Friday, April 12, 2024

From Todd @ Juno Bait Crew-Juno Beach

 INSHORE-  A little quiet inshore this week.  Snook fishing remains fair, and should continue to improve over the next few weeks.  The night snook bite remains fair around the bridges.  A little more bait around (mixture of pilchards and a few mullet) this week helped the bite as well.  Top of the outgoing tide tends to be the best bet for the snook, but don't overlook late incoming if the water is a little dirty.  The Loxahatchee River has been producing some snook during the day.  Boat docks and seawalls with some current flow and proximity to a little deeper water are great starting spots.  Mangrove snapper bite continues to improve around the bridges as well.  It's still early, but more and more little choppers making their way inshore.  Live shrimp and pilchards are the top bait choices for the mangroves.  Sounds like the tarpon bite in Palm Breach Inlet picked up a bit this week.  

SURF/PIER-  Another good week of pompano action along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier again this week.  For the beach the usual assortment of baits (sand fleas, clams, fresh shrimp, and FishBites) have all been working well on the pompano.  On the Juno Beach Pier the same baits work well; with the jig bite (Doc's Goofy Jigs and jYG Pro Mycro's) also firing off too.  Depending on conditions the pomps will bite throughout the day; but early morning and late afternoon do tend to produce the best results.  Another good push of late season bluefish again this week.  Every time I think the blues are just about gone, a good push of them makes another showing.  GT Ice Creams, diamond jigs, and swimming plugs will all work well on the blues.  Spanish Mackerel action was a bit slower this week, but still a fair number around.  White crappie jigs and smaller size 8 and 10 X-Raps are a good way to go for the Macs.  With all the pomps (and other species as well) finally seeing a few more blacktop sharks along the beach.  A pretty good number of croakers and sand perch around in the first trough this week.  Small pieces of fresh shrimp will be the bait of choice for them.    

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