Saturday, January 22, 2022

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County



Around the Stuart and Jensen Causeways, and most structure in the area, there is still a solid sheepshead bite. They are hitting shrimp and fiddler crabs.

Black drum are being caught at the Roosevelt Bridge and tripletail and croaker are being caught along the channel markers using shrimp on a jig head.

If you're looking for snook, they are being found deeper in to the St. Lucie River right now and even up into the north fork.

The surf fishing along the Martin and St. Lucie County beaches has been hit or miss the past week.  Though it's actually been a little more on the miss side, anglers are reporting catching the occassional pompano and some nice-sized whiting.

There are also Spanish mackerel still being caught around Peck's Lake.

Along the beaches in Jupiter, anglers are getting some pompano, Spanish mackerel and a few bluefish. 

If you're going to walk the beach, throwing a spoon will work well.

Up into the Loxahatchee River, anglers are getting a mixed bag including some hard-fighting jack crevalle, ladyfish and a few pompano.

Like last week, the fishing at the Boynton Inlet has been extremely slow.

Action in the Intracoastal Waterway, inside the inlet has been relatively quiet as well. Capt. Bruce did report seeing small aggregations of manatees moving south.

Lake Okeechobee

The bass bite has been pretty hit or miss the past week. One day it's on fire, the next day it's slow. That said, they are mostly being caught on live shiners. After that, throwing a Senko or flippin' and pitchin' creature-style baits has been working. Working the holes in the hydrilla patches has been good, especially around the Tin House Cove area.

Before this last cool snap, the speck bite had been fantastic. Using jigs or minnows, and fishing the early morning and late evenings, guys were getting their limits. It's still decent and as things warm back up it should improve. Working the edge of the grass patches has been effective, with the pier along with Indian Prairie and King's Bar being hot spots.

More freshwater

Fishing in the conservation area in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the bass fishing was fantastic Tuesday morning.

Capt. Bruce caught and released 35 bass, with some up to six pounds, using a mix of Chug Bugs, black/blue football jigs and Whack'n Worms in pumpkin.

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