Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Had Chris and Vince Castoro out today for their first trip targeting some whiting and croaker. It was definitely a successful outing and they went home with lots of tasty fillets. They were surprised like most anglers who have not fished for these two species at how close these schools are to the edge of the surf line. Keep your baits within 15 yards of the edge and you will probably put some nice fish in your cooler. Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites continue to be the go to baits. We did see a few schools of glass minnows move through the area and if they pass in front of you pitch your Fishbites right into the middle of the school. Most of the larger ones we caught today came from the glass minnow schools. Yesterday there were huge schools of the glass minnows from Bathtub Beach to Tiger Shores and the snook, sharks, and tarpon were having a feast. Conditions look good for the next few days so get out and bend a rod.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The beach fishing has been good with a few tarpon and big jack in the bait schools to the south of Ft Pierce with a few small kings mixed in. Inshore the trout and red bite has been steady around first light to the north around harbor branch to Vero shores with a soft baits and top water. The snapper bite around the bridge and channel edges. 

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Friday, June 26, 2020

From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Inshore fishing is a bit tough now; with hot temps slowing the fish down for the most part.  Catch and release snook fishing will be the main inshore draw.  Go early and late for best luck inshore right now, or fish at night.  Could also be some tarpon cruising around inshore right now.  Mangrove snapper action has been fair inshore.  

SURF/PIER-  The glass minnow schools remain scattered up and down the beach, and the fish aren't far behind.  Snook, tarpon, jacks, blue runners, and others are all taking advantage of the easy meals.  Small flashy jigs, spoons, swimbaits, and small swimming plugs are all a good way to go around the minnow schools.  

The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce good catch and release snook action, as does Jupiter Inlet.  The snook are also along the beach in very good numbers right now.  Calm clear conditions provide for good chance to sight fish some big ones cruising in the first trough. 

Sebastian Inlet Report

We have been getting some mixed reports with better action offshore/inshore but fishing has been decent on the North Jetty, and other areas in and around the inlet.  Anglers have been seeing some Mangrove Snapper, Red Drum, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.
Live shrimp seem to be the favorite bait for targeting Mangrove Snapper.  Red Drum will hit on those too off the North Jetty, and don’t forget the catwalks and T-dock, particularly during the tide change.  Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish both hit on cut bait, and use your silver spoons for Bluefish and Gotcha lures for Spanish Mackerel.  And, as always, call Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle for the latest fishing updates at 321-768-6621.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Shore Fishing For Big Daytime Snook With My Favorite Bait, Pinfish

Pier Fishing for BIG SNOOK

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From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Snook fishing has been pretty good inshore.  Pretty standard summertime pattern on the snook.  If the spillways are open look for them to be close by.   Otherwise they will be around the bridges and close to the inlets.   Look for the usual lures to produce on the snook (stick to Flare Hawks, big Swimbaits, and similar for good results).  Smaller snook have been on the docklights pretty good.  Vudu and DOA Shrimp are great lures when fishing around the docklights.  Other inshore action is a bit on the slow side.  A few scattered tarpon reports, and a scattering of jacks around.  No reports to speak of lately on the snapper inshore.  

SURF/PIER:  The past few days has saw  the water from Jupiter Inlet south looking pretty dirty and brown (Lots of fresh water in it).  Water to the north of Jupiter Inlet has looked better and the fish have noticed.  While the Juno Beach Pier has still been producing some Spanish Mackerel, jacks, and fair amount of snook.  The bulk of the action has moved up to the north.  Jupiter Island and Hobe Sound  beaches have had a lot of very large glass minnow schools, and lots of predators close behind.  Bonita, jacks, snook, tarpon, and even a few random late season bluefish have all been in the minnow schools up to the north.  A small flashy jig or spoon, small swimbait, or swimming plug are all good choices for fishing around the minnow schools.  Pompano reports slowed this week, but sounds like a handful of them are still being caught up to the north.  

Sebastian Inlet Report

Despite the usual afternoon thunderstorms we see over the summer, the weather this past week was better and looks to be more of the same this week.  Hot but sunny days with some isolated showers here and there.  So for all you anglers, find some time to go drop a line...
The action has been decent, not great, with some mixed reports.  Mangrove Snapper have been hitting on live shrimp and fisherman out on the North Jetty have been bringing in Red Drum, Bluefish, Blue Runners and Spanish Mackerel.  We’ve heard reports of Snook biting too, but remember they are out of season and catch and releasee only until September 1.
For the Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish, use cut bait.  Blue Runners have been hitting on dead shrimp and smaller jigs, and use your live shrimp for the Red Drum.  Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle tells us your best bet is out on the North Jetty.
This week’s featured angler is Makela with her first Snook-ever!  We hear that Makela loves to fish with her boyfriend.  She’s only been fishing for 7 months, but is a quick learner.  Way to go Makela and you have a world-renowned fishing spot in your own backyard!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area there is an excellent bite for whiting and croaker. Bloodworm Fishbites or frozen shrimp in the first trough will produce the best results.
There are also still some pompano around. Again bring the bigger rods to get baits including sandflea Fishbites and live sandfleas out a ways as they are staying a bit farther off the beach.
There has been a nice tarpon bite inside the Lake Worth Inlet the past week. Using live bait in the early mornings and late afternoons has been producing good results.
Anglers fishing off the jetties at the Boynton Inlet are catching mangrove snapper, grunts, snook, tarpon and jack crevalle using live shrimp, live sardines and cut finger mullet.
Working the beaches around the inlet using cut shrimp has produced catches of small permit, whiting and croaker.
Along the flats in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Boynton Inlet small permit up to eight pounds are hitting jigs tipped with shrimp during the first two hours of the incoming tides.
At the Lantana Bridge anglers are catching sheepshead on cut clams and live crabs. Sand perch, small jack crevalle and mangrove snapper have been hitting live shrimp and peeled frozen shrimp fished on the bottom.
Lake Okeechobee:
There has been an excellent bluegill and cichlid bite the past week around King’s Bar, Buckhead Ridge and in the rim canal. Worms and crickets are working best for live bait and beetle spins for artificial.
The bass bite has been best in the early morning and late afternoons. Use moving baits including Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and skinny dippers along the outside grassline for best results. For the late morning through mid-day bite creature-style baits fished in the weed patches have been paying off. Live shiners are working all day. Top spots have been King’s Bar, Buckhead Ridge, Henry Creek and the J&S Canal.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area there has been a good pompano bite the past week. Not huge numbers, but nice-sized fish. Bring the big, 12-foot rods if you have them as they are not in the first trough but a ways out. They are most likely avoiding the spinner sharks that are cruising the beaches the past week. The pompano are being caught on crab- and sandflea-flavored Fishbites.
The spinner sharks are following the schools of glass minnows which started showing up last week and are now in the area in force.
At the Roosevelt and Stuart Causeways there has been some excellent snook action. There have some big ones that are likely feeding before the spawn. Use big swim baits or jigs like a flare hawk as they are hugging the bottom some because of the freshwater up near the surface.
Working the beaches from Jupiter Inlet to the Juno Pier, anglers are catching snook on lures resembling sardines or using live pilchards, croaker or sand perch.
In the Loxahatchee River, snook and jack crevalle are being caught around the dock lights.
Boynton Inlet anglers have been catching croaker, whiting and sand perch using cut shrimp. Snook, snapper and tarpon have been hitting live shrimp and pilchards fished on the bottom.
At the Lantana Bridge, anglers have been catching sheepshead, small permit, sand perch and croaker using cut and live shrimp
Lake Okeechobee:
Using live shiners and working the Kissimmee grass, one charter captain got his client into well-over a dozen largemouth bass Wednesday morning. Most were averaging three and a half to four pounds, but they did land a nice six and a half pounder and had one lunker get away.
Though not quite as good as live bait, the artificial bite was also working with eight largemouth bass up to four and a half pounds caught on swim jigs.
Hot spots were Taylor Creek and the Indian Prairie canal area. Working the canals along the turnpike and State Road 441, anglers are catching peacock and largemouth bass on topwater lures and 3″ silver Rapala plugs during the sunrise and sunset hours. On Lake Osborne, and its adjoining canals, sunshine bass, clown knifefish and catfish have been hitting live shad on quarter-ounce jig heads.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

COVID-19 has changed our lives so far this year. As things continue to open around the Treasure Coast, follow the guidelines and have fun this month. June brings about hot summer days. It is a time to get out early or late in the day and avoid the afternoon heat. Winds will be the calmer of the year so far and water temperatures will be in the nineties some days. June is always one of my favorite months to enjoy the fishing in the area.
Redfish, trout, snook and tarpon will be the big 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. Most of the redfish will be slot sized fish. Trout will be feeding on the grass flats both early and late in the day. The DOA Deadly Combo is a great way to search out the sea trout on the flats. Top water lures are the best choices for trout with switching to DOA paddle tails once the sun rises high.

Snook will be active around deeper water like bridges, inlets and sea walls. 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.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Big croaker were certainly the headliners on this weekends catch list along with some whiting, a few pompano, and a a big showing of tarpon. I fished with Randy on Saturday and we filled the cooler with whiting and croaker. The glass minnow schools were along the beach early Saturday and the the tarpon were all over them. The croaker bite on Saturday, Sunday , and again today was from 7 to about 10 am and then things really slowed down after the top of the tide. Small pieces of shrimp and the Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites continue to produce all of the bites. The fish on Saturday and Sunday were in their usual location along the inside edge of the first trough. The reason I am making a point of this is because today, Monday, I do not think Marty Barlow and I caught 5 fish in close. If you are not getting any bites were they are supposed to be throw a bait out 20 yards and move it back in 6 inches at a time until you find the part of the trough they are favoring. The other tactic to try is to move up and down the beach in 10 yard intervals if you the spot you are fishing is coming up blank. We did that today when the bite slowed down and found them 20 yards from where we started. There were a handful of Pompano caught this weekend at Normandy, Tiger Shores , and Stuart beaches. I consider the summer surf fishing as " fun fishing" because of the light tackle and the amount of fish you can put in the cooler. The end result is table fare that is good as it gets. Conditions look good for the rest of the week so get your small Penn Fierce,Battle, or Spinfisher reels out , buy some whiting rigs and Pink Shrimp and Bloodworm Fishbites and have some fun. Good luck this week and catch em up.On a quick note I have received some inquiries about some fun fishing charters and if anyone has an interest or wants more info please call me at 609 903 8243. I am almost booked up through June so pick a date and give me a call.

Friday, June 5, 2020

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing at the Spillways has been very good this week.  Don't forget we're in June already...they all have to go back for a few more months.  Flair Hawk jigs, Swimbaits, and swimming plugs have all been good choices for the snook at the spillways currently.  Still a few tarpon around inshore, as well as a few jacks.  Other inshore action has been a bit slow.

SURF/PIER-  Still a surprisingly good bite from some late season pompano over the past week.  Sandfleas and FishBItes remain the bait of choice for the pompano.  Look for the early morning and late afternoon to be best.  Spanish Mackerel are still being caught at the Juno Beach Pier, with white crappie jigs being the lure of choice for them.  Catch and release snook fishing remains very good at the Juno Beach Pier and in the Inlets.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It does not look like the wind is going to keep anyone off of the beach this weekend but the rain might. I have the foul weather gear ready but I hope everyone will use some common sense if and when the lightning makes an appearance. The beach is the last place you want to be when the thunderstorms start rolling through. The first thunder clap or lightning bolt I hear or see has me packing up my gear and getting to the truck. If it is just rain, no problem, I will fish through it but lightning is not something to fool with. I hope to get back to some great whiting and croaker fishing along with spanish mackerel and catch and release snook. Expect more tarpon to be showing up in the bait schools that are making a showing along our beaches. I worked at the Snook Nook this morning and was happy to see they got in a big order of Fishbites late last week. One of the pegs of the Bloodworm Scent was already empty so if you need some do not wait to stop in and get some. This bait is has been my favorite for the whiting and croaker the last couple of years followed by Pink Shrimp. If you want to put some in the cooler make sure you have an ample supply. The high tide mark will be in the am all weekend so that should be the most productive time period. Keep your baits in that first trough and you should have some fun.

Thursday, June 4, 2020


Chasing BIG Jacks and Snook from the Beach

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area, there are still good numbers of croaker and some whiting in the first trough. A double-hook rig using either Bloodworm Fishbites or pieces of shrimp will get the job.
Those croaker you may catch are also excellent bait for catching and releasing the snook that are cruising and hunting in the first trough.
In addition to croaker, the snook are being caught using spoons, which can resemble the glass minnows that have recently shown up along the beaches in the area.
Anglers working the flats in the Indian River near Bear Point and Middle Cove are catching good numbers of snook. They are being taken using D.O.A. Shrimp and D.O.A. Cal lures.
Along the beaches in the Boynton area surf anglers have been catching permit, jack crevalle and tarpon in the early mornings and again around dusk.
The permit, some of which have been up to 35 pounds, are being caught using bucktail jigs and Chasebait Smash Crabs.
The jacks and tarpon are being caught throwing two- to four-ounce Crocodile Spoons as well as top water plugs including Zara Spooks in blue and silver.
At the Boynton Inlet anglers are reporting catching croaker, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and snook.
The croaker are being caught on pieces of shrimp.
Many of those croaker are then used as bait for catching and releasing some big snook. Fish them on the bottom during the outgoing tide.
The sheepshead are being taken on crabs during the incoming tide.
The sheepshead are being taken on crabs during the incoming tide.
In the Intracoastal Waterway, the C-51 spillway should provide great snook action. Chasebait Flick Prawns should work well.
In the IWC, north and south of the Boynton Inlet, the docks are also providing action on snook using many different lures including X-Rap by Rapala, Yo-Zuri and Live Target mullet and pinfish. On the flats just north and just west of the Boynton Inlet anglers using pompano jigs tipped with shrimp are catching bonefish and small permit during the first two to three hours of the falling tide.
At the Lantana Bridge permit are being caught using shrimp on pompano rigs along with sheepshead on fiddler crabs and sand perch and croaker on cut shrimp.

Lake Okeechobee:
Out on the lake the bass bite has been excellent. From first light until around 8:30 a.m. anglers are doing well working the outside grasslines using swim jigs and spinner baits. After that, flippin’ a jig will keep the action going. Live shiners are working well all day. Hot spots have been King’s Bar and the Henry Creek area.
The bluegill bite has also been good. Anglers using crickets and worms or beetle spins are doing well working the Kissimmee River, King’s Bar and Indian Prairie areas.                          
Rick and Mike, fishing on Lake Osorbne caught two impressive Peacocks on shinners

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sebastian inlet Report

Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle tell us the while the fishing has been good, the weather has been less than cooperative with a washed out Memorial Day.  There have been large Red Drum hanging around, biting on live shrimp.  Pompano, Bluefish, Sheepshead and Spanish Mackerel are all around to be had too, and we’re starting to see a few Mangrove Snapper throughout the inlet system.  Summer is here!
Fishing has been better off the North Jetty, but don’t pass up the alternatives at Sebastian Inlet State Park for a productive day.  Try the South Jetty, the catwalks and the T-dock. 
Use your clams and sandfleas for targeting Pompano.  Cut finger mullet or silver spoons work best for Bluefish.  Same with Spanish Mackerel, but they’ll hit on Gotcha lures too.  Use shrimp and sandfleas for your Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper seem to prefer the live shrimp.  Snook season is officially closed, so remember to use the appropriate catch and release techniques to preserve our fisheries for future generations.

Monday, June 1, 2020


Massive Snook Inhaled My Huge Live Mullet

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope alot of you have had a chance to hit the beach the last couple of days because there is some great fishing going on right now. My wife Deb asked me to start putting some whiting and croaker in the freezer for some future fish dinners and after today that issue is settled.I have been down here full time for nine years now and I cannot remember a day when I targeted the whiting and croaker that equals today. The whiting part of the duo have not really showed up in any numbers yet but the croaker bite is incredible. I fished today by myself and I am not really sure how many I caught but they bit from the time I hit the beach until I left . I started fishing two rods for pompano but the blue runners were back again and it was non stop bites from those guys so I concentrated on the croakers. There were a few pompano caught today at Hobe Sound so hopefully they will move up this way. Getting back to the croaker bite, Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites along with some small pieces of fresh shrimp caught all of the croakers. I know I sound like a broken record but if you want to have a successful day ,do not cast your rigs, just pitch them. I did not get a bite on any cast I made that was more than 15 yards. These fish bit right through the tide so time of day or tide stage did not matter. This fishing is tailor made for kids so if you have a grandson, granddaughter, niece , nephew , son , or daughter that you want to introduce to surf fishing, now is the time. Make sure you bring an extra bag of Fishbites with you because you will go through some bait. I have been using a Penn Spinfisher 3500 on a 7 foot light action Penn Batallion spinning rod and this combination is perfect . There were schools of spanish mackerel during the course of day so if you want to have some fun with them bring a rod with a few spoons and turn the handle. Get out and catch some of these tasty fish this week.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains good inshore right now, especially closer to the inlets. Jupiter Inlet has had a good snook bite over the past week.   Last weekend to invite a snook home for dinner for a few months so don't miss out on the opportunity!  Still a fair number of tarpon around inshore, along with some nice bruiser jacks.  Mangrove snapper fishing has been improving inshore as well.  

SURF/PIER-  The Juno Beach Pier has had pretty solid snook action this week.  The snook have been biting live baits, dead sardines on bottom, as well as swimbaits early in the morning.  Spanish Mackerel action has also been good at the pier, with white crappie jigs being the best lure choice.  Still a fair number of late season pompano around, especially as you travel a little farther north.