This is the last weekend of snook season; so if you need one for dinner you better go! Snook fishing has been good again this week as the snook are only a few weeks away from full spawn mode now. The snook are starting to fill into the inlets, and they are hungry and willing to eat right now. If your looking for snook during the day around the inlets; live baits fished on the bottom will be the best bet. At night Flair Hawks and Swimbaits are a great way to go for the snook. Bridges that are somewhat close to inlets are a great starting spot. Moving water is critical (with outgoing tide typically being the preferred choice) to get the snook biting. It’s a small window in the tide that snook feed in, so make sure to keep track of when you are getting bites…That pattern will almost always repeat itself! Mangrove snapper reports remain good inshore. Live shrimp fished on a jighead is a good bet for the mangrove snapper; as is small live pilchard on a knocker rig.
SURF/PIER- I know I keep writing that pompano season is over…but they continue to pick away at a few fish each week. The weather forecast actually looks good for a few more pomps to be around this weekend. Depending on how the swell builds in over the weekend, jigging for them from the pier maybe the best bet. Spanish Mackerel action slowed at the pier this week, with only a small scattering around. Free-lining small pilchards or a white crappie jig are the best bet for the Macs. The snook bite remains good at the Juno Beach Pier. A building swell this week may change things up a bit on that; though sometimes the swell and dirty water will get the snook extra fired up. Kingfish have still been making a showing at the end of the pier a lot of afternoons. A Rapala X-Rap or similar swimming plug is the best bet to entice a bite out of the kings.