Friday, December 2, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     The surf fishing along the Treasure Coast was great this week. Whiting, croaker, pompano, redfish, big jacks, and even some bluefish and Spanish mackerel were snagged. Throwing spoons has been the best approach due to the wind. The fish are around throughout the day, but the action is best around the higher tide.
     The east side of the Indian River has been great for catching redfish and flounder this week. Fishing around structure has produced a lot of snook, sheepshead and Spanish mackerel. Try throwing live shrimp on a jig head.
     Keep in mind that snook season closes at midnight on December 15.
     The beach of Jupiter were good for catching pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish this week.
     Those fishing the Intracoastal Waterway in and around Jupiter are reporting jacks, ladyfish and bluefish around Marker 42, and plenty of snook in the dock lights at night.
     Fishing the Intracoastal in central and southern Palm Beach County has been fun this week. Snook are being caught around bridges and dock lights at night, along with black drum.
     A few Spanish mackerel were caught from the shores of Boynton Beach this week, along with plenty of jacks and ladyfish.
     The live-shiner bite has been excellent on Lake Okeechobee, and several large bass have been caught – including a few weighing over 7 pounds. Fishing the outside edges and back in the grass has been best. When the weather cools, the bite lasts throughout the day, but it’s still tough to beat first light and the early-morning hours.
     Some of the hot spots are Ritta Island, East Wall and West Wall.
     Anglers are targeting crappie at this time as well. Fishing minnows in rim canals and the main channels seems to be working well.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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