Thursday, August 16, 2018

From Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle Ft Pierce Area

 The inshore bite has been the typical summer time bite. Go early or go late. The tripletail have been active around the channel markers and taking the bigger shrimp. The snapper bite is still good along the channel edges and they are taking the smaller shrimp or small white baits. A few reds were reported yesterday from the docks along North Indian River Dr. - most were under slot. The catch and release snook bite has been good along the beach and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. The snook and tarpon have been feeding on all the glass minnows. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

Tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle and snapper have been hitting around the Boynton Inlet jetties. At night, anglers fishing off the south seawall have been catching snapper on cut shrimp and moonfish on white jigs. Tarpon, barracuda and jack crevalle have been hitting slow-trolled shallow diving lures along the Intracoastal Waterway channels and deep seawalls off Ocean Ridge. Mangrove snapper, sheepshead, jack crevalle, tarpon and snook have been hitting live shrimp and live herring around the Lantana Bridge. Night action for snook and tarpon using live bait or artificial lures is a best bet.
The bass fishing on the lake is still excellent in the early morning. From daybreak until about an hour-and-a-half after, white swim jigs are working well. After that, anglers switching to Senkos, either in blues, black or red shad, are faring better flipping and pitching. King’s Bar, Bird Island and Harney Pond are the top spots right now, but the key has been locating and fishing around the Kissimmee Grass. Using chrome and blue Rat-L-Trap lures, anglers also have been catching bass in some of the boat lanes. Though the panfish fishing has been a bit slow, anglers working the rim canals are getting enough for some good dinners.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For The Love Of "SNOOK" --Mark Hightower

True fishermen spend hours and hours paying there dues... I sure have in the past, most don't understand why, specially wives and bosses.We do it for the rare occasion when it actually works. My boss asks sometimes when am I coming in to work, it goes like this... Boss. well when? Me: my car broke down at the fishing spot and it won't start till low tide?. Boss: well when is that ? Me: I don't know do you have a tide chart handy? He knows he isn't going to see me till the fish stop biting. Don't know why we keep having the same coversation? Back to when it actually works, I was born a snook alcoholic I admit I have to go to snook anonymous... During the summer I sometimes get up to 6 hits a day. The other night just every worked, I am not exaggerating we caught billions. no really.. I brought a knife to a gun fight, with this little bass rod, which I sleep with, the wife almost rolled over on it once so we had to get different bedrooms. I tell young fishermen every man should at least once own a nice truck, Make love to a woman he loves, and fish with a Gloomis mrb844c 7' IMX bass rod. The other night after 20 or so double hooks ups, which has happened .... never before. I threw this little bait on this tiny rod right next to a piling and this snookasourus hit it like I had ran over brick with a lawnmower. Kinda like hooking into a VW bug going 40 mph. I yanked on her to keep her away from the piling and she didn't even know I was there... she ran down the docks and since she didn't know I was there she made a 90 turn away from the docks. Big mistake for her, good luck for me. My buddy would not pour his beer on my smoking reel... called it alcohol abuse. She was running like an atheist at a Baptism. ut oh ...she is going under the boat. I felt like I was using one of the zebco kids fishing poles. With a ton of luck, and a blessing from the man above, I managed to land her. the problem was holding her up. Last thing I would want to do would be to hurt her. I have found out most fishermen are terrible photographers.. but this is all we have of this "EPIC" night fishing None the less I will never forget this "encounter". Of course we went back the next day, and those snook packed there bags.. all gone.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Tarpon, snook, jack, spanish mackerel, ladyfish, blue runner, whiting, and croaker all showed up along our beaches this weekend. A big push of bait, which included glass minnows and greenies, was the trigger for some great action for those that fished the County Line Beach area on Saturday and Sunday. As we get closer to the fall mullet run expect these bait blow-ups to start occurring at numerous locations. I returned to Stuart Beach on Sunday with Randy and my grandkids, and probably had one of the best whiting and croaker days of the summer. The croaker were the bulk of the catch, but Randy caught our biggest whiting of the year. It was non-stop action for most of the morning, and my grandson Christian pulled in multiple doubleheaders of nice croaker. We were doing a fish fry in the afternoon so the timing could not have been better. Pink Shrimp and Orange Clam Fishbites were once again the go-to bait. Sand fleas were thick at Stuart and I managed to get enough big ones to start putting some in the freezer for the upcoming pompano season. This week's weather forecast calls for a slight increase in the wave heights as we approach the weekend, but conditions look fishable all week. High tides will be from 10 am to1 pm as the week progresses. 

Sebastian Inlet Report


Fishing has been pretty good with lots of Mangrove Snapper, some Mutton Snapper, Redfish and Jacks off the north jetty as reported by our friends at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle.  Go see Tommy there for the latest update!  NOAA forecast calling for light south/southwest winds this week and less than 3-foot seas, noting the west wall of the Gulf Stream is 21 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet. 
Thanks to Allan Noel for sending in this photo as we get ready to kick off Snook season on September 1.  Mark your calendars and until then, remember to catch and release.
Unique to the region, Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the fishing capital of the world.  When releasing a Snook, proper handling methods can help ensure your fish’s survival and the species abundance for anglers today and for generations to come. A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required.