Friday, December 14, 2018

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Anglers working the beaches in the Jensen area are having an absolute field day catching pompano. They are hitting on sand fleas, clams and sand flea-flavored Fishbites combined with clams. Many anglers are easily catching their limits.
In addition to pompano, there has also been good action on whiting.
Looking for some Spanish mackerel? Head over to Peck Lake. It’s loaded right now. A shop owner reported that two commercial fishermen, using two rods, brought in 1,300 pounds on Tuesday.
Along the beaches in Jupiter there has also been a good Spanish mackerel run going on. They are being caught on Clarkspoons, green and chartreuse glass minnow jigs and silver Got-Cha lures with single hooks.
The bluefish are running, especially in the Hobe Sound area. They are being caught using spoons.
In the Loxahatchee River there has been a decent redfish bite. They are being taken by anglers working the bridges and docks.
Around Peanut Island, the docks near The Sailfish Club and just inside the Lake Worth Inlet there have been good numbers of jack crevalle, sheepshead, some small barracuda and tarpon. Best bets are live shrimp.
From Lantana Public Beach down to Ocean Ridge Hammock Park, surf anglers have reported catches of pompano, permit, and whiting while fishing both live and cut shrimp, live sand fleas and small crabs.
Sheepshead up to eight pounds are being caught on live crabs around the north jetty of the Boynton Inlet. Mangrove snapper and snook have been hitting live shrimp at night.
There have been jack crevalle, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and small sharks being caught around the Lantana Bridge. The sheepshead are being caught using oysters, clams and small crabs. Cut mullet and chunks of jacks have been producing the sharks.
The bass bite has been decent lately with live shiners definitely working better than artificial baits. The King’s Bar area to Tin House Cove has been best.
The spec bite has been good in the Kissimmee River at night with minnows working well.
Along the rim canal there has been a good bite for bluegill and cichlids.
Freshwater anglers have reported catches of clown knifefish, peacock bass, sunshine bass and largemouth bass using both live shad or shiners as well as artificial lures in Lake Osbourne, Lake Ida and the major adjoining canals. Fly fishing black/chartreuse poppers or casting loud surface plugs around the shorelines have been producing explosive hits by the bass averaging two to four pounds. Fishing the afternoon with slow moving jerk baits, worms and crawfish jigs have also been producing some nice bass.

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