INSHORE: Inshore fishing was pretty good this week. Wintertime sheepshead and black drum are filling in the ICW in pretty good numbers, and are biting fresh shrimp good. Live crabs, if you can catch them, are always going to be really good for the sheepshead as well. Sandperch are biting well in the ICW this week on shrimp as well. Last weekend of snook season, and with warming temps outside (And hopefully a little bump up in water temps) should be a decent weekend to try and find them. During the day look for the snook to be over dark shallow mud flat bottoms soaking up the sun. At night the snook will be around the bridges looking for a shrimp dinner. Shrimp jigs or live shrimp will be the best choice for the snook right now. Present the baits up current and let the current carry the shrimp naturally right to the snook. When the water is cold they aren't going to move fast or far, so keep it slow.
SURF/PIER: The change in weather this week helped kick off a really good Spanish Mackerel bite. The Macs have bounced around location wise, with fish being caught from Peck's Lake to south of the Juno Beach Pier. If your fishing for them from the boat a block of chum and some glass minnows, along with assortment of clack spoons and jigs should do the trick. From the beach a diamond style jig or casting bobber w/ a Clark Spoon is a solid choice. From the Pier it's hard to beat a white crappie jig, just keep the tackle light with it for best results. A lot of people going pompano fishing over the past week, not so many going pompano catching. Scattered reports on the pompano, but overall it still remains pretty hit or miss on them. Sandfleas, fresh cut shrimp, clams, and FishBItes will give you the best chance at the pompano. Bluefish action has been pretty good at Hobe Sound Beach. Whiting/Croakers are also biting pretty good in the first trough on pieces of shrimp.