Saturday, May 7, 2022

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The forecast looks pretty darn nice until Sunday night when it is supposed to shift to the northeast . 2 foot seas are predicted all weekend and I spoke to a couple of anglers who stopped in the Snook Nook today and they reported the ever present slime weed was not a problem today . The folks I spoke with were targeting whiting and croaker in the near shore trough and had a pretty good morning. Bloodworm Fishbites caught some nice fish this morning and it’s time for everyone to start putting a couple of bags in their bait supply as we enter the late spring. I have been spending the last few trips on the local bridges due to the abundance of slime weed on the beach and have had a catch list that has included pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, blue runners, look downs, and some big river croakers . 1/8 ounce crappie jigs and 1/2 ounce pompano jigs have produced all of my fish . If the weeds remain a non issue this weekend I am sure there is a chance to put some late season pompano in your cooler if you head to the beach . I plan on bringing a couple of pompano rods to the beach this weekend along with some Electric Chicken Fishbites and some light spinning rods to target whiting and croaker . If the weeds stay away it will be nice to get back on the sand . Remember just pitch your Bloodworm Fishbites tipped with shrimp into the first trough, don’t overcast them if you are targeting the whiting . It’s nice to have a few different species to target and don’t be afraid to pitch a live croaker in the surf if you want a shot at a snook . Hopefully the biggest problem you will have is deciding on which species you want to target !!

Sebastian Inlet Report

 When winds are down, look for snook, jacks, blues, and a few Spanish mackerel 

Our trusty fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry tells us what’s been biting at Sebastian Inlet and offers insight on the illegality of “snagging” certain species. Let’s get right into it:

“Well, here we go with another week of winds to dictate our fishing! The good thing is that the water has warmed up to 76 degrees — closer to where it should be — but the water is dirtied with seaweed to make it interesting. 

Something has been brought to my attention about some of the folks fishing for snook at the tip of the north jetty on the outgoing tides. Snook gather in large schools on that tide, and for whatever reason they do NOT want to bite at all. It’s been like this for a while now. A few guys told me that they have witnessed angler purposely ‘snagging’ snook out of the schools with small sharp ‘goofy jigs’, or flutter jigs, just so they can catch one. That is illegal and is in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rules on allowable gear to catch them: snagging is prohibited.  I personally have alerted the FWC of this of this situation, so please, folks, respect our fisheries and the rules set in harvesting them. 

Among species that cannot be snagged are black drum, flournder, redfish, sheephead, snook, tarpon, triple tail, and protected species where harvesting is prohibited outright, including spotted eagle rays, goliath grouper and Nassau grouper.

North jetty: Over here early last week there was a good snook bite before the winds picked up. There were nice slot fish, and most too big were being caught on the outgoing tide at the tip on live mojarras, and also some were being caught ‘walking the dog’ as well.  Other species I saw over the weekend as the winds laid down a bit, were bluefish, jack crevalles and a few Spanish mackerel on cut baits and silver spoons all on the outgoing tide as well. Small mangrove snapper are starting to show up, but most are too small to keep — but I did see two keepers. Also, on Sunday the water on the North side / ocean side of the jetty was pretty clean and I witnessed a couple nice pompano taken on small jigs. Also, there are large jack crevalles in the 20 to 30-pound range chasing schools of mullet running along the inlet. They will hit just about anything you toss at them, as they aren't picky when they are in feed mode. I also saw some nice sized bonitos caught Sunday on gotcha lures. 

South jetty: Over here, the water has been very dirty and weeded up for the most part, but fish are still there with most species being caught at the tip on outgoing tide: small jacks, blue runners, margates, sea bream and spot tail pinfish. Some snook are being caught on the incoming tide on live mojarras along the shoreline on both tides. You just have to find where they are staging and work through the weeds to get them. Also, I talked with a couple of my contacts and they have seen a few nice sea trout caught in the surf ‘pocket’ area on the south side of the jetty on small jigs and mojarras, when the water has calmed and cleaned a bit. 

T-Dock area: Dirtied water, seaweed and the lack of baitfish has slowed fishing here. Pesky puffers and small mangroves are possible on cut baits. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel might be possible by tossing silver spoons to the channel area. There are also large jack crevalles running the mullet schools into the inlet. 

Surf and offshore have still been a blowout all last week, with small craft advisories keeping most boaters off the water — and the surf was only good for surfing. 

Get your gear, pack a lunch and get out and enjoy the nice weather, and make sure to take the sunscreen.

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore

At the St. Lucie Inlet, the docks and seawalls along the St. Lucie River and the causeways spanning the river, the name of the game is snook.

The bite is getting better and better with the causeways being especially good the past few days.

There have been plenty of slot and overslot fish caught.

Live baits, especially croakers are working better than anything else.

On Wednesday, a kayak angler, armed with six croakers, fished in the morning. Using only three of the six croakers he'd brought with him, he caught and released a 41" and 43" snook. He decided that was a great morning of fishing and all called it a day.

In addition to having a good snook bite, the Jensen Causeway has had some decent action on Spanish mackerel and even a few pompano. Doc's Goofy Jigs and Gulfstream Flash Minnow jigs have been working well.

Along the beaches in Martin and St. Lucie counties the bite for whiting and croaker has been good in the first trough. Pieces of shrimp tipped with pink shrimp Fishbites have been working well. 

With the snook starting  to make their way towards the Lake Worth and Boynton Inlets, Capt. Pat Smith had his clients working the some of the nearby docks.

Using threadfin herring and sand perch, he had his clients into 30 snook on Monday with 15 of them being big, overslots. The fish were all caught and quickly released.

Capt. Pat said there were also some tarpon around, but for whatever reason they were just not wanting to hit on anything.

Croaker and sand perch have been hitting peeled shrimp around the Lantana Bridge.

Using threadfin herring and sand perch, he had his clients into 30 snook on Monday with 15 of them being big, overslots. The fish were all caught and quickly released.

Lake Okeechobee

Fishing the area just south of Indian Prairie towards Horse Island, Capt. Larry Wright had his clients into 45 largemouth bass Monday morning. Using live shiners and working the outside grassline, he said that, though there were no giants in the mix, they managed 15 that were at least five pounds or better.

If using an artificial bait, flippin' a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper in white trash color along the outside grassline has been producing some good results.

In the Harney Pond Canal, the bluegill bite is still solid. Anglers working the banks and using live crickets are faring best.

Though the shellcracker bite has not been quite has hot, that should change next week as the May 16 full moon approaches.

Anglers are still catching a few specs in the Kissimmee River. Working the area under the bridge from 9 a.m. to around 1 p.m. has been the best location and time. Grass shrimp, minnows and jigs are all working.

       Hai Truong with a butterfly peacock bass.
Lake Osbourne

Fishing for peacock bass has been picking up in the lake for anglers using live shad or shiners on eighth- to quarter-ounce jig heads around the bridges, docks, deep weed edges and canal junctions. Early mornings and late afternoons have been best.

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing was very good inshore again this week.  A good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River during the day and around the bridges at night.  Look for the snook to be tight to seawalls and under boat docks during the day.  At night they will get in the shadow lines nosing into the current.  Warmer temps have the snook more active; and they are more than willing to chase down a bigger bait right now.  Palm Beach Inlet has been holding some good jacks, along with a few tarpon.  Starting to see a few more mangrove snapper being caught these days.  A live shrimp or small live pilchard is a solid choice for the snapper. 

SURF/PIER-  Pompano fishing slowed way down this week; but still a few around.  Looks like we should get a some north wind late in the weekend, which in theory should help fire up another little push of fish.  Bluefish seemed to have finally gotten out of town, but you may see a straggler or two around still.  Snook are showing up in a little better numbers along the beach.  The Juno Beach Pier saw a few more cobia, jacks this week, along with a handful of kingfish.  Croakers and whiting have been biting fresh shrimp well in the surf.  Seaweed seems to have thinned out a bit over the past day or two.

Friday, April 29, 2022

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing was good agin this week.  Warming weather and some wind definitely doesn't hurt the snook fishing! A good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River and north in the ICW.  Live mullet fished around boat docks and seawalls will be the best bet for the snook during the day.  At night the snook have been around the bridges in good numbers.  A flair hawk or swimbait is a solid choice for the snook.  Look for a good moving tide and the snook should be around.  A few more mangrove snapper reports coming in.  Small pilchards and live shrimp are a good choice for the mangrove snapper.  

SURF/PIER- Strong east winds in the forecast will likely make surf fishing very tough this weekend.  Seaweed has been thick in the surf this week; and based on the forecast it doesn't look like it will clean up all that much.  Pompano fishing has been good this week, with some good numbers of fish definitely still around.  Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites remain the bait of choice for the pompano.  The Juno Beach Pier has had some good action over the past week as well.  Schools of big jacks have been cruising through in good numbers.  A GT Ice Cream or diamond jig has worked well to get them to bite. Late season springtime bluefish are still around the pier in good numbers.  A diamond jig or swimming plug has been working well for the blues.  A few kingfish at the end of the pier.  The big news though has been a good number of cobia at the pier.  Most of the cobia have been caught on bottom baits, but if the water clears up sight fishing may come into play.  

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Yesterday morning I took a ride to Stuart beach to see if the weeds had subsided and thankfully they were broken up and the surf was fishable . I was doing a “grocery” trip as Bill Taylor from the Black Dog fishing boat would say and targeting whiting and croaker . The tide wasn’t optimum but an hour and a half of outgoing produced a nice cooler of 23 nice whiting and croaker . Bloodworm Fishbites fished in the first trough produced all of the fish . Today my son Paul tried the bridge again and managed to put 5 more nice pompano in the cooler along with lots of catch and release fishing that included Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, mangrove snapper , and jacks . The bite turned on after the tide turned and started the outgoing cycle . There have been some pompano being caught down in Hobe Sound when the weeds permit so it’s nice to know they are still around . The winds look a little challenging the next couple of days but if conditions allow there should be some pompano opportunities. I’ll be back out on the weekend and will post what happens .

Snook-Nook Fishing Report

 May typically brings along with it some of the best Snook fishing of the year for us here on the Treasure Coast. The Snook are getting ready for their summer spawn and start showing up more around the inlets. This is the time of year where you have a great shot at catching your personal best Snook! Live Croakers are hands down the best option to fish with when targeting Snook this time of year. A few things that make them such a great bait option are; they are extremely tough and can last multiple casts, they typically will swim right to the bottom and hang out towards the bottom of the water column making them a great option for fishing around bridges, deeper docks and deeper water in general and they are a predator to Snook’s eggs. Croakers will eat Snook’s eggs during the spawn so Snook will attempt to protect their eggs and try to kill the Croaker either by eating it or just crushing it. You will notice that sometimes you are having a hard time hooking up on Snook while fishing Croakers because they are just picking the bait up, crushing it and spitting it back out as a defense mechanism when they aren’t feeding. You can expect us to have a steady supply of Croakers here at the shop throughout the summer. Live Pilchards, Mullet, Sand Perch, or shrimp will also get you a bite. Along with in the inlets, you can expect to find Snook out on our local beaches and even on some of our local reefs and wrecks typically from May-August. You will find plenty of action in the St. Lucie River around Sewalls Point and the 10 cent bridge along with around the Stuart and Jensen Causeways in the Indian River. Snook season closes on June 1st so you have another month to land that keeper! 

We start to see some more Tarpon action around this time of year as well with more bait showing up in the river. You can expect to find them feeding on glass minnows, pilchards, mullet and crabs. A lot of anglers will try to time their Tarpon fishing to either morning or evening outgoing tides. We have crabs and shrimp that will drift through areas such as the causeways, the crossroads and inlet on the outgoing tide and anglers will post up in those areas targeting them. Hogy Pro Tail and Slow Tail swimbaits are great options for those looking to trick them with an artificial. 

Over the past week, we have been hearing steady Pompano reports inshore from the Jensen Causeway mosquito bridge. Anglers are catching them mainly on both Pompano jigs and even Crappie jigs. Some decent sized Pompano up to 4lbs have been in the mix there. Along with the Pompano, anglers have been catching Spanish Mackerel, Croakers and even some Whiting there on the jigs. 

For those looking to fish with shrimp, there have been Mangrove Snappers caught around the causeways and other structures such as docks and channel markers. We begin to see more and larger snapper inshore this time of year and throughout the summer. Shrimp on a jig head is a great way to target them, fill up the cooler and catch a number of other species. Other species that have been caught here consistently fishing the shrimp and jig method include Flounder, Trout, Croakers and Bonefish. 

For those looking for a battle, there have been plenty of big jacks cruising the sea walls, toss a live bait or top water against some sea walls and hang on! 

We see a lot of life inshore starting around May, buckle up and hold on for some great fishing! 



Sebastian Inlet Report

 "Fishing is like dating: It's all catch-and-release until you find a keeper."

 “Fishing as a whole in the entire inlet has been a blowout all last week and most of the weekend due to high winds and rough surf, so it has been pretty slow: lots of dirty water and seaweed. 

North jetty: Fishing has been a hit-or-miss deal over here, with some snook being caught on live mojarras on the tip on the outgoing tide when it isn't too rough to be there. It does get pretty wet with the waves splashing up when the seas are big, like they have been. Some redfish are possible, as well along with a few bluefish on big silver spoons. Incoming tide has been slow with the rough conditions.

South Jetty: Not much over here either, just was too rough to fish with the wind and big waves. Very dirty water and lots of weed, but some black margates and sea bream are possible, along with the pesky catfish and stingrays. Some bluefish may be caught still in the channel area with silver spoons.

 T-Dock area: Back here it is calmer and cleaner and some nice snook are being caught on live mojarras on both tides along the rocky shoreline. Small snappers and puffers are being caught with those fishing cut bait around the dock pilings. Most of the snapper are still too small to keep. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are a possibility too for those throwing small spoons and jigs in the area. 

Surf area: both sides has been blown out, too rough to fish it.

NOTICE: The North jetty will be closed to the public on  Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, to allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to conduct a cleanup of fouling lines, nets, monofilament and debris. FWC will also conduct “lift bag” training to retrieve aluminum grates lost in past hurricanes. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

 


Inshore

The snook bite in the St. Lucie River continues to get better and better. The fish are still generally making their way towards the inlet and have been congregating around docks and bridges. Like the past few weeks, live baits are working best. Though pilchards do work, nothing is beating live croakers right now. 

Also in the river, the pompano bite was good the past few days at the Jensen Causeway. Fish up to three pounds were caught on jigs in what was called 'one of the best bites all season.'

The anglers working jigs at the causeway also reported catching a few Spanish mackerel and croakers.

At the Stuart Causeway and up on the Sailfish Flats, anglers are still getting few flounder.

Along the beaches in Jupiter, though there are likely fish, including pompano and bluefish moving through, there's been so much sargassum that it's made it difficult to target them.

Anglers working the bridges spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in the south county area have reported catching croaker, sand perch and snook.

For the croaker and sand perch, peeled shrimp has been working well.

For the snook, a live croaker fished on the bottom with a three-ounce sinker and 6/0 circle hook on a 40-pound leader has been offering some anglers good catch and release action on some hefty overslot fish.

For past reports and other fishing related information click here

Lake Okeechobee

In the canals adjacent to the lake the bluegill and shellcracker bite continues to heat up. The rim and Indian Prairie canals have been especially good for both bluegill and shellcracker, as well as cichlids. Worms and crickets are working well as are beetle spins.

The bass bite has been good in the early mornings for anglers working the outside edges of the grasslines.

In the mornings any moving baits, including swimbaits and crankbaits, in lighter colors are working well. After that bite begins to back off, switch to flippin' and pitchin' worms like Senkos and Speedworms in darker colors.

report courtesy of The Palm beach Post

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

 Inshore

The snook bite continues to get better in the St. Lucie River.

A lot are beginning to make their way toward the inlet and are staging around the docks and bridges. Live baits, including pilchards and especially croakers (which are in stock at the Snook Nook), are working best. Anglers working the bridges at night, however, are having good luck working artificial shrimp and swimbaits along the shadow lines.

Some big tarpon have been caught in the river. Fish up to 50 pounds have been caught and released at the Jensen Causeway. Live mullet are working best.

The flounder bite is still good at the Stuart and Jensen Causeways as well as on the Sailfish Flats. Anglers are finding success using shrimp on a jig head or small mullet or pilchards.

Anglers at the Lantana Bridge have been catching croaker and sand perch on peeled shrimp.

Best bets for catching pompano

For past reports and other fishing related information click here

Lake Okeechobee

On Tuesday at 9 a.m., Capt. Larry Wright had his clients into 26 largemouth bass. They were using live shiners and working the outside grassline in the Indian Prairie area. Though Capt. Larry said there were no giants in the mix, they did have several five- and six-pounders.

In addition to live shiners, Skinny Dippers and Speed worms have been working as have Z-Man Jack Hammer chatter baits in white and Zoom Horny Toads in watermelon red.

Though the spec bite continues to wane, they are still being caught in the Kissimmee River at night on grass shrimp.

The bluegill bite in the Harney Pond and Indian Prairie canals has started to pick up and they are being caught on crickets.

Alligator Alley

If you've got the time and don't mind a relatively short drive, the canals along Alligator Alley are firing right now. 

Capt. Pat Smith said at almost any exit, it's easy to get 150 fish in a day including oscars, peacock bass and more.

For the oscars, which in that area can get up to nearly two pounds, three or four weight fly rods are a blast.

report courtesy of The Palm Beach Post

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing continues to remain the best bet inshore right now.  The Loxahatchee and ICW are both holding a good number of snook.  It might not be the most fun to fish in, but the wind really helps fire up the snook.  Wind whipped seawalls and points provides easy ambush spots for lazy snook.  Live mullet fished along a seawall during the day (especially early morning and late afternoon) is a solid bet: While docelights at night is a good bet for big numbers.  As always try to fish the last of the incoming or first of the outgoing for best results (which part of the tide cycle that works best is often heavily spot dependent).  The bridge bite at night has also went off pretty good for the snook.  A few big jacks in the mix inshore as well as a few resident tarpon.  Mangrove snapper are starting to bite a little better inshore.  Live shrimp is a good choice for the mangroves.  


SURF/PIER-  Despite rough nasty conditions (wind and enough seaweed to last a lifetime!) the surf and pier fishing has remained pretty good this week.  Conditions aren't nice and fishing will be tough...but still a decent number of fish around.  Pompano continue to bite well.  Hard to say exactly how long the pompano will hang around, but best guess is we only have a few more weeks of good action before they really start booking it north for the summer. 

Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites have all been good bait choices for the pompano.  Late season bluefish continue to bite very well along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier.  Best bite for the blues has been early morning, with a second little push of them as the sun sets in the afternoon.  GT Ice Creams and Rapala X-Raps are a good bait choice for the blues.  Snook action has also improved along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier.  Starting to see some live bait shoe up at the pier.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

18 Hours Casting for a Pier/Beach Monster

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook reports have improved as the week has gone along (no doubt due to warming weather).  The Loxahatchee River has been holding a fair number of snook.  Early morning topwater bite has been pretty good for the snook.  The Yo-Zuri Hydro and Top-Knock Pencil have been great lure choices for the snook.  A live mullet fished along a seawall or under a boat dock with some current is a solid choice as the sun get up a little higher in the sky.  A few good jacks and a resident tarpon or two in the same areas as well.  Other inshore action has been a bit hit or miss.  Starting to get a few mangrove snapper reports coming in; but it remains a bit early for the bigger numbers of them to show up.  Tarpon fishing in Palm Beach Inlet remains pretty strong.  The resident fish around the Sailfish Club are biting live shrimp well on the tide changes.  


SURF/PIER-  Pompano fishing remains very good along the beach.  A few very windy days and some heavy seaweed days slowed it a bit; but still very good numbers of them around! Sandfleas(we have a little batch of really little one in-stock), clams, shrimp, FishBites, and FishGum have all Benn great choices for the pompano.  Mixed in with the pompano have been a few permit, croakers, whiting, and plenty of blue runners.  Early morning and late afternoon remain best bet for the pompano.  Still a fair number of bluefish around; including some really good size ones!  The Juno Beach Pier has been holding a little bit of live bait, and the predators are not far behind.  Snook fishing has been improving on a daily basis.  A few kingfish in the mix, along with some bruiser jacks.  A Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast minnow is a solid lure choice for both the jacks and kings. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a cobia or two come by, along with a few permit.  Good springtime fishing right now...get after it! 

Sebastian Inlet Report

 


Snook bite has picked up, but a windy week ahead


“Fishing at the Inlet has been kind of quiet all last week due to the windy conditions out of the southeast, which roughed up the water and dirtied it and brought seaweed with it. The water did warm  back up to 75 degrees as of this Monday morning and calmed down a lot. Friday through Sunday last week the water was calm and cleaned up nicely on the north sides. The south side was also calm and clean, but a lot of weeds to contend with. But there were fish to be caught! 

North Jetty: The snook bite has picked up a bit from the ‘lock-jawed’ fish we had a week ago. The bite has been early morning and late evening and on the tide changes. The favorite bait of choice was mojarras, but a couple were caught on live shrimp, too. Most fish caught were still the large females, but several slot fish were caught in that period. The keepers were averaging 30 to 32 inches. There were still large redfish caught on the same baits on the outgoing tide, but they will take almost anything as they aren't as fussy as a snook. Bluefish are still around but are on the small side as the waters warm up. The sheepshead bite has gone away, but small ones are still around. I haven't seen flounder on this side from two weeks ago when a few nice ones were caught. Schools of big jack crevalles occasionally swim past the jetty and large silver spoons and big top water plugs will entice them to bite. 

 

South Jetty: Over here, the fishing has picked up as well, with quite a few snook being caught on both tides, and here, too, the bait of choice is live mojarras. Most fish over here will be smaller than the north side fish and must be released unharmed, but I did see some slot fish (29 to 30 inches) taken over the weekend. Bluefish and big jacks are over here as well, traveling in and out the inlet and can be caught on large silver spoons tossed to the channel area, both tides. Outgoing tide at the tip, if you can find a spot, is producing lots of black margates, sea bream, whiting, sand perch and blue runners on any cut bait tossed out. One of the guys I know goes down almost every day and leaves with a full five-gallon bucket of nice fish!! 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area


 My son , daughter in law , and grandkids headed home yesterday after a pretty slow 5 days of fishing . I think the two most asked questions I have received from folks in the past couple of weeks are , “ Where can I find some sandfleas?”and Where can I find a beach with no slime weed ?”. The answer to the first question is easy . I tell everyone just go buy an extra bag of Electric Chicken or EZ Flea Fishbites and that will handle the bait issue . The answer to the slime weed situation is definitely a tough one . This stuff seems to be from Ft Pierce to Juno and yes, some days are worse than other but the ability to find an area tgat has none has been a problem . I fished as far north as John Brooks over the weekend and the weeds gave us a chance for a day but a return to Coconut Tuesday proved to be a bad decision as the weeds were thick as can be . I looked all the way to Bathtub and it just got worse . I tried at Stuart beach yesterday around 530 pm and it was unfishable. The Hobe Sound to Jupiter stretch was fishable last week and there were definitely some fish caught but the last couple of days have proven to be loaded with weeds and after talking to some friends today that was still the case . The good news I did hear today that there is a big shot of pompano in the Lake Worth area so we still have some fish headed our way . Winds are forecast to switch to the west/northwest direction through Saturday so let’s hope a wind shift will get rid of some of this stuff . Hope everyone has a great weekend. Good luck and catch em up .

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Ed Killer South Fla. Report

 Inshore: Capt. Glyn Austin of Going Coastal charters has been steering anglers this week to catches of oversized redfish, oversized snook, sharks and jacks. He is fishing live croakers and crabs where the big reds and snook are staging, just offshore the north jetty. Drifting the inlet is another way to catch all four targets.

Freshwater: Trophy bass catches keep being caught at Headwaters Lake which has developed a reputation for being one of Florida's finest freshwater fisheries. Wild shiners are the key, but plenty of nice fish are being caught using lipless crank baits, spinnerbaits and worms.

St. Lucie County

Inshore: Some of the best snook fishing of the year is right now. Fish with live pilchards in places where seawalls have dock pilings nearby, mangrove shorelines with points, oyster bars and other kinds of structure. The inlet and the bridges are holding fish, too.

Surf: Paul Sperco said it's best to scout beaches on Hutchinson Island in order to find the right kind of water. Pompano and whiting are biting on Fishbites and Fish Gum or pieces of shrimp. There are no sand fleas anywhere to be had. Spanish mackerel and bluefish have likely moved north, although stragglers can always be caught year-round.

Martin County

Inshore: Tarpon are being caught in the Crossroads and around the inlet. Boaters should beware of the dredging operation in the channel, but the tarpon will take pilchards and mullet. Snook are hitting at the bridges in the rivers during the outgoing tide.

Lake Okeechobee

Lake levels are at 13.79 feet above sea level which is roughly 3/4 of a foot below what it was at the same time last year. The western and northern quadrants of the lake have good vegetation with lily pads, bulrushes and Kissimmee grass. Fish with wild shiners in Pearce Canal, Cody's Cove, Tin House Cove and near Horse Island for the best action. Bluegills and shell crackers will hit live crickets. 

story courtesy Ed Killer is TCPalm's outdoors writer. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


INSHORE- Snook fishing reports remain good in the Loxahatchee River and around the bridges at night.  Warming water temperatures have the snook more inclined to actively feed, and slowly begin hiding towards the inlets.  The arrival of a few more springtime mullet inshore will also perk their interest.  It's not a full on chew yet, but putting some time in and fishing the correct tides will give you a chance at some snook bites.  During the day look for the snook to be tight to seawalls and under boat docks ready to ambush unsuspecting mullet.  At night they are holding around bridge shadow lines and under boat docks; with shrimp still making up the bulk of their diet.  The top of the outgoing tide in most cases is going to be hard to beat for the best action.  If the rain this week gets the spillways opened up, the snook will no doubt show up.  Still a few tarpon around inshore, along with a handful of big jacks.  A few more mangrove snapper are starting to show up inshore.

                                    photo courtesy of Pompano Rich

SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good this week both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier.  Hard to say just how long this spring run of pomps will last; so definitely get after them if you have the chance.  The usual natural baits (shrimp, clams, and the ever elusive Sandflea) are the way to go; while FishBites and FishGum continue to rack up the catches as well.  On the Juno Beach Pier a Doc's Goofy Jig will also produce some pompano bites, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  Lowlight periods remain the best bet for the pompano.  Good numbers of late season bluefish around this week; with catches coming from both the pier and beach in good numbers.  Cut sardines and mullet will be top bait choices for the bluefish: A silver spoon or swimming plug is a solid choice as well for the blues.  Croakers have been abundant in the first trough; and are biting fresh shrimp the best.  The Juno Beach Pier is also starting to hold some live baits on a little more consistent basis (summer is just around the corner!).  With the bait showing up a bit more the snook numbers are improving; along with a stray cobia or kingfish as well.  Good time of year to get out on the beach or pier for nice mixed bag action! 



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Monday, April 4, 2022

Snook-Nook Fishing Report

 Inshore Fishing Report

The Snook bite is definitely starting to heat up for us here. For those fishing from boats; docks in the St. Lucie River have been quite productive fishing live baits such as Croakers and Pilchards. A lot of slot sized fish have been in the mix along with some nice over slots. Snook have also been caught at the Stuart Causeway, 10 cent bridge and Roosevelt Bridge. Have heard about a lot of Snook hanging out around sea walls in the mornings as well, it will be tough for them to pass up on a nice mullet for breakfast. We haven’t heard too much about Snook being found around the St. Lucie Inlet quite yet. For our land based anglers, the Snook fishing at Jensen Causeway has remained to be quite consistent. A lot of anglers are going in the evening/night and fishing with artificial shrimp such as Monster 3X or Thumper Shrimp and some anglers have been throwing swimbaits such as NLBNs and finding fish. Live shrimp and croakers have been producing some fish there as well. Outgoing tides in the evening have been the most productive there with some small crabs and shrimp flowing through with Snook feeding on them. We should have a steady Croaker supply going forward throughout the summer, if you haven’t tried them out yet, you’re missing out! 

The Sailfish Flats have been showing some life here recently. Anglers jigging the flats have been finding some Pompano, Bonefish and a variety of species. Anglers have still been picking at Sheepshead in the inlet as well with shrimp on a jighead. Around the causeways, other than Snook there have been some Mangrove Snappers, a few Black Drum, Sheepshead and more species that have been willing to eat a shrimp on a jig. For those looking to run to the north, there have been some Croakers, Sheepshead, Flounder and Triple Tail on the channel markers. If you are looking to do some flats fishing around the power plant, there has been some Trout action in the morning around Bear Point and Middle Cove. Top water plugs, artificial shrimp, shrimp on a popping cork or a jig should get you a bite. There have also been some Flounder and Snook caught in that area. 

For those looking for Tarpon, there have been some in the 40-60lb class towards the power plant. Fishing live pilchards, mullet or DOA Terror Eyz should give you a good chance if you can get into them. There have also been some juvenile Tarpon up in the North Fork, the same baits will do the trick there. As we get into the Spring, more bait should be showing up inshore which should be followed by Tarpon. Be on the lookout for them in the Crossroads, the St. Lucie Inlet and around the causeways on outgoing tides. 

Surf Fishing Report 

Mid to late March provided some solid Pompano action on Martin and St. Lucie County beaches for anglers. Our spring run historically has brought along with it some of the best Pompano fishing of the year. A lot of these Pompano are quality sized fish as well. We should expect to see more Pompano caught during the month of April when conditions permit. The fish have been spread out from Middle Cove to Hobe Sound. If you can find a beach without slime weed, there is a good chance you will find some fish. The majority of these fish have been caught 60-90yds off the beach in the deeper troughs. On windier days, a lot of anglers have hit up Hobe Sound Beach to fish, the reef is able to knock down the waves a bit making the conditions a bit more fishable. Electric Chicken Crab FishBites has proven to be the bait of choice for those targeting them. The Electric Chicken Crab has been so productive that Capt. Paul Sperco has been tying special edition electric chicken Pompano rigs. Capt. Paul is in the shop on Thursday mornings and drops off some of his rigs when he comes in. They go fast, so if you are looking for them, it is best to get here as early as you can on Thursday mornings. We have a solid stock of the electric chicken FishBites, if you haven’t used them, I would definitely give them a shot. EZ Flea and Yellow Crab flavored FishBites have produced fish as well. You can always add some frozen bait to your rig when fishing with FishBites as well, pieces of shrimp, clam or sand fleas will be the best options if you are looking to fish with bait. Sand fleas have been extremely tough to get this year, both on our local beaches and from our distributors. We have been able to get some here in the shop, but we are limiting three bags per customer at the moment due to their availability. 

As we get into the spring, whiting and croaker fishing should improve on a weekly basis. A lot of these fish will be caught in the first trough on pieces of shrimp tipped with pink shrimp FishBites. Anglers targeting Pompano have also caught some nice Whiting and Croakers as bycatch in the deeper troughs. 

There have been a lot of signs of life on the beach, more bait has been showing up which has been followed by Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and a variety of species. Look for the birds and throw spoons for some light tackle action.

From Todd & Eddy @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains strong inshore right now.  The Loxahatchee River continues to hold a nice number of snook during the day.  Fishing live mullet around docks and seawalls with light to medium current flow is great way to go.  The snook are fired up enough to eat a topwater early and late in the day as well.  Just don't be surprised if a big jack decides to swipe your topwater before a snook gets to it.  Tarpon fishing remains pretty good in the Palm Beach Inlet.  The south jetty has had a jig bite at night for the tarpon.  They are also biting live shrimp well around the Sailfish club.  


SURF/PIER-  Pompano fishing remained very strong this week along the beach.  Catch reports bounced around a bit, with fishing showing up south of the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet.  The slime grass blew in for a day or two; but seems to have cleared up for the most part at time of writing.  Sandfleas(If your lucky enough to find some), clams, shrimp, Fishbites, and Fishgum have all been popular bait choices.  Best bite is early in the morning, with another little push of fish generally late in the afternoon.  Good numbers of late season bluefish around this week as well.  There blues could be found scattered along the beach, and holding in good numbers at the Juno Beach Pier as well.  Silver spoon, loud noisy poppers, Rapala X-Raps, and cut bait have all been working well for the blues.  Croakers have been around in good numbers in the first trough, and are biting fresh shrimp well.  Starting to see a few more snook showing up in the surf as well these days.  Overall, a nice mix bag of springtime surf action! 

Sebastian Inlet Report

 


Decent snook bite at North jetty; reds and blues at the South jetty

Our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry has the scoop on last week’s fishing scene:

“Well, my fishing folks, the weather last week and this past weekend played a big part on the fishing at the inlet, as always. When it wasn't blowing and the water was clean, there were fish biting; when it was blowing and the water dirtied up, it all shut down pretty much, but I did see  fish caught during the blow as the dirty water was still warmed up to the 74 degrees it has been for the past week.”

 “North jetty: At the beginning of last week there was a fairly good bite on the snook. Quite a few fish were being caught on the tip on the outgoing tide with live mojarras and pilchards. As always, most fish were too big to keep, but several slots were caught in the bite. Also, there were large redfish in the mix, with those all being too big as well, same tide and same baits. Another species I saw caught were large bluefish in the three-to-five-pound range on cut baits and large silver spoons (on the outgoing tide casting to the channel area). Sheepshead, though small, are still being caught around the jetty pilings on both tides on live fiddler crabs. Most have been too small to keep, but there are keepers in the mix. Also, I saw nice flounder caught over on this side. Live shrimp did the trick on them on the incoming tide, both sides of the jetty. Schools of the ‘springtime’ mullet are showing up around the jetties, not many yet, but enough to get the fish active when they are around.” 

South jetty: It has been a mixed bag of species being caught, depending on which tide you were fishing. Outgoing at the tip has been black margates, sand perch, sea bream, sheepshead and catfish. Incoming has been small snook and redfish. Some snook are big enough to keep and some redfish are small enough to keep. Also, there has been a pretty god showing of flounder over here when the water is clean and calm. I have seen quite a few nice fish in the 15 to 18-inch range caught on live shrimp and small grubs, fished slowly on the sandy bottom. Most  the flounder are ‘just’ short of being keepers, but fun, nonetheless. Bluefish and large jack crevalles are roaming in and out of the inlet for those throwing large silver spoons to the channel area on both tides.” 

T-Dock area: Back here the fishing is still slow, but you can catch snook when the conditions are right - clean and slow-moving water. Use mojarras them. Bluefish and jacks are also possible if you’re throwing spoons and jigs to the channel area.” 

Surf area, both sides: Depending on the winds and water clarity, I saw some nice whiting, croakers and pompano being caught just outside the break line in the waves. Small pieces of fresh shrimp and sandfleas are the best baits for these species. Also, it’s still possible to catch black drum. They are still migrating up and down the beach line. Blues and Spanish mackerel can also be found running the surf in search of small baitfish. Silver spoons and small jigs fished in the surf will attract them if they are present. Snook are also a possibility when the water is clean and calmed down, when croakers and mullet are present.” 

“The weather is supposed to be kind of ‘uncertain’ all week, with gusty winds and some more rain headed through the area, so if you do get out to fish or beach it, check your weather so you don't get caught in it. 

“Just a side note for anyone thinking about fishing for sharks from shore, or any dock, pier, jetty, or bridge: Sharks are a protected species. Please be mindful of these magnificent creatures and know the regulations before you go -  https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/sharks/


Friday, March 25, 2022

Good People

I had a chance to go by a nice tackle shop in Jupiter just west of Indiantown Rd and the turnpike..

"Jupiter Farms Bait & Tackle"

I was on my quest in finding BIG fresh water swim baits for snook fishing and was able to find a few there, along with lots of other fishing tackle and live bait 
A nice staff who know fishing and could put you on to some freshwater tarpon and snook at the park right next door 

Go Check Them Out




 

Best Fishing Baits! - SNOOK CANDY!

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Pompano, snook bite beginning to turn on in Jupiter

 Inshore

Along the bridges and docks in the St. Lucie River, the snook bite continues to get better with plenty of slot and overslot fish being caught. In this area, live pilchards and croakers are producing the best bite. Stuart Live Bait has pilchards right now and the Snook Nook expects to have live croakers by the weekend.

Up at middle cove, there's been excellent action for trout with even a "gator" or two being caught. Live shrimp on a jig or popping cork or a Monster 3X Shrimp lure will get it done.

Along the St. Lucie and Martin County beaches, the pompano bite is holding steady with Electric Chicken Fishbites working best. Bring the big rods as the action is still happening 70 to 90 yards out.

Also in that area there are still good numbers of whiting and croaker being caught in the first trough. Pink Shrimp Fishbites in combination with pieces of shrimp are producing results.

Along the beaches in Jupiter, at the Jupiter Inlet and at the Juno Pier, the time is right for pompano fishing. 

From now through the end of April, schools of the delicious pan fish will be migrating from south to north and moving through the area. The key? Be there when it's happening. Pompano jigs and Fishbites will work and, though they been relatively rare in the area lately, sand fleas work very well.

Around the docks and bridges along the Loxahatchee River and Intracoastal Waterway, the bite for snook is getting really good. Pete Schulz at Fishing Headquarters in Jupiter said this time of year they love to hang out in those areas and wait for the migrating mullet and other baitfish that are moving through. A one-and-a-half- to two-ounce Gulfstream Red Tail Hawk, slowly bounced on the bottom, is pure gold right now and will be for several weeks.

Putting in at Lantana and working his way north through Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, Capt. Pat Smith said the water was very dirty on Monday and Tuesday. 

Working the docks, they did manage to catch a few snook using D.O.A. TerrorEyez and a couple of big jack crevalle, including a reel-screaming 25 pounder, on live mullet

Lake Okeechobee

The cool front that passed through the area late Sunday has slowed the bass bite down some. That said, working the inside edge of the grassline, in the early mornings or late evenings, has been productive. Flippin' and pitchin' black and blue creature-style baits or either Senkos or Speed worms, also in blacks and blues, has been effective. The crappie bite has backed off a bit. Anglers working the deeper areas of the Kissimmee River with minnows are still having some good luck.

Lake Osborne/Ida

On Tuesday, Capt. Pat Smith had his clients into excellent numbers of peacock and largemouth bass. Working the docks and other structure along the Lake Osborne and Lake Ida chain, they were getting hits using live shad as well as throwing flies. Capt. Pat added that they are beginning to congregate around structure ahead of the spawn.