Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area


In the Jensen Beach area the pompano fishing is still excellent along the beaches.
The whiting and croaker bite is also good.
For all three species clams paired up with Fishbites is producing the best results.
Fishing for snook off the beaches has also remained good.
Using small whiting or croaker is an extremely effective bait, but with the wind forecast to be fairly strong out of the east, spoons or a plugs will be more effective for casting.
For bait, there has been a good amount of pilchards along the beaches to be had with a cast net and just off the beach there are threadfins and sardines. Best bet for catching those are sabiki rigs.
Though the fishing for snook is still good in the river, recent rains have pushed fish back down from the north and south forks.
Live pilchards and structure is the name of the game for catching snook in the river.
Keep those baits close to the seawalls and pilings though, as there are plenty of jack crevalle that will gobble them up if the stray too far out.
Snook season ends May 31.
Along the beaches in Jupiter the pompano are still biting as well as some Spanish mackerel, small blue runners and snook.
Both the Loxahatchee River and the Intracoastal have been extremely slow.
In the Boynton Beach area, the inshore fishing has been slow as well.
There have been some large barracuda and tarpon cruising along the sandbar at the Boynton Beach Inlet.
Fishing for snook and croaker has been OK at the inlet and at night, between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. the permit action has been good using half crabs or whole squid.
Jack Crevalle fishing at the Lantana Bridge is still good using live mullet.

For bass, live shiners still get the nod over artificial baits.
If using artificial, however, swim jigs are best for calm water and spinnerbaits are the way to go when it gets a rougher.
With the lake level being so low the key either way is to get to the grass.
The bluegill bite has been good along the North shore with crickets and worms working well.
courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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