Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Our intrepid fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry, reports that fishing has dropped off at the North Jetty due to the outgoing tide carrying storm runoff from the mainland via the Sebastian River and the Indian River Lagoon.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
The weekend is here and because of a pretty busy work schedule that started this past Tuesday , I haven’t had a chance to fish until this morning. Reports from the past few days were encouraging as some schools of pompano, Spanish mackerel, and more pods of mullet were starting to show . There were some keeper pompano along with some 9 to 10 inch throwbacks caught yesterday at Glasscock, Blue Heron, and Porpoise beach accesses along with some Spanish mackerel . I set up at Blue Heron today hoping to catch a few but the fish never showed . The only bite I had resulted in a shark off . A friend of mine fishing just north of me did put 2 keeper pompano in the cooler but these two that Brad caught were the only ones I heard of . I spoke with some friends that fished at Surfside, Coconut, Brooks, Tiger Shores, and Stuart and the only fish they caught were a couple of ladyfish. We are definitely going to have these slow days during September but as more bait moves down the beach the fishing will get more consistent. My favorite quote at this time of year is , “if you don’t go you won’t know”. I’ll be fishing the next few days and will hopefully have some positive results to post .
Though there is still a good snook bite at the St. Lucie Inlet, more and more fish are moving up into the river. Anglers working the docks and sea walls are doing well using live croakers and pilchards.
Live croakers are currently available at the Snook Nook.
There has been a good tarpon bite around the inlet and the north fork of the St. Lucie River. There is also still good tarpon action at the Jensen Causeway in the early mornings.
Anglers fishing the causeway should take care NOT to leave their trash or dead bait behind as it could lead to the causeway being closed to fishing again. Pack it in and pack it out.
Along the beaches in St. Lucie and Martin County there has been a good whiting and croaker bite during the higher tides.
There has also been a nice bite starting for pompano and permit for anglers working the second and third troughs. The best bait has been Electric Chicken Fishbites.
Anglers targeting pompano up around Hobe Sound haven't been reporting catching pompano so much, but have been getting some nice bonefish.
At Blowing Rocks Preserve, anglers have been reporting schools of mullet beginning move through the area.
At the Jupiter Inlet, there is still a good snook bite. Though there have been some keepers, there have been quite a few overslot fish caught. They are basically hitting whatever bait happens to be cruising through that day. Finger mullet, pilchards and croakers have all been in the area. The key is to 'match the hatch,' and duplicate whatever happens to be around that day. Go for the same size as well as mimicking the species.
Around the Boynton Inlet there have been schools of small sardines as well as small schools of mullet.
In the Intracoastal Waterway in Boynton area, tarpon have been holding near the rock piles during the day and hanging around the bridges at night. Small, live baits, including greenies and threadfin herring have been working well.
At the Lantana Bridge, anglers are catching small mangrove snapper on cut shrimp.
There have been schools of small greenies, threadfin herring and some sardines hanging around the bridge at night and at dawn.
The bass bite is still best in the early mornings from around first light until 8:30 a.m. Swimming worms and spinner baits (weedless) worked back into the reeds are the best bet right now. After the early morning bite begins to back off, switching to flippin' will keep the action going. Best spots have been just below Indian Prairie and back in the Tin House Cove area.
The crappie bite is still happening. One customer at Garrard's Bait & Tackle caught 10 Wednesday morning while jigging in the deeper water in the Kissimmee River. Once again cocaine jigs were the ticket.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post
SURF/PIER- The mullet run has kicked off, and the fishing has really fired up this week. Snook, tarpon, jacks, and a host of others are all taking advantage of the nearly endless food supply. Look for the mullet to move and be most active first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Fish live mullet on the edge of the school or weighted below for best luck. The Juno Beach Pier was good again this week; with a scattering of both Spanish and King Mackerel around. Starting to hear a few pompano reports a little up to the north...won't be long now on them!!!
Our intrepid and charismatic fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry reports that that fishing has picked up considerably this past weekend at the North Jetty. Look for hoards of mullet coming down the beaches to this fishing paradise.
MULLET ON THE MOVE
The next few weeks should be very interesting anywhere near area beaches, inlets and inside the Indian River Lagoon. It's Fall Mullet Run time and the bait fish are beginning their annual migration.
Schools of the small fish are starting to gather and move north to south. The schools of 20-50 mullet are starting to grow larger and will soon number in the hundreds and greater. On the beach, expect to see predators such as large redfish and black drum near Sebastian to tarpon and sharks closer to Fort Pierce. Around the inlets, snook, pelicans and jack crevalles will pound the mullet. In the lagoon, trout, ospreys and wading birds will take their share.
The full moon this weekend may trigger the increase in the migration and certainly by the new moon in two weeks, the run will be fully engaged.
Capt. Billy Rotne of New Smyrna Beach steered an angler to an unusual catch Tuesday. His angler was using a 6-weight fly rod and tossing a black and purple Caloosa Flats' crab while sight casting fish in 2-3 feet of water. He had a pickup from what looked to be a redfish. But when he reeled it in, the fish had the profile of a black drum yet without the vertical bars. It also looked a lot like a redfish, yet without the copper color or telltale spot near the tail. Rotne, who has a great background in marine biology, said he has heard of hybrid fish in captivity, but never before had caught one in the wild. Other catches include tarpon, snook and trout. Tarpon will take live bait.
Early morning is the best time find the mullet on the beach. Spoons, topwater plugs in mullet patterns and swim baits are the best lures to use if trying to hook up with one of the tarpon feeding in the mullet schools, or snook and jacks in the trough. For long rod fishermen, use Fishbites or clam strips to catch whiting, croaker and the season's early run of pompano moving south now.
On Wednesday night, the Inspiration4 SpaceX flight launched high into the sky above the Space Coast. At the inlet, there were hundreds of observers in attendance, although they were primarily focused on the outgoing tide and whatever was going to bite. No fewer than 15 boats were drifting the inlet with live baits catching redfish and snook. At least eight more boats were anchored on the end of the north jetty fishing for snook probably with live croakers. And of course, the jetty deck was standing room only with scores of anglers fishing off all sides for snook and redfish.
Indian River Lagoon
The mullet schools will certainly energize the action throughout the lagoon system. Expect to catch black drum and redfish in the Titusville area by finding them rooting the bottom behind schools while seeking crabs and worms. Snook will be found at ambush points like the corners of seawalls, behind dock pilings and along channel edges. Tarpon will be caught near deeper channels and in residential canals behind waterfront neighborhoods.
Headwaters Lake is fishing better than any other lake in the region right now. Even with the high heat, anglers are catching bass to 7 pounds fishing with wild shiners. Catfish can be caught in the Little Econ using chicken livers.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. No real mullet schools to speak of yet, but the snook are lining up in all the usual spots like it is coming fairly soon! The bridge bite continues to go off at night, especially on outgoing tide. Flair Hawk jigs have been producing well, as have swimbaits (like NLBN or 6" SpoolTek Fatty). During the day best bet for the snook has been fishing live mullet along seawalls and under boat docks. First thing in the morning or just before the sun goes down a walk the dog topwater style lure (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Top Knock) will also get some attention. A few jacks mixed in with the snook, along with a tarpon or two. Mangrove snapper bite remains pretty good inshore as well.
In St. Lucie County the snook bite is still excellent. The St. Lucie Inlet is still the main hot spot, but more and more fish are being caught along docks and bridges in the St. Lucie River. Live croakers are still by far the top bait to use and they are available at Snook Nook.
At the Crossroad and the inlet, the tarpon bite has been solid. The Stuart and Jensen Causeways during the outgoing tide are also producing good action. Crabs have been working well.
If you're looking for a fight, there are plenty of jack crevalle along the seawalls that are more than willing to bend a rod.
North of the Jensen Causeway, on the west side of the river, there have been some decent schools of mullet the past week.
Along the St. Lucie and Martin County beaches, anglers are catching croaker and whiting in the first trough using shrimp or Bloodworm-flavored Fishbites.
There are also some snook still cruising the beaches.
Working the small schools of glass minnows, a couple fly fisherman have caught tarpon along the beaches.
At the Jupiter Inlet, the story has been snook. They are being caught almost completely on live baits including croakers and pilchards.
Though the Boynton Inlet has been packed with anglers the last few days there hasn't been a whole lot to woohoo about.
Small mangrove snapper, spots, grunts and blue runners have been hitting hitting cut sardines.
The bass bite is still a little slow, but not bad.
Capt. Larry Wright had his clients into 18 on Sunday with a respectable six-and-a-half pounder in the mix and 21 on Monday with a few in the five-pound range. They were all hitting on live shiners fished on the edge of the grass in the early morning.
Though the live bait is working, anglers are reporting that Rat-L-Traps and Square Bill Crankbaits in red are also getting hits.
After the morning bite starts backing off, fippin' a small creature bait can keep the action going.
The Worm Cove area has been good the past few days.
On the east side of the lake, in Henry Creek there have been a few specs caught using cocaine jigs worked in the Kissimmee grass.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Friday, September 3, 2021
INSHORE- Snook season is back open and it's prime time to invite one home for dinner (or release em to fight another day like I often do!). Snook fishing remains good inshore, with the best action coming primarily at night. Area bridges have been very good at night, especially on the outgoing tide. Flair Hawk style jigs and No Live Bait Needed Swimbaits have been great choices for targeting slot size snook. As a few trickles of finger mullet start to show the snook will begin to really key in on them. Mangrove snapper action remains fair inshore as well. Live shrimp and small live pilchards will be the best bait choice for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing will unsurprisingly gain the most attention along the beach and at the pier this weekend. Overall, snook fishing has been very strong. Jupiter Inlet has still been holding a fair number of fish. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a good number of slot size fish around. Best bite for both the Pier and Jupiter Inlet has been first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. The surf has been producing a fair number of snook as well. Small white jigs, small soft plastic paddle tails, and smaller swimming plugs remain great bait choices along the beach. The Juno Beach Pier has also been producing quite a few bonita. A longer distance casting lure (Diamond jig or GT Ice Cream) has been the ticket for the bonita. The mangrove snapper bite remains very good at the pier as well. Best bet for the snapper is to target them very first thing in the morning.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Snook season is open.
Remember you must have a snook permit, it's one per person per day and they must be at least 28 inches, but not over 32 inches.
The snook bite is still red hot at the St. Lucie Inlet with plenty of slot and overslot fish being caught.
The docks along the St. Lucie River have been holding snook as well with the early mornings and late afternoons being the best time to target them.
The Stuart and the Jensen causeways are still good for snook during the outgoing tide.
Snook are also still cruising the beaches and are being caught by anglers at the Ft. Pierce Inlet.
Though mullet and pilchards will work, live croakers are by far working the best and are available at the Snook Nook.
Mullet are being found along the west side of the river up near the powerplant.
At both causeways there is still a good tarpon bite during the outgoing tides. Use live crabs or mullet.
Around the powerplant up to Ft. Pierce, there have been reports of flounder and a few redfish being caught. Live shrimp and pilchards are the best bet.
Working the beaches from Lake Worth down to Ocean Ridge, surf anglers are catching permit, palometta, jack crevalle and snook.
For the permit, live crab on a five-ounce surf rig are bringing fish up to 25 pounds.
Cut mullet, shrimp or sand fleas on a standard pompano rig are working for palometta.
The snook and jacks have been hitting two-ounce Gator spoons at sunrise along the shore reefs just south of Lantana and again just south of the Boynton Inlet.
In the Intracoastal Waterway around the Boynton area, there has been good action for both snook and tarpon.
Big tarpon, up to 90 pounds, have been holding around the rubble piles throughout the ICW. Use live herring, greenies or sardines free lined back to the rolling fish.
Snook action around all the area bridges has been on fire this past week. Using live pinfish, small grunts and herring fished on the bottom has been very effective. Also using two-ounce bucktail jigs, flair hawk jigs, D.O.A. TerrorEyez and Rat-L-Trap lures bounced or retrieved slowly near the bottom will also work well.
There are still bonefish being caught on the flats near the Boynton Inlet. Small jigs tipped with shrimp during the first two hours of the falling tide has been best.
With the heat of summer, the bass fishing is still a bit tough.
That said there's still a decent bite during that first hour in the morning on swim jigs. After that switching to flippin' frog-style baits or pitchin' a black and blue junebug can keep things going a little longer. King's Bar, Tin House Cove and Third Point have been the better spots.
Though the shellcracker bite has backed way off since the last full moon, if you're looking for panfish-style action, the cichlid bite has been excellent in the canals along the lake. They are good eating and there's no size limit or numbers limit. Red worms, wigglers and crickets.photo courtesy of Hai Truong @ Urban Freshwater Guide Service
They're moving water from the rim canal into the lake and, though a lot of folks don't know about it, there tarpon in those areas and they get active. They can be seen rolling in the J&S Canal by the hundreds some days and are up to 60 pounds.
If you're looking to target tarpon on the lake, fishing guide Cody Davis is extremely knowledgeable about the subject.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post
Last week, our stalwart fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry told us how cloudy water was keeping the baitfish away. This week, he reports that fishing has picked back up again with clearer water and plenty of baitfish, greenies and pilchards cruising around the North Jetty.