Capt. Rob Mazzei
September 7, 2008
Jupiter - Saltwater Fishing Report
Jupiter's tarpon fishing comes alive!
It was like someone flipped a switch. Jupiter inlet has been producing the best tarpon and snook fishing of the year. The combination of incoming tide at dawn and low pressure seems to have put the snook on the feed. The hardest part about catching them is catching bait. Once you secure enough bait, it's almost a sure thing.
Jetty anglers have been casting their bait up current and then letting it swing around with the tide where it gets pounced on by snook of all sizes. Many fish have been within the slot limit, so catching one for dinner is very common. Larger fish are taking larger baits, if a trophy fish is your goal beef up your tackle and use a large croaker. Keep a camera handy because these "slobs" have to be released.
If you are fishing from a boat, anchoring or drift fishing will both produce. I prefer drift fishing because you can move around and not be crowded by other boats anchored near by. Many fish have been lost to anchor lines of boats fishing too close together. Also when drifting, if you hook a very large snook or a tarpon you can chase it down and better your chances of landing it.
North of Jupiter, the mullet run is in full swing. School of mullet are cruising along the beach attracting tarpon, snook, jacks, sharks, bluefish, etc etc etc. Although most of the action is closer to Stuart as the bait moves south those in Jupiter will get a shot at these fish as they go gangbuster in the surf.
Offshore fishing has been non-existent due to tropical activity.
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