Friday, May 10, 2019

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


Along the beaches in the Jensen area, there are still a few pompano around, but the action has been better on croaker and whiting.
There have also been some schools of big jack crevalle ready to give any angler a good workout.
As summer gets closer some snook have made there way out of the inlet and are cruising the beaches.
In the St. Lucie and Indian River the name of the game is snook. Using live pilchards, greenies or mullet and working the bridges and docks has been producing excellent results. One husband and wife caught back-to-back 41″ snook last Thursday.
With the same baits and set up there has also been trout and some redfish taken as bycatch.
Anglers at the Boynton Inlet jetties have reported slow fishing during the day. At night, however, permit are hitting on crabs and snook, tarpon and mangrove snapper are being caught on live shrimp, live pinfish and various jigs including flare hawks and chicken feathers.
On the Lantana Bridge, snook, moonfish, small tarpon and sand perch are being caught on live shrimp and lures like Rapala X-raps and LIVETARGET.
The bass bite around Third and Fourth Point has been excellent lately. Not huge fish, but great numbers. Anglers working the early mornings are catching up to 25 bass. Soft plastic baits like Gambler Big EZ are working well. Around mid-day, flippin’ and pitchin’ creature baits like Zoom Brush Hogs in blacks and blues are producing good results.
Specs are biting in the Kissimmee River. Anglers are fishing depths from 10 to 12 feet and trolling minnows and small jigs.
The bluegill fishing is still good in Indian Prairie Canal. Crickets and red worms in three to four feet of water are working.
With the recent rains and water flowing into many local canals, there has been good action on largemouth and peacock bass, snakehead and channel catfish. Live shad or shiners are working, as well as Baby Torpedos in black or frog colors.
Looking to catch a few oscars or cichlids? Now is the time! The bite for these fish has been incredible lately on the edge of the Everglades at Holiday Park and in the Holey Land Management Area and in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge at 20-mile bend.

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