Now that Snook season is open, we have had a lot more fishing reports than usual coming in. Some are reporting the bite is slow and others reporting outstanding action. The Snook are tough to catch right now so really dialing in your technique is key to getting a few more bites. This cool weather slows the snook down so make sure you are sweeping your lures especially slow along the bottom. Shrimp-like lures have been the best producers so far for the slot fish, and some larger ones are being caught on Flair Hawk jigs and 5” swimbaits. Sheepshead and Black Drum fishing is still productive around the bridges and a few nice Trout and some Redfish were reported to be moving around the flats in MacArthur State Park.
What is biting right now in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boyton Beach? The Sailfish bite is still pretty good, picking up right about where we left off last week. Still no big concentrations of fish in the local area, but they are scattered all throughout. Many of the boats that got out this week had multiple Sailfish releases. Some nice Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) were caught trolling around 200-300’ of water. Multiple reports saying that the Dolphin were not holding on structure but cruising open water in small packs instead. Trolling a spread of different lures and baits is a good bet to putting some Dolphin in the boat this week. The Kingfish were caught along the edge again this week by guys drifting sardines in 90-130’ of water. Inside, in 70-90’, boats have been reporting mix bags of Snapper including Yellowtail, Mutton and Mangroves just about every day. There have been a ton of sharks around inshore, with some Cobia cruising not far behind so have a live bait or flair hawk jig ready at all times!
Pompano fishing finally improved a bit this week, especially south of Jupiter Inlet, where the fishing has been tough for the past few weeks. Sand Fleas, Clams and Fish Bites have been the go to on the beach and Goofy Jigs on the pier. The sharks have filled in nicely on the beach, but we still have a few more weeks before the full-on shark migration really happens. It is still a little early for the jumbo Spanish Mackerel to be thick over at Peck Lake, but the action has been hot on the smaller guys. A good number of Jumbos have already began filling in so really start looking for those jumbos soon.