Friday, November 8, 2019

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
North of the Jensen Causeway and past the powerlines, the sea trout fishing is still excellent. They’re not huge, but there are good numbers of them. Look for patches of sea grass that have returned. For bait, go with soft plastics including D.O.A. Shrimp and D.O.A. C.A.L. lures in glass minnow or mullet patterns. In that same area, there has been good action for snook and redfish on the east side of the river closer to the mangroves.
Anglers fishing from the Jensen Causeway are still catching black drum using shrimp on a jig head. That bite should hopefully pick up even more after the passing cool fronts.
Anglers working the docks in the St. Lucie River are having some luck catching snook. Live pinfish or mullet are working well.
Anglers fishing the Boynton Inlet are catching sheepshead and small mangrove snapper. For the sheepshead, live crabs worked around the pilings on the north jetty during the incoming tide are working best. Sheepshead are also being caught off the Lantana Bridge using clams and small crabs.
Lake Okeechobee:
Despite not having any cool fronts the speck bite is phenomenal right now! Anglers are catching their limits of 25 fish working areas around King’s Bar, Little Grassy and Indian Prairie. They are also doing well drifting around the weather station in the middle of the lake. As far as bait goes it’s been a 50/50 mix of live bait using minnows or artificial jigs. Also, though many anglers are getting their limits there are some shorts mixed in so catching upwards of 40 or more fish is not uncommon right now.
Using live shiners, the bass bite is still good in the early mornings and late afternoons along the outside grasslines. During the midday the buck bass have been moving back into the weeds as the spawning season draws nearer. Bass guides are currently getting around 30 fish per trip with a few up to 10 pounds.

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