Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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.
Monday, May 21, 2018
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
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.
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.
I made a quick trip back to Stuart Beach this morning to see if the whiting, croaker, pompano, and blue runners that provided some steady action yesterday were holding in that area. I am pleased to say that the fishing was better today as the croaker and whiting action was non-stop. They bit through the top of the tide and I left them biting as the tide started to fall. Another nice development was the appearance of pods of tarpon - they could be seen rolling and heading South about 100 yards off of the beach. This is definitely the start of some great summer surf action and with the big numbers of croaker that are available, a live lined croaker in the first trough should bring some great snook action. I didn't have a chance to try that today as I was fishing a couple of long rods for pompano. The only pompano I hooked on a long rod was intercepted by a shark after a brief hook-up. I did catch and release a couple of undersized pompano that were taken on the short rod I was fishing for the croaker and whiting. For anyone who has not targeted the whiting and croaker during the summer, the key is pitching the bait, not casting it. All of the bites will happen in the first trough, 10 - 20 yards from the edge of the surf. This is the biggest mistake anglers make during the warm months and you will be amazed at how close to the spot that you are standing that these fish will take a bait. Orange Clam and pink shrimp Fishbites have been the hot baits, along with small pieces of fresh shrimp. Do not put a whole (or even half of a shrimp) on your whiting and croaker rig as your chance of hooking up will be greater using just a small piece. This action should be good up and down Hutchinson Island and the hours around high tide will be the best. Find a beach with a deep first trough and you will continue to catch fish as the tide drops. The near shore trough at Stuart,Tiger Shores, and Santa Lucea have developed again and as I check more beaches I will let you know the best spots to fish. Walton Rocks and Normandy beach accesses have always been great whiting and croaker spots so put them on your list to try.These fish make great table fare and are fun to catch - so get out and bend a rod. My last recommendation is to make sure you have a cooler with ice so these great tasting fish are nice and cold at the end of your trip.