Report Date: June 6, 2006
Late June through July is prime time for chasing Tarpon along the beaches. Over the last few days, large schools of Tarpon have been cruising just north of Jupiter Inlet in 10-30 Ft. of water. The object is to anticipate their direction, get ahead of them, shut the motor off and pitch out a live bait. A little bit of live chum will excite them and get them competitive against other school members, creating explosive light tackle action.
Our greatest dilemna as of late has been securing live bait. Threadfin herring, A.K.A. "greenies" have been playing hide and seek around the Juno pier. Lately they have been hiding in unknown locales. Good news is the spanish sardines have taken their place in large schools are cruising from Jupiter inlet south to the Juno pier. Early morning has been most productive.
If winter off Palm Beach is considered "peak season", I think someone might want to let the sailfish know that. Nearly every fishing trip out of Jupiter Inlet has produced a sailfish, with multiple fish common. Fly a kite if you want but spanish sardines on flat lines is all that is needed.
Bait has been thick from the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet. We have been getting bait around the pier when the sheriff’s boat isn’t around. They been putting people in jail for getting to close to the pier. I’d hate to get a whole sabiki rig loaded and tangled, look up and be inside the orange triangle and end up in the slammer until someone comes up with $500 bail. And the boats are being impounded as well. Seems like just another way for Palm Beach County to generate more money. Palm Beach always has it’s hands in someone’s cookie jar. Do they think it’s time to fix the ramps at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter? There are large bolts sticking of the posts. And wood is rotting. Anyway…
Sailfishing has been great. Anywhere there is a rip there is likely to be a sailfish. One afternoon we caught two in 85 feet, just north of Jupiter Inlet. The most consistent depth for me this week was 145 feet from Juno to Jupiter. The current was screaming at nearly 3 knots and a rip had formed from 135 to 145 feet. On Tuesday 10 seconds after the second bait went out we had a sail on. We lost two others before cruising south back off the pier.
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