Friday, September 16, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     The mullet run is in full swing along the Treasure Coast and most of Palm Beach County. Along Jensen Beach, this has attracted big numbers of snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, and even some Spanish mackerel.
     Those fishing in the surf along Jensen Beach are hooking up throughout the day, although higher tides are always best.
     If you’re fishing in the Indian River, the bridges are red hot at night, with huge numbers of snook and tarpon being caught. The topwater bite has been fantastic during the evening hours. There are jacks everywhere, and some nice trout and redfish have also been reported.
     The mullet have definitely shown up in the surf along Jupiter as well. As a result, the snook, jacks, tarpon, ladyfish and bluefish action has been excellent. Jacks and snook seem to be biting more in the morning, while tarpon are hitting better in the afternoon.
     If you’re targeting snook, artificial lures are the preferred bait in the morning, with live bait proving more effective in the afternoon and evening.
     The Jupiter and Lake Worth (Palm Beach) inlets are loaded with mullet, and the fish are definitely following them there and into the Intracoastal Waterway. At this point, the key is finding the bait schools, which hasn’t been that hard to do. Once you do, you’ll find snook, tarpon and jacks.
     There is a great bite around the bridges, docks and in the open water. The bait schools are constantly on the move, so finding them one day doesn’t mean they’ll be in the same spot the next. But, again, there are mullet – and hungry fish – everywhere!
     The outside grass line and offshore islands are still the best spots to fish if you’re targeting bass on Lake Okeechobee. The early-morning hours are definitely the best time for fishing. The bite starts ate (or before) first light and shuts down by mid-morning.
     The bass should be on the move fairly soon but, at this point, the pattern remains unchanged from previous weeks. Good numbers are being caught in the morning, and a few fish weighing 4 to 5 pounds have been reported.
     Live shiners are still working better than artificial lures, but you can definitely have success either way.
 courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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