photo Capt. Eric Gates @ The Freight Train Fishing Charters
INSHORE: Snook season is winding down, and now is the time to try and catch that last slot fish or two for the season. Snook action has been good around Jupiter Inlet and local bridges over the past week. Look for the snook to bite best at night on the outgoing tides. Flairhawk style jigs and swim baits remain solid choices for the snook right now. If the nighttime thing isn't for you, try the inlet during the day with live bait. The first part of the outgoing tide tends to be a good, but the incoming tide can work as well. Live sardines ands croakers tend to be good baits in the inlet. The Juno Beach Pier also has a fair number of snook hanging around if you can't find them in the inlet or bridges. Some nice jacks cruising the seawalls early in the morning, and provide some great excitement on topwater. Other inshore action remains spotty at best.
SURF/PIER: Still a small handful of pompano being caught north of Jupiter Inlet, though it looks like pompano season is pretty much winding down. Lots of bait along the beach and around the Juno Beach Pier right now has the snook, jacks, and blacktop sharks fired up pretty good. Look for the fish to feed best during low light periods. Croaker are biting well in the first trough. Small live shrimp or fresh cut shrimp is the bait of choice for the croakers.