Snook Season is upon us! Next week, snook fishing will open back up. Anglers who possess their $10 snook permit can legally keep one snook 28-32 inches. Get out this week to dial yourself back into the bite and find where the slots are hiding. Large, natural colored swimbaits are a great choice for the snook during the day. If you are fishing at night, sweep a chartreuse flair hawk jig along the bottom and get ready for that thump. The Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach summer snook spawn is coming to an end and the fish are beginning to move out of the inlets and stage in new areas farther inshore like the Loxahatchee River and Intracoastal Waterway. Look for these hungry post-spawn snook to be hiding at ambush points with strong moving current and structure along the bottom.
What has been biting offshore? Offshore fishing has been a little more difficult than usual this week. The Kingfish bite has been spotty at best recently. The fishing has been tough, but guys trying are still able to put a nice kingfish or two in the box. The Dolphin fishing reports have been scattered and so have the fish. The best depths to find the Dolphin right now is in the 700-900’ range, but there has been little consistency to the reports so you will likely need to spend some time scouting around the zone before finding a school of fish. Trolling your typical Dolphin spread will give you the highest probability of finding some of them because you can cover plenty of water while searching and offer a variety of different presentations to the fish. One line down, one far back and two out is a good rule of thumb to target Dolphin on the troll right now. As usual, snapper fishing has been great and seems to be the best shot at putting meat in the cooler right now.
Snook fishing has been good at the Juno and Lake Worth Fishing Piers and along the surrounding beaches this week. However, some of the other species commonly found in the surf zone have been almost non-existent. Don’t forget, snook season opens up next week! The surf and pier fishing will really heat up soon when the mullet begin showing up in more numbers. The Pompano bite has been hot in the early mornings starting at Jupiter and heading north. You will have to sort through a number or shorts to find your keepers, but they are in the mix for sure. The glass minnow run is in full swing from Stuart up to Sebastian Inlet. You will have to do some beach hopping to find the minnow schools with tarpon feeding around them but when you do, it should be game on!