Thursday, March 3, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     Much like those fishing offshore, to catch fish from the beach this week, you had to find clean water. Whiting, croaker and pompano are all being caught. They’re around throughout the day, but the best bite seems to be during the higher tide.
     Several nice redfish were caught on the west side of the Indian River this week, especially near Walton Road. There’s also a decent trout bite on the east side near the power plant. Look for grass in 3-4 feet of water.
     Those fishing around the bridges are reporting a good snook bite, with black drum, sheepshead and a few pompano also in the mix.
     Pompano and a few snook were hooked along the beaches of Jupiter. The snook seem to be around all day, but pompano tend to like cleaner water. Snook are also being caught near the jetty at the end of the outgoing tide.
     Snook are being caught at the bridges of the Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area, and there are ladyfish, jacks, snapper and sheepshead around, too. The fishing has also been excellent near Marker 42.
     The surf fishing along Palm Beach has been fairly slow, but jacks and ladyfish were caught this week. A few snook were also spotted.
     Snook, jacks and small snapper are also biting around bridges, docks and other structure in the Intracoastal throughout central Palm Beach County.

                 photo courtesy of Hai Truong @
     The bass bite remains excellent on Lake Okeechobee, with the best action coming along the outside edges and back in the grass. The best bite is early in the morning but good numbers are definitely being caught throughout the day.
     Live shiners still get the nod over artificial lures, but you can has success either way. Swimbaits are starting to work better than they have been.
     This is still the peak season for Lake Okeechobee fishing, and there have been some really nice bass reeled in over the past week.

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