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When is the best tarpon fishing in Palm Beach (inshore and along the beach)?

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When is the best tarpon fishing in Palm Beach (inshore and along the beach)?

Old 02-11-2019, 03:51 AM
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Default When is the best tarpon fishing in Palm Beach (inshore and along the beach)?

Is the mullet run the best or around spring summer?
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:21 AM
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I've seen them around the inlet year-round.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:55 PM
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There are resident juveniles in the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter all year long, so there would probably be year round tarpon to the south as well. I see the biggest fish in the summer and into the fall for the mullet run. Down here where I work in Miami, there are big fish around all year, but for the next 4 or 5 months there is absolutely killer fishing at night.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:09 PM
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Cronced - If you don't mind me asking, where in the river you see them more often? I've fished the North Fork quite often and never seen them but always thinking that they might be around. Have also spent some time in the Jonathan Dickinson area but not near the creeks around Trapper Nelson where I think they might be around. Or have you seen them more towards the Southwest Fork? Any info you mind sharing would be appreciated. thanks
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:17 PM
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I live on the north fork and see them rolling sometimes. Up by kitchen creek in JD they were pretty common but I could never get them to eat.

Also so small ones in the lake by the tennis courts at Carlin park in Jupiter, also in the lake in river bend park they will eat live shiners.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:06 PM
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There are small year round resident tarpon in and around LW inlet. I chased them for many years before perfecting the technique to catch them, LIGHT minimum tackle with live scrimps.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:30 PM
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The answer is yes, the best tarpon fishing in PBC is around the mullet run IMO. There are resident small/medium tarpon that reside as mentioned in Jupiter, Palm Beach, etc. Also as mentioned they are super picky and it will take
real fishing to catch them (going many days without until you figure them out). I've fought about 6 and landed 2 in 2019. I know a guy that catches tarpon here every single trip like it's his job (just kidding, it's his job lol)
Spring you'd be much better off in the Keys. I'd say the best year round is actually Miami. IMO. Unfortunately, particularly with inshore/nearshore fishing...going south or north is better then PBC. I believe Boynton has the worst inshore sw fishery in Florida.
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:43 AM
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In the Loxahatchee, start looking for them as soon as you go west of the railroad bridge. I've seen them in a variety of places and it is pretty far ranging. I've seen them in all 3 branches but the main fork is where I would look first.

Take a day to look around. This time of year, troll a rapala or something from the sandbar on up past the tree, up the main branch and go way back in there. You'll probably find a school of rollers and catch a few jacks, bluefish and maybe a snook or two along the way. This time of year they can be way up there, so maybe even start at the Jonathan Dickinson boat ramp.

Once you find the juveniles, get ready to be frustrated. They are very picky. And even when they do bite, it will last for about half an hour, then they just disappear or get lock jaw.

I've fished tarpon fron Stuart to the keys, and if I was only given one place to fish for them it would be Miami.
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