It is a great time to be inshore fishing in West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Boynton Beach. Snook season begins Sept 1, 2020, so get out this week and scope out some areas where slots might be hiding before the crowds do! Anglers will be allowed to keep one Snook between 28-32” per day. The Snook are currently transitioning from their summer spawning habits and moving farther inshore from the inlet and beaches, so bridges close to the inlet are a great place to start looking for Snook to be stacking up right now. Small, artificial shrimp lures swept through the bridge shadow lines are a great way to connect with some slots this season while Flair Hawk jigs and big swimbaits will likely produce some larger Snook bites.
Not many anglers made it out this past week but the ones that did were rewarded. Fishing Reports came in of gaffer Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) being caught anywhere between 300’ to 1200’. The key was to find birds and then troll chugger heads to keep the lures down or ballyhoo on a planer or trolling lead. Some Wahoo were picked up along the edge in the mornings. Since it was tough high speed trolling with the seas, swimming mullet and double hooked ballyhoo with a mylar duster or ilander were the clear winners. The snapper bites continues to be good for this time of year. Double hook sardines and small live bait have produced some great Muttons and a few flag Yellowtails.
The Juno Pier bite was hot this week with the foul weather pushing through. The Snook were fired up and biting well for the better part of the week on swimbaits and jigs. The beach anglers fishing the surf reported very similar situations as well. Spanish Mackerel have been around in better numbers this week too. With Snook season opening in just a few days, the Juno Pier will definitely be a hot spot for guys looking to pop that first slot fish. A couple pompano reports from the surf this week, as long as the east winds stick around the Pompano should as well.