In the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers the sheepshead are thick. Really thick.
Along the channel edges, markers, docks, bridges and pretty much any structure there are “more than you can shake a stick at” as one guide put it.
They are being taken mostly using shrimp on a jighead.
In addition to sheepshead, that particular bait combination is also working well for black drum, redfish, croaker and two more seasonal fish: swordspine snook and fat snook.
Though the swordspine and fat snook are smaller subspecies of snook and never reach ‘keeper length’ they are fantastic fighters and fun to catch.
They are also being caught on small live baits including pilchards.
There has been a good pompano bite from the Juno Pier down to MacArthur Beach State Park.
In the Lake Worth Inlet, anglers are having a blast catching hard-fighting jack crevalle. Even not catching them, they are putting on quite a show tearing through schools of ballyhoo.
The bass bite has been good lately on both live shiners and artificial baits. For artificial, flippin’ and pitchin’ have been producing as well as some top-water plugs. If you can locate where they’re bedding down, Senkos have been working.
The spec bite has been picking up at night, but it’s been a bit scattered. They’re being caught using minnows in deeper water in the Kissimmee River as well as with jigs in shallow water. If going with a jig in shallow water try chartreuse or white if it’s sunny out or go with a darker color if it’s cloudy. Some guides think this year’s big run on them could be a bit later that usual.
LAKE CLARKE AND LAKE OSBOURNE:
The recent cooler weather has helped boost the black crappie bite. Anglers using jigs tipped with live minnows and grass shrimp are having good luck working the thick weed cover adjacent to deeper water.