Friday, October 21, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     The surf fishing has been affected by the wind and rough conditions along the Treasure Coast as well. There wasn’t much action to report this week, but when the winds lie down, pompano, Spanish mackerel, whiting and croaker should all be biting along Jensen Beach.
     The snook bite has been excellent on the east side of the Indian River around bridges and seawalls. The redfish bite has also been great for early fall. The best action seems to be around Little Mud Creek.
Bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel are being caught in the surf along Boynton Beach, and anglers fishing the jetties are catch them as well. They’re also hooking ladyfish, snapper, snook, and the occasional redfish and flounder.
     The surf fishing has been non-existent this week along Jupiter. The waves have made it nearly impossible to get and keep a bait in the water and, besides, the water is too dirty so there aren’t any fish around other than catfish.
     The Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area has been good for catching jacks and snook. Both can be found near bait schools, and the night fishing around docks, bridges and seawalls has also been productive for targeting snook.
     Small tarpon are hitting near mangrove islands in the Loxahatchee River.
     Those fishing the Intracoastal in central Palm Beach County – from Palm Beach to Boynton Beach - are catching snook, tarpon, ladyfish, jacks, snapper and bluefish. The best spots have been around the flats and channel edges. Bridges and docks have been best for snook. A few redfish and flounder were also snagged around bridges.
     The bass fishing was excellent on Lake Okeechobee this week. Good numbers and sizes were reported, including a couple 7-pounders.
     While the early-morning bite is still best, bass are now being caught throughout the day and night, and that will continue to improve as the weather gets cooler.
     The outside grass line and offshore islands have still been extremely productive, and live shiners are working best. You can definitely have success with artificial lures, however.

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