Thursday, June 30, 2016

Scouting Around - Palm Beach Martin County Area

     Blue-green algae has led to the closure of Martin County beaches this week. While anglers are still free to fish, most have stayed away. There has been plenty of action in the Indian River, however, with tripletail and lane and mutton snapper all holding near the channel markers north of the Jensen Causeway. Snook are everywhere – bridges, flats, docks, channel markers, inlet - as well, although keep in mind that the season is closed.
     There are snook all over the beaches in Jupiter and Palm Beach first thing in the morning. There’s a lot of small bait fish there at that time and the snook are incredibly active.
     Snook are also thick in the Jupiter and Lake Worth (Palm Beach) inlets. They, and tarpon, have been reported in the Intracoastal Waterway, along with jacks and snapper.
     Snook, tarpon, permit and jacks are all cruising the surf along Boynton Beach, and are especially thick around the inlet.
     There hasn’t been much action in the Intracoastal in central and southern Palm Beach County this week, but you can target the usual spots – bridges, dock lights – for snook, although they are moving around and can be found just about anywhere at this point. There are tarpon in the mix as well.

     If you’re targeting bass on Lake Okeechobee this time of year, it is crucial that you’re on the water before sunrise. The best action is at first light, and the bite turns off by 10 a.m.
     Good numbers are still being caught early, and live shiners and artificial lures are both working well. You’ll definitely want to fish the outside edges, and that has be a problem with the recent weather conditions.

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