INSHORE- The mixed bag action on the inshore grassflats just keeps rolling on. A wide variety of species (pompano, ladyfish, jacks, trout, redfish, snook, snapper, sheepshead, black drum, and more) have all been caught in varying degrees over the past few weeks inshore. The flats around Munyon Island and Jupiter Island/Hobe Sound (Mile MArker 40-46 in the ICW) are continuing to produce the best. For those fishing bait it is all about live shrimp right now, fished on a flatline or under a popping cork. For those leaning towards the lures; stick with Doc’s Goofy Jigs, DOA 1/4oz Shrimp, Gulfstream Shrimp or Redfish Jigs, Cotee Chubby Grubs, or DOA CAL Jerkbaits. I lean towards the DOA CAL in #419 or the shrimp in #441 for consistent all around action. The trick with fishing the DOA shrimp is to fish it, as DOA creator Mark Nichols says, “slower than dead.” The Loxahatchee River is still producing a few pompano on Goofy Jigs, with the ladyfish picking up the slack in the down periods. Word is the inshore fishing in the Stuart and Jensen area is very good right now. The lures are all the same, where exactly the fish are…you will have to find that out on your own(mostly because I don’t know, otherwise I’d tell).
SURF/PIER- (Be sure to check out coming soon info on front page for info about surf casting seminar this weekend) Pompano fishing was a little better up and down the beach this week. It wasn’t so much quantity, but the quality of the fish was very good! Bait fishing with sandfleas, clams, and fresh cut shrimp was the ticket on the beach; a few were caught with Goofy Jigs
on the pier as well(that is a very early bite, as the sharks run them off as soon as the sun starts to peek up). Whiting have been biting on the pier this week, with very fresh cut shrimp being the bait of choice. Bluefish are once again making a nice showing. And as mentioned above, the sharks are still hanging around.
***BAIT NOTE- With any luck sardines(in some form) should be back in stock sometime next week (most likely Tues or Wed)***