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

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