Friday, January 5, 2024

From Todd @ Juno Bait Crew-Juno Beach

INSHORE-  A mixture of inshore action this week.  Cooler air temps did seem to bring a nice little push of sheepshead and occasional black drum inshore.  Little better fishing up to the north(Stuart and north), but the ICW in Jupiter and Loxahatchee River did also have a few fish around.  A live shrimp on a light jighead or simple fish finder rig is the best option for the tricky bait stealers.  Boat docks and seawalls with some barnacle growth are good areas to start the search for the sheepshead; especially when they have dark bottom and close proximity to deeper water.  Mixed in with the sheepshead will likely be a few mangrove snapper, big sand perch, and ever present catfish.  

The Loxahatchee River did have a few pompano around this week, with a 3/8 Pink Doc's Goofy Jig being a top lure choice.   Catch and release snook fishing was fair this week.  Not a wide open bite on the snook; but those putting in the time have been catching a few.  The shrimp jig (or a 3" NLBN) bite has been pretty good at night; with outgoing tide being the best bet in most cases. 

SURF/PIER-  The first part of the week saw some pretty nice weather; and with it came a good mixed bag of action along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier.  Pompano reports improved, with a decent scattering of fish being caught up and down the beach.  It didn't seem that any location in particular was red hot for the pomps; more of a scattered pick as they moved up and down the beach.  On the beach sand fleas, clams, and FishBites remain the bait of choice.  Not many pompano at the pier this week, although a handful did come up on bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs.  Spanish Mackerel action has also improved this week.  The Macs have been biting up north at Peck's Lake and also decently at the Juno Beach Pier.   On the Juno Beach Pier a white crappie jig or small diamond jig will be excellent lure choices.  Very good croaker/whiting bite one day at the Pier this week, with live shrimp being the top bait choice.  Some big bluefish around the past week as well.  The sharks have the bluefish only feeding selectively; so it has been talking a little work to get the bites out of them.  About time for topwater shark action to really get going...won't be long at all now! 

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