A few fishing reports of early season finger mullet showing up really has the inshore guys fired up right now. Snook fishing has been great inshore with most reports coming from the bridges and inlets. Look for the fishing to be best for the last hour of incoming and first two hours of the outgoing tide. Live mullet and pilchards have been great bait choices to for catching a lot of Snook recently with guys reporting catches coming from big swimbaits and flair hawk jigs as well. With the mullet beginning to show up, the Snook have been keyed in on bigger baits so throwing large profile lures is the way to go right now. Some Jacks and Tarpon should be found in the mix as well if you are in the right place at the right time. Mangrove snapper fishing has been good inshore especially at night on small pilchards and shrimp.
What is biting offshore right now in Jupiter, West Palm Beach adn Boynton Beach? It was a good weekend for Wahoo fishing as we came off the back side of the full moon. Wahoo were reported to be biting up and down the line from Jupiter to West Palm Beach from 100-350’ of water. Best bite, as usual, was reported to be during low light conditions like just before sunrise until about 8:30 in the morning and then again starting at about 6:00 p.m. until just after dark. During low light periods of the day, fish for the Wahoo in a little shallower water. Zig zagging from 100-200’ of water has been getting the job done. High speed trolling around the 120’ ledge is always a great starting point. Mid-day, try fishing a little deeper from 200’ out to 350’ of water. Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) was a zero or hero game. There were two scenarios that got anglers tight on some big Mahi. First, those that were running deep with radar investigated debris which was mostly in the 900’-1600’ range and site casting to schools. The sharks were out deep and had the Mahi spooked so the schools would move on as quick as they came in. Only the anglers that had their setups ready to pitch got the big boys to the boat. The other successes came from anglers that put the time in trolling rips. Some were obvious with weeds and tiny debris and others were small temp changes. Those anglers trolled a mix of ballyhoo and traditional lures then pitched to the following school. King Mackerel were in 80’ one day and then 250’ the next. Put your planers in, start shallow and work your way out. When you get a bite, that is the depth you need to be in that day. Bottom fishing was a mixed bag of Muttons and Yellowtails and the sharks were not as aggressive lately allowing more anglers to get quality fish up without paying the tax. The current was ripping at times near the ledge making holding bottom tough with light weights.
When you can get past the sargassum on the beach, working a Live Target Slow Roller on a weighted hook has been hot off Singer Island for Snook and the occasional tarpon. Anglers on the Palm Beach Jetties have been finding the larger snook on the bottom by bouncing Flare Hawks or Vudu shrimp off the bottom. It has been tough with the massive matts of seaweed all over the place, but the fish are there!