and reds have been around the to the north of north bridge in the bait schools with a few snook mixed in.
  photo courtesy of Beachwalker Guide Services

Inshore there has been a few nice snook and trout around the sailfish flats around first light. The beach fishing has slowed down a little but this front should push some more bait down in the next few days. 

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE- While not fully done, the mullet run is starting to wind down.  This is a dynamite time to go snook fishing, especially if you like throwing lures for them.  The snook are still actively feeding(especially at night), but now don't have quite as much bait to choose from.  Look for the snook to be active during low light periods and around the tide changes.  Flats fishing has been improving, with good reports starting to come from around Munyon Island and the Hobe Sound FLats.  Spotted Seatrout are starting to show back up in fair numbers, as are the usual fall/winter species. Jacks, ladyfish, and a few pompano will keep action fairly steady on the flats right now.

SURF/PIER- LOTS of good action along the beach right now.  Bluefish are around in very good numbers from Jupiter Island to Palm Beach, and are more than willing to eat just about anything.  Spanish Mackerel are showing up in good numbers as well.  Look for the mackerel to be anywhere form Jupiter INlet down to Singer Island.  Clark spoons, glass minnow style jigs, and the "bobber rig" are all good choices for the mackerel.  Pompano fishing has been very good for this time of year.  Lots of small pompano, but plenty of keepers as well for those spending the time on the beach.  Sharks (mainly spinners and blacktip) are also showing up in fair numbers along the beach as well.  A fresh chunk of bait is most likely not going to be ignored b a passing shark right now.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

Fishing continued to be productive again this week. Lots of action for anglers on the Treasure Coast. The weather has been pretty nice lately as we transition into the dry season. Less rain in the forecast and milder temperatures ahead. Expect much the same for the near future and have some fun out fishing soon!

DOA shrimp continues to be our best artificial lure. The trout and snook have loved them. The 382 Holographic Glitter has been a super color on the flats this week. The trout have been on the grass flats in two to four feet of water along with lots of juvenile snook. Our redfish have been on the same flats and under the mangroves. Ladyfish and jacks are everywhere and willing to bend a rod if you enjoy them. Kids love it! 

Fall is always a great time to enjoy the fishing along the Treasure Coast. Exciting action can be found on any given day on the water. The fish are feeding in preparation for winter. Top water lures are an exciting way to begin a morning and provide some exploding action. Winter will be here soon and that means cooler temperatures and windy days ahead. It's all fun though!

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                                                 "Kid Friendly"

Many species of "trash" fish (jacks, ladyfish, bonita, even catfish) are great fish to get kids hooked on fishing.  They are often willing to bite just about anything, hard fighting, and around in good numbers (all great factors when trying too keep kids interested in fishing).  Don't get too hung up on having to catch kids the more glamorous species, they don't know the difference...YET!