Thursday, July 7, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

    The tarpon and snook bite are great first thing in the morning along the beaches of the Treasure Coast. There are always whiting and croaker around as well.
     It’s important that you get out on the water early. Fish don’t want to eat once the water heats up which, as you’d expect, makes it tough to catch anything.
     The best spot in the Indian River this week seems to be around the powerplant. Tarpon, snook and trout are all being caught. There are a lot of small snook in the area, which is very encouraging.
     Big numbers of snook have been caught in the surf along Jupiter’s beaches and also in the Jupiter Inlet. There are also some nice tarpon around.
     In the Intracoastal Waterway, mangrove snapper and snook are chewing at the bridges, especially at night. You can also find snook in the dock lights at night.
     Those fishing in the Intracoastal in Palm Beach and other parts of central Palm Beach County are hooking snook and snapper around the bridges. Jjacks and tarpon (mostly small) are also biting. The best action is early in the morning or later in the day – after 7 p.m.
     The fishing has been great in and around the Boynton Beach Inlet. Snapper and jacks are being caught during the day, while snook, tarpon and permit are being hooked at night. Snook, tarpon and jacks are also cruising the beaches early in the morning. There are likely permit in the mix as well, but none have been caught or reported at this point.

     Summer is definitely here and it’s heating up on the “Big O.” Fortunately, those getting out on the water early in the morning are finding that the fishing is also on fire.
     Big numbers of bass are being caught around first light, and the action lasts for about an hour. Live shiners and artificial lures are both working well.
     Once that sun is up and the water starts to warm, the bite shuts down until the late-afternoon/early-evening hours. You can definitely catch fish this time of year, but it’s key that you go at the right time.
     Keep working the outside edge – this is where you’ll find the best and most consistent bite.

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