Sunday, June 27, 2021

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


There have been plenty of snook around the St. Lucie Inlet the past few days. Live pilchards and croakers, which are available at the Snook Nook, have been working great.

There have been tarpon rolling along the beaches in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. They are being caught on live mullet and pilchards as well as on swim baits like the Hogy Pro Tail Paddle.

Also along the beaches, there have been snook cruising the shoreline. Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows are working fantastic.

In the first trough, there are still plenty of whiting and croaker to be caught using pieces of shrimp or Bloodworm-flavored Fishbites.

The docks and bridges along the St. Lucie River have been producing a nice mangrove snapper bite using shrimp and small bait fish.

Though there aren't big numbers still around, there are black drum being caught at the Stuart Causeway. Shrimp and crabs are working, and the key has been patience.

Lake Okeechobee

The bass action was excellent Wednesday morning. Flippin' creature style baits on the outside edge of the Kissimmee grass around the shoal at Harney Pond, Capt. Larry Wright had a client into 14 fish early. Not small fish either, there were five-, six- and even a seven-pounder in the mix. Earlier in the morning they were catching some smaller fish using white and, black and blue chatter baits.

The bluegill and shellcracker bite should be picking back up with the full moon. During the previous one, Capt. Larry Wright said he had two days where they caught over 100 fish.

report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart / Vero Beach

 Baby Tarpon activity has also been really good, taking flies such as gurglers early, as well as soft plastics. Redfish numbers have also been on the rise, in areas around John’s Island and south near Round Island. Snook numbers continue to be solid as well. Surf conditions have been good, and some nice Snook have rewarded those putting the time in, but the numbers haven’t been great yet. Those sight fishing in the brighter portions of the day have had the best production, while the lack of bait has made early morning less productive. There has also been some larger Jack Crevalle caught from shore as well on spoons and larger plugs. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area


How about 2 days in a row of some great surf fishing action. I met Randy this morning and although the first couple of hours were not as good as yesterday morning the bite turned on later in the morning and we both went home with coolers of whiting and croakers. Bloodworm Fishbites and small pieces of shrimp continue to produce . The whiting bit during the early hours today and the croaker took over after the tide changed around 1030. The snook bite was on fire this morning for the anglers that were able to sabiki some pilchards that were coming through all morning. I watched one fisherman that was south of me get 3 pilchards on a sabiki set up and put them in his bucket with an aerator. He proceeded to hook ,land , and release three nice snook on those three baits. The snook sharpies are live lining their baits in the first trough .The other species that showed today were the tarpon but they stayed out of casting range. There is lots of life on the beach right now so hopefully some of you got out today and bent some rods. The current forecast is for the southwest breeze to continue during the early part of the week and hopefully this great fishing will continue. Good luck this week and catch em up.

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


Around the St. Lucie Inlet and the Stuart Causeway, there has been a good snook bite. Though live croakers and pilchards are working best in the early mornings and late afternoons, if there are low light conditions consider throwing a top water plug. Some reallly nice overslots are being caught and released. There are tarpon being caught in the mornings at both the Ft. Pierce and St. Lucie Inlets. The Jensen Causeway has also produced a nice bite for them at night. Use live mullet or pilchards.

Black drum and mangrove snapper are being caught around the bridges and structure along the St. Lucie River by freelining shrimp with a split shot or shrimp on a jig head.

The recent west winds have pushed a lot of the seaweed out and made the surf fishing in Martin and St. Lucie Counties really good. The bite for whiting and croaker has been good. How good? Capt. Paul Sperco reported catching 52 whiting one morning. Shrimp and bloodworm Fishbites have been working best.

At the Jupiter Inlet, there has been some fun catch and release action for snook. Live sardines are working best.

Along the beaches in the Jupiter area, there have been schools of tarpon cruising along the shore. If you're really looking to get hooked up, a fly rod and good guide to drive the boat is a pretty good strategy.

Anglers at the Boynton Inlet and Lantana Bridge are reporting really slow fishing the past few days.

Lake Okeechobee

The bass bite has been decent in the early morning and late afternoons using soft plastic worms especially in plum, junebug and black colors and working the outside edge of the grassline. Good spots have been Little Grassy and the pass in the King's Bar area.

More freshwater

During the recent torrential downpours in the mornings and late afternoons, anglers fishing the canals along SR 441 have reported a good largemouth and peacock bass bite, as well as a good snakehead bite while fishing top water plugs quickly along the banks. Lures like Storm Chug Bugs, Devil Horse lures, Heddon Torpedo and baby spooks have been getting explosive surface hits. Lure colors have been varying from black, frog patterns, red head white body, brown/ orange and chartreuse/white. 

report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Saturday, June 12, 2021

From Todd, Trey & Nick @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-   Catch and release snook fishing has been very good in the ICW and Loxahatchee River over the past week.  Live mullet in the river fished along seawalls and under boat docks are a really good way to go for great chances at some big snook.  Fishing a topwater, like a Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil, along seawalls is also a good option early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  At night look for snook to be in numbers under docklights or stacked up along bridge shadow-lines.  Fishing a flair hawk or big swimbait at night is a good way to go for quality bites at night.  Typically outgoing tide will be best; but that will also depend on water conditions.  Mangrove snapper reports continue to improve inshore; although it hasn't opened up full on just yet.  

SURF/PIER-  The snook bite, though kind of behind schedule, is starting to get rolling at the Juno Beach Pier.  Live croakers or sand perch will be the best bet for the snook, especially the bigger ones.  A live sardine or pilchard will also get the attention of the snook as well.  Conditions have been a little calm/clear for a plug bite; but a few will take a look at a swimbait or swimming plug usually first thing in the morning.  A fair number of big jacks cruising through, along with a good number of tarpon.  Still a few reports of some permit cruising through.  A handful of mangrove snapper hanging around the pilings.  Croakers are biting in the surf, with small live shrimp and pieces of shrimp being the best bait choice

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Surf Fishing: How To Read The Beach To Catch More Fish

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart / Vero Beach

  The surf has intermittent weed issues, with some areas relatively clear and fishable, while others are still tough to fish. Those finding clear areas have been catching some Snook ( season is closed ), as well as some Spanish Mackerel. The Indian River has remained clear, and Snook have continued to provide those putting in the time some opportunities at some trophy fish. Sight fishing has remained a good option, as has fishing docks and shorelines. Soft plastics and live bait have been the most effective.