Thursday, February 4, 2016

Scouting Around - Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     Croaker and whiting are holding in the surf throughout the day along Jensen Beach, and there has been steady pompano action on the higher tide.
     In the Indian River, the redfish bite is still excellent on the west side, and the east side has been great for trout. Also, snook season is now officially open, and they are biting at night around bridges and dock lights. If you’re looking to keep a snook, keep in mind that they must be between 28 and 32 inches, and the bag limit is one per day. The season will remain open through May 31.
     Spanish mackerel are biting along Jupiter’s beaches and also in the Jupiter Inlet. There are whiting around as well, along with a few snook and pompano.
     Snook are also being caught around the bridges of the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter and throughout Palm Beach County. Snapper are also biting at the bridges and near Marker 42.
     A few snook and jacks were caught in the surf along Palm Beach this week. A few Spanish mackerel were also reported.
     Sheepshead are holding near the jetties at the Lake Worth and Boynton Beach inlets.
     The bass fishing remains excellent in Lake Okeechobee and continues to improve. Large fish are being caught along the outside edges and back in the grass, and good numbers are being reported.
     Live shiners still get the edge over artificial lures, but skilled anglers are having plenty of success either way.
     Guides taking customers on half-day trips (4 hours) are catching more than 40 fish per outing.
     The largest bass reported this week was over 7 pounds, which hasn’t been all that uncommon recently.

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