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Monday, July 21, 2014

                                      Catch 365
                          "Beach Snookin, Part 4...
Outside Edges"
Schools of baitfish are almost always a sure sign snook are in the area. Don't think though that it is as simple as casting into the middle of a baitfish school and simply reeling a lure in to crush the snook. Pick the school of baitfish apart; fish the inside/outside edges, the trailing/leading edges, and below(when bait is hanging near the surface) for the best results.

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a beautiful, warm morning at the inlet. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas with a possibility of showers/thunderstorms this morning and this afternoon. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 3 mph and gusting to 6, the water is calm.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a mediocre but steady weekend bite for our anglers. The most prevalent catches were Mangrove Snapper and Black Margate but we also saw some big Reds, C/R Snook, Jacks, a few Spanish Mackerel and a few Permit. Fishing wasn't terrible, but the no see 'ums were. Be sure to include insect repellent if you head to the inlet. This time of year the little devils can be relentless. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

                                                 Catch 365

                         "Beach Snookin,Part 3...
Get out of the crowd"
While snook on the beach are used to seeing people; they are usually not fond of recklessly feeding as toddlers splash over head on boogie boards, kite boarders plow through, or a game of water football is going on. Seek out less crowded beach areas, fish early and/or late, and be prepared to walk to find the best summer snook action on the beach!

Sebastian Inlet Report

We have another beautiful morning at the inlet. There's not much wind, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. This morning winds are blowing out of the South at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and the water is calm. We've been seeing some decent activity with Mangrove Snapper and Black Margate. There are lots of menhaden (greenies), mojarra and sardines in the water which are attracting Spanish Mackerel, but you better be faster than the Barracuda that like to dine on them as well. The sand trap is holding some large Reds, they are going after the crabs that are falling into the recently dredged trap. C/R Snook have been very active. Please handle these breeding species with extra care. A few large Permit have found their way to some lucky anglers as well, crabs will work well.

Our first photo today features Chris Lockwood of Sebastian. Chris got out onto the north jetty around 4:00 a.m. for the end of the outgoing tide. Chris was crowded on the end with 8 - 10 other anglers, but managed to keep his line untangled by letting his line go out further with his live crab attached. He was there about 30 minutes when he hooked up with the big, 38 lb. Permit in our photo. Chris fought the Permit for 20 minutes, going back and forth from corner to corner at the tip of the jetty before he finally landed her; she put up a great fight! One other angler landed one in the 25 lb. range. Chris weighed his at his family's seafood market, Crab E Bill's. 

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains stellar inshore right now.  Heavy rains have the  some truly massive snook hanging around the spillways.  FIsh heavy jigs and swimbaits for best results at the spillways.  Snook are still biting very well around the bridges at night.  With more bait (mainly small pilchards) moving inshore, mangrove snapper action has steadily increased.  Keep the terminal tackle, leader, and lead to a minimum for best luck with the snapper.  MacArthur State Park and Munyon Island are producing some nice snook and even a few trout.  Fish deeper potholes and channels through the flats for best luck.

SURF/PIER- The big news this week was the large amount of bait finally making its way to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.  With the bait have been lots of nice snook, bonita, jacks, tarpon, and some sharks.  Lots of good action early on Rapala X-Raps and then live baits as the sun begins to come up.  Along the beach big snook are continuing to cruise the first trough looking for croaker and sandperch.   Reports of a few redfish hanging out with the masses of snook at Jupiter Inlet have also come in this week.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Palm Beach Report

     A lot of snook have been caught along the beaches of the Treasure Coast this week. The fish are around all day, but the best bite is early in the morning and on the incoming tide.
                                                                             photo courtesy of Beachwalker Guide Service
There are big jacks on the beach as well, along with some nice tarpon, although most of them are just beyond reach of anglers casting from the shore.
     There are good numbers of snook in the Indian River, especially on the west side around the docks. They are also thick at the bridges.
     Big tarpon are biting around the Roosevelt Bridge. For bait, live mullet are working best. There are snook around, too.
     Trout are chewing on the east side of the river, north of the Jensen Causeway. There are also a few redfish mixed in. The key is finding bait schools and casting around them.
     It’s all about snook on the beaches of Jupiter. Big fish – and good numbers of them – are being caught. Snook are being hooked in the Jupiter Inlet as well.
     Snook are also biting in the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River.
     Good numbers of snook are being caught in the surf along Palm Beach. Tarpon are starting to pop up, but the numbers aren’t there yet. A few anglers have had success, but targeting them has been a bit difficult.
     The pattern for catching snook has not changed much for central and southern Palm Beach County. You’re best bet is fishing bridges and docklights at night.
     There’s a good bite in the county’s inlets as well.
     Mangrove snapper, jacks and sheepshead are all biting in the Intracoastal near the Lantana bridge.
     There have been big bait schools in and around the Boynton Beach Inlet, which has attracted big numbers of snook and dolphin. Tarpon as big as 150 pounds have been reported in this area.

     There are some nice bass being caught on Lake Okeechobee this summer but you need to get out on the water early. If you’re still out there at noon, you’re most likely wasting your time.
     The water level is above 13 feet, so the entire lake is accessible, which makes the fishing fun. However, most of the bass are out in the open water at this point. Some of this week’s hot spots are the Cross, Spoil Islands and the reefs. West Wall and East Wall have also been productive.
     Once the sun is up, the best fishing is back in the grass, especially patches of pepper grass.
     Artificial lures are actually working better than live shiners right now. 
       courtsey of Palm Beach Post
                                 Catch 365

                           "Beach Snooking,Part 2...
Get Clear"
When dealing with snook along the beach you are often faced with VERY clear water. Throwing the usual colored lures is often a complete waste of time in these situations. Going with a clear lure (DOA Shrimp #382 is lurking in the edge of the picture) is often the key to triggering a bite unclear calm situations. The snook are not easily put off by it,as it looks very natural, and often readily knock it as it jumps out of the sand in front of them!