With all the rain, North East winds, new moon tides still in effect and mullet around, the inshore bite has been on fire. Snook and Snapper (Mangrove) have been chewing good in the backwater while the Lake Worth Inlet has been alive with Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, Tarpon, Snapper (Mangrove) and a few other species in the mix as well. Early morning and late in the afternoon have been the best times to get tight. Look for surface activity and present a large topwater lure quickly along the surface for the Blues and the Jacks, they are tons of fun!
The past week has been a blow out and kept most anglers at port. The few brave souls that ventured out during the small weather windows got tight on a mixed bag of fish. Reports of Snapper (Mutton), Wahoo and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) were all taken along the ledge using live bait. Trolling can be tough when the winds are howling. Running a spread of live baits that are staggered throughout the water column is a quick way to get some meat in the boat when you only have a small window to fish.
The Snook have been feeding best on the bridges at night. The top of the tide has been the ticket this week with slot fish being caught during the last hour of the incoming tide and first two hours of the outgoing tide. The feeding window has broadened quite a bit this week, and it seems that they have been feeding for longer periods of time this week. Live mullet, swimming plugs, flair hawk jigs and large profile swimbaits are all top choices to fool a Snook right now. Try matching the size of the baitfish in the area you are fishing. If you find that you are having trouble getting a bite with artificial lures, put the rod down for a few minutes and spend some time watching the baitfish. The mullet move in a very specific way, especially when there are hungry Snook hot on their tail. The Snook watch these baitfish run by them all day and night, so they are keyed in on EXACTLY what to look for. Focus on presenting your bait or lure exactly how a live baitfish swims naturally, adjust your presentation accordingly and you might just fool that hungry Snook!