Trolling small tuna darts with a bonito strip has been productive for fish up to 15 pounds. Live baiting with small blue runners or goggle eyes, trolling pink feathers or sea witches and drifting dead sardines have all been working.
Bottom fishing off the Boynton Beach area has been producing a good mutton snapper and red grouper bite. There have been nice runs of Spanish mackerel and bluefish along the beaches from Lake Worth to Boca Raton.
Trolling spoons and either white or yellow feathers between 12 and 25 feet of water has been producing fish. Along Sailfish Flats in Martin County there has been an excellent bone fish bite.
Beach rigs using sand fleas or pompano jigs tipped with shrimp have been the call. The black drum and sleepyhead bite is still good along the bridges along the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers.
There have been good numbers of Cuber snapper caught along the docks and mangroves around Seawall's Point. Anglers walking the beach and throwing a spoon are having fun working the schools of bluefish and Spanish mackerel that are moving through.
That bite should see a nice uptick with the passing of the next, quite substantial, cold front. Anglers working the rock piles, flats, bridges and docks in the Intracoastal Waterway from the Southern Boulevard Bridge down to the Boston Inlet are reporting catching redfish, sea trout, shook and some flounder.
At the Santana Bridge fishing cut mullet on the bottom has been producing a nice bluefish bite. Out on the lake there has been a wonderful spec bite the past week, with some guys even getting their limit.
© CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JON Lula Mike Long and daughter Sierra caught and released several big black drum from the Mosquito Lagoon while fishing with Capt. Seasonal reminder: Remember, shook season is closed to harvest along Florida's Atlantic Coast until Feb. 1 2021; spotted sea trout is closed to harvest until Dec. 31; shallow water grouper season will close Jan. 1 until April 30, 2021; and new flounder rules will go into effect March 1 creating a fall harvest closure from Oct. 15 through Nov 30.
He is using live shrimp or cut mullet to catch the drum, fishing near channel edges and drop-offs. Terry Wilda of Big Easy charters out of Capt Hiram's Resort and Marina in Sebastian said the fishing on the reefs this week was wonderful.
His anglers caught king fish, trigger fish and mangrove snapper in 70-90 feet of water. Melbourne Beach has been a good place to get bites from pompano, whiting and croaked during the last half of the incoming tide.
Spoons fished here will catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and blue runners, too. Bluefish, lady fish, jacks, blue runners and Spanish mackerel are being caught on spoons and jigs.
Pompano are along the beaches on both sides of the inlet taking Fish bites or sand fleas. Inside the inlet, flounder can be caught on sliding sinker rigs with live mud minnows or shrimp.
Then, as the temperature climbs above 72 degrees in the water, their feeding response turns back on again. Trout and redfish will be on the flats during the middle parts of the day as the fish warm up.
Cast into holes or channels and cuts to find fish which are seeking more stable water temperatures on cool days. Crappie action is pretty good in most other lakes and in parts of the St. Johns River and canals.
Running up to the Home Sound area from Jupiter to avoid the sharks, Capt. Bill Taylor of Black Dog Fishing Charter has been getting good numbers of mangrove, yellowtail and a few short buttons in 40 to 60 feet of water using mostly thread fin herring and squid.
There is still a decent sailfish bite off of Jupiter and people fishing for them are also getting good numbers of dolphin as by catch. Working very specific depths from 100 to 115 feet, kings up to 15 pounds have been caught from the Boston Inlet and then following as they move south.
The sailfish bite is still holding steady off of the Boston area with many boats having several releases per trip. They are hitting goggle eyes, blue runners and pilchards on kites in 100 to 150 feet.
There have also been red grouper caught in the same depths using cut or whole squid on the bottom or slow pitching jigs. On the inside edge of the reefs off of Boston, lesser amber jacks, some keeper gray trigger fish, yellowtail and mangrove snapper are being caught.
Though the season is closed until Feb. 1, the bite for shook in the St. Lucie River has been excellent recently. Around the bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers there has been good action for black drum, pompano and bluefish.
In the Intracoastal Waterway in the channels a quarter mile north and south of the Boston Inlet, there has been an excellent bite for jack crevasse, lady fish, bluefish and some nice mangrove and mutton snapper. Also in the Ice, on the east side from the Santana Bridge up to the Shook Islands, there has been good action for sea trout and a few slot-size redfish.