Thursday, March 31, 2016

Scouting Around - Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     Bluefish, jacks, plenty of whiting, and a decent number of pompano are moving in and out of the surf along Jensen Beach throughout the day.
In the Indian River, trout are up close near the powerplant, and there are redfish everywhere – although the bite seems to be a little better on the west side. Bluefish and jacks are also around.
     As always, there are snook at the bridges and in the dock lights at night.
     Those fishing the beach in Jupiter are catching bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano near the inlet.
     Jacks and ladyfish were reported in the Intracoastal Waterway, along with pompano in the Marker 42 area. There are a bunch of snook at the beaches and in the lights here as well.
     The surf fishing has been pretty uneventful along Palm Beach and Boynton Beach this week, although jacks and ladyfish have been hooked. A few tarpon were also spotted near the mouth of the Boynton Beach Inlet.
     Jacks and snook are the story in the Intracoastal throughout central and southern Palm Beach County, although croaker, sand perch and a few small snapper were also reported.
     There’s great bass action on Lake Okeechobee this time of year, and those fishing back in the grass and along the outside edges are catching some monster fish – and a lot of them! A half-day trip is producing up to 40 bass, and several 6- and 7-pounders were reported this week.
     Live shiners and artificial lures are both working well, but shiners still hold the edge at this point.
     The bite lasts throughout the day, but the biggest numbers and most consistent action is still taking place in the early-morning hours.
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From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

A few Snook have been caught at the inlet in ft. Pierce and around the Bridges in Stuart but the bite hasn’t been on fire. There have been a lot of Slot Snook on the dock lights in Jensen and Stuart. These fish are willing to take bigger lures and flies. The west side of the river along the docks has been producing slot Snook, Reds, and Gator Trout. Monster 3x shrimp and twitch baits have been the lures of choice for wade fishermen.

Sebastian Inlet Report



Winds are blowing out of the Northeast this morning at 14 mph, gusting to 19 and the water is choppy. There is a chance of showers today with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Small craft should exercise caution.

We don't have a lot to report on the fishing front as the bite is slow. We're seeing a few Blues, Jacks, an occasional Black Drum, Sheepshead, Lookdown or Snook. 

Our first photo today features Victor Montalvo of Orlando. Victor fished the north jetty when he landed the Sheepshead and Black Drum using shrimp and clam combos. 
  Photo two features Big Willie of Fort Pearce. Willie landed the large Jack off the north jetty.
  Photo three features Luke Vila of Kissimmee. Luke and his friend Justin Mitchell made the drive over to fish the inlet. Luke reported the outgoing tide was ripping through the inlet. The men free lined mullet and landed some Jacks. All fish were released.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016



I see the same thing over and over! It is the same thing that keeps people from catching fish. I’ve seen other fishermen throwing plastics and not catching fish when they should. It breaks my heart because I don’t want anyone to have a bad day on the water!
My guess is that they’re not using the appropriate weight for a jig head. Either they’re too heavy or too light, and usually too light. If you don’t have 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2oz jig heads in your arsenal then you are only hurting yourself. Don’t be scared to use a 1/2oz jig head to get to the bottom in 16ft of moving water! I know it looks weird threading a plastic onto it but I promise it works. You don’t want to be using a jig head that is too heavy in lightly moving water, either. It will decrease your chances of catching because it will negatively effect the presentation of the plastic.
Don’t be afraid to try something new! Experiment and experiment some more. In time you will know what jig head is the right size.
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From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

 Inshore the snook fishing has been steady around the bridges and inlets on the outgoing tide. The trout fishing has been good around midway road with a few snook mixed in around the docks.The sailfish flats have had a few nice reds around them on the out going tide.The south jetty in ft pierce has had a few nice flounder and pompano around with a few snook around high tide live shrimp has produced the best.

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have another beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 1 mph, gusting to 3 and the water has a light chop. There are no NOAA advisories but winds are predicted to shift to the north this afternoon and rain is likely.

Yesterday was another slow day off the jetties. A few Blues, Sheepshead, Jacks and one slot Snook came over the rails. The only excitement occurred when an angler brought in two Bluefish on the same lure (see photo two)! Winter regular Sally Baughman sent in a photo of the Blues and our fun third photo, thanks Sally!

Our angler of the day is John Tay of Gifford. John fished the north jetty when he landed the good sized Sheepshead in our first photo. John had another Sheepshead almost as large and one Bluefish, he was using sand fleas. 

  Photo two is of the two for one Blues!
As two anglers cast for mojarra in the tide pool, a manatee raises its head to observe in photo three!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 4 mph, gusting to 8 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories but there is a chance of showers this afternoon.

We had a lovely weekend at the inlet although fishing remained on the slow side according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. A few slot Snook were landed on the end of the outgoing tide, Blues were hitting spoons on the outgoing as well. Quite a few Lookdowns came over the rails and a couple of big Reds. 

Our photo today features one of two huge Black Drum that were landed and released off the north jetty. The photo shows the Drum in a 40" net.

From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore: People fishing the inlet over the weekend reported good snook and redfish action on live bait. Top waters and live pilchards around the mangroves from harbor branch to round island should produce catches of snook and trout. look for for the small points and concentrations of bait.
Freshwater. Speckled Perch are still being caught but its starting to slow down with the warmer weather. Bass fishing is good for the guys using shiners on the hard edges. Artificial guys try to find some moving water and use senkos, spinnerbaits, or a topwater swim bait.

Friday, March 25, 2016

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


Sebastian Inlet Report


03-25-16 FRIDAY: TGIF! 

We have a real pretty morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West at 2 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. After heavy rains early this morning, it has cleared up and the sun is shining. NOAA is calling for potential rain this afternoon. 

The bite from the jetties has been on the side slow this week. We saw two huge Black Drum landed in the 50 lb. range that were returned to water by conscientious anglers. Several in the optimum slot range of 18" - 24" were landed on shrimp and clam combos but the bite seems to be slowing down. Decent sized Sheepshead in small numbers came over the rails, a few slot Snook and several oversized were returned to the water, a couple of giant C/R Reds, Lookdowns, some big Jacks and a few Blues and Spanish Mackerel came over the rails. 
  Our first photo today features Maria Castro of West Palm Beach. Maria landed this huge Margate off the north jetty using live shrimp. This is one of the largest Margate's we've seen landed of the jetty.
  Antuanette Wheeler sent in our second photo of her son Draigon with a real nice Sheepshead. Draigon landed his fish about 30 seconds into his first cast of the day at 8:00 am.
  Our third photo features Benjamin Ramirez of Palm Bay. Benjamin landed this oversized C/R Red off the north jetty. The Red was safely released after a quick photo. 
 Our last photo features Rich Blum of NY and Vero Beach. Rich fished the north jetty when conditions were really rough. He reported winds were so strong that he had to quit after three hours. Rich left with a 21" Sheepshead! 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

More Palm Beach Bones .....Got two nice ones                        looking for snook
Who said I have to go to the Keys or Bahamas 
This is my 7th bone from this spot. My largest being in the 4-5lb range, and what a fight. 

Sebastian Inlet Report



Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 12 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for a chance of showers throughout the day today.

The Snook bite is slowing down a bit but a few lucky anglers are landing a keeper here and there. A Black Drum or two, Sheepshead, Lookdowns, a few Reds, Jacks and a few Blues have been coming over the rails but overall the bite is slow. Anglers have been using shrimp for the Snook but every now and then an angler will land a Snook on a sand flea while fishing for other species. Bob Green of Vero Beach landed a beautiful 32" slot fish on a sand flea on.  Clam and shrimp combos have been working for Black Drum. 
  Our first photo today features 9 year old Juan Sebastian Miranda of Lake Worth. Juan was fishing with his father when he landed this good sized Bluefish using mullet. 
  Photo two features Juan Miranda of Lake Worth with a monster Red he landed Monday using mullet. Although fishing was slow, he managed this real nice catch. Juan estimated the big bull to be around 45 lbs. He didn't want to keep it out of the water too long, so he didn't bother to weigh it; it went back into the water after a quick photo. The big Red swam off healthy. 

Simon Amis of Melbourne is featured in photo three. Simon landed the oversized Snook using a jig over the weekend. Simon reported a slow bite that evening, with only a couple of other oversized Snook that were landed and released. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     Bluefish, jacks, whiting, pompano and Spanish mackerel are all being caught in the surf along Jensen Beach. The fish are biting throughout the day, and cut baits are working best.
     Those fishing in the Indian River are loading up on redfish. Big numbers are being caught in the shallow water (2 feet) on the west side from County Line Road and north.
     Spanish mackerel, pompano and bluefish are chewing in the morning and during high tide along the beaches of Jupiter.
     Snook are holding around bridges and around dock lights (at night) in the Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area, but also throughout Palm Beach County. Jacks, ladyfish and big croaker are also chewing. Shrimp seems to be the bait of choice.
     Jacks, ladyfish and the occasional Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught in the surf along Palm Beach. There seem to be fish around all day, but your best bet is getting out early and during the higher tide.
     The action in the Intracoastal in central and southern Palm Beach County hasn’t changed much. Snook and snapper are holding at the bridges and near structure. The night bite is best.
     Jacks are being caught from shore in Boynton Beach and are also thick at the north jetty of the Boynton Beach Inlet, along with mangrove snapper. Tarpon have also been spotted rolling around the inlet and in the Intracoastal. A few kingfish were caught in the flats of the Intracoastal, too.

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     Fishing the outside edges of Lake Okeechobee has been great for catching big numbers of bass. If you can get back in the grass, that is productive as well.
     Several bass over 6 pounds were reported this week, and live shiners still get the edge over artificial lures. You can have success either way, however.
     Anglers fishing the southern part of the lake are reporting good action around East Wall.
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From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The night time Snook fishing has been great with this full moon and cold front that came through a few days ago. Flair hawks around the bridges in Stuart and at the jetty in Ft. Pierce have been producing slot fish with some big fish in between. The dock light fishing has also been on fire the past couple of nights. the Redfish bite has been ok the past couple of days and the trout bite is still going strong.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

               """WHATS GOING ON PEOPLE""" 

For those who don't have it like this and think OH WELL, Think About When All This Starts To --Break Down And Rot-- And Is ""Freely Running Threw The Whole Water System"" There Is A ""B I G"" Message Here From                          MOTHER NATURE

Scouting Around - Juno Pier

Juno Pier is starting to to hold a few fish again..... A few photos from the pier

Sebastian Inlet Report



What a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet! Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories today. 

The bite was on the slow side this morning. This morning there were two slot Snook landed and one short that was returned. Quite a few Lookdowns were landed, one keeper Black Drum and two monsters. A seasoned inlet regular landed the first one that was around 50 lbs. He didn't even bother to take it out of the net, he returned it to the water breed. Another angler landed the other fish within five minutes of the first; he returned it to the water as well. Once the fish get that large they are tough and wormy but they are good breeders so those anglers did the right thing! We need more conscientious anglers, way to go gentlemen. Six or eight Sheepshead were landed on shrimp and clams, a school of good sized Jacks came through and seven or eight came over the rails. 
  Our first photo today features inlet regular Tony Swiderski of Sebastian. Tony landed his slot Snook from the north jetty  while free lining live shrimp. 
  Photo two features winter regular Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY. Sally landed the slot Snook along with several others. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016



Confidence in your angling ability grows with experience. Great fishermen don’t leave the dock without it. Here are three surefire ways to jumpstart your confidence’s growth.
It was not the kind of day most people would be ecstatic to go fishing. The morning was dank and gray, with a light overcast out, diminishing any hopes of sighting redfish from above. The cold bit at exposed fingertips as we made our way down Reggio Canal in an aluminum flatboat, which, given its metal interior and gray coloring, contributed to the sensation of cold and lifelessness that proliferated across the horizon. It was February, the time of year most people stay home, unknowing how to tackle the shallow and dirty water of the marsh. But not I. I knew how to, only after spending countless man hours chasing my quarry in virtually every kind of condition. And it was this morning that I knew I was going to crush the redfish.
I brought the boat off plane with our first spot just ahead. Dropping the trolling motor and climbing into the stand I readied my rod and reel. It was time to smash redfish!
That fishing trip was special to me because it was the first time I had fished that area for reds. Typically, when I launch out of Reggio to sightfish I run to stalk places as far away as Lake Calebasse. This time I decided to stay close and it was the first time I had fished that marsh near the launch. Despite the 15 knot north winds and low, dirty water I was confident we were going to see and catch redfish…and we did!
We found redfish right away. Nobody told me to go to that particular spot, I merely selected it off of Google Maps on my cell phone. It just looked “good” based off my previous experiences fishing for reds. Some other spots looked “good” as well but did not yield any fish. When this happened, I kept my head in the game, re-evaluated and then moved on, eventually finding more fish. I was confident. I knew I was going to get the redfish I was looking for.
The best feeling in the world is launching the boat knowing you are going to accomplish your goals. This kind of confidence is only had after years of fishing the marsh and utilizing good practices. Here are three of those I know will set you on the path to becoming a more confident angler.


The most confident anglers are familiar with their equipment; everything from each lure and its presentation to where the spare propeller is located and how to change it out. They understand features on the equipment and how it best serves their needs.
Knowing is critical. A fisherman who understands his equipment is empowered. How can you confidently navigate the marsh if you don’t know how to change out a propeller with a spun hub? You can’t.
Make a list of things you don’t know how to do, then use the search function on this website and the Internet to learn them. Here are some examples to get you started:
  • Do you know all of the menu functions of your GPS and depthfinder?
  • Do you have a VHF radio? Do you have all pertinent channels programmed and/or memorized?
  • Do you have spares for all critical items? e.g. spare boat plug, spare fuses, extra propeller, etc.
  • Is all of your life saving gear present and in serviceable condition?
  • Do you understand the various drag and braking functions on your reels?
  • When was the last time you took all of the twist out of your fishing line and re-tied your knots?
When I can’t go fishing I will take time to familiarize myself with equipment and techniques. I’m really just practicing. This way, when I do launch the boat, I am spending my time actually fishing, not learning something I could have done at home.
I have a couple trips to Lake Okhissa planned this spring. I know my pitching and flipping game isn’t that strong, so during my breaks I practice pitching into a five gallon bucket in the backyard. I am getting better and will be prepared to give those bass a hard time!


The more time you spend on the water equals the more experience you will gain and, consequently, the more confidence you will garner through eventual success. Being out there, trying new techniques and catching fish by doing so is how one reaches new zeniths of confidence.
However, not all of us can fish 3-4 days a week. Few people do! Maybe you fish once a month, and that is okay. The point is you should fish as often as you can, even if the conditions are poor. So the water is low, cold and dirty? That’s a great time to learn how to fish those conditions. Imagine, if you went out there and caught fish you would become ten times more confident because you defeated some of the nastiest conditions known to inshore anglers!
Waiting for “perfect” conditions to go fishing is nothing more than cheating yourself. You lose out on the opportunity to gain new experiences, improve your fishing skills and, subsequently, build your confidence.
Don’t ever give up when you are fishing. When you walk out because things are not going as expected you have committed yourself to failure. It is a nasty mindset that can offer itself to other parts of your life; never set aside your goals. Do what it is you set out to do. When you eventually beat all the odds you will create a growing confidence in yourself and your ability to get on a great bite.


It was somewhere I once read that “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Wondering if people ever judged me to be insane, I have become a strong believer in doing new things within the realm of inshore fishing. In Episode 5 of our Inshore Interviews podcast our guest, Lou Da Fish, speaks continually of always being open to new ideas by trying new lures, tactics and techniques.
One day you may grow tired of fishing and it won’t be because you have conquered the sport. Instead, it will be because you never rose to new challenges. Most people spend their fishing pastime using the same tackle, going to the same spots and producing menial results. When they stop catching, they grow wearisome, go home and find something else to do. The fire inside them subsides and the passion doesn’t glow as brightly as it once did. But, if they were to change their experience by going to a new area or finding a new way to catch the fish they love (likesightfishing for redfish) that fire would be rekindled and burn anew. The experience of catching a fish in a new area or with a new technique is like re-living the discovery of fishing all over again.
With this in mind, if you are used to fishing Hopedale, then try Cocodrie. Louisiana has so many options for inshore anglers, hence why it is called “Sportsman’s Paradise.”
Try using a new lure. The time to do it is when you are on a great bite. Go with something radically different. Toss a hard bait like a MirrOlure if your fishing trips primarily see soft plastics adorning a jighead. If you have never thrown a topwater then do so on the next day you have clear and smooth water.
For years I primarily used braided line and grew accustomed to its superb sensitivity. I could feel everything on the end of that line. Yet, I observed the top anglers in Lake Pontchartrain using monofilament for jigging. That and after much cajoling from Jamie Mumphrey I finally switched one of my baitcasters over to monofilament. Weeks later, on a great trout bite in Delacroix, I used that rod to practice feeling the trout bite, setting the hook and manage drag settings. I’m more than ready to chase trout on the Trestles this spring!
Using different techniques is just as important as trying new areas and tossing different lures. Steady retrieves are a given, but shouldn’t be used all the time. Try jigging the your favorite soft plastic instead. It may very well be that speckled trout want to see a jig-jig-glide along the bottom of the water column rather than a standard retrieve above their heads. Experimentation is key and your confidence will soar when you start boating fish next to people who are not.
Above all, don’t psyche yourself out. Letting a bad day of fishing get to you is poison for your mindset. Consider it a learning curve then bounce back, ready to tackle another day on the water. Your mindset is the most important tool you have in the tackle box. Build your confidence, have a great attitude and it will show in your fishing endeavors when you produce great results!
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Sebastian Inlet Report


Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 13 mph, gusting to 18 this morning and the water has a moderate chop. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory through this morning. NOAA is calling for the wind to calm down this afternoon. 

The bite has been on the slow side at the inlet although a few nice fish have come over the rails for patient anglers. The Snook bite remains fair in the early morning hours; a few nice Black Drum, Reds, Sheepshead and Blues are active in small numbers. The Pompano bite has dissipated due to the rougher water.
  Our angler of the day is Taris Claitt of Sanford. Taris landed this good sized Black Drum on the morning bite using live shrimp. 

From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Snook fishing at the inlet in fort pierce has been great on outgoing and incoming tide. Flair hawks are still your best bet to catch a keeper. The Redfish fishing has been phenomenal north of Fort Pierce, Copper 1/4oz spoons have been doing the trick! The trout bite has been fantastic as well with reports of 20-40 trout a day at round island. Electric Chicken shad tails and a 1/80z chartreuse jig head have been the best lure to use. A few schools of Tarpon have been spotted on the beach anywhere from 40lbs-150lbs.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a blustery morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 24 mph, gusting to 30 and the water is rough. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory through this evening. 

The high wind is keeping most anglers off the jetties this morning. Fishing was on the slow side over the weekend; quite a few Catfish came over the rails. Sunday morning the Snook bite was decent again according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. A few Sheepshead and a couple of Black Drum were landed along with a few Blue Runners.

Our angler of the day is James Wilder of Clermont. James was fishing the north jetty Friday morning using a light weight rod and live shrimp. He hooked up and landed this heavy, 32.5" C/R Snook and by the time he got it over the rails, he was feeling it! After finding the fish 1/2" too long, he released it unharmed. 

From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore: Snook fishing has been good for the guys drifting live bait in the inlet. Trout, redfish, and snook have been around the islands on incoming tide, live pilchards or topwater baits is your best bet. Pompano is still going strong for the guys fishing the bars down south. Flounder have been at the jetty.
Freshwater: Speck fishing is still hot in Okeechobee, look for hydrilla and eel grass. Bass fishing has been good for the guys tossing shiners around the cattails.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report



What a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. 

Yesterday afternoon the Pompano bite turned on with the incoming tide, about 15 - 20 came over the rails along with quite a few oversized Snook and one or two keepers. This morning the Snook bite was good once again, quite a few hook ups and break offs, a few oversized were landed and released and several slot Snook came over the rails in the early hours. A couple of good sized Black Drum were landed, along with a couple of Sheepshead and Blue Runners. 

Our first photo today is of Dave Vermilye of Sebastian and Terry Hammond of MI and FL. The men landed their "twin" slot Snook using live shrimp. 
 Our next two photos are courtesy of Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY who spends her winters here. Sally has been having a great week with a slot and oversized Snook. I think she's been out there showing the guys how it's done. 
  Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach is featured in our last photo today. Mike holds an enormous Black Drum that was brought over the rails.

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a little fog and some clouds over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 6 mph, gusting to 10 and the water is calm. It's a beautiful morning for surf fishing! Winds will switch to the East this afternoon and NOAA is calling for a light chance of rain. 

The Snook bite remains decent. Anglers fishing in the early morning hours are still seeing some slot and oversized fish come over the rails. A few Black Drum, Sheepshead and Pompano are in play as well. The calmer water is helping the Pompano bite. Whiting are in the surf as well. 

Our first photo today features Ike Beatty of Gifford. Ike landed this beautiful 32" slot Snook off the north jetty using sand fleas, of all things! 
  Juan Diaz of Kissimmee Orlando visited the north jetty with his family and this nice Sheepshead was landed, this was his first catch! 

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

South Indian River Fishing Report 3/16
It's just another windy week in paradise!  As we continue to transition out of winter patterns, the usual windy days have held a good grip on the Treasure Coast.  It has been difficult to fish, but the fishing has remained good when you can tolerate the gusty conditions.  March has certainly roared like a lion this year!  Expect more of the same the rest of the month to challenge anglers in the area.
Fort Pierce has been a busy place as many anglers from the Stuart area have been filtering up to the north to get away from the polluted waters of the Saint Lucie River.  

Follow the many sites on Facebook to keep abreast of the issues and how to get involved in being a part of the solution.  It's sad what is going on with the waters being drained from Lake Okeechobee and how it affects there and the domino effect all around us.  Let your politicians know how you feel about the situation!
Fishing around Fort Pierce has been good for lots of fish species.  Sheepshead, snapper, croakers and trout have all been a good bite this month.