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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Palm Beach Report

Black drum and sheepshead seem to have taken over the beaches of the Treasure Coast. They’re also showing up in the inlets and in the Indian River. Pompano are also showing up on the beaches, but to catch them, you’ll likely have to throw out to the second sandbar.
The trout and redfish bite has been good in the Indian River, and the good news is, you don’t have to be on the water too early. In fact, the best action seems to be a couple hours after the sun rises and the water warms up a bit. The bite on the west side of the river has improved as the winds have shifted and subsided.
There are still plenty of snook at the bridges, especially at night, and some monsters have been hooked at the Roosevelt Bridge.
Pompano are biting at the Hobe Sound Public Beach.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught in the surf along Jupiter.
In the Intracoastal Waterway, ladyfish, jacks, bluefish, and lane and mangrove snapper are biting throughout the day near bridges. There are still some snook around as well.
Some bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel were reported on the beaches and in the Intracoastal in central and southern Palm Beach County, but certainly not big numbers.

The winds have calmed around Lake Okeechobee, which has made it easier to fish the outside edges and back in the grass. This is good news because these are the areas that are holding the best bass.
You can catch fish just about anywhere you go on the lake, best the best and most consistent action is definitely on the outside. Big numbers of bass were being caught this week, and several weighing more than 7 pounds were reported.
There’s a bite all day long, and live shiners seem to be working a little better than artificial lures; although you can’t go wrong either way.
All reports indicate that this is going to be an excellent season on the Big O.

Whiting part 2

10 Whiting Tips and Tricks

Once you learn the tricks of the trade, a trip to the surf can land you an excellent fish-fry of whiting almost every time. Although not the most difficult fish to catch, there are many misconceptions, as well as regional differences throughout Florida, on how and when to catch whiting. These tips outline the top things you need to know to catch this small, but fine-tasting fish.

10 Things to Remember When Whiting Fishing:

The top 10 tips presented here list the general best ways to catch whiting. It is worth mentioning though, that no two beaches are alike, even if they seem that way from the outside. The Atlantic and Gulf coast differ a lot between the amount of tides per day (Gulf has only one tidal cycle per day, whereas Atlantic has two), the wave action (Atlantic has more), and the location of migratory fish. What this means is that there are many local tips you will learn from getting out there and fishing your favorite beach, and communicating with the other anglers in the area.

1.Diversify your bait.

Whiting feed on a variety of crustaceans (crabs and shrimps), small fish, clams, and several types of marine worms, but the top choices to use as bait are clams, sand fleas, peeled shrimp, and squid. If you’re using two rods, or have a multiple-hook rig, use one of each to see what the fish are biting that day.

2.Ask around!

Just as you should diversify your bait on any given day to see what the fish are biting, you should save yourself the time and ask around. See what others have been catching whiting on in the area you plan on taking your next trip.

3.You don’t always have to cast far.

Many anglers think that you have to cast a hundred yards out to get any fish on the beaches. The truth is, on many days, most of the fish are actually in the along-shore channel just of the sand, and before that first sandbar. Never overlook this channel, especially during high tide, when the surf allows.

4.Don’t put all your baits in one spot.

Along most beaches, there are usually several sandbars, and troughs of deeper just in front from the waves that break on the bars. You never know where the fish are running, so always cast your rods in different troughs.

5.Learn to read the beach.

As you may have noticed from tips # 3 and #4, the fish are usually in the deeper troughs parallel to the shore. To find where these are, you need to learn how to “read” the beach. In general, the waves break when they hit those sandbars, and dig out deeper water after the bar. There are also usually many eddys (circling water opposite of the direction of the current) along the shore, where deeper water will be cut out and fish often move into.

6.Use light gear on calmer days.

If the surf is light, or you’re fishing the generally calmer waters on the Gulf coast, use light to medium gear (8-to- 12 pound test). Using as light of gear as possible will allow you to have more sensitivity in your line and rod, which will allow you to feel the slight taps of a whiting bite.

7.Use heavy gear on rough days.

When the surf is rough, the fish are often hanging out on those sandbars farther out, because the wave action and rip currents are just too much to handle. A 10 or 12 foot surf rod with heavy tackle is usually required to cast far enough to get past the breakers, and the rods are tall to keep your line above the ways.

8.Inshore, target the deep channels.

Whiting are not strangers to the deep channels inshore, particularly very close to the inlets, where they will ride the high tide inwards to feed on small crabs and shrimp. Target them within the channels using live bait or jigs.

9.Know where the fish are throughout the seasons.

Whiting are fairly migratory – they travel south for the winter, and back north for the summer. What this means is that if you’re a south Florida angler, summertime is not the best time to go out, but rather winter. The opposite is true for north Florida anglers (especially in the panhandle) – summertime is prime whiting fishing.

10.Communicate with other anglers.

As mentioned in tip #9, these fish move throughout the seasons. This is not clockwork however, as the weather in Florida can vary tremendously from year to year, depending on when cold fronts move through the state in the fall and winter. Communicate with other anglers on the forums to find out where the fish are during certain times of the year, as you await that major migration your way.

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

Windy days have been the prevalent weather forecast most days this week. Look for more of the same patterns in the future. Cold fronts dropping in weekly will continue to challenge anglers. Water temperatures are in the mid sixties for now. The sun will warm the water up somewhat during the day, but the nights will cool it back down again. Its typical wintertime fishing on the Treasure Coast!

The fishing has been awesome on the river for a variety of species to bend a rod. Redfish, black drum and sheepshead have been our best bite this week.

Look for warmer water to find fish this time of year. When the sun is out you can find fish along the mangroves and grass flats soaking up the rays. DOA shrimp or live bait worked under the mangroves can reward you with some nice size fish. It will continue to be a challenge to get to lots of areas, but you can make the most of a windy day and stay out of the worst of the winds. We will get a few days each week with lighter winds and you can get to the docks and other popular areas on those mornings. Wintertime fishing is lots of fun if you can use the conditions to your advantage.

Dress in layers. We go from the 40 degree to the 70 degree range during the day and layering your clothing will allow you to enjoy the fishing in comfort. Plan your trips around the weather and have fun this month! 

Catch 365

"Weight Transfer"

Ever noticed that some plugs get hung up in the air and look more like a trick plane than a fishing lure during the cast.  Avoid this by throwing a lure with a weight transfer system.   The Yo-Zuri Mag Minnow(pictured) and the Rapala X-Rap both have a weight transfer system that lets them cast more like a bullet than a acrobatic airplane.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The pompano bite is starting to get good around J.C.. park on the incoming tide.The south jetty has been hot with jacks,bluefish,flounder,and a few pompano live shrimp is the bait of choice for most people but silver spoons have produced well for the bluefish. 

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a gorgeous morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 4 mph, gusting to 9 and the water is calm with a light chop. White fluffy clouds, blue skies and low 60's make it a perfect day to get out and wet a line!

We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Those folks who were crowded down at the end of the north jetty were fishing for Black Drum as suspected. Mike reported and early Black Drum bite from 6:30 - 9:00 for anglers using shrimp and clams but after that, the bite dropped off. The tide was outgoing and the only other fish he saw come over the rails were a few Whiting, a couple of small Blues, Catfish and a couple of Sting Rays. 

We know there are some Sheepshead, Reds, a few Flounder, Pompano and C/R Snook out there, there just weren't any landed yesterday morning.

Our first photo today features Bruce Brugman of Fort Lauderdale. Bruce travels to the inlet once a week to fish this time of year. Bruce landed this real nice Flounder using a 2/0 Tamer Octopus hook with a large greenie. 
Photo two is of Dennis Campbell of Vero Beach. Dennis landed these two real nice Black Drum yesterday morning. 
Photo three is of the "Drumline" on the north jetty. This photo shows how packed it can get this time of year, literally elbow to elbow!