The summer heat is really firing up the peacock bass here in South Florida. Peacock Bass where introduced into Florida by the FWC in 1984 to control other invasive species in South Florida waterways. Since then they have thrived from West Palm Beach on down to Miami. South Florida is the only place in the United States these fish can be found. The aquifer. which feeds the lakes, doesn't allow the water temperature to fall below 72 degrees. Peacock Bass are native to South America. They are the most aggressive on hot sunny days. We are averaging 2-4 bites per hour and artificial and 4-6 per hour on live bait.
Luise and his two sons from Brazil wanted an artificial only experience on Lake Okeechobee. A weather system moved in on Saturday that isn't really doing us any favors. A tropical system moved in from the Bahamas that brought heavy winds, heavy rain, and thunder storms. Due to the weather, we only had access to certain parts of the lake. That didn't stop Luise from landing an absolute giant, on a speed worm. It's been a bit of a grind all weekend, but you can't catch anything sitting at home. There are schooling fish around the Kissimmee river and Indian canal, but they were more focused on the shad than our lures.
Rainfall has made for lots of moving water around locks, spillways, and the Kissimmee river. Bait will school up in the current, and the Bass will be eating them. Drifting shiners in current has been the most effective method. Crankbaits and Texas rigged worms are also effective. Book your trip today!
The cold front last week did us no favors yesterday. 20 knot winds out of the north that shifted to the east latter into the day blew out the St. Lucie river and pushed the bait down deep. After throwing the cast net about 20 times and coming up with nothing but glass minos, I finally got one good throw and loaded the livewell with 2-3 inch pilchards. With the livewell loaded I ran to Sandsprit Park to pick up Lenny and his son Hayden. Lenny comes down from Ohio once are twice a year to visit his son and they love fishing together. We set up on our first spot, a dock near ten cent bridge, and immediately hooked up with mangrove snapper. After catching three short mangroves Lenny hooked into a keeper Spanish mackerel. The wind switched directions, so we headed to the hole-in-the-wall. Drifting live pilchards turned up a really big catfish. A few nice fish got off before I could tell what they were. If I was to guess, I’d say more Spanish mackerel. As the son started to set and us still without a snook, we headed to the Roosevelt bridge. It took a while but righ at the end of the incoming tide, we caught three snook and a few ladyfish. Hayden caught one shorty and one keeper. Lenny caught his personal best snook, 27 and 1/4 inches, just under slot. All things considered it was a very successful trip.
The bitehas been slow all winter, however that is starting to turn around.The sub par fishing gave me lots of time to fix some mechanical issues that has been plaguing me since last summer. Small snapper have been plentiful of the breakers reef. The east winds have been blowing the sargassum closer to shore, however I have still been having to run 8-10 miles offshore to find dolphin. We haven’t been on crazy numbers, but we are getting quality fish. Snook season closed last weekend, however they have been biting well at night around the bridges. They are feeding on pilchards that are thick right now in the St. Lucie river. As we move into April my advice would be to watch the wind and pick your days. The bite from the lakes to the ocean will just get better as summer comes
Northeast winds and cooler temperatures are moving down bringing the Sailfish with them. Locating the fish proves to be easy as the discharge from Lake O continues. Simply run out to the cooler change and start trolling ballyhoo or drifting live baits. With winds over 15 knots it's a great time to kite fish. During the last full moon large schools of smaller dolphin (mahi-mahi) were abundant around every price of floating debris we encountered. Please observe the 20" fork length limit as we did catch plenty of short fish. The full moon also brought in a strong snapper bite with two limits on lane snappers. Target isolated reef patches in 100 to 50 feet. Small pieces of squid with a 6/0 circle hook was my preferred method. As the northeast winds continue now is the time to book that sailfish trip you have been waiting for. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your trip today.
The water is high and dirty as the discharge from lake Okeechobee continues. Luckily that hasn’t really hurt the inshore bite. The mullet run is going strong from Fort Pierce down through West Palm. Large snook and tarpon can be caught by drifting live mullet though the inlets and around bridges when the tide is moving. The water is very dark, so go ahead and upsize you tackle because you can get away with heavier line. The seas have been very ruff making offshore fishing very challenging. However tarpon are running the beaches and limits of dolphins can be caught right where the water changes color. Good luck to everyone.
Matt and Nicole both landed some solid snook today. With BassFlats&Beyond you can catch bass Friday, snook on Saturday and chasing sailfish on Sunday.
Got to captain for Tyler and Anthony and they won the high school tournament on Okeechobee. Great job guys