Sunday, September 20, 2020

From Todd, Trey & Nick @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  The mullet are beginning to show inshore, and the fishing has begun to improve dramatically as a result.  Snook, tarpon, jacks, and maybe even a few redfish are all taking advantage of the endless buffet of finger mullet flowing through.  Typically the mullet come up to the surface best at night (Or during the day in low traffic areas or during overcast days), and that is when the fish tend to be the most active.  Lots of good lure options for fishing inshore ariound the mullet schools.  A topwater lure (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil. Yo-Zuri Top Knoc, Rapala Skitterwalk, or Heddon Zara Spook) is a great way to excite a bite while fishing around mullet schools.  Try focus on the edge of the schools for best results.  Snook fishing will also be good at night around the bridges.  Look for the snook to stack up around the bridge pilings and let the tide wash them a endless finger mullet buffet.  A DOA Baitbuster is a great lure choice for this.  With a strong swell forecasted for the end of the weekend. don't be surprised to see a lot of mullet showing up inshore.  


SURF/PIER-  Surf action has really fired up over the past week.  The mullet are starting to show, and the  predators are close behind.  The early season mullet run is a great time to target snook, tarpon, and jacks.  Following the later arriving mullet should be bluefish and blacktip sharks.  A live mullet fished on the outside edges of the school is a great way to go.  Keep the mullet close, but distanced enough that he looks like a easy target for quick results.  If the tarpon are around and you can't get bit on a live mullet, trying a fresh dead one.  Let it sink just on the edge of the school.  A lot of times tarpon patrolling the edges will pick up the easy sinking meal as they keep the bait surrounded.  For those looking to throw lures a  Yo-Zuri Mag Darter, Rapala X-Rap, or large silver spoon will all be good ways to go around the mullet.  The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce a good snook bite, along with a fair number of pompano and a permit or two.  The pompano have been biting Doc's Goofy Jigs and Fishbites the best early this season.  

Mullet run madness is about to sweep the Florida coastline

 


From the deck of the catwalk under the A1A bridge, the incoming tide was flat out screaming. Where the water parted around the bridge pilings, it looked like whitewater rapids in a western mountain river. It was huffing from the Atlantic Ocean into the Indian River Lagoon at close to 5 knots.

Hanging in the humid air was the feeling that a seasonal change was afoot. The mullet were here, and everything was about to go off.

Florida seasons

Florida is a little different than the rest of the country. Our unofficial state mascot, Florida man, has taught us all that.

Transplants have always told me they wish Florida had seasons like (fill in the blank of the state they came here from). I always tell them Florida has seven seasons. They are, in no particular order:

  • Football season
  • Spring football season
  • Jan. 17 (or what we call "winter")
  • Hurricane season (which never ends)
  • Mosquito season (which also never ends)
  • Tourist season (which pretty much never ends)
  • Fall mullet run
  • For anglers, the last season is the one they really get excited for. It takes place along Florida's coastlines through the months of September and October.

    More:Snook: Season opens for most of Florida Sept. 1, 2020; SW Florida still catch and release

    It always starts the same way: rumor fueled by wishful thinking. The mullet sightings begin sometime around the third week of August. They usually start off with phrases like "A friend of mine in Jacksonville said ..." or "They're at the Georgia state line ..."

  • Usually, neither of these is true, but I get why it happens. Late July into August can be the slowest time for fishing along Florida's coastline. Snook season is closed to harvest, so they are strictly catch and release. They also are about the only reliable fishing target during that stretch.

    Sometimes tarpon, redfish and snapper offer a little variety. But little else is going on, and there are virtually no bait to be had, not even shrimp.

    The mirage

  • So the mirage begins. Every angler near the water's edge in late August who sees a splash in a coastal estuary thinks it's the beginning of one of the greatest annual migrations on Planet Earth. In reality, it's probably just a little fish trying to shed a parasite.

    For the next two weeks, the rumor mill begins to pick up a little speed, and with a little bit of truth to it. Some mullet schools — what Joey Antonelli of Indiatlantic calls "pre-pods" — begin pushing down the coast north to south.

  • The first ones are the silver mullet and they tend to be a little off the beach, or even in deeper water, Antonelli explained. The finger mullet come later. These are the mullet every living thing in the water are after.

    More:Ed Killer: Why it's a terrible time to be a tiny glass minnow on a Florida beach

    They are no longer than a person's finger, and have shiny silver scales. They are yearling mullet and they are following a great pre-programmed instinct to head south for the winter. They wind up in Florida Bay, the Florida Keys and Everglades, eventually.

    Some of the silvers head as far south as Central America, crossing the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

  • D-Day 

    I started getting tagged in social media posts about three weeks ago. The emails began about two weeks ago. Anglers claimed they were here.

    I was skeptical, so I checked my sources. Sure enough, the action was light, at best. On scouting and fishing trips recently, I classified the mullet schools I saw as being mostly resident fish being harassed by jack crevalles, snook, tarpon and sharks.

  • But Wednesday, I decided to travel to Sebastian Inlet as research for this column. The tide took me a little by surprise, but the new moon fall tide is like that here. When I swung over the T-Dock on the south side of the inlet, a half-mile west of the bridge, that's when I realized no matter whether prior reports were correct or false, my own observation was clear.
  • Wild Kingdom

    This was definitely part of the largest biomass of just about anything other than humans that will make its way south this year. Even in the complete darkness, with nothing but the light from my cellphone to help me see, my other senses told me Florida's greatest season had officially begun.

    I could hear the mullet. It sounded like the pitter-patter of a light rain on the water's surface. I could smell the fishiness of the scene a few yards off the dock.

    The school measured well over an acre in size. It was holding position in the current as it tried to employ a safety-in-numbers approach to survival.

  • Around me, the exultations of excited anglers told of the fun being enjoyed by dozens. A man on the dock next to me hooked and hauled over the rail a top-of-the-slot sized snook. A fisher on a boat drifting nearby did the same with a hoot and a holler.

    It was truly like an episode of Wild Kingdom or Blue Planet taking place.


  •  Finest season
  • Finest season

  • All at once, the surface of the water erupted. The sound of 500 mullet scrambling skyward to evade a predator made it sound like someone sprayed a fire hose across the inlet.

    No doubt tarpon, snook, redfish, big jacks, sharks and more were in the midst of a great feed. Soon, this biomass of fish will be commonplace from Melbourne to Jupiter.

    It will be found along beaches, around inlets, along causeways, under bridges and at the end of docks. For the next six weeks, or until a tropical storm hits us directly, the mullet run will be underway.

    Florida's finest season is finally here.

  • report courtesy of Ed Killer@tcpalmekiller  https://www.tcpalm.com

    Treasure Coast Newspapers

Friday, September 18, 2020

INSANE Pre MULLET RUN Beach Fishing

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Just got back from raking sandfleas at Blue Heron Beach and it is definitely fishable- for now . Looking at the forecast as we head into the weekend conditions are going to change quickly. Hurricane Teddy is going to give us a building surf starting late Saturday so if you plan on fishing the beaches get there before Saturday night. Seas are forecast to build to 9 feet on Sunday and up to 14 feet on Monday. Thats a big swell. I am happy to deal with unfishable conditions at this time of year along the beach if the storms causing all of the wave action stay well offshore. It seems the last couple of years as soon as the first schools of mullet appear in our area we get some big weather. I was at the Snook Nook this morning and the mullet were getting hammered behind the store. Maybe its time to break out the snook set ups and hit the river next week because hearing anglers coming into the store today, the snook bite is pretty darn good .The northeast pattern of wind is forecast through Tuesday and the mullet and pompano schools should get chased down the coast from the areas they have been holding north of us. Looking at my Windfinder app seas do not drop to under 6 feet until next Friday. This can certainly change between now and then but it does not look very promising. On a positive note anyone who wants to rake some sandfleas for future use , they have been plentiful from Middle Cove to Fort Pierce Inlet. They have really been showing from 5 pm to dark and I only raked for about an hour and a half tonight and filled a bucket with some nice fleas. There are plenty of mullet starting to show in the river so my advice is to give that a shot after our conditions start to get bad starting late Saturday.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

From Todd, Trey & Nick @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 

INSHORE-  Still haven't really started to see the finger mullet showing up inshore yet; but it won't be long.  Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore.  The snook bite at the bridges has been very good on outgoing tide.  A flair hawk jig remains the top lure choice, especially for slot size fish.  Swimbaits should also do the job on the snook.  A handful of bruiser jacks cruising around the ICW looking for early arriving mullet.  Other inshore reports remain a bit slow.  We are transitioning out of the dog days of summer into early fall...won't be long before we see some big improvement on the inshore side of things.  


SURF/PIER-  The Juno Beach Pier is till producing a fair number of keeper snook.  The hot bait of late for the snook at the pier has been live shrimp of all things.  That will no doubt change as we start to see the mullet show up.  No real numbers of mullet yet, just a few early season trickles.  Shouldn't be long before we start to see them in much better numbers.  The Juno Beach Pier has also had a decent number of permit around.  A small blue crab or calico crab is going to be the way to go for the permit.  A few mullet up in Stuart, but no full on just yet.  Scattering of early season pompano around over the past week or so. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart / Vero Beach

 

Good morning everyone. The mullet migration is just starting to perk up, with finger mullet schools cruising the beaches, to the delight of Snook, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, and others. DOA Bait Busters, topwater plugs, and the new Savage Pulse Tail Mullet swim baits have all been producing. Scattered glass minnows have also provided action on the beaches as well. Snook fishing continues to be pretty good in the inlets, but live baiters have had a better go of it due to the clearer water. Inshore, some decent Seatrout fishing has been had early in the AM, before the heat drives them deeper, and quite a few Snook have been along the mangroves and docks, though mostly shorts. Redfish action has held steady north of Ft. Pierce Inlet as well.

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

 September Fishing Forecast With COVID-19 still affecting the Treasure Coast, more people have turned to fishing to get out of the house. August was a super-hot month! September will continue to be warm, but the fishing is always exciting. It’s a great time of year to target tarpon, snook and redfish around the Treasure Coast. Lots of bait has arrived in the area and the predators are chasing it both in the river and on the beach. Water temperatures will continue to be warm. Temps have been in the upper 80’s lately. It is always best to fish early or late in the day. The fall mullet run begins this month and that will bring exciting action to the area. I love fishing in September! Fish the shallow water early. Look for redfish around docks and mangroves this month. They like the shade these areas offer, and you can get a nice redfish fishing live bait, DOA shrimp and CAL grub tails. The trout bite improved this year and you can find some nice fish around Bear Point, Harbor Branch or Round Island flats. Fish top water early and switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits as the sun warms up. Snook season opens again on September 1st. Live bait, DOA Terror Eyz and assorted other favorites used around jetties, bridges and sea walls can get you hooked up to that slot fish. Make sure you are prepared for the season and check your equipment. It’s always good to check your license and snook stamp, too. Fish the bait schools! It's easy to spot the bait this time of year. The fall mullet run is going on strong in September. If you do not find bait around your favorite fishing spot, you will most likely not find many fish there. Move around if you need to find active bait. Fish love this time of year and they are out there gorging themselves on the bait in anticipation of the coming winter months. Water temperatures will begin to mellow out and will get back to normal. It's a great time of year to be fishing! 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

 Inshore fishing:

The snook bite has been excellent for anglers at the Stuart and Jensen causeways. Lots of slot-size keepers. They are pretty much hitting everything from dead shrimp to Fishbites to topwater plugs.

Along the beaches in St. Lucie and down to Martin County, there has been a really good pompano bite the past week. Not just a few here and there, guys are getting their limit on the delicious pan fish. Bring the big rods and be prepared to cast a good 100 yards as they are not just cruising the beach. Sand flea and yellow crab-flavored Fishbites are working well and, if you can find them, live sand fleas. The key to getting them has been finding clear water during the tide change. 

Along the beachies in Jupiter and at the Jupiter Inlet there are plenty of snook being caught. They are mostly being caught using sardines as well as croaker and mullet.

Speaking of mullet, there have been a few decent sized schools that have moved through the Jupiter area and could be a signal that the big fall push is on the way.

At the Juno Pier, there are some Spanish mackerel starting to show and be caught. At the Lake Worth Inlet the snook fishing remains decent with the top of incoming tide being the key to a consistent bite. If you cannot fish the incoming tide, there are still some snook on the outgoing tide but the bite shuts down quickly. Snook are also being caught along the area beaches with the average size being under slot with a few slots mixed in.

Around Peanut Island there have been good numbers of jack crevalle and tarpon cruising around as the bait has been getting thicker inside the inlet.

Bridge fishing has been good with live shrimp or shrimp lures. Cast your bait up current and allow it to freely float back to the bridge. The top of the incoming tide has seen the best bite.

Lake Okeechobee:

The bass bite is still best in the early morning on the outside grassline from first light until around an hour afterwards. Light colored swim baits and spinner baits are working well. After that the fish are moving further into the grass so it's time to start targeting the inside of the outside. Throwing flukes is a good method of locating them and flippin' jigs or creature style baits have also been producing results.

There are still bluegill being caught. The rim canal has been the top spot.

Friday, September 11, 2020

First Day Of Snook Season, Sebastian Inlet State Park

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Thur. trip up to the beach was a little unusual as I cannot remember a pompano trip where we landed more permit than pompano! My son Randy and I met up at Blue Heron around 7 and after the sun came up it was evident the water had turned to a dirty shade of green and after catching a few catfish we packed it in and headed to Stuart beach. The water there was much better but after a couple of hours all we had to show for our efforts were catfish and one ladyfish. Randy and his father-in-law Barry Rashkin were fishing short rods and catching a few decent whiting and croaker but the bite was definitely slow. Just before the change of the tide we got one decent hit and put a keeper pompano in the cooler. About 15 minutes after the pompano, one of the long rods got hammered and when Randy set up on the fish I the fight was on. I told him it's pulling like a nice permit and 10 minutes later we landed a beautiful big permit. After a couple of pictures we released it and rebaited with Crab Fishbites that was on that rod. Five minutes later the rod goes off again and another permit run took Randy up the beach. We landed this one also and took a couple of pictures before we released him. Two permit in twenty minutes will certainly make your day and although the pompano didn't show up, these two beautiful game fish made the day. I have to say our population of permit and bone fish along the beaches has been increasing every year and hopefully that trend continues. There are a lot of anglers that spend a lot of money to fish in the Keys and the Bahamas for these great fighters and we are awfully lucky to have surf fishing that now includes these sought after game fish that are available for us to play tug of war with. If you are lucky enough to hook and land one of these great fish, please take your pictures quickly and get them back into the water so they can make someone else smile when they do catch one. I have caught a couple of permit and bonefish on live sandfleas but the majority of the ones I have caught have been on EZ Flea or Yellow or White Crab Fishbites. Today I did the "coaching" and Randy did the catching. It is hard to imagine that there is any better surf fishing opportunities than what we have available to us along our Treasure Coast.



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Her First Time!!!!! (Snook Fishing Mangroves)

Wild Snook Ride! (Wade Fishing Indian River)

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy few days off. I fished back up at Blue Heron today and once again the numbers were not big but there are some quality sized pompano swimming along our local beaches . The first pompano I caught today bent my 12 foot rod over double and took off down the beach. I really thought it was another big jack until it semi skipped out of the water 70 yards out. The count today was only 5 legal sized pompano and it is nice when you don't have to think about measuring them to be sure they are legal. A friend of mine fishing down in the Jensen Beach area caught 8 with no keepers so you just have to be lucky and be at the beach where some bigger ones are located. The bait today was EZ Flea Fishbites and all of my bites were pretty far off from 75 to 100 yards. The water up north was not as clean today as it was Saturday and you had to cast beyond the dirty water to reach the area that these guys were holding in. I always say at my seminars, "the two biggest reasons you do not catch pompano are, you are not reaching them or you are fishing in off colored water". Today both of those factors came into play. The other species on the catch and release list were ladyfish, jacks,blue runners , and catfish. I am happy to report that one of my friends in the Ormond Beach area gave me a call to say the pompano bite was excellent there over the weekend. The good news is those fish are heading our way. Looking ahead to this week the current forecast is for East winds at 5 to 10 knots which should keep our surf conditions in very fishable conditions. Snook, pompano, jacks, ladyfish, blue runners, whiting, and croaker should be on the catch lists this week.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Sebastian Inlet Report

At 12:01 a.m., Snook season officially reopens in Atlantic waters and a lot of anglers have been counting down…  Always remember to follow Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rules and regs. You can find a copy of the 2020 Quick Guide here.  For Snook, your daily recreational bag limit is 1 per harvester, and it must be between 28″ and 32″ to be a keeper.  You must have your FWC saltwater license. 

The Snook are around, Tommy tells us, and fishing overall has been GOOD!  Snook will hit on a variety of baits and lures, but live shrimp is your best bet.  Mullet that anglers can use for cut bait are starting to show up, and try bucktail and your top water lures. 

Mangrove Snapper are still around everywhere and in abundance. So try out the different fishing spots throughout the Park to target these guys.  Live shrimp should do the trick.  Red Drum are biting too, throughout the inlet.  Try live shrimp or minnows, but they’ll hit on a variety of plugs and jigs too.  Anglers have been bringing in Spanish Mackerel, mainly on the jetties.  Little spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures will help you target the Spanish Mackerel.  There have also been reports of a few nice Flounder every day.  West of the bridge is your best bet so try fishing from the T-dock.  

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 This past weekend saw some great surf conditions with calm surf and pretty good water color. The catch rate was not the greatest but signs of the transition from summer to fall were definitely out there. I started at Beachwalk Pasley beach access on Saturday morning fishing both long rods for pompano and pitching a short rod for whiting and croaker. The long rod bite only produced blue runners and one small jack. The short rod did produce 4 big whiting and a couple of croakers before I packed it up due to the tide dropping and the shallow conditions. The whiting and croaker bait that produced was Pink Shrimp and Yellow Crab Fishbites.I took a ride north and settled in at Blue Heron. The near shore water was brown and streaky but after 30 yards the water cleaned up beautifully. The first bite came from a nice 15 inch pompano that fell for a EZ Flea Fishbite. I was lucky enough to put another keeper pompano in the cooler but unfortunately the next two pompano hook ups were taken by sharks after getting them half way in. The next 6 fish I caught were from a school of bonefish that bit for about an hour. If you have never caught one of these great gamefish it is definitely a thrill as the initial run they make will make you think you have a substantial pompano or permit on the line. These fish are somewhat fragile so if you do hook one please return it to the water as gently and quickly as you can. EZ Flea Fishbites hooked all of the bonefish. On Sunday I fished in gin clear water at Stuart Beach and caught and released a bunch of blue runners on the long rods and had non stop action on the short rod with small croakers. I did see two small pods of mullet move down the beach and along with the number of small croaker in the first trough I thought the snook would be chasing them but I never saw one. We are certainly in a transition phase and look for bait schools to be moving along our shoreline. One tip I can give you on the pompano front is if you are fishing a beach with the calm clear water ,remove the floats from your pompano rigs and this will produce more bites. I am heading back out this morning and will post a report later today or tomorrow. We are heading into the Labor Day Weekend and the surf fishing will certainly start to pick up as we get into September with the first schools of mullet that are heading our way from the north.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Fish is Bigger than Him! - Fishing for Beach Monsters

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart / Vero Beach

 Conditions are improving, with diminishing winds and wave heights soon to make surf fishing more productive. The surf is still pretty dirty, with some seaweed thrown in for good measure, but calmer conditions to come should clean it up quickly. Before the winds there were good numbers of Snook, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, and other species were up and down the beaches, which should show up again, especially if the much anticipated mullet run begins. The inlets continue to produce Snook, but live bait has been more productive, and Mangrove Snapper have been caught on Pilchards in the Fort Pierce Inlet and nearby bridges as well. The Indian River is still fairly dirty overall, but decent numbers of Sea trout are being caught in some of the cleaner areas closer to the inlets on soft plastics, and Snook and baby Tarpon fishing in the early AM has still been productive as well. 



Monday, August 24, 2020

Sebastian Inlet Report

Mangrove Snapper and Snook Season Countdown

 Mangrove Snapper are around to be had all day long.  They’ll hit on live shrimp and you’ll find them throughout the inlet system so try your hand at fishing from different spots.  There have been some Jacks and Spanish Mackerel coming over the rails on the jetties.  Jacks will hit on live shrimp and spoons, and break out your little spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures to target the Spanish Mackerel. We hear it seems to be better on the outgoing tide and Tommy recommends trying earlier or later in the day as your best bet. 

Some reports of Flounder, mostly West of the bridge and for anglers, the countdown is on to the start of Snook Season on September 1.  A friendly reminder of FWC size and bag limits; keepers must be between 28”-32” and the daily recreational bag limit is 1 per angler.


From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains the best bet on the inshore side of things.  With inlet snook fishing still good, a few early season trickles of mullet coming in, and enough rain to open up some spillways...you have a wide variety of snook fishing options ahead!  The spillways have been producing a good number of fish when they are open.  A flair hawk jig or  SpoolTek have both been working good when the spillways are flowing.  The snook have also been stacked up around the bridges as well.  Look for the outgoing tide at night to be the best bet for the snook.  For all around action it's hard to beat a shrimp imitating lure floated through the shadow line.  For bigger snook a flair hawk or swimbait presented right along the bottom is a good bet.  Mixed in with the snook have been a handful of tarpon and a few jacks.  As we start to see more mullet flow through in the coming weeks, expect to see a real boost in inshore activity!  

SURF/PIER-  The Juno Beach Pier had a few kingfish around this week, along with a decent number of bonita.  A diamond jig or good casting swimming plug (X-Rap, SP Minnow, or Yo-Zuri Long Cast) are good lure options.  A few Spanish Mackerel around the Pier, but not in the numbers that the past few weeks saw.  While snook fishing has not been red hot at the pier, a decent number are still being caught.  Snook fishing along the beach remains good, especially early in the morning.  Best bet has been small lures in the 3-4" range resembling pilchards.  Good numbers of small baits around, and that is what the snook have been keyed in on.  Up to the nort,h the glass minnow schools are attracting a lot of attention from sharks, tarpon, snook, Spanish Mackerel, and even a early season bluefish or two.  No set spot for the glass minnow schools, just have to go looking for them.  Could be a handful of pompano around this weekend with some east winds in the forecast.      

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 Well here is the end of the day surf report . The catch list was lengthy but the numbers were not. Pompano, permit, bonefish, blue runners, jacks, and small croakers. The problem is the pompano count stayed at one and the blue runner count was in the twenties. I fished up north at Blue Heron this morning and caught my nice pompano hoping there were a few more moving down the beach to add to the catch. That did not happen and when dirty water started moving in I packed up and went south to Tiger Shores . Water color was pretty good and around noon time, which was when the tide changed , the blue runners started chewing. A more substantial bite and some drag pulling had my hopes up for another pompano but this nice fight turned out to be my bonefish. I put a new piece of EZ Flea Fishbite back on and after a couple of minutes the rod doubled over and my permit was on . After a great fight I landed my permit , had a beach goer who watched the fight take a picture, and got him revived for a great catch and release. EZ Flea Fishbites have caught at least 75% of all of the permit I have done battle with on the beach . The scent and color must be to their liking so if you want to hook this great gamefish from the sand , make sure you have some in your tackle bag. I prefer the larger pre cut baits when I target permit. It looks like we are going to get some wind from Laura but we can deal with that. Conditions might be fishable tomorrow morning but Monday and Tuesday do not look too promising. Clean off the pompano long rods as we approach the end of August as the surf fishing is going to heat up with the approaching mullet run and the first schools of pompano.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Fairly standard inshore report this week.  As usual best action will remain catch and release snook fishing, especially in/around the inlets.  Live croaker or sandperch are the top baits for the biggest snook.  In along the seawalls live mullet will be a top bait choice for the snook and jacks.  Should just be a few weeks away from the start of the fall mullet run.  Keep an eye on the weather...a north breeze will get them pointed south i a hurry.  Other inshore action is fairly slow.  Has been a good number of mangrove snapper inshore.  Small live pilchards and live shrimp are a good bet for the snapper.  

SURF/PIER-  Surf fishing, by summer time standards, has been very good this week.  The snook have been cruising the beach in good numbers, along with a few tarpon and big jacks.  Low light periods remain the best for the snook, though high sun can provide good sight fishing opportunities.   For those looking for good action; the croakers, sandperch, and even a pompano or two are biting pieces of shrimp on a bottom rig.  Fair scattering of summertime Spanish Mackerel around; though not in the same numbers we saw over the past week or two.  The Juno Beach Pier snook bite has been a bit off this week, so look for better chances along the beach or in the inlets. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing: 

The snook and tarpon fishing as been good at the Lake Worth Inlet and the nearby bridges and beaches. Flair Hawk jigs and bigger swimbaits are working great at night, while during the day downsizing your presentation to something like a Vudu Shrimp or a Hyperplastic Dartspin should work well. Big jack crevalle have been spotted cruising around the surf zone and the Lake Worth Inlet. Throw a big piece of metal like a Shimano Coltsniper jig or a big topwater lure to get into them.

Little by little, a few early season mullet have been showing up, which is an exciting sign for inshore guys because it means the bulk of them are not far behind. Spinner and blacktip sharks have been jumping along the edges of the flats and channels in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Boynton Inlet.

From the Snook Islands down to the Boynton Inlet, permit up to 15 pounds are being caught using both live shrimp and dead bait including shrimp, crabs or clams. Fish along sandy shorelines and around grassy flats.

Lake Okeechobee

The bluegill bite has been really good, not quite as on fire as the past few weeks, but still definitely worth the effort for some tasty panfish. Hot spots have been King’s Bar, Buckhead Ridge and the rim canal around Henry Creek. Worms and crickets are working as are beetle spins. The bass bite has been best in the early mornings and right before dark using moving baits including swim baits, Skinny Dippers and Horny Toads while working the outside grasslines. After that morning bite begins to slow down switch to flippin’ or live shiners.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area


I did not have the opportunity to put much time in on the beach this past week but here is the report. I fished with Kai and Bryce Jackson on Saturday and although we did not have a banner day , the kids had a great time and put a few in the cooler. Alot of us are lucky enough to live here and fish the beach year round. It is definitely great to take some young people from out of the area and put big smiles on their faces every time the rod bends, no matter what size or species. It certainly makes you appreciate our year round fishing environment and what our local outdoors offer. We caught ladyfish, blue runners, palometas, and croakers and the kids had a ball. The key to our surf bite right now is to find the glass minnow schools as they are holding everything from 150 pound tarpon to tiny croakers. When the glass minnow schools moved out of our area the bite shut off and that has been the case since last week. If you find a school of minnows cast your Fishbite tipped rigs right into the center of the bait school and chances are your bite will be immediate. Randy and I fished this morning just south of Normandy Beach because that was the only stretch of beach that was holding glass minnows. We looked from Bathtub to Blue Heron and thats where they were. Tide can be pretty important to having a good croaker and whiting catch when you fish these bait schools because some of our local spots have very little water at low tide. That was the case today because we never had a touch up until the the time I had to leave for work at 10 am but Randy stayed and he hammered the big croaker. The bite started around two and a half hours after dead low and he put 40 nice fish in his cooler in an hour and forty five minutes. The tarpon were there in big numbers today and the ranged from 30 pounds to 150 lbs. The anglers that were targeting them hooked a couple but the show they were putting on in crashing the bait schools was spectacular. Weeds became an issue at certain locations during the week but they were somewhat scattered today. The key as we approach the weekend will be to finding the bait schools so look for the birds and surface activity at the beach access you want to fish and if it looks quiet, move on until you find them.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  A few early season trickles of mullet coming through...won't be long till we really see a good number showing up inshore.  Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore, with a handful of bruiser jacks and maybe a tarpon or two in the mix as well.   Snook fishing will be good with live baits (mullet or pilchards are good choices inshore) during the day in the Loxahatchee River around good current based points and boat docks.  Snook fishing has also been pretty good at night around the bridges.  Flair Hawks and Swimbaits remain the top choices for the snook.  They are keyed in on bigger baits, so don't be afraid to throw some larger lures at them.  Last of the incoming and first of the outgoing will be good tides to fish.  Mangrove snapper action has been fair inshore.  Small live pilchards and live shrimp are great bait choices for the snapper.     

SURF/PIER:  Catch and release snook fishing has been good along the beach, at the Juno Beach Pier, and in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets as well.  Look for the snook bite to be really good at night on the backside of the moon.  The inlet bite will be best on the tides; and heavily bait dependent.  For the inlet snook it's all about the croakers and sand perch.  The Spanish Mackerel have been biting well at the Juno Beach Pier.  Small Clark Spoons below a bobber rig are a great choice for the Macs, as is free-lining small live baits.  A handful of big jacks cruising the beach, along with a few tarpon.  The Juno Beach Pier has seen a few Bonita as well over the past week.  Jupiter Inlet is producing a few mangrove snapper.  Fair number of croaker and sand perch are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The best thing I can say about today is the conditions are improving along the beach. Randy and I fished on the south end of Tiger Shores this morning and all we had to show for it was 3 big Threadfins, aka "clear noses" and 2 throw back Palometas. The water is starting to get some color back after the storm but there still is alot of suspended sand close to shore that is making the water off colored. As far as beach erosion is concerned the south end of Hutchinson Island is in much better condition than some of the accesses north of the Jensen traffic circle. I looked at Stuart, Tiger Shores, Beachwalk Pasley, and Bob Graham south of the circle and all of those locations did not have any major erosion or drop downs from the winds of the storm. Cart access is no issue at any of those spots. Going north I looked at Normandy, Dollmans, John Brooks and Blue Heron. Normandy has some erosion and a minor drop off and Dollmans was fine . The situation changes as you get closer to Fort Pierce Inlet as John Brooks and Blue Heron suffered some major erosion and the cliff or drop down at those two spots was 4 to 5 feet. The water was much dirtier the farther north I went also and new weeds were evident at Blue Heron.The one good condition that improved at most spots was the further push up to the dune line of the old piles of weeds from the past couple of weeks. We have been dealing with the weeds being pulled back into surf at high tide but with the winds and big surf that we experienced during Isaias these piles are way up on the beach and far from the surf line.It is probably going to be another day or two for the sand and sediment to settle and the water to really clean up. I will not be back out until the weekend but if you plan on trying for the whiting, croaker, threadfins, or catch and release snook, I would target the beaches on the south end of Hutchinson .Erosion was minimal and the water as of today was much cleaner than towards the noth end.

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:

Along the beaches in St. Lucie and Martin County there is still an excellent bite for whiting, croaker and a few mangrove snapper. Bloodworm-flavored Fishbites and shrimp worked in the first trough have been producing good results. There have also been plenty of snook and some tarpon cruising the beaches following schools of greenies and glass minnows.

In the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers with the summertime heat things have been a bit slow. That said, in the early morning from first light to around 8:30 anglers have been catching a few redfish, flounder, small snook and small tarpon.

Just north of the Juno Pier there has been some excellent snook action. Livetarget croaker swimbaits have been working extremely well.

At the Jupiter Inlet and along the beaches south there are also good numbers of snook. Though live bait has been good, if you’re able to get out before the sunrise a Red-Tail Hawk fished on the bottom has been fantastic.

Where the sargassum isn’t too thick, anglers at the beach on Singer Island are catching snook and the occasional tarpon working Livetarget Slow-Roll on a weighted hook.

Surf anglers working the beaches just south of the Boynton Inlet have been catching barracuda on tube lures and tarpon using 3.5 inch Yo-Zuri lures that mimic either pilchards or sardines.

At the Boynton Inlet there have been a few mangrove snapper caught as well as snook and tarpon on live baits.

Tarpon up to 100 pounds have been seen rolling in the channel in the Intracoastal Waterway between the Boynton Inlet and the Palm Beach Yacht Center. Anglers at the Lantana Bridge are catching some nice sheepshead on peeled shrimp and clam strips. Sand perch and small mangrove snappper are being caught at the bridge on live and peeled shrimp. Working the shadow lines of the bridge at night has produced a good bite for snook and tarpon.

Lake Okeechobee:

Out on the lake the past few days the artificial bite for bass has been a bit tough. Live shiners worked along the outside grassline in the early morning has been working best. If going with an artificial though, swim jigs have been effective. Hot spots have been King’s Bar, Tin House Cove and from Buckhead Ridge to Third Point.

There has been excellent action for peacock and largemouth bass along with snakehead for anglers working the canals west of Jog Road and along 441 and the conservation areas. They are mostly biting in the early mornings and late afternoons following thunderstorms and are hitting Livetarget frogs and chatter baits. Bright colors like chartreuse and white and green and white have been best. In the late afternoons, switching to Senkos in colors like rootbeer with goldflake has been working well.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaias has headed north thank goodness, and now we can hopefully get back to some fishing. I do not know the extent of the beach erosion but I plan on heading up on Wednesday and will post a report when I get back. I am sure there are some bottom changes and trough fill-ins along with some new deep spots along our beaches so my advice is to head up during the low tide periods and take a look. The latest report I have is from Wednesday and Thursday last week. Randy and I fished Wednesday morning on the south end of Tiger Shores and filled a cooler with some nice whiting and croaker. Bloodworm Fishbites was the scent and color that produced all of the fish. I returned to fish the high tide late Thursday afternoon and caught the biggest croaker I have seen all summer. I only ended up with around 20 big croaker and whiting but my cooler was 3/4 filled just because of the size of the croaker. The biggest news the number of snook that were cruising the first trough. I saw more snook on Thursday evening than I've seen in a month and even played tug of war with a big girl for about five minutes that ate my fishbite. When she decided she had enough, down the trough she went and spit the rig. These fish have been spawning for the last couple of months in the inlet and weather it was the change of pressure from the approaching storm or the big numbers of croaker that were in the first trough, but they were present all evening. This is the time of the year that we have to respect the weather and we were lucky not to have not received hurricane force winds or crazy amounts of rain from this system. The impact of the Category 1 Hurricane/Topical Storm are going to be felt all the way up the eastern seaboard. As the week progresses the surf should clean up and conditions look favorable to get back to catching the whiting, croaker and catch-and-release snook. Good Luck and Catch um up!

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Friday, July 31, 2020

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From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Could be a great snook fishing weekend on the inshore side of things.  Look for the spillways to possibly go off this weekend.  Flair Hawks, Swimbaits, and swimming plugs are all good options at the spillways (lure size and weights depend heavily on how much the spillways are open).  The weather could also fire a up a solid snook bite in the Loxahatchee River.  It's still a bit on the early side, but wouldn't be surprised to see a few finger mullet show up this weekend.  Could be some big jacks, as well as a few tarpon around inshore.  

SURF/PIER-  Snook fishing has been good along the beach; but conditions this weekend will make that shall we say a little rough.  The Juno Beach Pier snook bite could go off this weekend depending on how the storm comes by.  Snook bite could go off on jigs and swimbaits.  The Spanish Mackerel bite has been good this week.  Freelining small live baits or the bobber rig have been the way to go for the Macs.  

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:

Along the beaches in the Jensen/Stuart areas there has been good action for whiting and croaker. Using either sand fleas or sand flea- or green crab-flavored Fishbites in the first trough has been producing good results.

Though not huge numbers there have been some pompano caught along the beaches in the first trough as well. They are being taken mostly on sand flea-flavored Fishbites.

At the St. Lucie Inlet there has been a good bite for snook using live pilchards.

Though working the beach in the Jupiter area has been a bit difficult with all the sargassum recently, for those willing to try there are plenty of snook cruising along the shoreline. Swimbaits like an Assassin, worked in the first trough have been producing good results. Anglers fishing both inside and outside the jetties at the Lake Worth Inlet are catching snook, tarpon and jack crevalle. Working along the rocks, the snook are being caught using D.O.A. CALs. Though the bite there has been good, divers in the area have reported large numbers of them outside of the inlet in 30 to 60 feet of water.

The jacks have been hitting on small live greenies and on topwater plugs like Rapala Skitter Walks. Though much of the bait that had been prevalent in the area three or four weeks ago has moved north to Juno Beach and beyond, the approaching storm should stir things up and get some of that moving back into the central part of coastal Palm Beach County and could even drive some bait up from the keys.

Lake Okeechobee:

The bluegill bite is still firing right now around the Buckhead Ridge and King’s Bar areas. Guys are catching their limits using worms, crickets and beetle spins. The bass bite is excellent in the early mornings for anglers working the outside grassline using spinner baits, buzz baits and Skinny Dippers. Hot spots have been Buckhead Ridge down to Third Point, the Tin House Cove area and Little Grassy. After the morning bite backs off switch to flippin’ and shiners


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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

How about a surf fishing report instead of a surf condition report? After I checked the marine forecast last night I was hoping the wind shift to the southwest would hold up. The light southwesterly last night blew some of the mats of sargassum weed away from the beach and it was fishable this morning. The tide stage was not favorable as low tide was around 8 am but it was nice to pitch a Fishbite into the surf without getting covered up with weeds in a matter of seconds .The croaker, whiting,and small pompano all provided a steady bite throughout the morning and it was nice to bend a rod after being shut down for over a week. The juvenile pompano are in the first trough in big numbers and I probably caught and released over 20 of these. I hope this is an indication of the numbers of pompano that will be along our beaches in the fall and early winter . Pompano have an unbelievable growth rate of 1 to 2 inches per month when they are juveniles and average 12 inches and 1 lb after the first year. After the tide turned and started on the incoming the weeds did increase but not to the point where it became unfishable. The upcoming week has south, southeast, and north all in the forecast so give the surf a shot and work around the weed lines if they show on the incoming tide. Bloodworm Fishbites were on fire today and the whiting were right at my feet while the croaker were 10 to 20 yards from the edge.

Monday, July 27, 2020

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Back from my beach look. Wind and weeds are still keeping the surf possibilities shut down unfortunately. I started at Stuart and went as far north as Normandy and conditions were getting worse the further north I went. Wish I had better news for everyone .Change some line, tie some rigs, or clean your gear. This will not last forever.

From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  The change in weather (some actual wind) has the inshore snook bite going pretty good.  Look for the snook to be in the Loxhatchee River in good numbers.  Live mullet, pilchards, and threadfins are all good baits to try and get the snook biting.  Wind blown points, docks, and seawalls are all good spots.  Try to time it with a moving tide for best results.  Been a few good bruiser jacks cruising the seawalls as well.  THe snook are biting at the spillways and bridges as well.  Flair Hawks, SpoolTek's, and other bigger swimbaits are solid choices to throw at the snook right now.  Inshore bite on the mangrove snapper improved as well this week.

SURF/PIER-  Rough conditions (by summertime standards) and lots of seaweed had the surf bite a little tough this week.  Those willing to fight through the weeds found a decent snook bite.  The snook are in both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets in good numbers.  The Juno Beach Pier has had good snok action, with a handful of tarpon around as well.  Good number of Spanish Mackerel around the pier over the past few days.  The bobber rig or crappie jig have been the best bets for the macs.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Sunday afternoon and I am was sitting in my garage tying Whiting and Croaker rigs because the conditions on the beach the last couple of days have been horrible with the weeds . I tried yesterday and today and after pitching my rig in the first trough at Stuart, Normandy, Glasscock, and Dolemans beach accesses, it only took 30 seconds for the weeds to pile on the line . I fished Friday morning and although it wasn’t a fantastic bite , 20 nice whiting and croaker made it into the cooler . I have talked to friends from Hobe Sound to Vero Beach and the weeds are spread along most beach accesses . We just have to wait it out and hope for a current and wind shift change to improve things along the beach . On a better note , anyone who has been waiting to book a charter on The Snook Nooks beautiful 23 foot Parker Big Bay , your wait is over . Fred just did a complete makeover and this fish catching machine has everything new including a brand new 250 Mercury ProXS Outboard, 8 foot Powerpole , complete rewiring , new electronics, and all new Penn reels on Crowder rods . There is also a new website, Snooknookcharters. Com or call Captain Derrick at 772 530 1114. Take a look at the site as there is a ton of information about the boat, Captain Derrick, and all of the species you can target when you schedule a trip on on one of the premier charter operations on the Treasure Coast. I’ll be looking most mornings this week for conditions to improve and when they do I’ll post it right away .