Saturday, September 17, 2022

From Todd,Eddy & Jeff @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing popped off pretty good this week.  The finger mullet started to show up inshore in fair numbers, and the snook (along with tarpon, jacks, and ladyfish for that matter) are tagging along with them.  Look for the best action to be at night as the mullet move more comfortably under the cover of darkness.  Moving water (incoming or outgoing) is key, and it's kind of a guessing game on where when the mullet will come through.  Topwater plugs (like a Yo-Zuri Topknock), swimmning plugs (Rapala X-Rap), or swimbait (3 and 5" NLBN) are all great lure choices for the snook.  Fish the baits with the current, and focus on ambush spots and current breaks.  If you find yourself fishing in the middle of big mullet schools; focus on fishing the outside edges or underneath the school.  At that point it's all about making the bait look different (IE a injured baitfish on the edge of the school). 

SURF/PIER-  Swells at the first part of the week somewhat limited surf reports; but it's looking pretty good coming into the weekend!  Plus...the mullet run is basically here!  Reports of big (we are talking BIG schools) mullet schools were coming in from Jensen Beach this week with tarpon and big snook in them.  Everything looks right for them to be in our area (or at very least only a short drive north) over the weekend.  Expect the tarpon, snook, jacks, big ladyfish, and a whole bunch of others around the mullet schools.  No bluefish reports yet, but they will likely not be far behind now as well, same with the sharks.  A handful of pompano reports as well coming in.  It's a bit on the early side for the pomps, but not by much.  It may still feel like summer outside...but we are no doubt on our way to fall fishing! 

Sebastian Inlet Report

              The Cubera snapper bite is on at the North jetty

This week’s fishing report by “Snookman” Wayne Landry: “Good morning,  Sebastian Inlet fans. Fishing at the inlet for the past week and the weekend has returned to a normal state for this time of the year. The snook bonanza we had the first five days of the opening season has gone away, and they are back to being tough to catch. I figured this would happen; it always does. If you are in the right place with the right bait at the right time, you might catch one. The bait scenario at the inlet has changed as it always does this time of year. The greenies and pilchards have mostly left and been replaced by mullet, which have started coming down the beach — a mix of fingerlings and bigger mullet. Also, pigfish and pinfish are starting to come out of the inlet, along with river shrimp for them to feed on. The mojarras have also pretty much gone as well, they are a spring/summer bait. And without further ado, here is your report.

North jetty:. The hot topic here has been the cubera snappers which have been putting on a good bite on cut baits and live mullet. Most fish are caught at the tip on the outgoing tide. Fish up to 33 inches are being caught, with the average being 28 to 30 inches. The mangrove snapper are still biting as well on cut baits and small greenies if you can get some, as they are not as plentiful as they were. Most fish caught are between 11 and 16 inches. They, too, are caught at the tip on the outgoing tide fished right in the rocks, also all along the jetty pilings on the incoming tide, same baits. There have also been many jack crevalles caught on the outgoing tide at the tip for those tossing spoons, jigs, live baits and cut baits. These fish have moved in due to the rough conditions from the offshore storm swell and the presence of the mullet. Snook fishing is back to normal but you must work for one. Most are caught at night now, and during the late evening tide. Also, early in the morning is producing fish, too. The night anglers are getting them on flair jigs, and the new hot bait: the NLBN swim baits. On the ocean side of the jetty, during the swell and high tide with the mullet coming down the beach, look for snook on the beach side in the pocket area when the water is rough. They like to ambush the mullet in the pocket area and along the beach. I saw three to four  keeper snook caught Saturday in that area. Fish live mullet and your favorite swim baits for a hook-up. Also, while I was down a couple of days last week, I saw two large schools of monster redfish about 100 to 150 yards off the north tip. Both times they surfaced, milled around, then went back down and vanished. Nobody hooked any. The school measured about 30 yards across, with possibly 2000 fish or more. 

South jetty: The fishing has remained good, with the snook being the topic on the incoming tides all along the rock shoreline. Most of the fish here are smaller, which are a blast to catch, but there have been plenty of keepers. The best baits have been live pins and pigs, and large live shrimp, if you can get some. Also, smaller redfish are being caught as well, but remember, they are now catch-and-release only. On the outgoing tide at the tip there are a lot of jack crevalle, blue runners and catfish being caught, as the water is much dirtier than the north side. A few snook are being caught on live baits in the eddy at the southeast section and the beach pocket. The late evening incoming tide is producing snook for the jig and swim bait guys. 

Catwalks, both sides: Fishing has been slow, with the small baitfish going away.  Small mangrove snapper are still being caught, along with some black margates and jack crevalles on cut baits fished around the pilings and fenders. 

T-Dock area Anglers are catching small mangrove snapper on cut baits. Most are too small to keep, but quite a few are keepers. Also, there are still mutton snapper being caught, but they are just shy of the 18-inch minimum to be kept. For those tossing small jigs and spoons, there are plenty of jack crevalle and some Spanish mackerel being caught. Snook fishing has been hit-or-miss. Catch them on the incoming tide on live pigs and pins; nighttime on both tides the snook can be caught on plugs and larger swim baits. 

Surf area, both sides: The south surf is slow due the big swell from the offshore storm clouding the water, as well as seaweed. Snook and redfish are possible this time of the year if you find any bait schools swimming the beach. Jigs, swim baits and any live bait will produce a bite. Also, there are many nurse sharks swimming the beach, so they are a possibility as well. The surf area north is a happening thing, especially if you find mullet schools present. My beach comber fishing friends have reported that the snook and tarpon bite has been good in the early morning and the late evening, with plenty of snook and big tarpon on live baits and swim baits. If you find clean water, nice whiting and croakers are a good bet on cut shrimp and fish bites, but be aware, the pesky catfish are around, also. 


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Their On The Way

                         Mullet Run 2022

  photo courtesy Rachel Balombini/ReelReports

Word is that larger pods are up near Satellite Beach, I've been seeing a few small ponds of fingers in the ICW

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

 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.

Lake Okeechobee

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. 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.


Snook-Nook Fishing Report

 September is now here and it provides inshore fishermen with some excellent opportunities with the beginning of our annual fall mullet run as well as the reopening of Snook season. We have begun to start seeing schools of mullet here inshore ranging from finger mullet to the larger mullet. Lately every morning here at the shop we can see them schooled up out back. Luckily for Snook anglers, there has been plenty of action. Snook have been caught on the beaches, in the inlet, on seawalls, under docks and around the causeways. On the beaches, anglers have had success fishing with live Croakers, Pilchards and by throwing artificials in the mornings and evenings such as the 3” NLBN white paddle tail as well as jerk baits like the Yozuri Crystal Minnow. In the inlet, live Croakers have been the go to bait, you can also try heavier swimbaits in the low light conditions. It is a great time of year to cruise down a canal and fish sea walls with all the mullet around, you can expect to find some Snook hanging along the walls waiting to ambush a school of mullet. Live mullet and top water baits are excellent options for this approach. You can also expect to find some big Jack Crevalle on the seawalls. Docks in the St. Lucie will be holding a lot of fish with the Snook leaving the inlet and heading back into the river after their spawn. Look for docks with deeper water and steady current flow in the afternoons as the Snook will tend to hang in deeper water to stay cooler during the heat of the day. The Snook fishing at the bridges has been quite productive especially at the Jensen Causeway and Roosevelt Bridge. The majority of the action has been coming at night fishing live crabs, shrimp, mullet and artificials like the 8” NLBN paddle tail and straight tail.  

Tarpon fishing has begun to pick up inshore for us. Fishing live crabs on outgoing tides around the causeways has produced the most action, larger live mullet will do the trick as well with the fish being anywhere from 40 to 100lbs. We have also heard reports of Tarpon feeding on shrimp at night at the Roosevelt Bridge. Anglers have been finding some success fishing the crossroads and the inlet with live mullet and crabs. If you are looking to fish artificials, the top baits have been the Hogy Slowtail swimbait, NLBN 5” Purple paddle tail and the 8” NLBN Purple paddle tail and straight tail. 

There have still been some Mangrove Snappers caught around the bridges and at the inlet. You can fish live shrimp on a jighead to target them, if you want to weed out the smaller ones, you can try fishing a small finger mullet or pilchard to find the bigger ones. A few Black Drum have been caught at the Roosevelt Bridge on crabs and shrimp. We should expect to see more Drum being caught in the coming months. There have also been a few Permit surprisingly caught at the Jensen Causeway east side relief bridge.


Sebastian Inlet Report

 And now for “Snookman” Wayne Landry’s weekly fishing report:  “Good morning, fishing fanatics and inlet sightseers. I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! To begin, fishing at Sebastian Inlet Thursday to Monday was pretty good, with the north jetty being the hot spot at the inlet. Snook season opened September 1 and the snook went nuts over there! The south side was good, but not like the north jetty. I worked the entire weekend, but fished Friday which was the best day, along with Thursday. After that the fishing slowed down a bit, but was still outstanding. Personally, I hooked 23 snook between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Of those, I landed 14 and handed off the rod to five different people after I caught my 31-inch keeper so others could experience catching one. I had four break me off. So, yeah, it was an excellent weekend of snook fishing. I haven't seen it THAT good since before 2011 deep freeze and resulting fish kill. A lot of fish were caught and taken home in those five days. And now for the rest of the report:

North jetty: Snook fishing was the hot topic here. It was crowded but manageable - everyone played well. Many fish were caught, with a lot of keepers taken home all five days. Incoming tide was the preferred tide, but some were caught on the early outgoing at the tip where the boaters were catching fish on croakers, pins and pigs. Up top on the jetty on the incoming, Thursday's bite was on pins, pigs and live shrimp, and they didn't have to be hand-picked shrimp, either - they bit them all! Friday's bite was LIVE SHRIMP only: they would not hit a pin of pigfish. Saturday thru Monday it was live shrimp again, nothing else. I did see a couple caught with pinfish, though. Sunday and Monday, live shrimp were small and scarce since the shrimp boats didn't go out because of the holiday. Working shrimp boats didn't have much to deliver, and they were small, and everyone was complaining about it, but the fish still hit them if you got it out where they were staging. When shrimp are in short supply, catch pins and pigs, as this time of year. Snook will be keying in on them as they come out of the river on the outgoing tides - along with the shrimp that usually start running out as well. The large mullet schools haven't started coming down the beach yet. If it does this year like last year, it's going to be a super "hot" fall season! Looking forward to that again, it was nuts last year! The other species being caught on the north jetty have been the mangrove snapper. They are being caught at the tip on the outgoing tide on live and dead cut greenies, and alone the jetty pilings on the incoming tide. Also still being caught at the tip on live and cut baits are the cubera snappers. I have seen fish up to 33 inches being caught and heard reports of bigger ones being caught by the boaters at the tip. The Atlantic spadefish are still around as well and will take cut shrimp floated to them with a very small split shot sinker, on the incoming tide. Barracuda are still around for those tossing tube lures or live baits to them, but they are being pretty fussy at wanting to bite. 

South Jetty:  Fishing has picked up considerably on the incoming high tide. The water is still a bit dirty and weedy, but the snook have moved back in and are biting. I saw several nice keepers caught through the weekend on all live baits and swim baits. Most of the fish I saw were  undersized, but you could see the bigger ones busting into the bait fish schools along the rocks. It got kind of crazy over here as for a bit. Outgoing tide at the tip, the jack crevalle, blue runners and sea bream were biting cut baits - a bit further out, snook were schooled and biting live baits. 

Catwalks, both sides: For the most part, fishing on the cat walks has dropped off, except for a few mangrove snappers, but most were too small to keep. 

Surf, both sides: On the North side, the surf has been producing nice snook and tarpon for those fishing jigs, swim baits and live baits in the early morning and late evening time frame.  Mullet schools and glass minnows are coming down the beaches, which will get the fish sparked up. It is that time of year for the bait to come down the beaches. Whiting, croakers and possibly a few black drum would be caught on cut and live shrimp in the deeper trough area beaches, along with some redfish. On the South side, anglers are hooking mangrove snapper and a few pompano along with whiting, croakers and sand perch at the south day-use area just south of the inlet, and between there and the south jetty. Find a good spot with clean water. As always, those pesky catfish are ever present on this side as the water tends to be a bit dirtier than the north side. 


From Todd,Eddy & Jeff @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook season is back open...I mean it's kind of like a holiday in itself right???  Snook bite remains strong in the Loxahatchee River early in the morning on topwaters.  The Yo-Zuri Hydro and Topknock Pencil continue to get smashed by snook hanging along seawalls, dock, and mangrove points with current on them.  The current is a big key to it.  While you can on occasion coax a bite out of a snook on slack tide, moving water will greatly improve your chances!  The snook bite also remains strong around the bridges at night. Top of the outgoing tide will likely produce the best results on the snook, especially in areas closer to inlet with cleaner water.  Other inshore action is a bit slow.  Best bet will no doubt be to focus on the snook.   

SURF/PIER-  Snook fishing remains very good at the Juno Beach Pier and in the Inlets.  At the pier a 5" NLBN swimbait has been getting smoked by the snook.  White and natural color swimbaits have been producing the best results on the snook.  The snook in Jupiter Inlet have been keyed in on small pilchards for the most part; but are starting to also take notice of the first traces of mullet showing up.  A few good schools of mullet did come down the beach this week.  It was almost like the predators weren't expecting them just yet and they didn't have much in them.  As the schools continue to show up in better numbers that will no doubt change quickly.  Tarpon have been in the minnow schools up to the north pretty good.  Still a good number of mangrove snapper around the pier and in Jupiter Inlet this week.  

Friday, August 19, 2022

From Todd,Eddy & Jeff @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Catch and release snook fishing remains very good inshore right now.  While the inlets are still holding a bulk of the fish, more and more are beginning to spin off into their late summer/early fall hangouts (In other words...it's hopefully not too too long before the mullet start running!). A walk the dog topwater, like a Yo-Zuri Topknock or Hydro Pencil, is a killer way to go for the snook right now.  It will work best early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  During the day it's all about swimming mullet under boat docks and along seawalls with current.  A few tarpon and jacks should be in the mix with the snook.  Mangrove snapper reports slowed a bit this week, but still a few around for sure.  


SURF/PIER:  This week saw some really good catch and release snook fishing along the beach; along with the arrival of a good number of tarpon.  The snook and tarpon remain most active first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon.  Been a lot of small pilchards around.  Find the pilchards and the snook and tarpon are likely not too far behind.  It's early I know...but the first small little schools of mullet made a little showing this week.  It won't be that long and it will be full on mullet run!  The Juno Beach Pier has been holding a few blue runners and the occasional Spanish Mackerel this week, along with the snook.  

Sebastian Inlet Report

 And now for our weekly fishing report from “Snookman” Wayne Landry:

“Good morning all you Sebastian Inlet fishing fanatics! I hope everyone had a great weekend! As I predicted, the water at the inlet had warmed up quite a bit, and more baitfish returned. Along with them, the hungry predators as well. Late last, week there was bait everywhere: greenies and pilchards, that is - no glass minnows yet; they are still way up north. The water had cleaned up nicely as well, and fishing improved. With all that, here is the scoop...

North jetty: Fishing here picked up pretty good between last Wednesday thru the weekend, with quite a few nice mangrove snapper caught on both tides. Incoming, they were all along the jetty on both sides of the jetty and between the pilings, and at the tip of the jetty. Most fish were between 11 and 14 inches, nice fish! Small live mojarras and cut baits were the trick for them. Also, I saw quite a few cubera snapper all around the tip of the jetty on both tides, but nobody could get them to bite as the water was gin clear, and they tend to be pretty gun shy when it is that way. The majority of the fish looked to be anywhere from five to 20 pounds — nice fish and plentiful. Also, at the tip on both tides you could see a lot of Atlantic spadefish just sitting out there in the tide hanging out, but they didn't want to bite due to the clear water. They can be fished with live or cut shrimp. Another bite I heard about but didn't see, was the very early morning and late evening snook and redfish bite. Fish were being caught on live mojarras - if you could find some, as they have been hard to find in the cooler water. Also, I saw sheepshead swimming around in the clear water around the pilings. They can be caught on live fiddler crabs and cut shrimp. 

South jetty: The water has cleaned up a lot, most of the seaweed is gone and some baitfish have returned. Mangrove snapper and blue runners are being caught on the incoming tide along the rock wall. On the outgoing tide at the tip of the jetty, jack crevalles and blue runners are being caught on cut and live baits. A few mangrove snappers are being caught as well on the SE tip on the outgoing tide, cut and live baits as well. 

Catwalks, both sides: The south catwalk has been slow due to the weed still present and the water being still somewhat dirtied up. The north catwalk has been a lot better as the water is deeper and cleaner. Mangrove snappers and black margates have been the majority of the fish being caught on mostly cut bait fished around the fenders and pilings on the outgoing tide. 

Surf both sides: The south side has been slow due to the dirtied water and the seaweed drifting that way. If it cleans up, which appeared to be the case on Sunday, look for the possibility of  pompano and mangrove snappers along the rock line that runs the surf along the coast. Pomps can be caught on live sandfleas and cut shrimp, and fish bites. The snapper will bite small live baits and cut baits. Big nurse sharks have been seen swimming around the area over there and are a possibility to catch, and they just might eat what you are fishing! The water has been much cleaner on the north side and there are schools of baitfish swimming the surf to help keep it kind active. Whiting and croakers are possible on cut baits. Snook, redfish, tarpon and Spanish mackerel are possible around the bait schools. Fish them with live baits, spoons or jigs and swim baits for a possible bite. From what I have heard, there are large schools of glass minnows around the Satellite Beach area, but they just haven't come down here yet. 


Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 There was definitely a shot of cooler water that hit our beaches as the surface temperature yesterday was 79 and the temperature on the the bottom off of Jensen Beach according to Checkthewaves.com was just 72 . As of right now at 4 pm it’s back up to 82 on the surface at Jensen . This past weekend only produced some whiting, small catch and released croakers, and bonefish, at least a dozen of them for Randy and myself. We stayed up this way in Jensen Beach and I did speak with a friend who fished down in Hobe Sound and he hooked a couple of pompano but unfortunately the sharks were quicker than him . This morning I stayed local again and fished at Dolemans and my first three bites on the long rods all ended up being sharked off . The water was crystal clear yesterday at Stuart beach yesterday and the amount of snook we saw swimming the first trough was incredible . There were also shots of whiting swimming along the edge but getting them to bite in that kind of water is pretty tough . This morning I switched over to a short rod as the tide was coming in and I will say the water was not as clear as yesterday . The whiting didn’t get the memo but the big croakers did . I fished with Fishbites Bloodworm scent today in both the red and green colors . The hooks were tipped with a tiny piece of shrimp also . I managed to put a bunch in the cooler and they will be on the dinner menu this week at my house . I also spoke with a friend who has been playing tog of war with the snook on the beach and live pilchards have been the ticket . He is sabiking them under the causeway and transporting them up to the beach in a 5 gallon pail with an aerator . That bite has been on fire . No pompano today but definitely a lot of fun catching those big croakers on light tackle with the Fishbites .

Friday, August 5, 2022

Snook-Nook Fishing Report

 Inshore fishing has remained quite productive here in Stuart and Jensen Beach, just be sure to grab the sunscreen and have some cold waters to combat the summertime heat. August will provide anglers the opportunity to battle some of the biggest inshore gamefish of the year; Snook, Tarpon and Jack Crevalle as we approach the fall mullet run. Snook fishing has remained steady around the St. Lucie Inlet still, plenty of big breeders are still being caught fishing live Croakers. Docks on the east side of the St. Lucie River in the Sewalls Point area has provided anglers some steady action as well. The causeways in the mornings and evenings have been holding Snook as well. You can fish live Croakers underneath the fenders or if you want to go with artificials, pitching swimbaits such as the No Live Bait Needed paddle tails or artificial shrimp around the shadow lines in low light conditions are some of the best options. Snook season opens up September 1st so be sure to practice safe catch and release practices until then. 

We’ve been seeing more Tarpon showing up inshore and should expect that to continue as we get into the fall. Look for them on the edges of deep channels, in the cross roads, around the inlet and around the causeways on outgoing tides. Live mullet or crabs will be your best live bait options for them. For artificials, the Hogy Slowtail swimbait is pretty tough to beat for Tarpon. Plenty of big jacks have been patrolling seawalls and the channels as well if you want to hook into one of the big river tunas. 

If you’re looking to find some fish for a meal, there have been a lot of nice sized Mangrove Snapper inshore. Look for them around the structure and you can fish for them with live or dead shrimp on a jighead. We appear to have gotten through the dreaded summertime shrimp drought so you can expect us to have live shrimp consistently throughout August. We’ve also heard reports of Spanish Mackerel still being caught at the Jensen Causeway, some Sheepshead and Sandperch around the bridges and at Indian Riverside Park. Anglers have also been running into a few Cubera Snappers inshore up to 15lbs. 

Surf Fishing Report

The surf fishing has been quite frustrating for anglers along Martin and St. Lucie County beaches and it isn’t because of a lack of fish, but frustrating conditions. We’ve dealt with a lot of weeds along the shoreline here the past month, both sargassum weed and slime weed. If you are hitting the beach, definitely check it out before getting all set up. There have been Whiting and Croakers around, but at times anglers have had to travel from beach to beach to beach in search of favorable conditions. Pieces of shrimp and either bloodworm or shrimp FishBites in the first trough have produced the action for anglers. 

There have still been a lot of Snook on the beaches as well. Fishing live Pilchards and Croakers will do the trick as well as artificials such as Yozuri Crystal Minnows and the 3” No Live Bait Needed white paddle tail in the low light conditions. We have heard some reports of Tarpon cruising the beaches as well. Look for schools of glass minnows this month and there should be some Tarpon close by! 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

 Inshore

Fly fishing around some of the docks in the Lake Worth Lagoon, Capt. Pat Smith of Swamp to Sea charters said the snook bite was a bit challenging Tuesday night.

He said that though he was throwing a small size 4 fly, the snook seemed completely keyed on the tiny shrimp in the water. He said the water has been crystal clear and with the dock lights the snook are not being easily fooled. He did say they managed to catch and release six.

Capt. Pat also said that another fishing guide reported catching and releasing several juvenile goliath grouper in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Lake Okeechobee

The bass bite has been good in the early mornings. There are some shad moving around that has the bass a bit more active.

Live shiners worked along the outside edge of the grass line is still the best bet. If going with an artificial, however, skinny dippers or swim baits, something with movement, have been getting hits as well. Buckhead Ridge down to Horse Island has been solid.

Though the bluegill bite has tapered off, they are still catching them. The key has been the moon phase. A week before the new or full moon has been producing the best action. Live crickets, worms and grass shrimp are working best. There have been good numbers of them around the Tin House Cove area as well as along Cochrans Pass.

More Freshwater

Targeting peacock bass along the Lake Osborne to Lake Ida chain, Capt. Pat Smith said the action has picked up recently.

He said they are being found around structure and are mostly hitting live shad. He did say that top water lures will work, but it's taking some effort.

report courtesy of The Palm Beach Post

From Todd,Eddy & Jeff @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Catch and release snook fishing remains very good inshore right now.  A good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River right now, as well as in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet.  Live mullet is always a go to bait for the snook; while a topwater plug will get some great blowups early and late in the day.  Expect a few jacks and a tarpon or two to be mixed in with the snook as well.  Lowlight periods (early morning or late afternoon) will no doubt be the best bet; but don't overlook mid day tide changes in certain situations as well.  Mangrove snapper reports slowed a bit inshore, but still a handful around for sure.  


SURF/PIER-  This week saw a few days of less seaweed along the beach, and dare I say was actually quite fishable.  Catch and release snook fishing has been solid, with both numbers of fish around and good size ones as well. Plenty of snook in both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets, the Juno Beach Pier continues to produce good numbers, and solid numbers of fish moving along the beach as well.  Hard to beat a live croaker or sandperch for snook, but in most cases a live pilchard or sardine will do the job as well.  A lot of tarpon reports coming in this week.  A good number of blue runners at the Juno Beach Pier, along with a few bonita and Spanish Mackerel.  It's early for sure, but did hear a pompano report or two already come in this week. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Sebastian Inlet Report

 As of this week, the illustrious “Snookman” Wayne Landry adds a new spot to his fishing report – the catwalks beneath the Sebastian Inlet Bridge: “Good morning my Sebastian Inlet anglers, I hope everyone had a great weekend! Fishing for the most part, again, has been pretty slow due to the silted water, seaweed and a cold upwelling that moved inshore, lowering the water temperature by about 4 or 5 degrees - and that scant temperature change affects the bait, and ultimately, the fish activity. 

North jetty: The water over here was pretty dirty over the weekend, with both tides full of seaweed, making it a little tough to fish ‘cleanly’. Visibility was poor and some of the small baitfish present a week ago were gone. I saw mullet around, and small greenies to help keep something biting, however. Sunday, I saw mangrove snapper being caught in and around the pilings and the rocks at the tip on the northeast corner of the jetty. Most fish were on the small side, about 10 or 11 inches, and not a lot of them being caught. There were also small Spanish mackerel around, but I only saw a couple caught on the live small greenies. Schools of small jack crevalles were around the jetty, feeding on schools of greenies. I saw a couple of redfish — in the 30 to 32” range, too big to keep — caught at the tip of the jetty on the outgoing tide on live mojarra. And just an FYI for everyone, as of September 1, all redfish on the east coast of Florida from about Ponce Inlet to Fort Pierce, will be catch-and-release only. They cannot be harvested anymore due to the decline in the stock in our area. 

South jetty: Nothing but seaweed and very dirty water, both tides. 

T dock: Small snappers of various types are still being caught on small greenies, live or dead, and cut bait around the pilings. I did see a nice flounder about 18 inches caught back here last Friday on mojarras, but not much else as it is pretty weedy back here, too. 

Catwalks, both sides: The south side, as mentioned, has been weedy and dirty and hard to fish. Also, being shallower here than the north side, it is tougher to fish. The North catwalk is better  to fish because the water is deeper and generally cleaner. The last few times I was checking this area, anglers were catching nice mangrove snapper on cut baits on the outgoing tide. The fish were anywhere from 11 to 16 inches. Folks are also catching black margates on cut bait. One I saw was measured at 18 inches -that's a big one for that species. 

Surf area, both sides:  The south surf has been dirty and all weedy from the southeast winds, so not much over there. North surf has been producing nice snook on live baits and swim baits for those fishing early and late high tides. Also, whiting and croakers are being caught on cut baits and fish bites. If you find some schools of glass minnows in the surf, Spanish mackerel, jacks and tarpon could be present and will hit spoons, jigs and live baits.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 It’s Wednesday morning around 1130 am and I’m just leaving the beach . I did a lot of catching today but not a lot of keeping because the trough was loaded with small whiting and croakers . I would like to pass on to all of you tgat target snook from the beach to get the gear and get up there . I fished at both ends of Stuart , Bryn Mawr , and finally Dolemans and have to say , Dolemans is loaded with snook . Water was super clean today at Dolemans and Normandy. The snook were coming by in packs of 4 or 5 and I really don’t know how many I saw . There was a beachgoer that was videoing the schools and sending them to her husband . Lots of bait today at all locations. The highlight of my day was a keeper pompano on a piece of Bloodworm Fishbites in the near shore trough . I released that guy so he can add a few inches on and be a real nice fish by late fall . I only kept a few whiting as the bigger ones were a bit spooky in that clear water but it was fun watching all of those snook just cruise by . All in all a good day . Early morning and late afternoon should be the time all of you snook catch and releasers should be hitting the beach .

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 How about a Saturday post about catching enough tasty whiting on the beach to take home and have a great dinner !! I didn’t fill the cooler this morning but caught some nice whiting and had fun catching and releasing a bunch of palometa and croaker . Now you notice I haven’t mentioned slime weed or sargassum yet . The slime weed was non existent and the sargassum was annoying . At least you could shake the scattered weeds off of your line and keep fishing . Under normal fishing for this time of year I would be saying the fishing was slow but based on the last 30 to 45 days any day you can put some in the cooler and release a bunch it was a good day . The whiting were virtually at your feet and 5 to 10 yards from the edge of the sand was the catch zone . Bloodworm Fishbites tipped with a small piece of shrimp was the ticket and a 2 ounce pyramid was needed even in that first trough as the current was screaming to the north. I fished at Stuart Beach and walked up and down the beach pitching my bait . The trough is pretty defined there and whether it was a small croaker, palometa, or whiting they were spread out up and down the beach . I did not see any bait or snook cruising in the trough but the water had some nice color . A 3500 Penn Spinfisher on a 7 foot Bass Pro Gold Cup Inshore rod was the setup for today . These smaller fish are a lot of fun on this light gear .I switched from Bloodworm Fishbites to Pink Shrimp for a short period of time and my bites backed off . Once I put the Bloodworm back on the activity picked right back up . The Bloodworm Fishbites are ”the” bait for the whiting and croaker.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Sebastian Inlet Report

 


Cubera snapper, jack crevalles, Spanish marckerel are on the menu

Our trusty fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry, lays it all out for us: “Good morning all you fishing aficionados; here is the scoop: The beginning of last week was all about the Spanish mackerel and mangrove snappers. The bite was good, the bait fish were there until Thursday, but fell off due to the water getting tainted again with weeds from the S-SE winds. Plus, the water cooled down a bit. Today it is showing 79 to 81 degrees, down from the 81 to 84 it was; that, in itself, will make a difference in the bite. 

North jetty:  Cubera snapper up to 24 inches are still being caught at the tip on the outgoing tide on live sand perch. There are also some nice mangrove snapper still being caught on both tides along the rocks and between the pilings on small live mojarras, greenies and cut baits. Also, over the weekend I saw the Spanish mackerel return again as the water cleared some.   Many small baitfish helped draw the mackerel in, too. The Spanish are being caught on small live greenies small crappie jigs. Most of the mackerel are between 15 and 18 inches, and the mangroves between 10 and 12 inches.  Many are catching jack crevalles. There are plenty and they will eat anything you toss at them. On the incoming clean water,  lookdowns can be caught on light tackle (4 to 6-pound line on small crappie jigs, with white being the best color for them). These fish are very thin, not much to them, but if you can get a nice catch of about 8 to 10, they are VERY tasty! 

South jetty: Over here, the water has been weeded up on both tides, but there are fish being caught. You just have to constantly remove weeds AND the ‘snot weed’ from your line. Small snook are biting live mojarras on the incoming along the rocks, and at the tip on the outgoing. Also, small mangroves are being caught on the same baits. Jack crevalles, blue runners and black margates are the other species being caught at the tip on the outgoing tide. 

T-Dock area: Back here, the water is a tad cleaner, and fewer weeds. Small snappers of all varieties are being caught on cut baits. Mangrove, mutton, lane and schoolmasters are being caught. Check your local laws on size and bag limits, as you can't keep any more than 10 snappers in aggregate. I checked that out with one of my local FWC contacts, and it is listed on the FWC website about the snappers. Also, look for large jack crevalles roaming around back there, chasing the mullet that are still coming in the inlet. 

Surf area, both sides: Surf fishing is going to be dependent on the weeds present.  In addition to the weeds, S-SE winds have silted the water along the coast. If you find clean water, just north of the inlet or south, you may hit whiting, croakers, and quite possible pompano. Live sandfleas and cut shrimp will do the trick. Also, keep an eye out for baitfish in the surf - if you find any there is a possibility of hooking up with snook, tarpon and jack crevalles. Also, Spanish mackerel are following glass minnow schools. 

From Todd,Eddy & Jeff @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 


INSHORE-  Catch and release snook fishing remains good inshore.  The Inlet bite remains very good in both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet.  During the day it's hard to beat live croaker and sandperch.  At night the snook are biting Flair Hawk jigs and bigger swimbaits good as well.  Last part of the incoming and the first part of the outgoing tide seem to be the best bet for the snook; but that can change daily with the conditions.  The night bridge bite also remains very good for the snook.  Mangrove snapper action was good this week inshore.  Live shrimp and small live pilchards remain the baits of choice for the snapper.  


SURF/PIER-  Tough week on the beach with choppy conditions and lots of seaweed.  If you can battle through the weeds the snook fishing has been pretty good.  Live croakers or sandperch are a top bait choice for the big snook, while pilchards will work well for the smaller snook.  At night a Flair Hawk or 5" NLBN Swimbait are great lure choices; during the day the 3" NLBN has been a solid choice.  The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a few blue runners and a small scattering of Spanish Mackerel as well.  Small live pilchards are a good choice for both.  Croaker and sandperch bite fell off pretty bad this week.  A few tarpon and jacks cruising the beach as well.  

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

Backwater Creek/ Pipe Fishing!(Inshore Fishing)

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Planning on hitting the local beaches this weekend.I got a message from my friends that run the Marathon Lady earlier in the week about the nighttime mangrove bite in the Keys . This bite usually fires up right after the full moon in July but Capt Jonathan told me it was already on . It’s been pretty frustrating trying to find a weed free beach up our way so I called my friend Marty Barlow and we took the ride down early Wednesday morning. The Marathon Lady runs two trips during the summer , 830 to 1230 during the day , and 630 to midnight in the evening . The morning trip produced some pretty good fishing for yellowtail snappers from 12 to 15 inches and Marty and I each limited out . This is light tackle fishing as our setups were 3500 Penn Spinfisher reels on 7 foot Penn Batallion rods . Those yellowtail definitely put a bend in the rod when they pick up the chunks of ballyhoo or squid strips . The evening trip started out slow but the action usually starts around 9 o’clock or so when the darkness sets in and the mangroves just seem to fire up . That’s exactly what happened and the action got chaotic . We had our limit of mangroves in an hour and these snapper ran from 14 to 20 inches on the average . This bite will actually get better after the full moon and last year they had great fishing right into August . The Marathon Lady is a first class operation and if anyone wants any information about making a trip down to experience this great fishery feel free to contact me . I hope to find some surf action this weekend and hopefully I can post a positive report in the next couple of days .

From Todd,Eddy & Jeff @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town right now.  Lots of snook in the inlet and in the Loxahatchee River.  The coming full moon will have the snook ready to spawn, so look for them to bite really good this weekend ahead of the moon.  Topwater bite on the snook in the river has been great first thing in the morning, especially on moving water.  Snook bite has also been good at night around the bridges.  A few tarpon and jacks will no doubt be mixed in with the snook.  Mangrove snapper have been biting well inshore.  The mangroves will typically bite best at night on moving water.  Small live pilchards or small chunks of sardines are a great bait choice for the mangroves.  

SURF/PIER-  Seaweed, slime grass, and silty water has made the surf fishing slow this week.  If you get lucky and find a clean section of water/beach the snook are definitely around and biting.  The Juno Beach Pier is dealing with the same conditions but fishing remains a bit better overall than the surf.  Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town.  Live croakers and sand perch are great baits for the big bites.  Pilchards and sardines on the flatline will work good when the snook are up on top feeding.  A good number of bonita and a few kingfish cruising through. A GT Ice Cream or diamond jig is a solid choice for both.  A few Spanish Mackerel and blue runners around.  

Sebastian Inlet Report

 Lagoon mixing with the saltwater. Fish avoid this water, especially when the temperature changes and creates what I call snot weed, It  is slimy and coats your rigs and bait while fishing. But at least it is disappearing. Last week, fishing was slow but picked up over the weekend.

North jetty: After a slow week, the water began clearing up over the weekend and some of the smaller baitfish and mullet returned along the beach. Sunday and Monday there were nice Spanish mackerel caught on both sides of the jetty, on small crappie jigs and gotcha lures. Blue runners and smaller jack crevalles were biting - on either tide - didn't matter. 

The mangrove snapper have shown up again with some nice 11 to 12-inch fish being caught on cut baits and small greenies cast netted along the jetty. Incoming tide is better for them as they are being caught at the tip along the rocks, and inside between the pilings. I talked to one angler last Friday who was fishing for permit around the tip on the early outgoing tide with live crabs floated out in the rip, and he said he had hooked three but lost two to the rocks and the third to a Goliath grouper. He said the fish were about 10 to 15 pounds. Sheepshead are still around the pilings on the incoming tides with live fiddler crabs. 

South Jetty: Dirty water and the weeds and the snot weeds have made fishing tough. It stems from SE winds up to 15 mph we have been seeing all week. Not too much being caught, except for a few black margates, blue runners and the pesky catfish. The water is awful.

T-Dock: Slow here. About the only fish being caught are undersized snappers of different varieties: mutton, lane, mangrove and schoolmaster — all on cut baits. It’s weedy back here, too. 

Surf area: The North side the water is a lot cleaner and on the high tides, early, you might find  whiting and croakers biting on cut baits. If you run into mullet or any other baitfish on the beach, snook, redfish, tarpon and large jack crevalles are possible. They like to run the bait schools along the beach this time of year when it isn't too rough. The  South side water is too dirty and weeded up to fish it. 


Friday, June 24, 2022

Report From The Snook-Nook

This time of year provides some of the best Snook fishing you can find in our area as they are in their yearly summer spawn and are ready to feed. You can expect to find big breeder Snook schooled up in the St. Lucie Inlet, at the hole in the wall, on the beaches, on local nearshore wrecks and reefs and at the causeways. It is always important to practice safe catch and release practices when dealing with these large breeder fish to ensure a healthy release for the fish. Using heavier tackle, circle hooks and reviving the fish before release will give it a great opportunity to swim off strong. Fishing with live baits such as Croakers or Pilchards seems to provide anglers with the best results when targeting Snook in the Summer. We should have a steady supply of Croakers throughout the summer. If you haven’t given them a shot yet, you’re missing out on a chance at a trophy Snook!For those who like to fish with artificials, Swimbaits such as Hogy Pro Tails, No Live Bait Needed Paddle Tails or Lil Mullets are great options whether you are fishing inshore or off the beach for Snook. If you are looking to fish a hard bait, Yozuri Crystal Minnows are also a great option for fishing around the bridges or casting from the beaches or jetties for Snook.  

Tarpon fishing should also begin to pick up for anglers this month. We have heard about some being caught around the causeways. Try to shoot for an evening outgoing tide as crabs have been pushing through the bridges on the outgoing tides and have been met by some hungry Tarpon. You can also expect to find more Tarpon showing up in the inlet as well as the crossroads. Live crabs or large mullet are great options to fish in those areas. For those looking to fish up river by the power plant, you can typically find some cooperative Tarpon around Big Mud. Fishing Pilchards, Mullet or crabs will all work for live bait options up that way. If you are looking to fish artificials, DOA Terror Eyz or Baitbusters are a great choice in that area. 

If you are looking to do some meat fishing and put some fish in the box, we have begun to see a lot more keeper Mangrove Snappers being caught inshore which is expected this time of year. Look for them around structures such as the bridges, older docks with growth and channel markers. You can get them on live shrimp and when you need to pick through smaller fish, you can fish a small pilchard to catch the larger fish in the group. 

There have been some Trout reported up towards Nettles Island and farther up towards Bear Point. We’ve heard them caught on live pilchards, shrimp, topwaters and artificials such as DOA Cals and artificial shrimp. If you are looking for an arm workout, there have been plenty of big jacks cruising the seawalls. Toss out a live bait or work a top water and hold on! Other species that have been making the inshore catch list include; Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Bonefish and more! It is a great time of year to get out there and get on some fish! 

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 After looking at the Jensen Beach webcam this afternoon I’m going to pass on hitting the beach tomorrow morning and go right to work at Bass Pro . It appears as if the sargassum is as thick as ever and that is going to make the surf fishing pretty challenging. This has been a pretty disappointing spring and now early summer run of whiting and croaker due to the sargassum and slime weed. Put the conditions that we had in April and May for the spring pompano bite and it’s safe to say it’s been a tough year so far . There were some pompano around this spring but you had to move and look to find the beaches that had a minimum amount of weeds and nice color water . The bait along the beach recently has been sporadic so after talking to some friends who have been doing this a lot longer than me , the hope is everything is late . There have been some snook along the beach but finding days when you can actually fish for them have been at a minimum. The last couple of years June and July have produced some big catches of whiting, croaker, palometa, jacks , and snook so let’s hope conditions get better . The water color has really been nice so we do have tgat going for us .

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Catch and release snook fishing remains really good inshore.  Lots of ways to catch the snook right now.  Good fishing in the river for them during the day.  Live mullet fished under boat docks and along seawalls will be a great way to go, especially for the bigger cruising fish.  Early in the morning and late late in the afternoon (as the sun is going down) they should get active enough to chase down a topwater.  At night the snook have been hanging around the bridges in good numbers.  A flair hawk or big swimbait will be a good lure choice.  Outgoing tide will most likely be the most productive, but don't overlook incoming tide in certain spots as well.  Snook are stacking up in the inlets pretty good as well.  A few jacks and tarpon cruising around inshore, but the snook will be the main game in town.  Mangrove snapper will be hanging around their usual summertime spots. 

SURF/PIER-  Catch and release snook fishing will be the main game in town along the beach, at the pier, and in the inlets right now.  Lots of different ways to catch them, so a really fun time to get out and try different techniques and tactics.  The Juno Beach Pier has had a decent number of Spanish Macs around, along with a handful of kings.  A fair number of tarpon cruising along the beach; along with a handful of big jacks.  Croakers have been biting well in the first trough.  Small pieces of shrimp are the ticket for the croakers.