Friday, September 7, 2018

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

In the Jensen Beach area, anglers fishing the east side of the Indian River near the powerlines have been catching some nice size trout. MirrOLure Top Dog and Rapala Skitter Walk lures are working best.
In the same area, but on the west side anglers working the docks have been catching a few redfish and black drum. There are still snook biting at the St. Lucie Inlet and they are mostly hitting live baits including croaker, mullet, bunker and greenies. If you can find a spot free from seaweed there are still some tarpon to be caught along the beaches.
At the Jupiter Inlet and along the beaches in Jupiter the name of the game is snook.
Anglers working the beaches from the Juno Pier to the Jupiter Inlet and from Blowing Rocks Preserve up to Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in the early mornings are having a blast catching these prized fish. Best bets are Rapala’s X-Rap lures, 1 to 1.5-ounce Red Tail Hawk jigs and 1.5-ounce spoons. If working the inside of the inlet Red Tail Hawks are the way to go.
At the Juno Pier they recently had a good run of Spanish mackerel and pompano. Anglers should keep an eye on Hurricane Florence. If it stays on track it could eventually send a decent groundswell from the north, which will likely push the finger mullet schools that are currently up around Sebastian down to us. This will bring in more game fish and should further boost the already good snook bite. 
At the Boynton Inlet there has been a good amount of bait around. Anglers are having decent luck catching keeper-size snook using chicken feathers and Flare Hawks and also using live croaker.
There have been some nice-size tarpon along Beer Can Island.
Anglers working the Lantana Bridge are reporting catching lots of sand perch.
There have also been lots of tarpon and snook stealing those sand perch before they can be reeled in.
Bridge anglers targeting snook are doing well at night working the shadow lines with Flare Hawks.
The bass bite is still good and has been best in the early mornings and evenings using spinner baits and swim jigs. Live shiners are working well for the mid-day bite. Hot spots recently have been from Buckhead Ridge over to the Tin House Cove area as well as Indian Prairie to Horse Island. Anglers working the rim canal, near the J&S area are having good luck on bass using crankbaits. There is still a decent bluegill bite happening in the rim canal.

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