Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

In the Jensen Beach area, best bets have been the St. Lucie Inlet, the Crossroads and Hell’s gate.
Those three areas have been hot spots for snook, jack crevalle and especially tarpon.

    Casting large live mullet near schooling mullet and working the edges has been working as well as using dead mullet on the bottom.The water is still a bit churned up, but the fishing has been excellent. Clearer water can be found heading north past the powerlines up towards Bear Point. In the Jupiter area, there still large schools of finger mullet cruising down the beach and into the Intracoastal Waterway.While the wind is still howling, a good bet will be snook fishing by the canals and seawalls along the Intracoastal.Using live finger mullet or plugs that resemble mullet, cast into the middle of the schools of mullet and allow those baits to sink down. They will appear wounded and look like easy prey for hungry snook.Along the beaches in the Boynton area, there has been lots of bait moving.Following, and slamming, those schools have been plenty of tarpon, sharks and jack crevalle.At the Boynton Inlet, jetty anglers are catching tarpon at night on the outgoing tide, keeper-size mutton snapper on the incoming tide and, on the back wall, on the incoming tide, pompano and some Spanish mackerel.Guides fishing the Intracoastal Water in the Boynton area are reporting catching keeper redfish, trout and snook using live bait and along with plugs and flies.A good technique has been to look for bait schools that are being chased or pushed against structure. 

The rising water level has scattered the bass a bit more than usual.
 There are still plenty around, and they are biting, but it is requiring a bit more searching to find them.The artificial bite has been best in the morning with live shiners getting the nod as the day progresses.

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