Friday, January 13, 2017

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 In the Jensen Beach area, Fish Bites are still the call along the beaches. With pompano, whiting and croaker biting, anglers can at least be confident that the artificial baits will not fly off when casting into the strong onshore winds.
There are still some Spanish mackerel in the area, but again strong winds will limit tackle used. Anglers are having decent luck throwing relatively heavy Gator spoons without a swivel and reeling quickly to avoid get caught on the bottom. 
In the St. Lucie River, fishing on the east side provides a natural windbreak. Near the power plant, some of the mosquito ditches offer even greater wind protection and have been providing fun fishing for small tarpon, snook and more. 
Looking for some freshwater action in the Jensen area? Savannas Preserve State Park near Hawk’s Bluff has been good for bass.
Down in Jupiter good pompano, ladyfish, lake croaker and jack action has been reported in the Intracoastal from marker 41 to 44. Anglers using quarter-ounce Bucktail jigs with a piece of shrimp are having excellent luck.  
Using heavy spoons, the fishing for bluefish and Spanish mackerel has been good off of Jupiter Island.
Before the ocean became so rough anglers were also having a blast using top water plugs fishing for the two species off the island.
In the south county area, along the beaches out to 30 feet of water there have been bluefish, pompano, small permit, king and Spanish mackerel. Using live sand fleas or fresh cut shrimp is a best bet for the permit and pompano. Cut mullet fished on the bottom will work for the bluefish as well as casting Gator spoons into the surf.


The recent cold fronts have plunged areas of the lake down to 59 degrees. This has greatly reduced the action. Desperate anglers are still reporting that live shiners are the way to go.

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