Friday, March 25, 2022
Pompano, snook bite beginning to turn on in Jupiter
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
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.
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.
“There are fish there to be caught, but you just have to be there when conditions are ‘right for the bite,’” Snookman says. “There hasn't been much around for baitfish yet, except for mullet that made an appearance one day last week - but there weren't many. There are mojarra around to be cast netted. They seem to be the bait of choice right now on both sides of the inlet.”
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good again this week inshore. We aren't talking huge numbers, but putting in the time should result in a few bites. The topwater bite has been good early morning and on the better part of the tide changes. Live mullet fished along ambush points, along seawalls with current, and under boat docks with access to deeper water are all also working very well. A fair number of tarpon around in the Loxahatchee River this week as well. The tarpon have also been keyed in on the mullet. The jacks showed up briefly inshore, but seem to have pushed out as quick as they came in. Sheepshead action has pretty much dried up, but maybe a late season one or two around. Palm Beach Inlet remains pretty good for the jacks, and also some tarpon at night.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remains good along thew beach right now. The numbers have slowed a bit over the past few weeks; but still definitely fish to be caught. Shrimp, clams, FishBites, and FishGum have all been good choices for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier, and also Jupiter Inlet, have been producing a few pompano on Doc's Goofy Jigs. Bright colors (orange, pink, chartreuse) all seem to be working pretty well. A few late season bluefish around still, though they are tapering off a bit numbers wise. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good bite on croakers this week. Fresh pieces of shrimp has been the bait of choice. Still a bit early, but snook reports continue to improve from the pier on a weekly basis. Most of the fish are on the smaller side, with a few slots mixed in. The snook are starting to eat live baits which is a good sign that they are getting more active. Sharks are still around in good numbers if your looking for something bigger to pull on!
Friday, March 18, 2022
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good this week, and the weather for the weekend doesn't look like it will change that. If anything the pomps may even bite a little better this weekend. No hot spot to speak of on the beach; reports continue to come in from south of the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Island. Fresh shrimp, clams, sandfleas, FishBites, and FishGum are all really good choices for the pompano. Best bite seems to be in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. While tides no doubt play into pompano fishing, those low light periods of the day are the real key to success. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a few pompano around, with the same baits listed above working well and also Doc's Goofy Jigs. The sharks are around this week, and they will also determine where the pompano end up. Still a scattering of bluefish around, but numbers have started thinning out a bit. Cut sardines have been the bait of choice for the blues. Snook fishing continues to slowly improve at the Juno Beach Pier, another few weeks and it will really start to open up. A small number of springtime cobia cruising the beach as well...keep the jig ready in case one pops up!
The snook bite is getting more consistent in the St. Lucie River. More fish are making their way out of the North Fork and congregating along the docks. Good numbers of slots and some overslots are being caught using live pilchards and croakers.
Snook are also being found at the Jensen Beach Causeway. Anglers using shrimp or artificial shrimp have been having good luck during the evening, outgoing tide when those two things line up.
The pompano bite has been excellent from Hobe Sound up through the rest of the Martin County beaches. The bite is still around 60 to 90 yards out. EZ Flea and Electric Chicken Fishbites are the way to go.
Whiting and croaker are being caught in the first trough using Pink Shrimp Fishbites tipped with a piece of shrimp.
There are plenty of sharks cruising the beaches so whatever you're catching get it in quick unless you feel like sharing.
Working some of the docks and bridges along the Intracoastal Waterway from Boynton Beach to Singer Island, Capt. Pat Smith had his clients into multiple species of fish the past few days.
Small tarpon, snook, jack crevalle and ladyfish were hitting D.O.A. TerrorEyez while a few sheepshead and a couple small flounder were caught using white bucktail jigs
Though the fishing has been a bit slow, it's mostly been because of the blustery, rainy weather.
From King's Bar to Horse Island, the bass bite has been good using soft plastic swim baits, like a Big EZ or Zoom, in either Houdini or Shad colors. In the mornings, if the wind allows, the top water bite has been picking up using spinner baits in white and chartreuse or mouse color. Inside the outside grassline has been the target area.
Lake Ida and Lake Osbourne
In both lakes, the peacock bass bite has been excellent. They are being caught on live shad as well as on jerk baits. There also have been a few clown knifefish in the mix.
Report courtesy of The Palm Beach Post
“Before the weekend, fishing had been picking up,” Snookman says. “Last week, I saw all kinds of fish being caught on both sides of the inlet. This week — after Monday and Tuesday — winds are supposed to lighten up and hopefully warm the water back up to the 75 degrees it had been last week. It’s currently 71 degrees. This is time of year you must be there at the right time, with the right bait when they ‘turn on’.”The snook were biting at the tip of the North jetty on the outgoing tide on Tuesday and Wednesday, Wayne says, noting that live shrimp was the dominant bait.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Inshore: Drifting the outgoing tide of the Sebastian Inlet is a good way to get hooked up with tarpon, oversized redfish, snook and big jacks. Just be sure to avoid the portion of the inlet east of the A1A bridge where it will be sloppy during east winds. Fish the mangrove shorelines south of Vero Beach for snook and redfish. Live shrimp on the flats will catch trout, ladyfish and jacks.
Freshwater: Wild shiners are the go-to bait for bass at Stick Marsh and Headwaters Lake. If using artificial lures, toss a lipless crank bait along the edges for bites.
St. Lucie County
Inshore: Trout fishing has been declining for several years, but fish the flats in 2-4 feet of water near Vittolo Family Park, Jaycee Park and St. Lucie Village to find bites. Saturday at 2 p.m., Paul Sperco will be giving a free seminar about surf fishing for pompano and whiting at Bass Pro Shops in Port St. Lucie. It's going to be crowded, so be ready to stand, but his knowledge is worth the trip.
Inshore: The best bet for action is to target snook at Jensen Beach Causeway, along the docks of Sewall's Point, Sailfish Point and Rocky Point. Live pilchards, mullet or shrimp will get bites. Pompano are not in the lagoon, but are running along the beaches.
Dry season has its grip on Florida's greatest lake, but it hasn't driven down the level too quickly, yet. It sits at 14.30 feet above sea level which means many of the areas with the best habitat in the western and northern portions of the lake are covered with about 2-4 feet of water. Bass will be found near clumps of reeds and lily pads.
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The snook fishing has been getting better and better in the St. Lucie River.
Plenty of keepers are being found along the seawalls and underneath the docks along the river as well as at the Jensen and Stuart Causeways and the ten cent bridge. Live pilchards and croakers are working very well right now.
Up near the power plant, there has been a solid croaker bite around most structure using shrimp on a jig head.
At the St. Lucie Inlet and at the Stuart Causeway there has been some good sheepshead action. They have been hitting shrimp on a jig head as well.
The pompano bite has turned on along the beaches in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. One angler had caught his limit early Wednesday morning. The bite has been best 70 to 90 yards off the beach using Fishbites in E-Z flea and Electric Chicken.
Also along the beaches, especially in Martin County, the first trough has been holding good numbers of whiting.
Fly fishing along the docks in the Intracoastal Waterway from West Palm Beach down to Boynton Beach, Capt. Pat Smith said the snook fishing was excellent Monday night. Just catch-and-release action, they were smaller fish and caught on six-weight gear.
With the ferocious south wind on Wednesday, Capt. Larry had his clients in a few protected coves where the bass fishing was actually pretty good.
Live shiners, worked just inside the outside grass line, is still the call for guides, but several artificials have been working well including Senkos and Speed worms in blues and blacks, along with chatter baits and poppin' frogs worked over the thick grass.
Working the docks early Tuesday, Capt. Pat Smith had his clients into good numbers of both peacock and sunshine bass. Though he said live shad were working best, jerk baits were also getting hits and hook ups.
Report courtesy of The Palm Beach Post
INSHORE- The snook bite inshore improved a bit this week. It isn't full on springtime feeding frenzy yet; but the snook are coming back to life a bit (in other words...they will muster up enough energy to take a swipe or two at a topwater plug these days!). It will sound a bit like a broken record but: The Loxahatchee River has been good during the day, while the bridges are holding a fair number of snook at night. The water is still a bit on the cool side, so the snook are not on a heavy all day chew. It's important to fish the best parts of the tide (you need moving water...they don't want to work too hard yet) for the best results. The river has also had a fair number of tarpon around, along with a few jacks. The sheepshead bite slowed down a bit this week, but still a few around for sure. Palm Beach Inlet is holding the big jacks nicely as well right now.
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Friday, March 4, 2022
Inshore fishing had its ups and downs during the month of February as we experienced a lot of changes in weather patterns and a lot of inconsistent temperatures. Our inshore fishery starts to kick back up in March as water temperatures start rising, more bait shows up inshore and fish start moving around a little more. If you are looking to target Snook, anglers have been finding them around the bridges pretty consistently on outgoing tides. There have been some shrimp and crabs flowing through with the outgoing tides and the Snook have been feeding on them. A lot of anglers will try to match the small shrimp that we have in our river with either a 2” or 3” artificial shrimp such as a Monster 3x or Thumer Shrimp on a jig head to get the bite. If you are on a boat, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hit up some sea walls with live pilchards or mullet. We have heard about some anglers finding some quality sized fish sunning on the sea walls. There have been plenty of Jack Crevalles as well to tire your arms out! Some Snook have also been caught fishing live baits around docks in the St. Lucie River and around the causeways. As we get into the spring, you can expect to start finding some Tarpon inshore as well.
SURF/PIER- Not the most ideal looking conditions for the upcoming weekend; but if the water doesn't get too dirty could be some fish around. Bluefish action has been the most consistent bet this week. Cut bait (sardines or mullet) have been the bait of choice for the blues. A silver spoon or noisy topwater lure will also get the bluefish to bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon. With hard east winds in the forecast make sure you have a good casting heavy lure to stand a chance. Pompano action was shall we say "spotty" at best. Nobody seems to be catching limits regularly, but for the most part those putting in the time will find at least a pomp or two on the beach. Since sandfleas remain impossible to to find; look for shrimp, clams, and FishBItes to be the best bait choices. On the Juno Beach Pier the Doc's Goofy Jig continues to produce a handful of pompano. A fair amount of Spanish Mackerel around. As is always the case with the Macs keep your lure choices on the small side for best results.
With the slightly warmer temperatures the past week, there has been more snook action along the seawalls in the St. Lucie River. They are also being found up by the power plant along the mangroves.
Up by the power plant as well, the trout bite continues for waders. Top water plugs are working good in the early mornings.
Sheepshead, drum and croaker are being found along most structure in the St. Lucie River the past week. The 10-cent bridge has been especially good for croaker.
Along the beaches on Hutchinson Island the pompano bite has been solid the past few days. Still being found out 70 to 90 yards off the beach, they are being caught on Electric Chicken Crab Fishbites and Fishbites in EZ Flea flavor.
There is also a good whiting bite along the beaches and, surprisingly, some bonefish have been caught.
Whatever you're after though, be ready to get it in quick as there have been lots of blacktips cruising the beach ready to steal your potential dinner.
Though areas to the north have seen some really good pompano action this year, the beaches along Jupiter have been a bit slower than previous years. One of the theories is that many fish passed through during the rough weather that made surf casting hard to nearly impossible. Another is that the recently renourised areas of the beach are completely devoid of sand fleas and the fish weren't stopping during their migration south.
Whatever the reason, those fish that passed through heading south will be turning around and heading back north in the next few weeks. Have your gear ready.
At the Jupiter Inlet, anglers are getting good numbers of croaker, whiting and some impressive sheepshead right now.
There are also some bluefish, Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle being caught along the beaches in Jupiter.
Up into the Loxahatchee River, anglers are finding nice-size schools of jack crevalle with some impressive fish up into the 15-pound range. Medium-size, deep-running plugs are working well. Even though it's a lure typically used in freshwater, trolling a three-quarter ounce Rat L Trap plug can be an excellent way to find those schools and get them biting.
Along with Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jack crevalle, some Palm Beach County Beaches are seeing ladyfish mixed in with them. They are all hitting spoons right now.
There have also been some palometa caught along the beaches in the past few days. They were actually hitting flies intended for bonefish.
At the Boynton Inlet, anglers are have been getting a few sheepshead on live crabs during the incoming tide.
Small mangrove snapper and spots have been hitting shrimp around the jetty pilings.
Fishing the Intracoastal Waterway along the flats both to the north and south of the Boynton Inlet, anglers have been catching a few pompano using quarter-ounce yellow jigs tipped with live shrimp and on sand fleas fished along the edges of the flats.
Though he said it's been a bit slow, Capt. Larry Wright had his clients into 23 bass early Wednesday morning with several five pounders and one seven pounder in the mix.
Working live shiners just inside the outside grassline has been the key the past few days. If going with an artificial bait, speed worms in either watermelon or june bug colors, poppin' frogs, or chatter baits in white and chartreuse have been working.
Though the Tin House Cove area has been a hot spot, everyone seems to know it's the spot and it's been a bit crowded the past week with up to 50 boats at a time working the area.
The spec bite has been good, but it's been a nighttime affair. Anglers working the Kissimmee River, in depths between six and 12 feet, have been doing well using minnows. Other good areas for specs right now have been the mouth of the Indian Prairie Canal and about a mile out in front of the mouth of the Kissimmee River if it's not too windy.
Report courtesy of The Palm Beach Post
Wayne “Snookman” Landry, our fishing guide, says fishing was slow last weekend due to the winds and the silted-up water, but it has cleaned up a bit with the northeast winds we had Sunday. The water has also warmed up to 73 degrees now from the 68 we had last week. That's a good sign.