Snook season is here, and guys have already been reporting hot action for the slots. Lots of slot fish (and a few overs) were reported after midnight on Sept. 1st mostly from the inlets and bridges. There are still plenty of Snook to catch in the inlets, but it is apparent that they have really started moving farther back inshore. Look for the bridges closest to the inlets to produce the best Snook bites this week. Most of the fish being reported right now have been coming from the bridges at night on swimbaits, and some on Flair Hawk Jigs during the outgoing tide. Live and artificial shrimp have also been getting the job done on the slots and better numbers of under sized fish recently. The last hour of the incoming has been good to try too. Anglers fishing in the inlet reported the best action occurring on the incoming tide with Flair Hawk Jigs and large swimbaits.
The bigger Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are beginning to move in more and more every day. The good news is they are also moving in closer to shore. Anglers are having success pulling skirted and naked ballyhoo on weed lines, rips and under birds mainly in 600’-800’. For those lucky anglers that found debris, some great sized Tripletail were also caught. Bottom fishing remains good along the ledge in 80’-120’. Although, the Snapper (Mutton) bite was good, anglers had to sift through a lot of shorts, however, they were rewarded with some fat Muttons for their work. Some Snapper (Yellowtail) were caught in the same area but they were not as plentiful as the muttons. Those that went out early to take a shot at Wahoo had mixed results. Several Wahoo were taken on Nomad DTX 220s and bonita strips in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach.
Snookin has been productive along the beach this week and at the Juno Pier with plenty of anglers getting hooked up on nice sized Snook and even popping a few slots, according to the latest fishing reports. Look for the Snook bite to be best at night during the outgoing tide. Seems like live baits and mullet imitations have been producing well, but the pier anglers have been reporting that free lined shrimp are the go-to right now for slots. However, we are sure that will change soon when the finger mullet start showing up a little more. The inlets have been most productive for the last hour of incoming and first two hours of outgoing. The inlet bites have been spotty and are heavily dependent on if baitfish are present. The bite windows have been fairly short, but when it happens, the bite has been hot! Spanish Mackerel have been biting in good numbers around the Juno Pier this week. They are being caught mostly on popping corks above small spoons or free lined live baits. These guys are delicious table fare and a ton of fun to fight on light tackle. Some schools of big Jack Crevalle, a few Tarpon and some Bonita have been reported cruising around by the Juno Pier and along the surrounding beaches as well. Some good action to be had right now for the guys who enjoy walking the surf. A handful on Snapper (Mangrove) have been reported from a variety of different areas this week, most notably was the Jupiter Inlet.