Catch and release fishing for Snook has been good this week inshore. Most of the Snook, especially the big ones, have taken up residency in the inlets and around the beaches for right now. Swimbaits, Flair Hawk Jigs and live baits have been producing the most action lately. If you like fishing in solitude, summertime is great because everyone is on the beaches, jetties and piers catching the spawning Snook. There are still plenty of smaller, resident Snook that hang out inshore year-round and offer anglers a great opportunity to catch them in peace! The hot temperatures don’t really slow down the mangroves like it does the Snook, so look for them to be very active right now and throughout the remainder of summer. They will be hiding around deep bridges with strong current and the biggest ones tend to bite at night. Live or frozen shrimp and pilchards are great bait to get tight on some Mangrove Snapper in the next few weeks.
The Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are still spread all over, with this week’s fishing reports ranging from depths of 300’-1500’. The key to the Dolphin fishing for the past few weeks has been locating productive water before dropping back the spread. Look for things like current breaks, defined weed lines and floating debris before you start fishing. A very good number of Wahoo were reported this week and they should stick around for the better part of this week as well. The Kingfish are still biting well up and down the ledge in 120’ along with a ton of Bonita and Sharks mixed in the same area in West Palm Beachm, Jupiter and Boynton Beach. Bottom fishing is hot right now with the drift boats reporting great hauls of Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper this week.
Lots of seaweed continues to challenge surf and pier anglers, but on the days where it isn’t too bad to fish, guys have been reporting that fishing is extremely good. Catch and release Snook fishing has been great on the days you can swim a lure in the surf. The best bites have been reported from Juno Pier, Jupiter Inlet and Palm Beach Inlet. Swimbaits and Flair Hawk Jigs are the best baits to use at night while large live baits like Croaker and Sand Perch are sure to get thumped during the day. It has also been reported that the first few schools of mullet were spotted to the north of Melbourne. This is a great sign for our mullet run and it should not be longer than another month before the mullet show up and inshore, surf and pier fishing REALLY pops off!