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Friday, January 20, 2017

               Nautical Flea Market 2017

From Todd /Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Sheepshead remain around in good numbers, along with a few black drum.  Live shrimp is a good way to go, as are fiddler crabs if you can find them.  A few spotted sea trout and some redfish around the Munyon Island and Home Sound Flats.  Live shrimp is also a good choice for these guys.  Pompano are making a little showing inshore, with the Loxahatchee River holding a few.  Catch and release snook fishing is a bit hit or miss.  Season is coming up...time to go start finding out what they are doing!

SURF/PIER:  A few pompano around this week, but not in huge numbers.  Lowlight periods will be the key to getting a few pomp bites right now, especially with super calm clear conditions.  No big numbers of bluefish around, but a few are being picked away at Hobe Sound Beach.  Blacktip sharks are starting to show a little better, and should be here in good numbers very soon.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Seminar Time

If you want to learn how to catch quality sheepshead like this then you won't want to miss   Dave Hartwell (Big Dave's land based lessons. How to get tight!)  upcoming seminar! He'll be discussing how to put more and bigger Sheepshead on deck from a variety of different situations. These fish can be intimidating at first but with the right application of solid information, they can truly make a day in the water, one to remember! Come see him at TOTAL MD 8200 OKEECHOBEE BLVD in WEST PALM BEACH at 7 PM on January 25th! 

Sebastian Inlet Report


Is this fabulous winter fishing weather or what?! Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm until next week. The seas will calm down a bit through the weekend. Fishing is relatively good with a mix of Black Drum, Blues, Redfish, and occasional Snook and Flounder. Shrimp, clams, and spoons are the best bet right now. When a minor front appears next week, expect to see a few more Flounder.

Today's photo is provided by Brandon White. The night action on the jetty is courtesy of numerous Black Drum. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area


Along the beaches in the Jensen Beach area, weight is still the key when casting out against the strong onshore flow. Heavy spoons, with five to six ounces of lead have been the call.
With those winds subsiding and the turbidity of the water settling, the action should pick up. Casting distance is key, with croaker and whiting closer in and pompano a little further out.
The early mornings should be good this weekend on the higher tide.
In the St. Lucie River, the east side has been the call as the land has offered a natural buffer from the wind.
With the wind subsiding, however, the west side around docks will definitely be worth checking out.
Off the beaches in Jupiter, bluefish and ladyfish have been biting using Fish Bites and dead shrimp. Some pompano have also been caught.
In the Intracoastal the sand perch and black croaker action has been consistent.
In the Palm Beach area, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel fishing has been good inside the Lake Worth Inlet.
South County anglers are reporting some good early morning action on pompano and bluefish using goofy jigs and Got-Cha lures south of the Boynton Beach Inlet.
Fishing around the Lantana Bridge has been good for sheepshead and undersized black drum using live shrimp and small crabs. Moonfish and sand perch have also been hitting under the bridge lights at night.
                     photo courtesy of Rod"Gatorbait" Salser                       


The winds haven’t been too bad on the lake and the fishing has picked up. Smaller bass are being caught venturing out of the grass beds on the backside of the recent full moon.
Live shiners are still the call, but the artificial bite is definitely picking up. Anglers should target the outside grass line areas.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

It's been a typical winter so far. Mostly mild temperatures with a day or two of cold fronts each week. Same goes for the winds. Look for windy days most of the week with one or two days when it calms down a little. Water temperatures have dropped this week with the last cold front, but some sunshine will bring it back up to the high sixties. The water has been murky the past several days after the cold front chopped things up a bit. It will clear up fast though.
Fishing continues to be good if you are looking for some of the wintertime catch of drum, sheepshead and assorted other fish. We have been catching some big sheepshead lately and you can find them around just about any structure this time of year. Drum will be hanging in the same places. Look for croakers around deeper cuts of the area. Snook fishing around the bridges and jetties has held up nicely for night anglers. We have been getting some nice trout in the deeper cuts on the river this week. Ron, Mike and Ray found a couple nice over 18". Al and Ryan found lots of sheepshead on their fishing adventure. Jacks are insane right now. It's hard to catch the other fish when they are tearing up the place, but they are fun.

It's important this time of year to dress in layers. With cold mornings and warm afternoons, you need to be able to cope with the temperatures and layering makes it easy to deal with. Don't forget sunscreen! It's easy to forget in winter, but you can get sun damage easily this time of year!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 In the Jensen Beach area, Fish Bites are still the call along the beaches. With pompano, whiting and croaker biting, anglers can at least be confident that the artificial baits will not fly off when casting into the strong onshore winds.
There are still some Spanish mackerel in the area, but again strong winds will limit tackle used. Anglers are having decent luck throwing relatively heavy Gator spoons without a swivel and reeling quickly to avoid get caught on the bottom. 
In the St. Lucie River, fishing on the east side provides a natural windbreak. Near the power plant, some of the mosquito ditches offer even greater wind protection and have been providing fun fishing for small tarpon, snook and more. 
Looking for some freshwater action in the Jensen area? Savannas Preserve State Park near Hawk’s Bluff has been good for bass.
Down in Jupiter good pompano, ladyfish, lake croaker and jack action has been reported in the Intracoastal from marker 41 to 44. Anglers using quarter-ounce Bucktail jigs with a piece of shrimp are having excellent luck.  
Using heavy spoons, the fishing for bluefish and Spanish mackerel has been good off of Jupiter Island.
Before the ocean became so rough anglers were also having a blast using top water plugs fishing for the two species off the island.
In the south county area, along the beaches out to 30 feet of water there have been bluefish, pompano, small permit, king and Spanish mackerel. Using live sand fleas or fresh cut shrimp is a best bet for the permit and pompano. Cut mullet fished on the bottom will work for the bluefish as well as casting Gator spoons into the surf.


The recent cold fronts have plunged areas of the lake down to 59 degrees. This has greatly reduced the action. Desperate anglers are still reporting that live shiners are the way to go.