Friday, January 1, 2021

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


Inshore fishing

Though the season is closed until Feb. 1, the bite for snook in the St. Lucie River has been excellent recently. The key has been finding the warmer water. The north fork has been one of the top spots the past week. Use live pilchards, which can be found at Stuart Live Bait in the pocket, or croakers.

Around the bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers there has been good action for black drum, pompano and bluefish. Drifted shrimp on a jighead are working.

At the St. Lucie Inlet, there have been lots of sheepshead the past week. Shrimp on a jighead had been the go-to bait.

Along the beaches in Martin and St. Lucie counties, the pompano bite has been good. Frozen sandfleas or sandflea- and pink shrimp-flavored Fishbites are working.

The beaches are also holding good numbers of whiting and croaker.

In the Intracoastal Waterway in the channels a quarter mile north and south of the Boynton Inlet, there has been an excellent bite for jack crevalle, ladyfish, bluefish and some nice mangrove and mutton snapper. Drop a chum bag and then use any type of cut bait on the bottom.

Also in the ICW, on the east side from the Lantana Bridge up to the Snook Islands, there has been good action for sea trout and a few slot-size redfish. Live shrimp with popping bobbers have been working extremely well.

Lake Okeechobee

Fishing in the Kissimmee River as the lake warmed up on Tuesday, Capt. Larry Wright had his clients into 17 bass before moving out on to the lake. Working the hyacinth along the banks of the river with live shiners, they had an a nearly nine-pounder and three six-pounders in that mix.

Though the artificial bite has been tough, a Carolina rig with a strawberry color worm did produce a few fish.

The fishing on the lake should get better each day with the warmer weather.

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