The mullet are beginning to make a good showing around West Palm Beach this week. Lots of finger sized mullet moving around on the beaches, inlets and the bridges at night with some fired up fish hot on their tails. Snook, Tarpon and big Jacks have all made solid appearances this week in the mullet pods. Look for the best action to be around the changing tides and for the outgoing tide at night. The beaches have been producing best before and during first light in the morning while the inlets have been producing well during low light conditions, in the evening and during the day. The bridges have been best late at night during the outgoing tide. Large paddle tail swimbaits, flair hawk jigs, and x-raps have all been the go-to lures right now, although a live lined mullet is your best bet. “Match the hatch” by making sure your lure presentation is the same size as the baitfish where you are fishing. This can be one of the best time periods for inshore fishing right now, because there is just the right amount of bait around. Once the mullet really starts getting thicker you may notice the fish becoming more and more difficult to fool. Solid snapper fishing happening right now around the inlets and bridges as well. Look for the best bite to be during the outgoing tide at night but daytime has been producing as well. Frozen shrimp and dead pilchards on a 1/0 hook fished below a 1 oz or smaller egg sinker or pinch weight has been getting the job done. Try using 18-24” of light fluorocarbon leader (12-25# test) for the snappers and you will get many more bites!
What is biting right now off of Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach? The storm had most boats at port this weekend but for the few that made it out before and afterwards, they were rewarded with a decent bite. Bigger Mahi are moving in daily and are still being found under birds and on debris. The wahoo fishing reports continue to be good with most catches coming from anglers pulling planers along with their normal trolling spread. Some Blackfin Tuna are also being caught alongside the Mahi for anglers trolling around 200’-400’. The sailfish bite got hot after the storm moved out, with anglers drifting live baits or kite fishing. The bottom bite has moved a bit deeper but remains good. Anglers are finding good numbers of Yellowtail and Mutton snapper in 120’-180’ drifting from the Breakers to Singer Island.
The Juno Pier and nearby surrounding beaches have been producing good numbers of slot sized keeper Snook this week. Many anglers have been reporting the best bite coming on live and artificial shrimp which is somewhat unusual for this time of year. This is subject to change as soon as some more finger mullet begin appearing around the pier more. Some good Permit action has been reported from around the pier on crabs for bait. Some Pompano have still been around on the beaches but no crazy numbers to speak of just yet. Surf and pier action should really get going soon with the next big push of mullet making their way down the coast.