Thursday, August 20, 2015

Scouting Around

   Bait fish are showing up in the surf along the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County, which has led to a greater tarpon and snook presence. The best tarpon bite is during low-light hours or following the afternoon thunderstorms, while the snook seem to be hitting during higher tides.
   In addition to snook and tarpon, there are good numbers of whiting and croaker in the surf along Jensen Beach.
   The tripletail fishing has been incredible in the Indian River, mostly north of the Jensen Causeway. Look for structure, such as channel markers. The bite lasts throughout the day. Flipping shrimp on a jig head has been working well.
Snook are everywhere in the river, too - flats, bridges, structure, etc.
   Plenty of nice trout were caught early in the morning, north of the powerplant.
   The only consistent action along the beaches of Jupiter and Palm Beach this week has been snook.
   Small tarpon are being caught in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter, while snook are being hooked at night around dock lights and bridges. Lane and mangrove snapper are chewing around bridges.
   Snook, tarpon, permit and mangrove snapper were all caught in the Boynton Beach Inlet this week, as well as near bridges in the Intracoastal. Sheepshead are also being reported along the Intracoastal's seawalls throughout central and southern Palm Beach County.

   The best time for bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee is early in the morning. If you're out on the water before sunrise, you can catch a good number of fish before the bite shuts off at about 10 a.m. The fish are out in the main lake early and around the offshore islands. Once the sun is up, you may need to work along the outside edges and back in the grass.
   Live shiners are working better than artificial lures at this time.
   Most of the fish being caught are under 2 pounds, but there have been a few reports of bass weighing over 5 pounds.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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