Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WHERE THE FISH ARE HIDING IN THE SURF

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I always enjoy posting the surf reports and talking about the great diversity of species, tackle, techniques ,baits, and locations to fish along our beautiful beaches. On this post I want to touch on a topic that I always bring up at my seminars and like to include in the handouts that I provide for the attendees. I think it is safe to say that one of the main reasons that people visit, vacation, and relocate to our area is the weather. Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine allows us to pursue outdoor activities on a year round basis. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The bright, beautiful sunshine factor is the common denominator that makes our area paradise but it can also cause skin cancer and whether you are just visiting for the weekend or have lived here for your entire life you should take preventive measures like wearing sunglasses, UPF rated clothing, hats , sunbuffs, and most importantly using sunscreen. Regularly scheduled visits to the Dermatologist for a skin check only takes 15 minutes and can keep you informed about any sun damage. I want to share my personal experience from the last two weeks to let all of you know how important it is. I did my annual skin check two weeks ago at my Doctors office and he discovered a malignant melanoma growth on a unexposed area of my thigh. All of the exposed areas, face, arms , legs, and neck had no issues. It was explained to me that my growth probably began years ago when I was a kid and turned into this situation very recently. All of us "older" folks really didn't have the products and clothing that help prevent these issues now and technology that we use on our kids and grandkids today has certainly cut down on this problem. I spent six hours in the hospital yesterday where the two surgeons removed the growth and took a lymph node out to analyze to make sure it has not spread. As with any problem like this, early detection is the key and I am certainly expecting a clean bill of health when the biopsy comes back. I don't know anyone that I have spoken to that has not had or known someone that has not had some type of procedure done to take care of a skin cancer issue. If I had not gone for my annual check up I never would have known. I will tell you my annual check up will become a semi annual starting now. I will be on the sideline for a short time so if anyone has some surf reports, good or bad , please feel free to send them to me and I will be happy to get your current info up. This is the hottest and strongest sun time of the year so put that sunscreen on and wear those protective clothes to take advantage of our great summertime surf action. Good luck and catch em up

Friday, June 21, 2019

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town right now.  The bridges are holding a good number of fish, as are the spillways.  Look for the bridges to produce best on an outgoing tide, and the spillways to be good when the gates are open.  Some nice jacks cruising the seawalls early in the morning. 
 
Mangrove snapper are hanging around the bridges; with the most action on them coming at night.

SURF/PIER-  Catch and release snook fishing is absolutely on fire right now at the Juno Beach Pier.  Lots of big snook showing up, and they are eating.  Look for large live sandperch and croakers to get the biggest fish to eat.  A lot of the time it's been harder to get a sand perch to bite than it has to get the snook to.  The snook are also in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets in good numbers as well.  Live baits will be the ticket during the day; while flair hawk jigs and big swimbaits are a good choice at night.  Snook fishing has also been good along the beach, especially on high tide.  Look for the snook to be in the first trough picking out easy meals.  The tarpon are still moving along the beach to the north of Jupiter Inlet, with most being out of shore casting range (In other words you need a boat to get a shot at them).  Scattered mangrove snapper around the Jupiter Inlet jetty.  

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart


Fort Pierce Inlet has been producing Snook for those fishing with live Pilchards or greenies, but don’t forget that the season is still closed, so it’s catch and release only. On the beaches, the calmer conditions are beginning to reward those that go, as Snook and other species are being caught. There has been a fair amount of greenies on the beaches, and some glass minnows as well. Spoons, MirrOdines, jigs, and flies such as Clouser Minnows and Polar Fibre Baitfish have been getting it done. Inshore, there’s still good numbers of Redfish around, as well as Snook. Docks have been producing, as well as shorelines, as well as outflow areas, which also have baby Tarpon early and late. 

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The catch list from our local beaches this week included catch and release snook, whiting, croaker, Spanish mackerel, palometa, jacks, and even flounder. I fished with my son Randy last Sunday and the bite was pretty slow at Stuart so we took a ride to Blue Heron and managed to catch some whiting, croaker, mackerel, and even a nice 15 inch flounder. Bloodworm scented Fishbites was the hot bait and although we didn't put big numbers in the cooler , we still managed to put a couple of dinners together with the whiting and croaker. I ended up at Blue Heron on Wednesday after only catching a couple of big whiting at the south end of Tiger Shores. The bite turned on in the afternoon with the big whiting and I was lucky enough to put around 30 in the cooler. Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites , along with some live sandfleas produced all of the action. The best action has been centered around high tide for the whiting and croaker . The anglers fishing live croaker for snook at Tiger Shores on Wednesday had some nice fish that were caught and released. I fished at Blue Heron this afternoon and had a cooler full of nice whiting, croaker, palometa, and a nice 19 inch Spanish Mackerel. The key to success today was pitching your bait to the inshore side of the first trough. Depending on what beach you fish, this may only be 3 to 5 yards from the edge of the surf line. I tried a few casts 10 to 15 yards off and never had a touch. The conditions look pretty good for the weekend with high tide being around 8 am .Get your Fishbites and shrimp and go have some fun.

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

INSHORE FISHING
Along the beaches around Jensen, the snook bite is on fire. Anglers are having a field day using top water lures in the mornings and live pilchards or croakers in the evenings.
The bridges are holding good numbers of snook as well. Best bet is early mornings or evenings timed with either an incoming or outgoing tide. Live pilchards and sardines are working best and, if you can find them, live crabs.
There have been a few sea trout caught in the Indian River up closer to Fort Pierce with live shrimp on a popping cork or D.O.A. shrimp lures.
Looking for a fight? Check out the north fork of the St. Lucie River in the early morning. There have been tarpon up to 80 pounds hammering live pilchards and D.O.A. Terrorizers.
Unlike like the week before, there are massive concentrations of snook and tarpon at the Boynton Inlet right now. They are coming over the sandbar during the incoming tide on clear days.
There are still quite a few blacktip sharks milling around the flats adjacent to the inlet and into the Intracoastal Waterway.
At the Lantana Bridge, the fishing has been slow, which could be a result of the large number of sharks.                                  
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
The bluegill and shellcracker bite is fantastic right now. Using worms and crickets, anglers are catching their limits on a daily basis. Hot spots have been the King’s Bar, Indian Prairie and Horse Island areas. On the south end of the lake, Red Island has been good. The water is shallow so just be cautious and smart.
The bass bite has been really good during the first hour to hour and a half of the morning. Anglers working the Kissimmee grass on the northwest side of the lake are catching as many as 25 fish during an outing. White or shad colored baits, including swim jigs, and spinner and chatter baits on the outside edge, are working best. After the morning bite has backed off switching to stick worms or pitchin’ and flippin’ is still producing good results.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

June brings about hot summer days and great fishing action around the Treasure Coast. It’s a time to get out early or late in the day and avoid the afternoon heat. Winds will be the calmest of the year so far and water temperatures will be in the mid to high eighties most days. June is an awesome month to enjoy the fishing in the area.
                                 
Redfish, trout, snook and tarpon will be the main targets this month. Redfish will be hanging around mangroves, grass flats and docks. DOA shrimp or CAL shad tails are the perfect lures to target reds. I like root beer or copper colors. Most of the redfish will be slot sized fish. Trout will be feeding on the grass flats both early and late in the day. Top water lures are the best choices for trout with switching to DOA paddle tails once the sun rises up high. Start shallow and move out to 3-5 feet as the temperature heats up. The DOA Deadly Combo is a great way to search out the sea trout on the flats.

Snook will be found around bridges, inlets and sea walls in June. Live bait or DOA Terror Eyz are great ways to fish for snook. Don’t forget that the season is closed, so handle the fish carefully and get them released quickly. Night fishing will also be one of the best times to snook fish. Look for tarpon along the beaches, inlets and channels. Live and cut bait or DOA Terror Eyz are some of the popular choices for tarpon. Look for jacks, ladyfish and mackerel in the inlets as well. 

Make sure you take plenty of water with you. It will be hot out there. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and reduce the risk of heat stroke. Slather on lots of sunscreen! Sunburn isn’t a good feeling at the end of a good day of fishing. A little common sense and a few minutes can a big difference. Make that part of preparations for your adventures on the water. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

INSHORE FISHING
Along the beaches in the Jensen area, the whiting and croaker bite has been fantastic. They are being caught on shrimp, squid and Bloodworm Fishbites.
Also, on the beaches there have some nice tarpon and snook. The tarpon are being hooked using live pilchards and glass minnows. The snook on the beaches are more towards the inlet where the getting ready to spawn.
In the St. Lucie River, anglers working the Roosevelt and the 10 Cent Bridges are reporting an excellent snook bite using live pilchards, pinfish and shrimp.
Along the beaches in Jupiter and up to Hobe Sound, there has been excellent action on croaker, whiting, jack crevalle and snook.
The seawalls along the Loxahatchee River have been excellent for big lake croaker lately.
The Jupiter Inlet is fantastic for snook right now. Remember they’re out of season, so it’s catch and release only.
Unlike the past few weeks, there have been very few tarpon or snook around the Boynton Inlet. The area has also been mostly devoid of bait as well. There have been large numbers of spinner sharks, however, hanging around the channel on the approach to the inlet.
At the Lantana Bridge, anglers are still catching good numbers of sand perch on peeled shrimp and sheepshead on live shrimp and clams.
Small snook and tarpon also are being caught at the bridge on threadfin herring and greenies. Working the shadow lines with Rapala X-Rap lures has also been producing good results.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
The bluegill action is still excellent in the Kissimmee River and Indian Prairie Canal. They are bedding down along the edges. Crickets and worms are still working well and if going with an artificial, beetle spins are the best bet.
The bass bite has been fantastic along King’s Bar, Tin House Cove and even into the Kissimmee River. Anglers working the outside grass lines in the early mornings and late afternoons with chatter baits, spinner baits and swim jigs are doing well. Mid-day can still produce, but best bet is switching to artificial worms.

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From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Pretty much total summertime fishing inshore right now.  Catch and release snook fishing will no doubt be the best bet inshore.  The snook are all in and around the inlets for the most part, so start the search there.  Docklights in the ICW and Loxahatchee have been very productive for large numbers of snook, with the average size being 18-22" for the most part.  The snook should really fire up after this full moon.  Mixed in with the snook should be a fair number of jacks, and in certain places a stray tarpon or two.  Mangrove snapper action should also be good with the full moon.  As usual, best time for the snapper will be at night.  Small pilchards and live shrimp are top bait choices for the mangrove snapper.  

SURF/PIER-  Two slightly different surf reports this week.  Those fishing from the beach should find a good number of snook around for catch and release action.  Best time will be lowlight periods of the day or at night with the upcoming full moon.  The snook have been feeding better over the past few days, and that should continue into the weekend.  The JUno Beach Pier has also been good for catch and release snook action.  Just outside of shore casting distance (Or report part two for those in a boat...) the big jacks have been cruising the beach as well as a good number of tarpon.  Conditions don't get much better for the tarpon along the beach right now.  Look for the tarpon to be moving north along the beach, and best numbers seem to be north of Jupiter Inlet for the most part.  Live baits (Pilchards, sardines, threadfins, etc) presented well ahead of the tarpon school is a fairly safe bet to get a bite.  

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