Monday, August 14, 2017

From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The inshore Snook bite has been great with many big fish being caught off the beach from Stuart to Vero.
The bridge bite at night has been fantastic in Stuart throwing into the shadow lines. There have still been a few tarpon around the crossroads that will be wiling to eat a mullet on an incoming tide.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

From Todd /Trey/ Paul @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE: Catch and release snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now.  The snook are fired up around the bridges at night, and some big females can be sightcasted off seawalls early each morning in the river right now.  The outgoing tide will produce best around the bridges, while low light periods are key for having any luck with the snook in the river.  Large flair hawk style jigs, swim baits, and bigger live baits are all great choices for the snook right now.  The mangrove snapper are biting around area bridges at night on small live pilchards and shrimp.  Resident tarpon are popping live shrimp around dock lights at night in the ICW.  

SURF/PIER:  Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town right now, and it has been good.  Lowlight periods remain the best, but the snook will bite on an incoming tide as well.  Small jigs, swimming plugs, and Vudu mullet are all good choices for the snook right now.  The Juno Beach Pier has been good with lots of snook, a few kingfish, scattered cero mackerel, and a few tarpon all in the mix.  The Shimano "Colt Sniper" Pug has been a hot lure choice o the pier over the past week or two. 

Sebastian Inlet Report

08-11-17 FRIDAY: TGIF! 
This morning winds are blowing out of the North at 9 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Jetty anglers are in luck this morning with plenty of cloud cover, keeping the sun from beating them up too badly. The weekend forecast looks like seas will cooperate for our boaters but chances of summer showers and thunderstorms exist. 
The dog days of summer are upon us and the heat and humidity are intense. Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen if you head to the inlet! Summertime is always a slow time for fishing at the inlet. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports small numbers of Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, Blue Runners have been coming over the rails for the more patient anglers. The bait schools are thinning out but some greenies are coming and going and some larger silver mullet have shown up as well. 

Our angler of the day is Jean Paul Acevedo of St. Cloud. Jean Paul came over to fish the north jetty on and landed his very first Snook using a white bucktail on the outgoing tide. He released the Snook unharmed right after the photo. 

Our other angler of the day is 9 year old Brody Murray of Cooper City. Brody, his dad Richie and mom, Stephanie fished the inlet and look what they caught! This Gafftopsail Catfish or Sailcat as many of us call them is the biggest one we've ever seen. This big, bad fish took 30 minutes to reel to the boat; it was 35" and around 16 lbs.! Brody was using a medium sized shrimp on 8 lb. test. What a catch! The Florida record is 8 lbs. 14 oz. and the IGFA record is 10 lbs. The Murray's had the catch of a lifetime and made some great family memories in the process. They are strictly a catch and release family so that big guy is still out there somewhere. Congratulations on your amazing catch Brody!

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The croaker have joined the party!! Surf fishing on the south end of Hutchinson Island got a lot better these past two days as large schools of nice sized croakers have joined forces with the big whiting that have been swimming in the first trough. To make things even better, the catch-and-release snook bite during the day has also been excellent as these guys are chasing down the croakers. I fished today and Wednesday and the action is great. Wednesday was a group effort with my son Randy, granddaughters Ashley and Kaitlyn, and Randy's in laws, Barry and Bonnie Rashkin. Everyone contributed to our catch and what a fish fry we are going to have this weekend!! Randy and I fished today and the action was non-stop with the big whiting and croaker from 7 - 11 am. The best bite has been centered around the high tide mark so target your fishing around those hours. Randy caught and released a nice slot sized snook on Wednesday and had three other run offs on live croaker. The snook bit again today and Randy released an over-the-slot-sized fish after a great fight. The whiting and croaker continue to bite on the Orange Clam fish bites and now that the Snook Nook is starting to see some increased numbers of shrimp, try a piece on one hook and a fishbite on the other, as the croaker favored the shrimp today. We also caught a mangrove snapper and some palometa in the mix on Wednesday. The weeds that have been so prevalent on a lot of our local beaches have not been a factor on Stuart Beach and Santa Lucea, and those are the two areas I have been fishing. This action should continue as we approach the middle of August so get out and enjoy it!