photo courtesy of Eric Gates
Snook season is winding down, so if taking one home for the dinner table sounds like a good idea, go get them now! The linesiders are showing up on the beach, filling in at the inlet, and hanging around the bridges at night. Along the beach Rapala X-Raps and small white jigs are a good choice. Look for the snook to be cruising north and south in the first trough. The bridges are holding good numbers of snook, and fishing at night is the only way to go. Drifting live shrimp with the current is a great bait choice. A flair hawk is a great lure choice for the bridges as well.
Mangrove snapper and sheepshead are hanging around the bridges as well. Shrimp, live of cut pieces, is a great bait choice to fool those stubborn fish around the pilings. Moonfish(aka lookdown) and sandperch have been caught around the bridges as well.
SURF/PIER- The pompano fishing has slowed down a bit, but it isn’t done just yet. Clams and sandleas continue to produce a few bites from the pompano. For those not into fishing bait, pompano jigs(like Doc’s Goofy Jig) may still get a few bites. Scattered schools of spanish mackerel have been moving up and down the beach and a few are always hanging around the pier.
White Crappie Jigs are a good choice from the pier for the mackerel. The small profile matches a glass minnow nicely. As mentioned above, the snook are showing up along the beach. Fish low light periods for best action, or try and sight cast them in good light for a real challenge!