Inshore Fishing Report January 17, 2008 Jupiter / Palm Beach
Happy New Year to all hope 2008 is a year of happiness and lots of catching. The past few weeks have been exciting do to such a wide variety of species being caught. The snook bite is awesome in the backcountry while the tarpon bite has been drag screaming in the early morning and late afternoon. The Grass flats have been filled with a wide range of species like Ladyfish, Jacks, Black Drum, Trout, and Pompano just to name a few.
The Backcountry has been the best spot for snook action do to the warmer water temps. The best baits have been small jigs and live baits like greenies and shrimp. Docks and sea walls have been the structure to target the snook. The bigger snook are holding in the deep holes and around bridges. During the day the snook can be targeted on the shallow shorelines as they sun them selves trying to stay warm. Mixed in with the snook in the same areas are the large Jacks. These Jacks have been ranging from 2 to 20 pounds. Any live bait or top water thrown near structure will entice the jacks to feed.
The Tarpon bite has been steady with the outgoing tide producing the most fish. Live bait is a must for these fish as they can be picky feeders at times. Live shrimp and live baitfish produce the best results. The average size of the fish has been 10 to 30 pounds; this makes for a great fight on light tackle equipment.
The grass flats have been a blast with many different species being caught. The red fish and sea trout have been on the edges of the flats taking small jigs and jerk baits worked slowly. Trout season is back open but please practice catch and release. While fishing for trout and redfish there have been black drum and flounder caught in the mix. The blue fish and ladyfish have also been really thick. The best baits for these fish have been small ľ ounce chartreuse jigs tipped with shrimp. Pompano have also been crashing the party lately hitting jigs tipped with shrimp and also docís goofy jigs.
The fresh water fishing has been great for largemouth bass using live shiners and a mix of artificial lures like storm swim baits and small crank baits. The largemouth have been hanging near drop offs and when the sun is fully up a few can be spotted on the shoreline. The peacock bass bite has slowed do to the cooler water temps.
Well that is the inshore fishing report for the past few weeks. If you would like to experience light tackle inshore fishing or catch any of the above-mentioned species give Capt. Craig Korczynski a call 561-644-4371. Or visit www.PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, E mail email@example.com. Thanks to www.Powerpro.com, www.Atonsoulutions.com, and Ande Fishing Line.
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