Thursday, March 4, 2021

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County



Anglers working the pilings and fenders along the Jensen and Stuart causeways as well as at Indian Riverside Park are reporting catching snook, black drum and sheepshead. Shrimp on a jighead or freeline shrimp have been working.

Like last week, the Sailfish Flats is still the hot spot for pompano.

At the Juno Pier, there have been reports of Spanish mackerel, some bluefish and spinner sharks moving through.

Though it's not full 'spring fishing' yet it's getting closer in the Loxahatchee River and the Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area. With the water warming up, now can be an excellent time to target snook, according to Pete Schulz at Fishing Headquarters in Jupiter. Using live shrimp or lures in the early mornings, anglers should focus their efforts around the docks and mangroves. In addition to snook, there is plenty of fun bycatch as well including jack crevalle and ladyfish.

The Intracoastal Waterway around Boynton Beach and Lantana has been a bit murky the past week with the all of the south winds. This has slowed the fishing way down, even around the bridges.

Lake Okeechobee

Though live shiners are still working for bass, Senko worms in all black may be more effective right now. Working them along the inside wall from Buckhead Ridge down to Horse Island has been effective as most of the fish are staying pretty tight in that area because they're still bedding and haven't moved out yet. The same strategy applies using poppin frogs. Also remember, we are on the backside of the full moon so the fish are a bit lethargic right now. What does that mean? It means don't rush your retrieve.

Though the spec bite has backed off a bit since the full moon, it's still really good. At night minnows are working best, especially in the river. During the day jigs have been best, especially "cocaine" jigs.

Fishing Lake Osbourne the last week has been excellent. There has been good action for largemouth, sunshine and peacock bass using live shiners or shad. The key has been working the heavy cover, docks, culvert pipes and deep holes.

post courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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