OFFSHORE FISHING


Off Jensen Beach, there has been an excellent king mackerel bite. They are mostly being taken in 80 to 200 feet of water.


In that same area, there are still some summer sailfish to be had.


Though it can be hit or miss and you’ll have to move around a bit to find them, there has been a decent bite for mangrove snapper on some of the wrecks and reefs. They are being caught on sardines and squid.


Off the Jupiter area, with the August full moon, the time is right for wahoo.


Captain Charlie Stuve got one of his clients into a 75 pounder this week.


They are being found mostly in water that’s 300 feet deep or less. Bait wise, best bet is trolling a number 8 planer, combined with 50 feet of 150-pound shock leader and a double hook-rigged ballyhoo with either an Ilander Lure or skirt out in front. Remember the wahoo are hunting bonito and small tuna this time of year so match the lure or skirt color to what they’re feeding on.


The full moon is also helping boost the king mackerel bite off Jupiter. Fish up to 35 pounds are being caught in the mornings and afternoons.


The mangrove snapper are beginning to spawn with good numbers being caught on the local reefs as well as from the Juno Pier.


Off the Boynton Beach area it’s also game on for wahoo.


Fish up to 25 pounds are being caught from Spanish River Park to Delray Beach in 190 to 400 feet of water. Working the color changes and finding clear water, anglers are catching them using blue/white and blue/pink lures and on drone spoons with blue hologram tape. In that area they are hitting both on the surface and on planers.


Dolphin up to 35 pounds have been taken this past week off Boynton in 600 out to 1400 feet. Anglers are trolling skirted bonito strips and small ballyhoo to raise them up and then pitching live bait or chunks to hook them.


King mackerel remain widely scattered from Delray Beach to Sloan’s Curve. The kings have been hitting drone spoons trolled on number 6 planers and also drifting sardines in 130 to 220 feet of water. Early morning and night fishing has been the best bet.


Snapper fishing in the area has been on the decline the past week. Many of the fish are undersized and must be released. Small mutton, yellowtail and mangrove are hitting sardines and cut squid around the reefs in 35 to 95 feet of water.


INSHORE FISHING


Off several beaches in the Jensen area there has been a fantastic croaker bite. Off of Stuart Public Beach anglers are catching some up to 14 inches. It has been mostly an early morning bite.


Also along the beaches has been a plentiful mix of bait including glass minnows and mullet.


Looking for snook? The St. Lucie Inlet and the beaches right around are still holding great numbers. Best bet is to catch a small croaker and use it as bait.


Around the Boynton Intlet, small schools of sardines, cigar minnows and goggle eyes have been holding at the mouth.


Anglers fishing the seawall at the south parking lot of the inlet have been doing well on sand perch, moonfish and mangrove snapper during the incoming tide at night. Use live shrimp, fresh cut shrimp for the perch and snapper and small green or white jigs for the moonfish.


The Intracoastal Waterway has been active with tarpon rolling in the channel from the inlet to the Lantana Bridge.


Anglers fishing around the Lantana Bridge have reported small catches of sand perch on cut shrimp.


LAKE OKEECHOBEE


It’s still an early morning bite for bass on the lake. The past week it’s been the first 45 minutes of the day that have been the most productive. In that time frame they are busting through the grass and not too difficult to target. One charter captain had 21 fish caught on Thursday morning with one hitting 8.5 pounds. They were working the area just north of the J&S Canal and using live shiners. Swim jigs and spinner baits are also working. After that, switch to flippin’ to get deeper into the grass.


NOTEWORTHY:


The 7th Annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday at the marina. The event features $2,500 in prize money, dinners, live music, auction items and a raffle for a Flying Fish Paddleboard and paddle. The tournament works to raise funds for the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund and has generated over $300,000 since it started.


For information, visit www.TreasureCoastBonitoBlast.com; www.wvrf.org


All fishing report information courtesy of Snook Nook in Jensen Beach, Fishing Headquarters in Jupiter, Capt. Bruce Cyr and Captain Larry Wright.