Friday, February 16, 2018

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

Along the beaches in Jupiter, anglers have been having good luck catching pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish.
For pompano the key has been finding that seafoam green water. Remember to use a colorful lure like a Doc’s Goofy Jig or bonefish jig, as they have poor eyesight.
The Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area has been a great bet recently. One angler fishing between channel marker 42 and 44 reported catching pompano, croaker and jack crevalle. All were caught using Doc’s Goofy Jigs.
There have also been some snook around and, although they are not in season, are still a blast to catch.
Mullet are working best for snook, but if you can’t find them, lures that look like mullet like an X-Rap are also good.
The Lake Worth Inlet has been fantastic lately for jack crevalle. These hard-fighting, rod benders are occasionally being located in the thousands and are hitting with great consistency on live shrimp on a bucktail, and jig.
In addition, large schools of sheepshead have traveled underneath the jacks.
Bluefish, jack crevalle and pompano have dominated the surf for anglers fishing the beaches in South Palm Beach, Lantana, Boynton, Gulfstream and Delray.
Pompano have been hitting sand fleas or Doc’s Goofy Jigs during the first 2 to 3 hours out of the outgoing tide while jacks and bluefish have been hitting top-water lures and spoons early in the morning until about 10 a.m.
Boynton Inlet anglers have caught sheepshead up to 10 pounds using live crabs off the north jetty.
Jack crevalle, spots and snook have fed on live shrimp fished on the bottom.
There have been a few flounder up to 7 pounds caught off the south wall at the inlet by anglers slowly bouncing half- to three quarter-ounce green jig heads tipped with live shrimp off the bottom during the last half-hour of incoming tide.
Reports of bonefish up to 10 pounds being caught and released on the flats just northeast of the inlet have been reported. They were caught on 9-weight flyrods using EP Ghost Shrimp and Christmas Island Special fly patterns. Using the same flies also caught spotted seatrout and mangrove snapper around docks along Manalapan and Hypoluxo Island.
Using jig heads tipped with live shrimp has been providing good catch and release action on small snook, ladyfish and drum under the Lantana Bridge.
The speckled perch bite has been excellent lately. The best action on these tasty pan fish has been just into the Kissimmee River and along the pass and they are hitting on minnows and jigs.

The bass bite has picked up with the warmer weather. They are being taken mostly using live shiners, but working the grass areas and lilly pads with artificial frogs and speed worms has been producing as well.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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