Saturday, March 2, 2019

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

There’s been a lot of sargassum along the beaches from Hobe Sound up to Jensen Beach recently making the surf casting difficult. It’s possible that some of the west winds forecasted for today may push some of it back out. If this happens, the pompano fishing should be really good as they’ve been there, but just not very accessible through the weeds.
In the Indian River, anglers are reporting catching black drum, sheepshead, pompano, redfish, snook and there’s even been a good showing of bonefish.
If targeting pompano, jigs in pink and chartreuse colors have been the ticket. The key is to make sure to use the appropriate weight to reach the bottom. Typically 3/8 ounce or half ounce will suffice. A good indicator your jigs are not making it to the bottom is if you’re catching nothing but ladyfish, jack crevalle and bluerunners. Those three tend to feed above the pompano.
At the St. Lucie Inlet there’s been good action still on bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Chrome or green spoons and jigs worked quickly are producing good results.
The docks on the west side of the river, north of the Jensen Causeway are holding redfish. Soft plastics and live shrimp fished on a quarter-ounce jig head will do the trick.     
With the strong winds the last two days the bass fishing backed off a little bit from the previous days with one guide saying he’d only caught 23 that day with largest in the seven-pound range. Before that, using live shiners and working the outside grass lines in the Buckhead Ridge area, he said his catch totals were much higher with fish up to nearly 10 pounds. The fishing should pick back up today and tomorrow with lighter winds and clearing water.

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