Thursday, May 19, 2022

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


The snook fishing in the St. Lucie River is still fantastic with plenty of slot and over slots being caught.

Working the sea walls, especially with live croakers, has been working extremely well. Thought the snook seem partial to croakers they were also hitting pilchards. In the early mornings a top water lure will get some hits.

If you're looking for a fight, those same sea walls have had some big schools of jack crevalle cruising them.

Up near the power plant the waders are reporting a decent sea trout bite again. Shrimp on a jig or popping cork will work as will artificial shrimp.

There have been a few big redfish up to 36 inches caught in the area. Sworn to secrecy concerning the exact location, one shop worker would only say "somewhere in the Indian River."

If you need a workout, there have been large schools of jack crevalle cruising the beaches as well as some tarpon.

As summer approaches and the water continues to warm, more and more snook are making their way out of the inlet and have been cruising the beaches as well.

At the Boynton Inlet, anglers have been catching both snook and permit off of the north jetty this past week.

Live croaker or pinfish, fished on the bottom during the last two hours of incoming tide and the first three hours of outgoing, has been good for snook.

Permit are mostly being caught during the first few hours of the outgoing tide at night using either whole or half crabs.

Lake Okeechobee 

Fishing without clients and doing a bit of scouting for clear water out on the lake on Tuesday, Capt. Larry Wright said the fishing was a little tough.

Working solely with artificial baits, he said they did get into a few fish including one five pounder. He said that Poppin' frogs and Skinny Dippers worked over the thick stuff seemed to providing the best results.

The Horse Island area as well as the canal at Buckhead Ridge and the Indian Prairie Canal have been excellent for bluegill the past few days.

The shellcracker bite should turn on as Monday's full moon approaches. Three days before and after should be best using live worms.

There is still a spec bite hanging on for anglers working the waters under the Kissimmee River bridge and using grass shrimp.

Along the bea

ches in Jupiter, when it's not too windy or a massive north swell isn't pounding the shore, there has been good fishing.

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains strong inshore.  The Loxahatchee River has been holding a good number of fish this past week.  The topwater bite has been good early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  Look for the snook to be laid up under boat docks and along seawalls with good current flow.  A live mullet fished along a seawall with current is a great way to get a snook bite when the sun gets up a little higher.  Small tarpon and jacks have been mixed in with the snook in fair numbers.  Mangrove snapper continue to fill into their summertime inshore hangouts.  

SURF/PIER-  Rough surf shut the fishing down for the most part this week.  Pompano fishing has largely dried up.  We could still see a few fish push through; but for the most part they have pushed north of us. 

 Lots of big jacks cruising the beach the past few weeks.  Despite rough surf; the Juno Beach Pier saw a fair number of jacks push through this week.  A few snook at the Juno Beach Pier as well.  Look for snook fishing to improve as the ocean continues to calm down.  A handful of mangrove snapper beginning to hang out around the Pier as well. 

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It’s nice to start todays post with Ed Killers quote , “ the whiting are biting “ . Definitely a beautiful couple of hours on the beach this morning . Calm and clean conditions, a little warm , but all in all a great bite . Today was a typical early summer bite as the croaker were the predominant participants for the first hour . Right after the tide changed it was all whiting . This is a summer pattern and it’s nice to see the overall size of the croaker and whiting are pretty nice for this time of year . The catch list also included a couple of sand perch and one small pompano . Most of the croaker today were in the 10 to 15 yard area from the edge of the surf but 90 percent of the whiting were right at my feet , just on the inside edge of the trough . Plain Bloodworm Fishbites was the bait today as a tiny piece of shrimp just wasn’t needed . A lot of the bites occur right after your sinker hits the sand so if you don’t get any taps for a couple of minutes lift the tip of your rod and bounce the sinker off of the bottom. The puff of sand will certainly attract any fish in the trough . Conditions like today , calm and very little surf , will let you fish a 1/2 ounce or 1 ounce pyramid with no problem .ps. I’m holding a bag of yellow crab Fishbites in the picture . I grabbed the wrong bag ! Bloodworm is the hot bait .

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 Finally found a beach this morning where the weeds were not interfering with the fishing . I went to three spots yesterday and Coconut was the only one that did not have weeds . Unfortunately it didn’t have any fish either . I stayed local and only put in a couple of hours and it’s amazing what can happen when you can allow a bait to sit in the first trough at this time of year and not get covered up by slime or sargassum. After the tide turned around 8 this morning the whiting and croaker started to bite and I was able to fill a cooler . The fish are nice sized ones and put up a good showing for themselves on light spinning rods . There’s a few fish dinners in the future at my house in the upcoming week . Bloodworm Fishbites tipped with a tiny piece of shrimp was the ticket again today . I do want to mention the beaches along our local area in the Jensen Beach sector have definitely changed . Stuart and Tiger Shores have filled in and they maybe holding some fish but you are probably going to have to pitch your baits a bit further to reach the trough . The couple beaches I looked at like Glasscock, Normandy, and Herman’s Bay still have a pretty well defined drop off . Some of the change is due to the blow we had last week and I am sure some of it is due to the beach replenishment process . It is definitely a positive sign to have a steady bite for awhile today and I also had a mystery hit that took about 50 yards of line off of my Spinfisher 3500 before it broke off . I’m sure a jack or a snook was responsible for that run . Good luck this week and catch em up .