Thursday, August 31, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town...one more week till they can come home for dinner. Looks like the wind should blow into the weekend and keep them biting good in the river. A few small pods of finger mullet have trickled through, it won't be long now before it's full on mullet run. Still a pretty good pick on the mangrove snapper inshore. Best action has been at night, especially on good moving water. Live shrimp and pilchards have been the baits of choice for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- Rough conditions and less than ideal water conditions had fishing relatively slow this week along the beach. Some fair catch and release snook fishing reports, but a bit slower than the past few weeks. The Juno Beach Pier has still been producing a few snook as well. The Pier has had a few Spanish Macs and blue runners around, along with a fair number of mangrove snapper.
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Saturday, August 19, 2023
SURF/PIER- Pretty standard summertime fishing along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. Good catch and release snook fishing remains the highlight, with some big fish around this week. A live sand perch or croaker is the way to go for the big bites. Live pilchards, smaller swimming plugs, and smaller swimbaits are the way to go for more bites from the snook, the average size will just likely be smaller. The Juno Beach Pier has had a fair number of blue runners and Spanish Mackerel around. The bobber rig w/ a Clark Spoon, crappie jig, or small live bait should get the job done. The Juno Beach Pier has also been producing a good number of mangrove snapper, especially first thing in the morning. A good scattering of croakers and a few whiting along the beach this week. Small pieces of fresh shrimp are the best way to go for them. Look for a little wind this weekend to help shake things up a bit.
In ancient Florida, long before the Spaniards staked claim to the "land of flowers" or found the fountain of youth, a prehistoric creature plied its estuarine waters. It looked like something out of a child's imagination — 15 to 18 feet long, built to hug the bottoms of rivers and bays, beige and suited in shark-like skin. The front of its face protruded nearly half its length and if that wasn't enough, the long pulpit was adorned with two rows of teeth spaced about an inch apart, resembling a long, swimming hedge trimmer.
The sawfish was once a majestic and mysterious part of the coastal ecosystem in tropical Florida. It lived alongside snook and snapper, tarpon and pompano and only fed on the bait schools when they would cloud the inshore waterways by the millions during their migrations.
By 2003, overfishing and water quality and habitat degradation in coastal waters had taken their toll. The sawfish numbers had dwindled to the point where concerned conservationists placed the large marine fish on the endangered list — it was the first marine species to receive that designation.
Two decades later, is the sawfish making a comeback? Depends on where you are and whom you ask. Here on the Treasure Coast, the sawfish can be found roaming around searching for food during the summer months. In the past two weeks, this fishing writer has fielded no fewer than seven sighting reports, none of them duplicate. The good news is they ranged in size from 12 feet offshore to 3 feet near the Palm City Bridge.
Florida fishing: Sawfish, sharks, snapper, snook energize late summer bite
Indian River County
Inshore: The regular flow of freshwater from afternoon storm runoff moving through the inlet on the outgoing tide has slowed the bite for snapper. Use greenies if you can catch them or cut mojarras to get bites. Around Vero Beach there is a lot of stormwater runoff in the lagoon and that has meant only snook are biting. Remember, season does not open for snook until Sept. 1.
Freshwater: Anglers at Headwaters Lake are complaining about mats of vegetation blown up into the boat launch areas. That makes launch and retrieving boats difficult. Use patience when there.
St. Lucie County
Inshore: Wade fishing in the lagoon has been a productive way for anglers to get close to snook, trout, tarpon and even redfish. Use jerk baits or artificial shrimp to get bites from 1-3 pound trout in the seagrass at the ends of the docks along Indian River Drive.
Surf: It's been slow here. Soon, however, the glass minnows may show up igniting the bite close to the trough of the beaches on Hutchinson Island. After the next full moon Aug. 30, look for the first small pods of mullet moving.
Inshore: Snook fishing remains pretty solid throughout the St. Lucie River. That's because snook like it dirty. Tarpon have been at The Crossroads, the inlet and just outside the inlet taking live mullet. Sheepshead can be caught around the bridge pilings on shrimp.
Toxic algae has been present all over the lake still, so anglers must make up their minds as to what they want to do when it comes to catching bass in less than pristine water quality. The alge should begin to fade by the next full moon at month's end.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
“Good morning. I hope everyone had a great weekend, despite the heat. Here is the update on the inlet fishing: Along with the hot temps, the fishing has heated up as well throughout the inlet. Water temps have been holding in the 86-degree range and the greenies have been pretty thick everywhere. In turn, that all has brought the mangrove snapper out to play. Throughout last week and the weekend, anglers were catching many everywhere. The snapper are about a month late showing up, but they are plentiful now with many keepers being caught. Remember, they must be 10 inches overall to keep, and you can only keep five per person as a bag limit. There have been all kinds of other fish caught around the inlet. Here’s the breakdown.
No posts this week due to the fact that surf activity down our way has been nonexistent and the heat has been brutal . High tides were in the middle of the day and anyone who has been up on the beach this week knows how crazy hot it was . I looked on Monday and Wednesday and found no life , bait, birds, or surface activity . The sand fleas that have been plentiful took the week off too it seems based on some intel from some buddies who were looking . I tried a few beaches this morning, Dolemans, Herman’s Bay , Middle Cove , and Walton Rocks and only had one bite . It turned out to be the right one and was lucky enough to put a 16 inch pompano in the cooler . We need to start seeing some life in the surf with some bait schools to get the whiting , croakers, jacks, and snook back on the scene . Looks like the heat is going to be here into next week but the high tide mark will be in the early morning so I’ll be putting some time in this week . There seems to be some pompano and whiting being taken from Daytona up to St Augustine so I might even make a run up that way this week . Tough week but the mullet run is not that far away so keep the faith . Things are going to get better!!Good luck and catch em up .
INSHORE- Hot air and water temps have the inshore fishing pretty slow overall. Catch and release snook fishing remains solid. The snook don't mind the heat. It's not quite "the hotter the better" for snook, but it's not far off. Look for low light periods (preferably on a tide change) to produce the best results for the snook. A monster snook crushing a topwater plug as the sun comes up is always a good way to start the day. A few jacks and possibly a tarpon or two could be in the mix as well. The snook are also biting nicely at night around the bridges. Again (as always), look for them to be most active on moving water. Snapper fishing remains pretty good inshore at night as well. Best bet for the snapper will be bridges with a good channel and moving water. Small pilchards, live shrimp, and chunks of sardine will all be good bait options for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing overall was a bit slow this week. Depending on the spot and conditions you may find a fair catch and release snook bite along beach, but overall pretty spotty. The Juno Beach Pier has continued to produce decent action over the past week. A good mix of blue runners and Spanish Mackerel made up a bulk of the action. The bobber rig with a clark spoon has been a top lure choice, with 1/8oz white crappie jigs also putting in the work. Bait has been in and out for the most part, but feeling small live baits is also effective. Catch and release snook fishing remains strong on the pier as well. A live sand perch has been the bait of choice for the snook; with the late afternoon bite being the most consistent.
Monday, August 7, 2023
INSHORE- Normal summer inshore patterns continued this week. In other words...nothing crazy to report on the inshore scene. Catch and release snook fishing remains good. A bulk of the snook are in the inlets, or close by. During the day it is primarily a live bait bite, with the snook biting the best on the tide changes. At night the snook are biting good around the bridges, with a small heavy swimbait remaining the lure of choice. Outgoing tide seems to be producing the most bites; but don't overlook incoming, especially if the water has some color to it. Mangrove snapper fishing remains good, especially at night. Bridges and docks close to some deeper water with good current flow will produce the best quality mangrove snapper. Live shrimp and small live pilchards are the top bait choice for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- Fishing was a bit hit or miss along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. Catch and release snook fishing has been fair. Funky water conditions, red slime, and widely moving bait schools have made it tough to really get the snook dialed in. A few big jacks cruising the beach, along with a few scattered tarpon pods. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good number of blue runners around, along with a fair number of Mackerel mixed in as well. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a few mangrove snapper biting first thing in the morning.