Friday, July 29, 2022
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.
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Saturday, July 9, 2022
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 .
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.
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.