Saturday, March 16, 2024

From Todd @ Juno Bait Crew-Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  Snook fishing improved a bit more this week with the warming weather.  Bigger baits and lures are starting to get more attention from the snook as well as their metabolism speeds up with the warming weather.  During the day it's a live bait bite around boat docks and points with current.  At night the snook have been biting well around bridges; especially on the top of the outgoing tide.  Outgoing tide is not as important as you move away from the inlet: With dirtier water both tides will get bites, it just needs to be moving.  Sheepshead action has pretty much dried up inshore.  A few mangrove snapper have started to show up inshore.  Live shrimp and small live pilchards are the top bait choice for the snapper.  Sandperch bite has also been pretty good inshore this week.  

SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing improved this week along the beach.  Ideal looking conditions going into the weekend so hopefully the pomps continue to roll through.  Reports seem to be a bit better off of Hobe Sound Beach; but a decent scattering of pomps up and down the line have been coming in.  The usual bait assortment (sand fleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites) continues to do the trick on the pompano.  Not as many pompano on the Pier this week, but a handful have been caught on Doc's Goofy Jigs.  The Juno Beach Pier has had a pretty solid number of bluefish around the past few days.  Heavier metal lures (diamond jigs, Yo-Zuri Monster Shots, etc) have been the best bet on the blues.  A swimming plug like a Rapala X-Rap will also do the trick on the blues.  A scattering of Spanish Mackerel around the Pier as well, but not in the numbers of the past few weeks.  Spanish Mackerel action at Peck's Lake improved this week.  Croaker bite has been decent in the first trough; with fresh pieces of shrimp being the bait of choice.  

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