Tripletail Time

Report Date: May 11, 2012

Fishing has really picked up north of the Jensen Beach Causeway the past few weeks. The main reason is large amounts of baitfish spread out both along both shorelines and off the channel edges. I have seen finger mullet up near the powerlines along with a mixture of greenies and bunker spread throughout. Plenty of trout north of county line eating both live and gulp shrimp. The pompano action has slowed down inside but have heard decent reports off Hobe Sound Beach. Clam strips on triple pompano rigs seem to be the ticket. Getting back up north on the Indian River, we have been fishing markers and crab floats picking up 7 tripletail to 6 pounds,6 black drum to 9 lbs and a mix of flounder, jacks, trout and lane snappers. Have not seen any tarpon but we are getting close.

The inlet is starting to hold some snook along the shorelines. We have a few more weeks till snook closes so get busy!! The dredgers have left town so things should start picking up. I remember last dredge about 4 years ago the fishing remained strong but this year in April, I would give the inlet a half hour and get out of there. The past few weeks I have seen a huge increase in baitfish just about everywhere which is normal. At the crossroads a few bonefish in 8 feet just off the sandbar. The bridges are a good bet for drum, croaker, sheephead and flounder on the bottom or livebaiting for snook. Have not been outside in a while but would like to play at the sandpile soon. Getting in that summer mode so get out there early for you shallow water fans and plenty of sunblock!!!

Capt. Bob Bushholz

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