So this past week I fished the beaches near Boynton Inlet and a couple of the inlets. The beaches are holding some solid fish but make sure you try both tides. The inlets are really producing on outgoing tide. I have heard some good reports from all the piers all the way from Dania to Juno. There are some scattered pilchards and sardines in the inlets and around the piers. The West coast has a similar report except there are good reports from the flats around Pine Island and the areas passes. The beaches are also stacked but have some smaller fish than over here on the East coast.
So, I see all those guys out there with there 8oz pyramid sinkers with wire leader and there 12ft beach rods. Well let me tell you something, they wont be catching many snook, if any. If you want to catch beach snook you just need to keep it plain and simple, whether you have a live bait or an artificial. My beach fishing combo is something like this. A size 2500 reel with a 7 or 7 1/2 ft medium action rod loaded with 8-10lb test mono or 15lb braid if there is a lot of weeds or I am fishing near some rock piles. Attached to my main line with a double uni knot is 20 to 40lb fluorocarbon leader along with a 1/0 live bait hook (unless using artificial). Below I have shown some of my favorite choices of these products.
Shimano Stradic CI4+ FA Spinning Reel
St. Croix Tidemaster Inshore Spinning Rod – Model TIS76MF
Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon Line
Gamakatsu Live Bait Hooks – #1
The Shimano Sustain FG is one of my “go to” reels for snook fishing. Whether it is fishing the beach during the summer and using a 2500 or fishing the Jetties and Inlets and using a 6000 or 8000. Most of my fishing buddies agree that this is one of the best reels for the money. It will still cost between 300-400$, but that is less than half the price of a Shimano Stella or a Van Staal which are both phenomenal reels. The Sustain offers 8+1 ball bearings and shows that off with its smoothness and drag. Get yourself a Sustain and I promise you wont be disappointed Below is a nice video from Shimano with the reel in action.
Shimano Sustain FG Spinning Reel
Well Snook season has about a week left, now is the time for everyone to get off the couch, grab your stuff and fish. The fish are starting to show up on the beaches and all the inlets along the East coast. Make sure you are out there when the sun is coming up or late. Night time is the right time for most places. The spillways in south florida have been producing whenever we get some big storms. There are scattered bait pods of sardines and pilchards mostly at the piers or inlets right now. If your fishing artificial try jigs and swimbaits. Like always, more fish will show up right when the season closes.
There should be a good amount of fish starting to move towards the inlets and will soon be on the beaches and at the piers. There have been some reports of bait starting to show up at Dania pier and also Juno pier. There has been some reports from Sebastian Inlet on outgoing tide with jigs or live baits. Beaches and passes are most likely the best option on the west side of the state. When the water is clear put your polarized glasses on and sight cast those fish with pilchards.