Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 Along the beaches in Jensen the cooler weather has helped the cobia action. Jigs and live baits are the key. One angler took a 30 pounder last week.
The croaker and whiting fishing has been excellent. The best luck is being had using sandflea-flavored fishbites mixed with live bait.
The pompano fishing along the beach has been good, but timing is crucial. With the mid-morning high tide the past week there’s been only about a one-hour window.
Just inside the inlet and along the docks near the House of Refuge the pompano fishing has been fairly consistent.
In the Jupiter area, the croaker and whiting fishing has been good at the Juno Pier using fresh cut shrimp.
The area beaches have been hit or miss for pompano.
North of the Jupiter Inlet the bluefish action has been decent with fish up to eight pounds being taken. Fishing for jacks and Spanish mackerel has been good in the area as well. Anglers using spoons are having the best luck.
In the Loxahatchee River the fishing for bluefish and jacks has been good, but with decent weather offshore there hasn’t been many takers because most fisherman are preferring to head out on the ocean.
The snook fishing both in the Jensen Beach and Jupiter areas has been slow, but will begin picking up as spring approaches.
In the south county area, there has been an uptick in the cobia action. Anglers should look for sting rays as cobia will often be in the vicinity and use jigs and bounce them off the bottom.
The beaches from Lantana south to Red Reef Park in Boca Raton have been producing good results for bluefish and pompano. Fishing in the mornings, using Goofy Jigs and Got-Cha lures has been the key.
The school of large tarpon off of the Boynton Inlet is still MIA, but several large individuals, some around 100 pounds, are still being seen in the area.
Off of the jetty at the inlet some mangrove snapper and snook are being caught, but mostly at night.
The Lantana Bridge is been a good spot for sand perch, sheepshead and occasional sea trout. The sand perch and sea trout are being caught on live shrimp and the sheepshead on clam strips and oysters.


Recently the bass fishing has been really good on shiners and is starting to pick up a little on artificial lures. Fishing the outside edge is still best if possible with wind.

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