Saturday, May 18, 2024

From Todd @ Juno Bait Crew-Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing continues to improve inshore.  Stable warm weather will only make the snook fishing better and better.  Lowlight periods and nighttime will be the best for the snook.  For best luck work on fishing the tide (can be incoming or outgoing, it just needs to be moving).  Snook have been on the bridges at night, and laid up under boat docks and seawalls during the day.  A live mullet is top bait choice during the day.  At night the snook are biting Flair Hawk Jigs and bigger swimbaits well.  Beyond the snook, inshore fishing has been a bit on the slower side.  A few mangroves around the bridges, but not in huge numbers yet.  Small live pilchards and live shrimp are the bait of choice for the snapper.     

SURF/PIER-  A bit slower along the beach this week; with the last of the pompano action all but coming to a screeching halt.  South winds will just keep pushing the last of the pomps north.  If you're trying to get the last of the late late season pomps it will be best to head north.  The continuing warm stable weather has the snook biting better and better.  The snook aren't stacked on the beach yet; but numbers are improving.  The Juno Beach Pier snook bite continues to improve; both in numbers and size.  The pier snook have been varying their diet these days: One day it's shrimp, the next it's mullet, and the following day they only want mullet.  It's snook fishing...Be prepared to be frustrated!  Best bite (for the most part) on the snook will be early morning and late afternoon.  A few jacks (including some big boys) cruising the beach still.  Tarpon continue to push north along the beach in decent numbers.  For the most part it's easiest to find the tarpon moving first thing in the morning.  Blue runners have invaded the pier in decent numbers.  No big numbers, but a few kings still cruising around the pier in the afternoon.  Croaker bite has been decent in the first trough.  Small pieces of fresh shrimp are the bait of choice. 

Sebastian Inlet Report with The Snookman


The water is heating up and so is the fishing! Pompano, jacks, blue runners, snook.....

“Good morning, Sebastian Inlet fishing friends. I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful, hot weekend. The weather was great for the beaches and fishing. Here is this week's report. The fishing has picked up a bit over the weekend, the water has also cleaned up quite a bit and warmed up to near seasonal temperatures. It was 78 on Sunday but 77 on this Monday morning. It should be in the lower 80s this time of year. The other good thing I saw over the weekend was the presence of a lot of baitfishmullet and threadfins around the north and south jetties. The mojarras have been tough to find. For the most part, though, fishing was pretty good on both sides of the inlet. Here's your breakdown of the hotspots: 

North jetty: Most of the action here has been on the high tide cycle of the day. Quite a variety of species were caught over the weekend. On the beachside of the north jetty I saw some nice pompano and a couple of whiting caught on fresh dead shrimp, along with plenty of blue runners and jack crevalle. On the inside of the jetty over the rock pile at the tip using large live shrimp, a few snook were hooked up with only a couple being landed. They either were broken off or big daddy G ate them! The goliath groupers were hungry for snook this weekend! I only heard of one slot snook caught all weekend. Around the pilings on the inside they were catching some small black margates, a couple of small mangrove snappers, and a couple sheepshead as well. Another species that were caught over the weekend were some nice catch-and-release redfish all along the shoreline from the gate at the jetty back to the bridge. Live croakers and shrimp were the baits of choice for them. At the tip on the outgoing it was mostly small blues, jacks and catfish, with maybe a snook or two hooked up and lost. Most were fishing either live shrimp, mullet or small croakers. That's pretty much it for this area, it was fishy, but just not up to what it should be yet. 

South jetty: Incoming tide has been the better time to fish. Plenty of small undersized snook being caught all along the inside of the rock shoreline on small live croakers. Saw quite a few caught, but most were too small to keep. Redfish were also present in the area and tide. At the tip and beach side on Sunday the water was pretty clean for a change and they had caught a few nice pompano and whiting on cut shrimp. Incoming tide and the outgoing tide produced. The outgoing tide also produced plenty of blue runners, black margates and jacks just to keep things interesting on the outgoing tide.


T-dock area: It has still been slow here, but on the incoming tide when the water is clearer, anglers are catching a few snook using either live mojarra, or croakers. On the dock around the pilings, like I mentioned last week, the small mangrove snappers are beginning to appear. Most are too small to be kept, but they are around. Small live or dead greenies and shrimp will entice them. Incoming or outgoing tide will work. And as always, pesky puffers are ever-present and hungry. For those tossing jigs and silver spoons to the channel area, big jack crevalle are playing around, chasing the schools of mullet in the inlet. 

Surf area, both sides: On the south side of the jetty — the beach all the way down to the ‘day use’ area with the paved parking and rest rooms — look for pompano, whiting and pesky catfish. The water has been pretty clean, but that is expected to change in the next couple days due to brisk SSE winds picking up. Live sand fleas, and shrimp, either live or dead were getting the bites. To the north — the north parking lot in the park and the area just north — also has been producing pompano and whiting, same baits, shrimp or live sandfleas. Also, a couple guys I chatted with said they found some nice snook on the beach when they found schools of mullet there. Most were too big to keep, but that's a step in the right direction, as this time of the year the snook will cruise the beaches looking for food. Also. when the water warms more, we will see big tarpon running the beaches as well. Any live bait or large swim bait will entice a bite from them! Hang on, that will be fun!

Sunday, May 12, 2024

From Todd @ Juno Bait Crew-Juno Beach

 INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. Warming weather has them pointed towards the inlets. It’s not spawning time yet; but it’s not far off and the snook will start feeding heavily. Warm weather has the snook’s metabolism creeping up; so bigger baits and lures definitely are coming into play. During the day look for the snook to be laid up along seawalls and under boat docks. Early morning a topwater will play for the snook; while a live mullet is top choice once the sun starts to get up. At night the snook have been biting well around the bridges. A flair hawk jig is a solid choice for the snook right now. A bigger swimbait is also going to be a good choice. Docklights will also be holding a good number of snook (though most of the fish on dock lights tend to be a bit smaller). 

SURF/PIER- Pompano action slowed way down this week; but still a handful of fish hanging on! Sounds like the pompano fishing remains better up to the north of us. A lot of shorts to pick through as well before getting a keeper or two. Snook fishing has improved along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. Warm conditions, nice looking water, and some bait showing up has the snook popping off halfway decent. A Rapala X-Rap or similar small swimming plug is a good choice for the snook right now along the beach. Still a few good schools of jacks cruising the beach. Blue runners are showing up at the Juno Beach Pier in good numbers (summer is here!). Also starting to get more and more reports of tarpon cruising north along the beach.

Thanks For Reading,

Sebastian Inlet Report with The Snookman

 “Good morning, Sebastian Inlet anglers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather was outstanding. But not so much the fishing. To that end, this is a brief report.  It may not be what you wanted to hear, but I tell it like I see it.

Fishing has been mostly slow, largely due to the silted water on the north side and the sandy-muddy water on the south side. That alone will affect the fishing, as well as the lack of finger mullet. Water temperatures along the coast are reaching seasonal temperatures, but haven’t remained here. It was 78 degrees for a few days due to the ESE winds, but as of this morning it dropped to 76.  When the water temperatures quit fluctuating, fishing should improve and remain there.  

North jetty: The hasn’t been much action except for some small blues and jacks being caught on the outgoing tide at the tip on silver spoons or any type of natural bait. No snook. Incoming tide has been notta. The only thing I saw caught over the weekend were a couple small sheepshead, and some spottail pins. No snook, no redfish, or anything else either. Pretty slow. 

South jetty: Here, it is the same. At the tip during outgoing tide, look for small blues and jacks along with a few black margates and blue runners mixed in, but nothing else. The water over here is really muddy from the SSE winds and rough surf. Incoming tide if you can get lucky and have some cleaner water, you just might find a few snook wanting to play, live baits of shrimp and majorras will be the ticket for them. 

T-dock area: Back here I heard that the snook action has picked up a bit on the incoming tide when the water cleans up some. Early evening and into the night on the incoming, and first of the outgoing tide on live mojarras and bucktails or soft plastics, are producing some nice slot fish. Also, around the t-dock pilings since the water has warmed a bit, the small mangrove snappers are starting to show. Most are undersized, but they are around. The outgoing tide is also producing small bluefish and jack crevalles for those tossing spoons and small jigs to the channel area. 

Surf, both sides: The south side is and has been a washout — dirty/sandy from winds and rough surf; not much to be had on this side. On the north side, however, water clarity is better, large due to the long north jetty’s protection of the beach area just north of the jetty. I have received  reports of pompano and whiting caught just north of the inlet. Use cut shrimp, sand fleas and fish bites. Also, there is the possibility of small blues and jacks for those using silver spoons and small jigs/swim baits in the surf. 

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 Finally got back on the beach today and my focus was checking to see if the whiting and croaker were starting to show in the near shore trough . I have had some phone calls from folks wanting to have some fun and put these tasty fish in their coolers . Summertime is definitely Funtime on the beach for anglers of all ages and the end result of a “Hutchinson Island “ fish fry really tops it off . I did manage to put some nice sized whiting in the cooler along with catching and releasing a bunch of palometas , sand perch, and even a nice bonefish . The highlight of the trip was 3 keeper pompano and I actually caught and released another 4 ten inch fish . The biggest pompano of the three was caught on my whiting rig 7 yards from the Surfline . Pink Shrimp Fishbites tipped with a small piece of shrimp caught everyone of my fish . I plan on bringing a couple of long rods with me tomorrow to check the pompano activity but this light rod fishing in that first trough is a lot of fun . The high tide mark is always the key to having a good day so plan on fishing an hour or two before high tide to a couple of hours after . I’m having whiting sliders tonight on Hawaiian rolls and it just doesn’t get any better than that . Look for this bite to get better as we get closer to June . I wish everyone a happy Mothers Day and good luck this week and catch em up

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Snook-Nook Fishing Report

 Our late spring Snook fishing has been heating up for anglers in our area! We are beginning to get into the best time of the year for Snook fishing as they prepare for the summer spawn. Not only do we have a chance to catch a good number of fish, this is the time of year where you tend to see a lot of the bigger breeder Snook caught. When you are targeting or catch the breeder fish, please remember to treat them with care when caught as they will be providing us with our future Snook population. Using circle hooks and reducing their time out of the water are helpful to ensure a strong release of the fish. Snook season remains open until June 1st if you are still looking to harvest a slot. A lot of Snook are starting to move around and are starting to stack up around the bridges as they inch their way closer to the inlet. The Jensen Causeway, Stuart Causeway and 10 cent bridge have produced steady action for those Snook fishing. Fishing live Croakers underneath the concrete blocks or along the fenders will give you a good chance at getting bit. We should begin to see better numbers of Snook in and around the inlet in May. There have already been a few fish showing up in that area as Hole in the Wall has been productive as of late. Anglers will find a lot of success live baiting this time of year with either Croakers, Pilchards, Threadfins or Mullet. If you’re looking for live bait, we have had a steady supply of Croakers available at the shop. Bryan and Mike with Stuart Live Bait have also had a steady supply of Pilchards and Threadfins, give them a call or text the day before your trip to reserve your baits, 772-985-0425. There has been some bait scattered throughout the river over the past few weeks if you’re looking to catch your own bait as well. If you are planning on going out for an evening or night trip, the dock lights have been very productive and there have been a few Trout mixed in with the Snook in certain areas. Live Pilchards, live shrimp, small paddle tails or artificial shrimp will be some of your best bait choices if you’re looking to hit the lights. Those fishing by land have found success at the Jensen Causeway, Indian Riverside Park, wading on the east and west side of the river north of the Jensen Causeway also look for the Snook bite to improve at the Ft. Pierce jetty. With the temperatures heating up, if you are planning on fishing in the afternoon or later in the morning on some of our warmer days, try to fish in areas with either deeper water, flowing current or shaded areas as the Snook will head to these areas as the water heats up. If you are looking to fish artificials, mornings, evenings and at night will be your best bet. 

The Pompano fishing at the Jensen Causeway east side relief bridge has been really good throughout the month of April and has once again been the best month of the year for those targeting Pompano inshore. A lot of the Pompano have been caught directly at your feet up to 10ft away from the bridge so be sure to work your jig through that zone. The best action has been on the second half of the incoming tide and throughout the outgoing tide. You’ll definitely want some current flowing as it really slows down during slack tide. The three hottest jigs have been pink with a chartreuse teaser, chartreuse with a pink teaser and chartreuse/pink with a white teaser. 3/8oz and 1/2oz jigs have been the most popular sizes. Some guys have been picking off a few Pompano on the Thumper Shrimp as well. A few fish have been picked off at the Stuart Causeway east side relief bridge as well as off the Sailfish Flats, but the majority of the action has been coming from the Jensen Causeway. Over the past few years April has provided us with the hottest Pompano bite there and that action has carried over into May so we can hope for the same this year. Along with the Pompano, bycatch has consisted of Spanish Mackerel, Croaker, Jacks and lady fish on the Pompano jigs.  

Our Tarpon fishing has been on the slower side so far. We’ve seen a few picked off in some of the deeper channels, there have been some up around the power plant and some in the 30-40lb class around some of the docks in the St. Lucie River. Last year around this time the Tarpon bite was better around the bridges due to crabs flushing through on outgoing tides, but the crabs have been late this year. We’ve heard reports of crabs starting to trickle through the bridges so hopefully the numbers of crabs increase and the Tarpon bite improves.

Those fishing shrimp around structure have been able to stay busy with Triple Tail, Sheepshead, Snappers, Croakers and a variety of other species. 

Surf Fishing Report 

April provided some steady Pompano action off our local beaches. The majority of the action ranged from 60-100yds off the beach and action has been found both in the mornings and in the afternoon. If you are fishing multiple rods, it is always wise to vary your casting distances to see where the fish are feeding that day. Hot baits have been FishBites EZ Flea, Powerlime, Electric Chicken and Flesh/Pink Crab. Anglers have also found success fishing with sand fleas. We are still hearing about schools of fish caught to the south of us which will have to work their way north so we should expect to see a little more Pompano action before the season is over. 

With the Pompano season winding down, we should expect to see the Whiting and Croaker fishing start to improve by the end of the month. It is very important to not overcast when targeting them as most of the time the best action will be found right in the first trough. Pieces of shrimp, shrimp FishBites or bloodworm FishBites are going to be your best bait options for them. Along with the Whiting and Croakers, we should begin seeing some Snook head out to the beach by the end of the month. You will see a lot of anglers will have a spare rod rigged up with a sabiki rig in case any pilchards push through, they will free line the pilchards for the Snook. If you catch a smaller Whiting or Croaker, you can use that for bait as well.

Sebastian Inlet Report with The Snookman


Cooler water lingers but pompano, bluefish, jacks possible

Hope everyone had a fantastic week the weather was marvelous! This week is going to start off a bit breezy at the inlet, but only for Monday and Tuesday with NNE winds 15-25 and possible gust to around 30, and settle back down by Wednesday, so it will be a bit of a chore to fish the north side with the wind swell. I'm hoping that the NNE will bring in some cleaner water like it usually does, and start the pompano and Spanish mackerel back up again. We'll see. 

Fishing at the inlet for has remained slow, hit-or-miss, as always, due to water conditions fluctuating between cool and warm, and clean to silty: This keeps the fish in a state of confusion as to what they should be doing. The water temperature is still 74 to 75 degrees but should be 77 degrees by now. But the NNE winds keep the cooler water around. Onto the fishing as I saw it last week and through the weekend. Last week started off with a decent pompano bite on live shrimp and fish bites on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday the water dirtied up and it went away — same for the Spanish mackerel; Monday and Tuesday saw a nice bite on small white jigs and small greenies, but by Wednesday, that too went away. The rest of the week was pretty slow with only some small bluefish and jack crevalle caught on artificial and cut bait at the tip on the outgoing tide. Not much to say about the incoming tide, except for a few snook  hooked on live baits or lost to the groupers, who will eat anything they can catch, especially snook struggling to escape! Over the weekend, I saw quite a few schools of finger mullet all around the north jetty and back inside the inlet. That's a good sign. We need baitfish to attract the predators. Remember, folks, when cast netting baitfish, please only keep what you need, and return the rest to the water unharmed and as quickly as possible! Our resources are NOT forever, plus it is one of the posted jetty fishing rules. Thank you. Here’s a breakdown by area:


North jetty: Fishing was slow on Saturday, but some fish were caught. Early morning incoming tide, there were a couple slot snook caught on live baits, mojarras and live shrimp. Also, a couple catch-and-release redfish, inlet side of the jetty. Ocean side of the jetty on Saturday early and throughout the day, anglers caught a few pompano and whiting on fresh cut dead shrimp, not a lot, but enough to keep an angler interested. Bluefish and jack crevalles kept things interesting throughout the day on the outgoing tide at the tip. Silver spoons and live baits were doing the trick for them. The monster blues are gone, but the ones they were catching were pretty nice, in the 15 to 18-inch range. On Sunday, the water clarity improved and so did the bite. Early incoming tide on the inlet side there were several slot sized snook caught, along with again, a couple nice catch and release redfish, all on live baits, shrimp and mojarras. Ocean side throughout the day they caught some really nice pompano, whiting, and I even saw a few nice black drum caught, more towards the tip of the jetty. Live and dead shrimp were the baits of choice. Outgoing tide was all about the blues and jacks on silver spoons, jigs and cut baits. Plenty of action there for those species. At the tip on the outgoing tide, a couple of the guys were catching a few Spanish mackerel and lookdowns on the tiny white jigs. Along the rock shoreline just west of the gate to the jetty, on Sunday I saw a couple fishing in the area, and they caught a couple blues, a few sand perch, one sheepshead about 14 inches long, a black margate AND a couple mangrove snappers about 11 inches! 

South jetty: On this side the, the action was slower, due again to the dirtier water from the roughed-up surf and intercoastal runoff flowing out the inlet on the outgoing tide. At the tip, it's the same cast of characters — black margates, blue runners, catfish, and maybe a pompano or two if some clean water is present. On the surf side of the jetty close to shore in the pocket, I heard of some small flounder still being caught on small live baits and small plastic swim baits. Most are too small to keep, but every once in a while, there’s a keeper. The incoming tide in the late afternoon has produced snook and redfish catches, live baits of shrimp and mojarras are doing the trick on them. Most of the snook have been too small to keep, but some are slots to be kept. Not much else except for the blues and jacks in the channel area on the incoming for those tossing silver spoons and jigs. No mangroves yet on this side. 

T-Dock Area: Still slow here. Blame dirtier water and absence of small baitfish that are usually around to attract any predators. No bait, no fish. The incoming tide, if the water is a bit clean, you just might get lucky and find a snook or two hanging around on live baits, but it has been slow. For those tossing silver spoons of jigs to the channel area, there is always the possibility for a jack or two, and maybe some blues

Surf Area, south side: Cloudy water here. Not much except for a lot of catfishstingrays and bonnet head sharks being caught. If you find clean water, you might find a few whiting and pompano fishing cut shrimp or sand fleas. 

Surf Area, north side: The water has been a lot cleaner than the south, also it is deeper on this side. The pompano bite has been rather good for the last few days with plenty of fish being caught, along with some really nice whiting. Fish the outside trough with sand fleas, fish bites of fresh dead, or small live shrimp. Bluefish and some Spanish mackerel also are possible in the surf for those fishing silver spoons and small jigs and such. Also, with the finger mullet starting to run down the beaches, be on the lookout for possible snook and tarpon action busting up the schools of bait! If seasonal conditions were here — and they are not — there would be  small schools of tarpon roaming the surf along the coast. Just something to keep in mind. 

That's all I have for this week! Not too bad, but not what it should be for April. Soon enough, we’ll see warm, clean water show up and STAY! Have a great week. Grab your gear, lunch, drinks and sunblock, and go fishing!” — Snookman.