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Hobe Sound National Refuge Spanish Mackerel at Peck's Lake

. This is an outing that could be good for those who want to learn how to go "out there", and/or hone skills. The weather should be good too. However (as always) make sure you come prepared as it should always be when going "out" . . . secure all stuff to your kayak or keep it below deck (better) during the launch through shorebreak and be prepared to take a swim if need be. The plan is to launch from the beach and into the ocean, 1.6 miles north of Bridge Rd. The parking fee is $5 or $12 for a one year pass. Take I-95 to Bridge Rd (Hobe Sound exit 96 I believe), and head east to the end of the road. We will meet at the public park parking lot and look at the ocean conditions. If conditions are not good (unlikely) we can decide on a "plan B". If OK, we will drive north on
Beach Road (right at the end of Bridge Road) 1.6 miles to the end and park in the lot for the Hobe Sound National Refuge Beach. Pack light and safe. PFD, whistle, sunscreen, dark (polarizing best) glasses, need not be mentioned - those are a MUST. Also pack fluids, a knife to bleed the fish, and an anchor. I am bringing 2 rods with 10 to 20 lb line, some wire leader, and white paddle tail jigs. The weather forecast is for the wind to be out of the west at 10 mph. There may be a small shower so bring a rain cover of some sort - even a plastic bag will work. Wire leader or some 60 pound mono for a leader is good. Anything white that moves fast will catch Spanish Mackerel. Bring pliers (mackerel are very toothy and very sharpie) and maybe a net or a Lip Grip to handle fish or an extra set of hands/fingers in case you are bitten while handling one (that is supposed to be a joke!). I will bring a towel to keep wet over my catch. Oh yes, bring a very big cooler for the fish! You can leave it in your car, but it is a good idea to have one handy when we come back in. Also save some energy to clean fish when you get home. Remember that the limit for each person is 15. We have been checked in the parking lot on the way out. .

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  • A former member
    A former member

    yo dave! im looking to fish this spot sumtime soon. hit me up. 561.350.0837...

    November 24, 2012

  • shaugen

    What a great meetup!
    Dave really knew how to put us on the fish!
    It was an easy paddle out to the fishing spot, and everyone caught plenty of fish. Just as he predicted, there was a squall that came through, but we saw it coming and had the gear to weather it. After a short cloudburst, things cleared up and the day was fantastic.
    I have never been a fan of soft plastics, but these guys showed me how to work them and get the mackerel biting.
    I can't wait to go again!

    January 24, 2011

  • Kent

    Got there 2 hours late and came back in to the beach with the group after about 2 hours on the water with my limit after catching 19. Once the clouds lifted it was non-stop rod bending, drag screaming, blood splashing fun. The only draw back to winter Mack fishing is that we normally have to set it up last minute because the forecasts can change so quickly.

    January 21, 2011

  • David A.

    We were using artificials, not bait. We fished exactly as it says to do in the information about the MeetUp above --> White paddle tailed jigs. One person used black wire leader and that did not work so when he took the dark wire off, he started catching. I used a silver wire leader and / or a very thin wire is OK.

    January 20, 2011

  • Steve Y

    what sort of bait, set up were you using?

    January 20, 2011

  • David A.

    This is a really great place to catch Spanish Mackerel.

    January 19, 2011

  • David A.

    Everybody caught fish. Everybody. And I bet everybody that went today will want to go back and do it again.

    January 19, 2011

  • Ron A.

    Great time and great fishin...
    Weather got a little hairy for a short time (as predicted), Commercial fisherman are (expletive deleted).
    Very much lookin' forward to gettin' back out there. Pretty crowded for a weekday. If you go, invest in a canned air horn.

    January 19, 2011

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