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SURF/PIER- Despite much nicer conditions along the beach this week the surf fishing remains on the slower side. The water is still an off color after the storm; which is no doubt not helping the fishing. The Juno Beach Pier is back open, with only limited reports coming through. When catfish lead off what's being caught at the pier...you know things are not great. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a few small jacks and ribbonfish around. With any luck NE winds will help get some more Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Pompano headed in our direction. Have heard a handful of rumors (We won't call them reports so much!) of some decent pompano fishing starting in Jensen Beach and headed north.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
The most productive zone in the forecast is the surf. Relatively calm conditions allowed anglers to wet a few lines, and for some, the pompano bit. Spanish mackerel are also in the surf zone. Snook are there, too.
There is still flooding in the St. Johns River north of Lake Harney near Geneva but the water levels are receding and should be better by the weekend.
Closures & regulations changes in effect: Anglers are reminded about these fishery harvest closures currently underway and ones about to begin and end.
- Flounder: Harvest closed from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30. Harvest re-opens Dec. 1.
- Hogfish: Harvest closed from Nov. 1 to April 30, 2023. Harvest re-opens May 1, 2023.
- Spotted seatrout: Harvest closed from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin & Palm Beach counties. Harvest re-opens Jan. 1, 2023.
- Snook: Harvest closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 31, 2023. Harvest re-opens Feb. 1, 2023.
- Grouper: Harvest closed from Jan. 1, 2023 through April 30, 2023. Harvest re-opens May 1, 2023. Includes gag grouper, red grouper, scamp and six other lesser species.
- Redfish: Harvest of redfish is banned in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon beginning Sept. 1.
- Alligator: Hunt season open Aug. 15-Nov. 1. Permits required.
- Lobster: Regular season opened Aug. 6.
- Dolphin: New fishing regulations began May 1 for state waters. Bag limit is now 5 fish per day per angler; Vessel limit is now 30 fish per day. Captain & crew may not be included in limit.
- Tilefish: A commercial fishing closure is in place beginning July 6 until Dec. 31, 2022.
Speckled trout, redfish, black drum, jacks are all on the catch list in the shallow waterway. Use live shrimp. They can be freelined or fished under a popping cork. Sometimes, that extra action can trigger trout to feed on sound thinking that other trout nearby are feeding.
This zone has been the hot one this week as anglers are reporting catching pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, blue runners, snook, sharks and more. High tides mean no long casts necessary. The fish are over the bar and near the trough. For those who aren't crazy about macks, try this: Only take as many as you will eat fresh that day. Leave the skin on when filleting. Broil skin down in an oven for 10 minutes flavored with butter, lemon, favorite spices, or if in a grill, wrap fish in tin foil after flavoring and cook for 10 minutes. Serve with cheese grits, string beans and tartar sauce.
Spanish mackerel are the catch in this region. Gotcha plugs or diamond jigs are the best to throw at these toothy fish. The other key to catching them is to reel fast. Mackerel love the chase so the faster one reels, the more successful he or she is. Snook can be caught on the rocks off north jetty with live bait. Flounder can be caught around the T Dock, but the season is closed for harvest right now, so let them all go until the end of November.
Indian River Lagoon
Small tarpon can be caught and released in the Thousand Island area of the Banana River Lagoon using small swim baits or small live baits. Snook can be caught around structure like seawalls, docks, causeways and channel edges. Redfish have been biting in the same areas, but remember, all redfish must be released in the entire lagoon system according to FWC regulations.
SURF/PIER- Dirty water in on the beach has fishing a bit slow this week. A handful of pompano around, and that should only improve as the water (hopefully) begins to clear up a little. A few bluefish around, with the best action on them coming late in the afternoon into the evening. Cut sardines and mullet are a good bait option for the blues; while a silver spoon or diamond jig typically works good lure wise. The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce a fair number of Spanish Mackerel. White crappie jigs continue to produce the most action on the Macs. A solid number of sharks around these days for those looking for something bigger to pull on.
Inshore Fishing ReportOur late fall and winter Sheepshead fishing is typically excellent. We have already been hearing about a lot of them being caught. The best places to look for Sheepshead are on structures that have barnacles on them. These structures can include: dock pilings, channel markers, submerged mangroves, sea walls and concrete. Live Shrimp on a jighead or fished with a split shot will give you a good shot at them along with a variety of other species. Live Fiddler Crabs are another excellent option for targeting Sheepshead, it is pretty tough for them to pass up! We are hoping to have Fiddler Crabs in stock throughout the winter. One of the best ways to fish them is on a Hooked On Jigs football head jig, ask one of the staff members to show you one next time you stop in!
Our Angler of the Week! Augustine Chan writes: "i was casting a Rapala X-Rap XR10 (8 lb. Fireline, Daiwa 2500 reel, 7'6" medium light rod) on the ocean side of the North jetty for jacks and mackerel when the big bluefish struck my lure. I fought the fish for a few very exciting minutes when I finally brought it up (with the help of a landing net courtesy of friendly regulars. It's nice to know there are always friendly regulars around to help me with unexpectedly large catches). It weighed 8 lbs. on my grip.
Monday, October 24, 2022
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Reds Catch And Release Only
Saturday, October 8, 2022
INSHORE- Snook fishing remained strong inshore this week. Finger mullet schools are still around in good numbers and the snook aren't far behind. The mullet will move best during lowlight periods and at night. A Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Mag Darter remain top lure choices. Still a lot of freshwater coming out of the spillways, but overall hasn't slowed the snook fishing down too much. Still a god number of tarpon mixed in with the snook. Other inshore action has been on the slower side.
SURF/PIER- Dirty water and rough conditions kept surf fishing a bit slow. Still a fair amount of mullet coming down the beach: Still a few tarpon and snook mixed in with them, but bluefish are starting to make up a bulk of the action. Definitely time to start moving away from the soft plastics on the beach and moving towards spoons and plugs. The Spanish Mackerel have been biting very good at the Juno Beach Pier. A bobber rig with a Clark spoon is a solid choice for the macs. A few redfish were caught at the pier in the dirty water as well this week. Pompano (mostly shorts) have also been around in good numbers this week. A bright colored Doc's Goofy jig is the lure of choice for the pomps.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022
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).
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Mullet Run 2022
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
Remember you must have a snook permit, it's one per person per day and they must be at least 28 inches, but not over 32 inches.
The snook bite is still red hot at the St. Lucie Inlet with plenty of slot and overslot fish being caught.
The docks along the St. Lucie River have been holding snook as well with the early mornings and late afternoons being the best time to target them.
The Stuart and the Jensen causeways are still good for snook during the outgoing tide.
Snook are also still cruising the beaches and are being caught by anglers at the Ft. Pierce Inlet.
Though mullet and pilchards will work, live croakers are by far working the best and are available at the Snook Nook.
Mullet are being found along the west side of the river up near the powerplant.
At both causeways there is still a good tarpon bite during the outgoing tides. Use live crabs or mullet.
Around the powerplant up to Ft. Pierce, there have been reports of flounder and a few redfish being caught. Live shrimp and pilchards are the best bet.
Working the beaches from Lake Worth down to Ocean Ridge, surf anglers are catching permit, palometta, jack crevalle and snook.
For the permit, live crab on a five-ounce surf rig are bringing fish up to 25 pounds.
Cut mullet, shrimp or sand fleas on a standard pompano rig are working for palometta.
The snook and jacks have been hitting two-ounce Gator spoons at sunrise along the shore reefs just south of Lantana and again just south of the Boynton Inlet.
In the Intracoastal Waterway around the Boynton area, there has been good action for both snook and tarpon.
Big tarpon, up to 90 pounds, have been holding around the rubble piles throughout the ICW. Use live herring, greenies or sardines free lined back to the rolling fish.
Snook action around all the area bridges has been on fire this past week. Using live pinfish, small grunts and herring fished on the bottom has been very effective. Also using two-ounce bucktail jigs, flair hawk jigs, D.O.A. TerrorEyez and Rat-L-Trap lures bounced or retrieved slowly near the bottom will also work well.
There are still bonefish being caught on the flats near the Boynton Inlet. Small jigs tipped with shrimp during the first two hours of the falling tide has been best.
With the heat of summer, the bass fishing is still a bit tough.
That said there's still a decent bite during that first hour in the morning on swim jigs. After that switching to flippin' frog-style baits or pitchin' a black and blue junebug can keep things going a little longer. King's Bar, Tin House Cove and Third Point have been the better spots.
Though the shellcracker bite has backed way off since the last full moon, if you're looking for panfish-style action, the cichlid bite has been excellent in the canals along the lake. They are good eating and there's no size limit or numbers limit. Red worms, wigglers and crickets. 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.
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.