Inshore Fishing Report August 24, 2007 Palm Beach / Jupiter
“The Spawn is on”. The Snook spawn in Jupiter and Palm Beach has been full force the past few weeks. The bite has been excellent on both side of the tides. The Snook are taking both live baits and artificial baits. Live bait produces more bites, with croakers and live greenies being the bait of choice. The Snook have been averaging 10 to 25 pounds. The beaches have also produced great action for Snook. The Snook have been very active early and late in the evening hanging near the shore break. Small jigs and crank baits will produce many fish along with live bait if that’s your choice. Mixed in along the beaches with the snook have been pods of tarpon. These fish are ranging in the 40 to 90 pound class. The best way to catch these monsters is to get in front of them pitch a live bait out, stay quit, and hang on. Remember when targeting these fish take care of the fish when handling and please do not use the lightest tackle possible. I like to use a Spherous 5000 reel with a medium heavy rod lined with 30 pound Power Pro with 40 pound leader and a 4/0 circle hook. Power Pro works great when fishing the inlets do to it abrasion resistance towards the rocks and barnacles, these big Snook like to try and break you off on. The braid is also very sensitive and helps you feel everything the bait is doing.
The bite inside has been steady but water temperatures are very warm. Fishing early in the morning and late in the afternoon has been the ticket do to the water temps being cooler producing Snook, Tarpon, Jacks and Snapper. The last of the out going and first of the incoming is the best times for the tarpon. Live bait produces the most bites using greenies and sand perch. Small jigs and storm baits will also produce fish .
The fresh water bite has been excellent for peacock bass, these fish are schooling up and will destroy a live shiner put in front of them. Small flies and small jigs will also produce numerous catches. These fish are averaging 2 to 5 pounds. The largemouth bass have been active also. Early morning and late afternoon produces the most strikes do to the cooler temps. Small crank baits and small jigs work best for these fish along with live shiners.
Well that is the report for the past few weeks. If you would like to experience light tackle fishing at its best for any of the above mentioned species, give Capt. Craig Korczynski a call 561-644-4371. Or visit me at www.PhlatsInshoreFishing.com. Phlats1519@yahoo.com. I would like to thank Power Pro and www.AtonSolutions.com for there support.
12 ppund Jupiter Snook
75 PoundJupiter Tarpon
About The Author: Captain Craig Korczynski
Company: Phlats Guide Services
Area Reporting: Palm Beach/Jupiter
Bio: Light tackle Inshore Fishing Guide for both Salt and Freshwater. I target species such as Snook, Trout, Jacks, Largemouth Bass, and Peacock bass. I use both live bait and artificial lures. Novice to experienced anglers welcomed