Friday, October 22, 2021

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


Working the docks, seawalls and mangrove lines in the St. Lucie River has been producing plenty of slot and overslot snook. Look for the schools of finger mullet and pilchards (which are becoming very plentiful) that are moving through. Live mullet or pilchards, or lures that match the size and shape of whatever is moving through are working. Though working the edges of the bait schools can be effective, if you're having trouble getting your bait noticed try a popping cork with three feet of leader. It requires that bait of yours to drag the leader and cork around and stand out.

There is still good action at the St. Lucie Inlet, the Jensen and Stuart Causeways and the Northfork area for tarpon. 

There are more and more sheepshead and Spanish mackerel being caught in the St. Lucie River and those numbers should increase with each cool front.

On the beaches in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, the pompano bite is getting better and better. More fish and more keepers are being caught. It's still a game for the long rods as the fish are mostly being found in the second and third troughs. Shrimp- and Crab-flavored Fishbites in electric chicken color are working best.

At Bathtub Beach there has been good tarpon action using large swimbaits especially Hogy Pro Tail and Z-Man Mag Swimz.

Lake Okeechobee

The water in the lake is up around 16 feet right now which is making the fishing a little tough.

The bass bite has been good at first light working the outside edge of the grasslines using white spinner baits and swim jigs. After about an hour, when that bite begins to back off, switch over the pitchin' either a Senko or creature-style bait around the isolated reeds and cattails. The east side of the lake, particularly Henry Creek and the J&S Canal, have been good. 

Though the crappie bite has picked up a bit more, they are still being caught only jigs, not minnows. Anglers working the blown in water hyancinths around King's Bar and Little Grassy are having good luck.

report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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