Friday, November 6, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

 Inshore fishing:

In the Indian River, near the mouth of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, there has been good action for seatrout and some massive tarpon.

The best bet is to head up to that area and after cutting the engine, work the banks for seatrout using topwater lures early then switching to a search bait like a D.O.A. C.A.L. jighead. After catching a few seatrout, or just trying, the tarpon should start showing up. Have a live mullet ready and let them drift across the deep hole that is there. Then hold on tight as fish from 30 up to 150 pounds have been caught recently.

In both the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers, from Fort Pierce to the Stuart Causeway, the bridge pilings have been holding some nice redfish. Use shrimp on a jighead during the incoming tide for the best results.

With the hard north winds the past few days, there could be some excellent snook action in the both the rivers. They'll be staying closer to the bottom so use a Gulfstream Flarehawk or a big swimbait.

Along the beaches in Jupiter and at the Juno Pier, there have been bluefish, Spanish mackerel and some pompano caught. 

For the bluefish and Spanish mackerel use a spoon and for the pompano sandfleas or sandfleas in combination with sandflea-flavored Fishbites are working well.

On the north side of the Jupiter Inlet on Wednesday morning there were lots of birds diving on schools of fish during the incoming tide. This could indicate an influx of bluefish into the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River. Keep in mind the limit on bluefish recently changed from 10 per person to three.

Looking for a fight? Up in the Loxahatchee River there have been good numbers of jack crevalle ready to go.

Along the rocks at the Lake Worth Inlet there has been a good snook bite in the late afternoon and early evening. The large swells, however, have made it tough to fish them.

Jack crevalle and bluefish have been biting on the topwater in the Lake Worth Inlet and along the area beaches. Be ready though as blacktip and spinner sharks have been right behind the bluefish so toss a fresh chunk of bluefish at them.

In the IWC around Manalapan and down to Ocean Ridge there has been some very good snook action. Two hours before sunrise until one hour after and from dusk into the evening has been excellent using live finger mullet and live shrimp. Work the docks or bump troll around the back wall of the inlet. Anglers working the spillway at the C-51 canal are also having good luck using Chasebait Mudbugs.

There have been some nice tripletail caught around the channel markers and crab trap buoys from Southern Boulevard Bridge down to the George Bush Boulevard Bridge. Though most have been around five pounds, one angler caught a 20 pounder under the Lantana Bridge on a live shrimp.

Small blacktip sharks are being caught on cut bait on the flats around Beer Can island.

Flounder up to eight pounds are being taken on live finger mullet around the IWC.

Lake Okeechobee:

Despite the winds there is still a good early morning bass bite. Though shiners are working best, anglers using speed worms and flukes are also having some good luck. Top spots the past few days have been the Tin House Cove area over to Buckhead Ridge. To get out of the wind more, Henry Creek has been good as well.

The spec bite has been good using jigs around Little Grassy.

More freshwater:

In many of the area canals and private lakes in Palm Beach County and on Lake Osbourne, there has been a good bite for largemouth and peacock bass. In the early mornings, use topwater lures and spinner baits then switch to worms in blue or purple or football jigs with crawfish attached in the afternoon. Also, Chasebait Mudbugs have working well in grape, natural or pumpkin colors

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