Inlets right now are holding large breeder snook. Places like Jupiter Inlet, St. Lucie Inlet and Fort Pierce Inlet are great places to start. Live pilchards, croakers, mullet, and sardines are your best bet. Free line them around the rocks and hang on. Because these are breeder fish make sure to use heavy tackle like a 6000 series reel and above. Grab a quick pic and release them back as soon as possible. If you are not a picture person don’t even remove them from the water and simply release them boat side. This helps ensure a strong future for our snook.
Tarpon are going to be found in the deeper passes and channel edges. Live mullet have been the best live bait free lined about 50 to 100 feet behind the boat so not to spook the fish. If you like artificial baits a Spooltek or a Tsunami swimbait are effective as well as a large walk the dog type topwater bait in the early morning.
Amberjack are being caught on local reefs and wrecks. These fish are very aggressive and will eat just about any live bait you send down to them. For artificial anglers, you can’t go wrong with a vertical jig. Something to keep in mind is that the Almaco Jack and Banded Rudderfish are similar in appearance to Amberjack but they are out of season so make sure you know which species you are catching and taking home.
Kingfish are being found in the 40 to 60-foot range. Put out some chum and you can toss or drift live sardines to get hooked up. If you want to use artificial baits cast anything shiny like a spoon and reel it quickly through the chum.
Stay safe out there and have fun!
Captain Jonathan Earhart
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