Friday, July 21, 2017

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

    In the Jensen Beach area, the Intracoastal Waterway and the St. Lucie River have been very hot. With the high water temperatures, best bets have been to fish super early or late.
     If you can handle the time, dock light fishing around 2 to 3 a.m. has produced an excellent snook bite off some of the deeper docks up the St. Lucie River and redfish and trout are being taken by the docks on Nettles Island.
     For snook, it’s catch-and-release only. After catching, don’t keep them out of the water for a photo shoot. Get them back in the water as quickly as possible.
     Along the bridges, there have been some big tarpon in the 100-pound range. Again, it’s an early-morning only session and they are hitting pilchards, mullet and even small ladyfish.
     Along the beaches in Jupiter, the snook bite has been really good. There have also been quite a few tarpon spotted rolling in the surf.
     In the Intracoastal Waterway and in the Loxahatchee River, things have been a bit slow, possibly because of recent heavy rains and some runoff.
     At the Boynton Inlet it’s snook, snook, snook. Anglers there are having a field day catching the now out-of-season fish. Best bets are outgoing tides working the inside of the north jetty.
     Jetty anglers are also having good luck catching mangrove snapper using live or fresh-cut bait.
     Fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway has been extremely slow in the area because of the high water temperatures.
     There have been a few small snook and tarpon taken while dock light fishing at night.

     Bass fishing on the lake has been excellent recently.
     If fishing early morning, that first hour is key. Anglers using top water plugs or Skinny Dippers are having the best luck.
     If fishing the late afternoon, best bets have been flipping jigs or beaver-style baits
     The bluegill fishing has also been good with most being caught on crickets or worms.

courtesy of The Palm Beach Post

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