Thursday, February 18, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

   Bluefish, jacks, whiting and Spanish mackerel are all chewing in the surf along Jensen Beach. Fish are being caught throughout the day, so there’s no need to be out there early.
   Those fishing in the Indian River are catching big numbers of redfish from the Jensen Causeway and north. They’re finding them on both the east and west sides, depending on which way the wind is blowing.
  Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are also biting, and pompano and snook are being caught around the bridges. As you’d expect, night time is best for targeting snook.
   The beaches of Jupiter were pretty quiet this week but there are whiting around throughout the day, along with a few pompano and bluefish. Finding clean water has been more important than time of day or tidal conditions.
     Those fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River in and around Jupiter are hooking snook, mangrove snapper and sheepshead around the bridges. Fish are biting during the day, but the best action seems to be at night. There are plenty of jacks around as well.
   Jacks and a few bluefish were hooked in the surf along Palm Beach this week. The fish seem to be holding there throughout the day.
   Snapper and sheepshead are being caught off the north jetty of the Boynton Beach Inlet, and jacks have been snagged in the surf.
   In the Intracoastal around Boynton Beach, snook, jacks and black drum are all biting around bridges at night.

   The fishing has been excellent in Lake Okeechobee, especially when the wind cooperates. On calmer days when you can hold the outside edges and fish back in the grass, big numbers of bass are being reeled in, along with several large fish. Hooking a 7-pounder (or bigger) is certainly not uncommon at this point.
   Live shiners are still working better than artificial lures. Finding the hot spots is dependent on the wind, but there have been good reports from Pelican Bay to the Harney Pond area.
   The morning bite is still best, but you can definitely catch a lot of fish throughout the day and night.
courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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