Some great inshore action taking place in West Palm Beach this week. Snook fishing is currently the main game with Jack Crevalle, Tarpon and Bluefish fighting for second place. The bridges at night, sea walls in the early mornings and evenings and the inlets have all been producing well in the last couple of days. There are still a decent amount of mullet around and the fish have been feeding on both the mullet (when they’re around) and small shrimp. Look for the Snook to be feeding on the bridges at night during the outgoing tide. Incoming has produced a few fish as well this week, but the best action is towards the lower end of the tide when the mullet have been pushing through. Fish mullet sized presentations right along the shadow line on the bridges for the Snook. Lures that are the same size as the mullet have been producing extremely well along with 2-3 inch shrimp imitations. Of course, live mullet and shrimp are always a top choice as well.
The weather put a damper on anglers getting out of West Palm Beach the past week. There were a few weather windows and the fish were chewing. It is always frustrating when we have a long period of high winds and bad weather in West Palm Beach, but if you pay attention to the weather predictions, you can find small windows to get out there. Even though there are small windows to get out, it still is likely that you will not have ideal conditions. Most anglers in West Palm Beach will opt to bottom fish or drift fish during those times. This week, those that did get out found some quality sized Snapper (Yellowtails). They were mixed in with the Snapper (Muttons) just over the top of the West Palm Beach ledge in 110’. Anglers know that when you are fishing the bottom, you also need to have other lines out. Those that had a live bait out on a flat lines pulled in some quality Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Although the schools were not large in numbers, there were some serious gaffers in the mix. Cobia are still hanging around West Palm Beach in the 60’-80’ mark and working a jig around structure us almost a guarantee to get tight.
The inlet bite slowed down a bit this week, but a few pushes of Jack Crevalle and Bluefish have been coming through during the day with anglers catching them on large, noisy topwater lures. Snook and Tarpon have been feeding on the mullet in the inlet at night. If you are looking to fish early in the morning or right around sunset, check the Flagler and Okeechobee sea walls for Snook and Jack Crevalle on the hunt for a topwater lure! They are not always there, but when the bait is, hungry fish will be too!