Friday, December 15, 2017

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

INSHORE-  The bluefish showed up in the ICW this week, along with a few jacks and ladyfish up in Hobe Sound.   Snook fishing remains pretty good at night, just remember the season is now closed so its just catch and release for a month and a half.  The Loxahatchee River sparked to life over the past few days with some snook, redfish, and jacks happily eating live shrimp around boat docks.  
SURF/PIER-  Lots of bluefish around the past few days...and they have been hungry!!!  Spoons, diamond jig, gotcha plugs, swimming lures, and cut mullet have all been solid bait choices for the bluefish.  Low light periods of the day will be best for the bluefish, but for the most part they can be caught throughout the day.   Spanish mackerel are also scattered up and down the beach in pretty good numbers as well.  A few pompano are being caught each morning and afternoon on sand fleas and clams.  No rhyme or reason to the pompano's location...just been a luck of the draw and landing on them in the right spot.  Shark fishing has also been good from the beach as well.  Lots of good stuff going on!


         The Snook Nook Annual Tent Sale

The Snook Nook Bait and Tackle Annual Tent Sale will be taking place on the 16th of December!

There will be some amazing deals on fishing gear from your favorite brands and about $10,000 in prizes and giveaways so be sure to stop by and check it out.

The tent sale will last all day and there will be plenty that you don't want to miss out on. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learning To Wade Fish the Indian River

Sebastian Inlet Report


SNOOK SEASON IS CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST.  SNOOK ARE CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY DURING THIS TIME.  Please handle catch and release snook with extreme care.  The species is fragile and our area is one of its few breeding grounds.  Please do not leave them out of the water too long.  Do not pass around a snook for multiple photos.  Do not hold them vertically; doing so can damage their internal structure.  If you need a net to pull a fish up onto the north jetty, use a net to lower it back into the water, it’s a long drop.  See the top right of the main fishing report page for FWC regulations, catch and release info, boating safety and jetty etiquette.
What a gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet.  We have Southwest winds blowing at 8 mph and gusting to 12.  The water is calm and the bite is good.  You can’t ask for much more than that.  The weekend is shaping up to be one of the best we’ve seen in a while.  We have 2 – 3’ seas with a wave interval of 10 seconds forecasted with high temperatures in the mid to low 70’s.  Get out and enjoy the great weather and bite!
Tommy Turowski a the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a strong Black Drum bite this morning.  Anglers using dead shrimp are having the best luck.  Black Drum are scent feeders and the stinkier the bait, the better!   Big Reds are coming over the rails; many have been oversized and returned to the water.  The Pompano bite should be good in the surf with the calmer conditions.  Tommy said he landed some smaller Blues in the surf this week.  With the water cooling off we should start to see some of the big Blues arriving soon, along with more Flounder and Sheepshead.
Our featured angler is Jimbo Mack of Sebastian.  Jim landed this big, 38” bull Red off the north jetty Thursday using live shrimp.  The big Red gave him a great battle and the release happened within one minute after landing.  He also landed and returned an undersized Snook and reported a mixed bag of Pompano, Black Drum and Catfish coming over the rails.  
Arans Svencickas landed the slot Snook in photo two from the north jetty at night using live mullet.  Photo three is of a beautiful Speckled Trout he landed that evening as well.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 The cold front that came barreling into our area over the weekend definitely brought some pompano schools to our local beaches. Beaches to the north of Fort Pierce Inlet, like Round Island, Pepper Park, and the Navy Seal beach access had a pretty decent bite of pompano this past monday and that action spread south to Blue Heron, Middle Cove, Tiger Shores, Stuart Beach, and Santa Lucea on Tuesday. As was the case last week my work schedule got in the way and I wasnt able to fish those days. My son Randy put some nice pompano and whiting in the cooler on tuesday and his location was Tiger Shores. EZ Flea fishbites and clam strips were the baits that produced. Randy said most anglers that were fishing that spot could be seen putting pompano and whiting on the beach. I spoke with a few friends who fished Middle Cove and Santa Lucea and the story was the same- lots of pompano .The best action occured in the afternoon right around the high tide mark. The one consistent factor of this good fishing was the nice clean water at all of the locations. I was hoping for a repeat today but as soon as I walked over the dune line at Tiger Shores I knew things had changed. The dirty brown water that has been shutting down our surf action was back and the beaches were deserted. After checking Stuart Beach, I started north and subsuquent looks at Bob Graham, County Line, and Dollmans Beach proved to have the same condition. I ended up at Middle Cove and although the water was somewhat dirty , it looked fishable. I only managed one nice pompano and croaker along with some catfish that love to hang in this dirty water. There are definitely some nice pompano , whiting , and croaker along Hutchinson Island Beaches but we just need the better water color to make this bite more consistent. As has been the recommendation for anyone looking to bend a rod from the sand, check the water color before you unload your gear , and if it looks clean fish that area. Good luck this week and look for the "clean green water".

Sebastian Inlet Report

We have a very chilly morning at the inlet. Winds blowing out of the North-northwest at 6 mph and gusting to 15 are making it feel even colder.  Winds are forecasted to calm down this afternoon.  NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution through 10:00 a.m. this morning.
Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY is back for some winter fishing and landed this big Black Drum  while she was fishing for Snook. Sally landed this nice fish on shrimp.  
 Some real nice Black Drum are hitting from the north jetty according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon and reported quite a few Black Drum had been landed, all over 20”.  Anglers using dead shrimp, sand fleas and clams were having the best luck.  Sheepshead were also hitting on the same baits.  Mike sent in photo two of his neighbor Bob Green who landed one of the larger Black Drum.  Nice catch Bob, thanks Mike!
Park Info: Saturday, December 16th the State Park will have a surf fishing workshop at the SISP Fishing Museum from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.  Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach.  Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more.  Bring a pen and paper to take notes.

How To Wade Fish The West Side Of The River With Jupiter George