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INSHORE- Snook fishing remains strong inshore. As the fronts start to roll through the snook pattern begins to change, but fishing for them remains strong if you dial it in. The Flair Hawk bite remains good for the snook; with the shrimp jig bite starting to fire off (More hand poured shrimp jigs in-stock very soon I promise!). Outgoing tide remains best, but incoming has also had a decent bite in dirty water situations. The bite during the day for the snook has started to slow, but still some around in the Loxhatchee River and ICW feeding on the resident mullet. At night those fish are keyed in on shrimp under docklights. Winter time shrimp season is upon us on inshore wise. Sheepshead, black drum, ladyfish, and others are starting to take up the usual winter time homes inshore. Good numbers of jacks around Palm Beach Inlet over the past week.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Sea trout numbers are picking up with the cooler temps. Spoil islands and mangrove shorelines have provided the best activity, mostly on soft plastics. Redfish numbers are also rising, with good numbers showing up, and clearer water making sight fishing an easier bet as well. The Harbor Branch area has been as productive as any. Snook fishing in the inlets has remained good, with some Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel added during the day, and some Tarpon at night. The Fort Pierce and Stuart bridges have also been good, as has the turning basin, mostly on jigs
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Every year, when Veteran's Day approaches, a biological phenomenon takes shape along the nearshore waters of the coastline of the Space Coast.
It's the next phase of the great fall migration. After the last few schools of mullet push south, the bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano begin to arrive. For many anglers, the transition from the summertime catches of snook and tarpon to these three signify the best of seasons. It means fall is really here, perhaps even more so than the bigger waves, shorter days, or cooler, dryer air.
Closures in effect: Anglers are reminded about three fishery harvest closures currently underway.
- Flounder: No harvest of flounder is allowed in Florida between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30. Harvest re-opens Dec. 1.
- Spotted seatrout: No harvest of trout is allowed in the waters of eastern central Florida, from Volusia to Palm Beach counties, from Nov. 1 though Dec. 31. Harvest will re-open Jan. 1, 2022.
- Hogfish: No harvest of hogfish is allowed in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida from Nov. 1 through April 30, 2022. Harvest re-opens May 1, 2022.
Capt. Jon Lulay of 2 Castaway Charters in Titusville said it has been a really productive week for his anglers. In the lagoon, Lulay said the wind has dirtied the water on most days so he has been using popping corks to catch trout, some smaller redfish and black drum. Lulay said try putting a live shrimp or a Berkley Gulp! tail on a 1/8-ounce jig head under the cork. If planning to fish Haulover Canal where there have been some larger reds and black drum, use blue crab.
Rough surf has kept anglers off Space Coast beaches recently, but that should change quickly. Pompano, whiting and croaker can be caught in the trough between the shorebreak and the first sand bar. Use Fishbites, Fish Gum or sand fleas. Blanched fleas work better because they stay on the hook longer and don't wash out after one cast, but this is the time of year to find them in the shorebreak coming in. Longer casts may produce Spanish mackerel, bluefish and blue runner catches. Use jigs or chrome plugs to get bites.
The big waves caused poor fishing for several days at the inlet, but that should be changing. Look for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and blue runners to be coming over the rails during the last half of the incoming tides. Use pilchards, diamond jigs, any kind of jigs with flashy mylar or chrome will catch them. Also, reel fast. The faster one reels, the more likely it is a mackerel or blue will pile onto it. Pompano can be caught from the surf. Snapper can be caught under the catwalks or at the T Dock. Remember to throw any flounder caught back until Dec. 1.
Indian River Lagoon
Some of the best fishing has been on live pogies or croakers at the jetties of Port Canaveral, Lulay said. He steered John Jackson and Phil Cross to a series of nice catches and releases of big redfish and snook. The big redfish and big snook are still staging there spawning. In the lagoons, black drum and redfish can be caught around the mangrove islands near Cocoa Beach. Speckled trout can be caught on live shrimp.
Try using spinnerbaits or topwater frogs early in the mornings along the edges to catch bedding bass. In some canals and lakes, tilapia are bedding along the edges, too. For anglers who have bowfishing equipment, the tilapia make good targets. With the cooler longer nights, crappie fishing should start getting good on live minnows.
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The snook action remains steady as more fish are moving farther back up into the St. Lucie River. Though they are mostly being caught along the docks and seawalls, they are not quite as voracious as they have been. This is likely due to an abundance of food and slowly cooling water temperatures. Shrimp presentations, versus live mullet or pilchards, may start being the call in the near future.
At the Stuart Causeway, and under some docks, there are some slot-size redfish being caught. Shrimp on jig head, cut bait, or live finger mullet on a knocker rig are all working.
Stone crab season is under way and there will be tripletail hanging around the traps, waiting to be caught.
Along the beaches in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, the numbers of pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish continue to increase.
The early mornings and evenings have been good times to target Spanish mackerel using Gulfstream Flash Minnows, Got-Cha plugs and spoons.
From South Palm Beach down to Delray Beach, surf anglers are reporting catching jack crevalle, small bluefish, ladyfish, snook, barracuda and croaker.
Cut shrimp and sand fleas are working for the croaker, cut or live mullet for the bluefish and throwing a one and a half to three-ounce spoon, like a Gator or Crocodile, in the early mornings is producing snook, ladyfish and jack crevalle.
At the Boynton Inlet, snook and mangrove snapper have been hitting live baits, including mullet and pilchards, around both jetties.
A few slot-size redfish were taken on cut mullet at the southern end of Ocean Inlet Park.
The Intracoastal Waterway has been packed with mullet, pilchards and greenies the past week.
Tearing into those schools have been snook, tarpon, redfish, ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper and a few flounder.
Fishing around structures, docks, channel edges and around the spoil islands has been producing good action.
A good sheepshead bite was reported off the Snook Island pier and around both the Lake Worth and Lantana Bridges using clams, crabs and live shrimp fished alongside the pilings.
The bass bite has been OK the past few days.
Fishing in Cody's Cove and using live shiners for bait, Capt. Larry Wright had his clients into 20 fish early Wednesday. He commented that they had 60 bites, but that the bass seem more intent on killing the shiners than actually eating them. He said the bite has been relatively consistent and that he had his clients into 50 fish with a couple in the seven-pound range on Sunday.
Though working the outside grassline is still the main area to target, the fish are starting move back into the grass more and more.
While swim jigs in pearl white can work early for bass, anything artificial has been tough. Capt. Larry joked that you could "flip for miles without catching anything."
The spec bite has remained steady, but after the strong cool front predicted to move through this weekend there could be a nice uptick.
Report courtsey of The Palm Beach Post