Catch and release Snook fishing is still good inshore, with some reports coming in from the bridges this week, but it is apparent right now that most of the Snook are in the inlets and on the beaches. That is where the reports have really been coming in from as of late. Some big schools of Jacks have been reported to be in the ICW and up in the Loxahatchee river, being caught on live mullet along sea walls and boat docks early in the morning. A few residential Snook have been being caught too while guys are trying to catch the Jacks. Mangrove Snapper reports have been good from on the bridges at night on shrimp and pilchards.
Some better Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) fishing reports this week, but the pattern of the Dolphin being scattered throughout a huge range of depths remains the same. This week, fishing reports were coming in from 120-1500’ of water. With that, trolling is still your best bet at finding the schools. Make sure you are locating signs of life and fishy water before dropping the spread back. All the Dolphin being caught recently have been on some type of structure, even if its just a lot of flying fish in the area. There is a lot going on right now around the 120’ ledge. Seems like fishing around the ledge is almost a sure bet of bending the rods right now, tons of Bonita and Sharks in there which means that predatory fish will not be far behind. FIshing reports of Kingfish, Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, Bonita and some Wahoo all came from boats fishing around the ledge in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach this week. Bottom fishing has been hot too, with good size and numbers of Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper mostly being caught on Sardines.
Catch and release Snook fishing is what’s going down right now and will continue to be the main game for the remainder of summer. The Juno Pier and Jupiter Inlet have both been seeing quality Snook bites just about daily. The best bait for a big Snook right now is going to be a live Croaker. The Croakers feed on the Snook eggs so the Snook just can not resist eating it, just because they want the Croaker removed from their zone. At night, the vibrations from a Flair Hawk Jig and big swimbaits have been driving the spawners nuts. The Croakers and Sand Perch have been biting on shrimp in the surf and some schools of Tarpon have been cruising up and down the beaches too.