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Friday, August 28, 2015

Swimming With the Largest School of Snook Ever Recorded -Juno Beach Pier

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore yesterday there were some reds around to the north around Harbor Branch and just north of north bridge in Ft.Pierce.The trout fishing has been steady around Bear point to Little mud creek. Tyler went fishing after work yesterday to the C-23 spillway where he caught and released a few snook on First light jigs the spillways should be good the next few days  with this storm heading this way.

Sebastian Inlet Report



We have a very still morning at the inlet. The wind is barely moving out of the South-Southeast and there is a light chop on the water. We are experiencing extreme tides with the coming full moon. NOAA is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms today and gnarly conditions throughout the weekend due to TS Erika. A lot of buzz is going on in the angling community about the coming disturbance, many think the bite will fire up. Woo-hoo, we're ready!

Yesterday morning there was a steady Mangrove Snapper bite off the north jetty. Some anglers took a while to reach their limit and some never got there but overall, it was a decent morning bite. A lot of shorts were in the mix and returned to the water. Anglers using shrimp, greenies and mojarra on light tackle were having the best luck. The water was very clean and visible schools of Snook, Mangrove Snapper, greenies and mojarra all swimming around the north jetty. 

With the opening of Snook season right around the corner, we have lots of excited anglers looking forward to Tuesday, September 1st. The season will run through December 14th and close again on December 15th. Bag limits are one per person per day and the slot is 28" - 32". Measure the fish from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the furthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. Minimum and maximum size limits help protect juvenile and older breeding fish within the population. A Snook permit (stamp) as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements. You can help researchers by saving your filleted carcasses and dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. Go to for more information. 

Our first photo today features Paul Moyer of Indian Trail, NC with a 24" slot Red he landed off the north jetty yesterday morning. Paul baited his hook with the first shrimp of the day and got the attention of this sweet Red. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

3 Local Tournaments

I Can't Catch a Big Snook. What Am I Doing Wrong?                              

The first thing I would tell you is to kindly ask the anglers next to you what they are doing to catch fish. Most of them will be very helpful. Since you mentioned snook, let me give you a few tips that will help catching some.

  1. Use a Fluorocarbon leader -- it is nearly invisible and snook have great eyesight.
  2. Use a live bait such as a Scaled Sardine or a Pigfish.
  3. Fish during the good tide days around the New and Full Moons, which will be two days before and after those moon phases.
  4. Use the least amount of terminal tackle you can -- So no swivels, no snaps, the least amount of weight you need (split shots work great), and use the smallest hooks you can get away with.
  5. Be very quiet and keep the noise down
  6. Fish early morning and evening or at night. Snook are nocturnal eaters.
  7. Chum with your live bait
  8. Wear a good pair of polarized sunglasses a dark brimmed cap and a buff over your face. It will let you see the snook that are in the water (this is for daytime and we call it the Dark Zone)
  9. Present your bait as natural as possible. So let it move naturally with the tide by feeding line (bail open) to it as it drifts and swims with the the tide. Closed bail and tight line gives the bait an unnatural look. Snook know.
  10. Fish in places that have a good tidal flow and a piece of structure that forms a good eddy or ambush point for the snook.
TIP -- Use the bait in the image, a Scaled Sardine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Looking Around- Palm Beach / Stuart Area

   Mullet are running the beaches from the Treasure Coast down through Palm Beach County, which has led to some excellent fishing.
   The tarpon fishing was great this week along Jensen Beach, with the early morning being the best time for catching them. There have also been several pompano caught, which is pretty rare for this time of year.
   The snook action has been good (remember that snook season opens on Sept. 1) not only along the beach, but also in the inlets. Mangrove snapper are on fire in the St. Lucie Inlet.
Snook seem to be everywhere in the Indian River, including around bridges, docks, structure and in the flats. Early morning and late evening are best. There are a few flounder around the bridges early in the morning - before sunrise.
   Tarpon, snook, jacks and bluefish are all being snagged on the beaches in Jupiter, and that action will surely improve in the coming weeks. If you're targeting snook this time of year, be sure to use baits that look like mullet. Mangrove snapper are also holding in the Jupiter Inlet.
   Snook are biting in the surf along Palm Beach as well, and are thick in the Intracoastal Waterway throughout Palm Beach County. Working bridges and dock lights at night is the best way to catch them.
   In addition to mullet, sardines are running the beach in southern Palm Beach County, which has turned on the snook, tarpon and jacks. Mangrove snapper and permit ate being caught around the jetty at the Boynton Beach Inlet.
   While snook are being caught around bridges throughout the Intracoastal, sheepshead were also reported from Lake Worth to Delray Beach.

   The bass bite is hot on Lake Okeechobee from first light until about 9 a.m. To catch good numbers, you need to be on the water and ready to cast before sunrise.
   Fish the offshore islands until about two hours after the sun comes up, then switch back to the outside edges.
   Fish up to 5 pounds were reported this week, and live shiners are working better than artificial lures at this time.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post