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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The inlets and beaches are full of bait, this is how Iv'e been throwing a net for as long as Iv'e lived in Florida

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

                                                 

Inshore the trout fishing has been steady on soft baits around Midway road nothing big but fun to catch.The snook fishing has been good around the bridges and the jetty on the outgoing tide with both jigs and live bait remember it is catch and release till Sept.1st. The reds have been around Harbor Branch to the north with a few trout mixed in,

Sebastian Inlet Report

                           

07-02-15 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, JACKS AND C/R SNOOK 

It's a gorgeous day at the inlet, winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. We are seeing the water temperature drop, every July we get a cold water upwelling and sometimes we even get a little surf. We have a real nice weekend forecasted but we'll have to deal with the late afternoon thunderstorms. 

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished the north jetty yesterday and said it was a very slow morning. About half dozen Snapper came over the rails on mojarra and shrimp. Snook were stacked up in the clear water and schools of Atlantic Spadefish were visible, but not much was biting. After two days of getting skunked, Mike hung up his fishing pole for at least a day! Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a decent Mangrove Snapper bite this morning, along with Reds and Jacks. 

Our first photo today features 13 year old Solyna Smith of Minnesota. Solyna fished the north jetty with her dad Craig, and had a great time at the inlet and are already planning a return trip. Solyna landed and released this Sheepshead using live shrimp. 

Our second photo features Brian Jess of Melbourne. Brian and his friend Scott Neufeld of Cocoa Beach fished the river near the inlet. The men landed eight Spotted Sea Trout in two hours time and a total of twelve Trout for the day. The men were using mullet. Brian is holding a real healthy 29" Trout that hit a 6" mullet in about 2' of water. All the Trout were released right after they photographed them. 

Photo three features Scott Neufeld of Cocoa Beach with a monster Jack he landed. The big Jack was released to fight another day. 

Scouting Around - Palm Beach Area


INSHORE
There are a ton of snook along the beaches of the Treasure Coast. Fishing during the higher tide is best. The late-afternoon bite has also been excellent.
There are a few tarpon and big jacks around as well.
Trout and flounder and still being caught on the west side of the Indian River, but the numbers are down. Snook and small tarpon are still biting around the bridges at night and during the outgoing tide.
Anglers fishing the “Boils” near the powerplant are reporting permit and cobia catches.
Snook are showing up in good numbers along the beach in Jupiter, but the best action is still in the inlet. Bait schools are running in the surf throughout the day, and the snook are in hot pursuit. If you see these schools, you can bet there are some nice snook nearby.
In the Intracoastal Waterway, snook are being caught around the bridges at night — as always — and there are plenty of jacks around.
This is the case throughout central and southern Palm Beach County. There are a few tarpon around as well. They are being spotted in the Intracoastal, the inlets, and along the beach.
Permit are also being caught at night off the north jetty at the Boynton Beach Inlet. Mangrove and mutton snapper are also biting at this spot. Bonefish were also caught in the flats in the Intracoastal near the inlet.

FRESHWATER
The best bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee right now is definitely early in the morning. If you’re looking to catch numbers, be in the water well before first light. It gets hot quick, and once the sun is up for an hour or so, the bite really tapers off.
Guides are reporting 30-40 bass on a morning trip, and there are some decent-size fish being caught as well. A few over 5 pounds were caught.
The offshore islands are still best, as most of the bass have moved away from the grass line and out into the main lake.
Live shiners are working better than artificial lures, but you can definitely have success either way.
although the morning bite shuts down by 10:30 a.m., it does pick up again in the late-afternoon and early-evening hours.
courtesy of Palm Beach Post


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

Well, July is here and it's been the typical hot weather on the Treasure Coast. I don't complain about the heat, because I hate the cold weather. We usually have an ocean breeze to keep the temperatures from getting too hot on the water. Drink lots of fluids and make sure to splather on that sunscreen this time of year! July might be hot, but it's fun on the water.
                               
Fish the deeper cuts and flats of the river this month with the hot weather. Use top water lures in the early mornings and switch to DOA, Monster 3X shrimp or jerk baits as the sun rises. We are using a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce jig head on the soft plastics. Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Queen's Cove have all been active with bait. The snapper have been moving into the river and you will find some nice mangroves around the area. Fish the docks, channel edges or bridges for a chance for some snapper for dinner. Look for the glass minnows to be moving into the river this month and bringing a host of predators to feed on them. July is always a super month to fish the area. Watch for the redfish to begin schooling up this month on the flats. Move across the flats slowly and keep your eyes on the water to find some nice schools this month. An Artificial shrimp is always a good choice for redfish. Snook fishing around the bridges and jetties will be dependent of the tides and should find a good bite on the last of the incoming and first of the outgoing tides.

Have a fun month and enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast! Beat the heat and get out early before the afternoon storms brew up. Early mornings are good times to enjoy the top water fishing and watch the gorgeous sunrises on the coast.

Sebastian Inlet Report


07-01-15 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER AND SPANISH MACKEREL 

We have another lovely morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 8 mph and there is a light chop on the water. We are having some issues with our weather station on the web cam. We are addressing the problem, you for your patience.

We received a couple of updates from inlet regulars Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach and Paul Szoke of Barefoot Bay. Paul reported a decent Snapper bite on Monday; they were hitting greenies and mojarra. Paul landed several good sized Snapper.  Mike reported a fair Mangrove Snapper bite yesterday morning with about 12 - 15 fish landed, although he didn't have any luck. Live mojarra was the bait of choice for north jetty anglers. Several nice Spanish Mackerel came over the rails, inlet regular Diane Buyce of Melbourne landed two good sized fish. Lots of bait pods were being busted up, local experts seemed to think Mackerel and Bonito were causing the commotion. Several Barracuda have been patrolling the north jetty which has been keeping most of the Mackerel out of casting range. Thanks for the update and photo Mike!

Our angler of the day is Pham Trung who took care of one of those Barracuda yesterday. It took Pham quite a while to land this fish as he was using very light tackle, 4 lb. test.