August Thru September - Fishing Report & Newsletter by Pete Schulz at Fishing Headquarters
Welcome to our quarterly newsletter. This newsletter will give you the heads up to upcoming fishing events and seminars in the Jupiter area. Also fishing forecasts tips and tackle suggestions and tournament schedules.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we welcome you comments and suggestions. --Pete Schulz
August is one of the best months to fish off of the Palm Beaches. The Atlantic stock of Kingfish, spawn right out in front of Jupiter Inlet during the month of August. Kingfish mainly bite in the afternoon on live bait, but can be caught trolling or using dead bait, in the morning or afternoon, if you really want to catch them. You can see this spectacular run of big spawning Kings if you have a well full of live bait and if you are on the reef at 6 p.m. It is not uncommon to see 2-3 hours worth of Kings sky rocketing all around you as most of the commercial fleet live chum these fish. Most of the fleet can catch between 500 and 1000 pounds of Kingfish before dark. Live sardines and a 8/0 Mustad or Eagle Claw hook with 2 feet of number 6 or 7 American Wire on a Penn 750SSm or 850SSm reel filled with 20# test Ande line is all you need to catch these Kingfish.
During this King run, which centers around the full moon in August, you can also catch Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, and with all the chum in the water, Mutton Snapper are common on top baits. Also around the full moon we have several of the charter captains that high speed troll for Wahoo from 6-9 in the morning and also 6-9 in the evening. Tormentor Smoker lures rigged with cable and Ilander lures with a long Bonito strip trolled from one side of the boat and Yo-Zuri Bonita plugs or Braid Runner plugs trolled from the other side makes a good spread. Wire lines are a great addition to this but plainers work well also. Getting the baits down and using dark colors like black/red, black/purple, or black/white, is the best tip I can give you. You will want to troll from the outside edge of the Bonitos to 300-400 feet. The best place is in150-300 feet deep, from the Loran Tower (north of Jupiter Inlet) off Hobe Sound to the Dodge Wall south of Lake Worth Inlet.
Seas two feet or less are common this time of year, as are afternoon thunderstorms with lots of lightening.
Through September bottom fishing is really good, lots of Yellowtail and some Mutton Snapper, along with good catches of Mangrove Snapper are on the shallow reefs. We have one of the largest nesting areas for Loggerhead turtles in the world, along Martin and Palm Beach County Beaches. They hatch in August and September and Mangrove Snappers come to the beach in the night and feed on the hatchlings. Jetties, rock piles, and piers along the beach become the staging areas during the daylight to house these Snappers.
A 7 foot medium action rod and a Penn 460 Slammer with 20# Power Pro or braided line makes a great outfit for catching your limit (5 per day) of Mangrove Snapper. They will bite just about any bait, live or dead, but small (2-4) Sardines, Menhaden, Threadfin Herring or Greenies, Glass Minnows, live Shrimp, or pieces of Squid work well. 20# American Fluorocarbon leader 12-24 long with a Mustad 92611 #2 or #1 long shank hooks works best. Mangrove Snappers will bite when you try to remove the hook so this long shank hook helps you to not get bit.
From Sebastian to Miami, Snook fishing is always good during this time of year. Snook season is closed in the summer because they spawn in the inlets during the months of June, July, and August but catch and release fishing is great! In most cases it takes longer to catch the bait than it does to catch the Snook. A Calcutta 400 reel and a Fishing Headquarters Ultimate Snook
Rod with 20# mono line is the perfect outfit for catching these prized game fish. Snook will eat just about any live bait but prefer Croakers, Pinfish, and Mullet in August and September.
When fishing from the inlets, piers, or bridges (for Snook), 50-60# Fluorocarbon leader 12-36 long with a live bait style hook is recommended. Snook have no teeth but sandpaper like jaws that can fray your leader during the fight. When hooked, Snook will almost always run toward the pilings of the bridge or pier and toward the jetty or rocks in the inlet. Be prepared for a great fight and Snook are very good to eat when caught in season!
If you have any questions about fishing in our area feel free to call us at 561-743-7335 and when you come in be sure and tell us if you read this report.
Schulz Brothers Fishing Headquarters