Quick fishing update from Capt. Eric Gates of Freight Train Fishing Charters (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com).
Nice looking weather coming up, college football starts, snook season opens, and a three day weekend...LIFE IS GOOD!
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept just about everybody at the dock, but it is shaping up to look like a very fishable weekend! Dolphin should make a nice showing, and the east wind may even push them in a little closer than they have been. Look for floating debris, working birds, and weedlines to hopefully find the dolphin. Trolling an assorted spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and trolling feathers is a good way to go for the dolphin. If your in 200-400' of water trolling for dolphin, consider putting a daisy chain way way back for a very good shot at blackfin tuna. The little football size blackfins are around and more than ready to bite a small trolling feather or daisy chain. The bonita, sharks, and a few kingfish are on the ledge and ready to keep the rods bent. Snapper fishing should improve as the water clears up. Look for the mutton snapper to be shallower than usual after the swell.
INSHORE- Snook season opens Monday, and the snook are around! Look for the snook to have mullet on the brain, as a few schools of finger mullet are starting to trickle down the coast. Topwater plugs (Like zara spooks) fished around mullet schools, seawalls, and other snookie hiding spots early and late in the day are a great choice this time of year. Snook are also on the bridges and blasting mullet schools at night. Fish a live mullet on the edge of the school or underneath to separate your bait from the others. Big swimbaits, flairhawk jigs, and Spooltek swimbaits are all great lure choices around the bridges as well right now. A few tarpon around, and some monster jacks cruising along ICW seawalls.
SURF/PIER- Trickles of mullet coming down the beach are a sign of very very good things to come! Look for snook, tarpon, jacks and sharks to be hanging around the mullet. A silver spoon, Rapala X-Rap, or Windcheater are all great lures to throw on the beach right now for a wide variety of species. Lots of blue runners around the pier right now. Shouldn't be long before the surf gets going with lots and lots of action!
Good Luck and enjoy the 3 day weekend everyone!
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OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast for the weekend, and some favorable winds (light east/northeast) should have the fish biting this weekend. Dolphin fishing improved a little this week for those making the run way offshore. 15-25 miles offshore from Palm Beach to Jupiter seemed to produce the best number of dolphin. Lots of small ones, but enough bigger fish around to keep things interesting. Look for the mahi-mahi to be hanging around weedlines, floating debris, rips, or under working birds. In a little closer blackfin tuna action seemed to pick up in 250-500' of water off Palm Beach Inlet. Hard to beat a nice assorted trolling spread of feathers, daisy chains, and small jethead lures for the little tuna. In on the 120' ledge the fishing is on fire (just maybe not for the most glamorous species). Loads of bonita, sharks, and big blue runners will keep the rods bent along the ledge. Mixed in will be some king mackerel and wahoo. The wahoo bite may not be as good as it was on the full moon, but those putting the time in early and late can expect a good shot at a wahoo. Bottom fishing was hit or miss this week.
INSHORE- Plenty of snook biting inshore right now. Snook season is just around the corner...Are you ready? Fish low light periods or at night for the best luck with the snook. Look for the bigger snook around bridges(especially those with deeper water and good current) on an outgoing tide. Still a fair number of baby tarpon hanging out in Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth. Look for the little tarpon to be most active early and late in the day. Other inshore action remains spotty.
SURF/PIER- Solid snook bite at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier going on. LIve baits (especially big sardines) are getting the most bites, but lures may even get a few bites early and late in the day. Bonita have been pushing some bait schools around the pier as well. Rumors of big schools of glass minnows and a few mullet up north mean we can't be too far away from the start of the mullet run. With northeast winds in the forecast this weekend, things may be starting to change
Palm Beach County Schools start on Monday...GO FISHING this weekend before it does!
OFFSHORE- The wahoo should still be around this weekend. May not be the same numbers as last weekend, but the wahoo will be around for the next few weeks. Low light periods, early morning/evening, of the day will give you the best chance at getting a wahoo bite. Wether you try trolling (high speed and slower speeds) or livebaiting for the wahoo be sure to try and get the bait down suspended below the surface. Getting the baits down helps put it in the wahoo's zone, and will help keep a bonita or two away. Dolphin fishing is very hit or miss, with most of the dolphin coming from way offshore. Inside on the 120' ledge the bonita and sharks are as thick as can be. If your looking for something to pull on, the ledge is the place to go right now! Snapper fishing has been day to day, with some nice muttons hanging around in 80-90' of water off Jupiter. Fresh sardines fished on a slide rig is the best bet for the mutton snapper. Be prepared to pick some assorted junk fish on the bottom before the snapper decide to bite.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the best game inshore. Low light periods and nighttime are the time to look for the linesiders. Try to fish the first of the outgoing tide for the best luck with the snook. Small tarpon are hanging out in Lake Worth (mainly around Old Port Cove). Look for the little tarpon to be active and rolling early and late in the day. Small live baits and shrimp are a good choice to cast at the rolling baby silver kings. Mangrove snapper fishing has been good at night around the bridges. Small pilchards and live shrimp are the best bait choices for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- As August ticks away from us stay on the lookout for the mullet to start showing up on the beach. The finger mullet will be the first to start trickling down the beach. The snook and tarpon will the first to find the schools of mullet; and then the jacks, sharks, and bluefish shouldn't be far behind. In the meantime, while we wait for the mullet, the snook fishing remains very good along the beach and at the inlets. Bait schools are still around the Juno Beach Pier. With the bait should be snook, bonita, jacks, and other assorted predators. Still a few reports of some snappers around Jupiter Inlet
OFFSHORE- The wahoo fishing has started to fire up as the moon gets bigger and bigger. The wahoo are being caught from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet in 120-300' of water early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Trolling Yo-Zuri Bonitas, Split-Tail Mullet, and Horse Ballyhoo are producing the most wahoo bites. Try to get the baits down a little deeper with a planer or inline trolling sinker for the best chance of banging out a wahoo. The bonita are thick as can be right now (a big reason the wahoo are here...); so if your trying to avoid them keep the baits big and/or speed the boat up a little. A small bonita, or tiny blackfin, make a great livebait choice for a monster wahoo if your not into high speed trolling. Summertime sailfish has been very very good, with plenty of sails being caught in 250-400' of water. Live sardines, small runners, goggle eyes, or cigar minnows are all good choices for the sailfish. Mixed in with the sailfish should be a few dolphin; but, for best dolphin a run way offshore is going to produce the best odds. The dolphin have been on the smaller side for the most part, so be prepared to deal with lots of small schoolies before the better ones show up. Bottom fishing was fair this week, with a few snapper biting. Sardines, squid, and bonita strips remain the best bait choices for the snapper.
INSHORE- The snook fishing really fired up this week inshore as some of the snook pulled back from the inlets. The snook are on the bridges and spillway, and for the most part are willing to eat big baits right now. Flair hawks, SpoolTek swimbaits, and 7" DDX Soft Plastics are all great choices right now for the snook. Small tarpon are filling into Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth pretty good. Look for the tarpon rolling early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Live shrimp, small pilchards, live finger mullet, and soft plastic swimbaits should all get a bite from hungry tarpon. The fish are on the smaller side so keep the tackle on the lighter side to get the most out of them. Some big jacks have been cruising ICW seawalls early in the morning, and typically will blast a well presented topwater plug.
SURF/PIER- The snook are cruising the beach right now, and provide a fun chance to do a little sight fishing when conditions permit. Try fishing early and late, and avoid heavily crowded beaches for the most chances at the snookies. Lots of bait hanging around the Juno Beach Fishing Pier, and plenty of predators in the mix as well. Live baits will provide the best chances on the pier, but plugs will work in low light conditions or when the water is dirty. Snapper fishing has been fair at Jupiter inlet. Small pilchards early in the morning are the best bet for the mangrove snapper at Jupiter Inlet.
Looking like a pretty nice weekend coming up. Maybe a few scattered thunderstorms to deal with, and hopefully just enough of a south/southeast breeze to help get some fish fired up!
OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing should improve this weekend if the weather forecast holds true. Prevailing light west winds have most of the dolphin beyond way offshore; so a little southeast wind should help get some dolphin pushed back in a little closer. The better dolphin action will still be offshore(out past 400'), but at least the dolphin shouldn't be over thirty miles offshore. Kingfish have started to show back up with the building moon. Looks like the usual August kingfish school is trying to start stacking up off of Jupiter along the 120' ledge. Wahoo action was scattered this week, with a few being brought in. Expect the wahoo fishing to really improve as the August moon starts to get bigger and bigger. Dragging Yo-Zuri Bonitas, Split Tail Mullet, and horse ballyhoo down deep are the most productive ways to get a wahoo bite. Fish between 100-300' for the best chance at a wahoo, and be prepared to deal with some bonita bites. Lots of sharks and bonita hanging out on the 120' ledge, with a few scattered cobia still hanging around the sharks. Snapper fishing was not red hot this week, but those spending the time on the reef did pick away at a few. The snapper saw a lot of divers this week during lobster mini-season so they may still be a little skittish, but action should improve on them as the weekend goes on.
INSHORE- Mangrove snapper fishing around area bridges has remained fair. Small live pilchards, live shrimp, or small chunks of sardines are a good choice for the mangroves. Keep leaders light and terminal tackle to a minimum to avoid spooking the snapper. Catch and release snook fishing has remained good, and a few more tarpon are showing up inshore to keep things interesting. It' still a little early; but a few trickles of finger mullet are showing up. Won't be too terribly long before the big schools of mullet will be showing up inshore. Some ladyfish have been showing up at night around the bridges to feed on the small pilchards as well.
SURF/PIER- Lots of bait along the beach, and predators are not far behind. Lots of snook cruising the trough right now. Get out early and late for best action on the snook. Work parrallel to the shore, and don't be surprised to find snook in just a foot or two of water. Lots of snook in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets right now. Mangrove snapper have been being caught at Jupiter Inlet, with the best luck coming at night.
Beat the heat, get out and fish early and late! If you have to be out in the heat of the day; stay cool, drink lots of fluids, wear your lucky Juno Bait Hat, #trustthebum(wear your Sun Bum sunscreen...now available at Juno Bait for sale), and CATCH some Fish!!!
OFFSHORE- Fishing in general has been spotty offshore. Dolphin are around; but just where is anybodies guess right now! If your looking for dolphin best bet is going to be a trip way offshore. Look for working birds, rips, weed lines, or floating debris to find dolphin. The 120' ledge is full of fish right now; just not the most desirable of species. Bonita, sharks, and blue runners are around in big numbers from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets in 100-150' of water. Mixed in with the less desirable species will no doubt be a few wahoo. Snapper fishing was a little off this week with so-so water quality in 60-80' of water. As soon as the water cleans up and the current starts rolling back north the snapper should start biting pretty good.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing is still very good inshore right now. Lots of big fish around the bridges for those spending time throwing flair hawks and swim baits. Mangrove snapper are around the bridges that are holding small pilchards. Fish at night for the best luck on the snapper. Other inshore action is again spotty at best. Fish early, late, or at night to beat the heat and find the fish most active.
SURF/PIER- Lots of snook cruising the beach right now. Look for the snook moving north or south in the first trough. Don't be surprised to see a 20lb snook cruising in just a few inches of water. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier is finally holding a fair amount of baitfish. With the bait schools should be some blue runners, jacks, bonita, and a few spanish mackerel. Lots of snook hanging around the pier right now as well.
Enjoy the nice weather and get out and find some fish this weekend everyone!
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Beautiful looking weekend coming up...GO FISH!
OFFSHORE- The big news this week was the good wahoo bite. THe backside of the July full moon was really good for the wahoo; with wahoo being caught from Boynton Inlet all the way up to Jupiter Inlet. Low light period of the day produced the best bite for the wahoo. It seems like split tail mullet and horse rigged ballyhoo are somewhat out fishing the lures; but more than a few wahoo have been caught on Yo-Zuri Bonita plugs over the past week. As the moon falls further away from full expect the wahoo bite to slow; but fair catches should continue over the next few weeks (and get ready for the August full moon...We have a feeling it's going to be a really good one!). Dolphin fishing is still hit or miss, with lots of running required to have the best chance at finding some mahi-mahi. Inside the 120' ledge fishing remains very very good; just maybe not for the most desirable of species. Scattered large kingfish, loads of bonita, and sharks are making short work of any livebaits around the 120' ledge from Juno PIer north to Jupiter Inlet. Snapper fishing sounds like it is on the rise again as the water is getting back to normal. Stick with sardines and squid for the snapper.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains stellar inshore right now. Heavy rains have the some truly massive snook hanging around the spillways. FIsh heavy jigs and swimbaits for best results at the spillways. Snook are still biting very well around the bridges at night. With more bait (mainly small pilchards) moving inshore, mangrove snapper action has steadily increased. Keep the terminal tackle, leader, and lead to a minimum for best luck with the snapper. MacArthur State Park and Munyon Island are producing some nice snook and even a few trout. Fish deeper potholes and channels through the flats for best luck.
SURF/PIER- The big news this week was the large amount of bait finally making its way to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier. With the bait have been lots of nice snook, bonita, jacks, tarpon, and some sharks. Lots of good action early on Rapala X-Raps and then live baits as the sun begins to come up. Along the beach big snook are continuing to cruise the first trough looking for croaker and sandperch. Reports of a few redfish hanging out with the masses of snook at Jupiter Inlet have also come in this week.
Lots of good stuff going on right now, time to go fishing!
Good Luck this weekend!!!
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Great looking ocean forecast, and decent weather coming up for the weekend. May have to deal with a few scattered showers or thunderstorms, but other wise a nice weekend ahead. Here's what happened over the week fishing wise, and our best guess at what to expect this weekend!
OFFSHORE- The full moon is on Sunday, and the wahoo should be around in fair numbers. No big numbers of wahoo reported this week, but that should change for sure over the next few days. The usual tricks, and spots,should work for the wahoo. From Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet the 120' ledge out to about 300' of water will be the areas to concentrate on. High speed trolling, trolling with planers or downriggers, or deep live baiting all can produce wahoo bites around the summer full moons. Early morning or late afternoon tend to be the best times for wahoo, with a few scattered fish biting throughout the day. Wahoo tend to travel in small schools, or packs, so be sure to mark where the bite came from and give that area a little extra attention. Dolphin fishing slowed this week, but didn't grind to a complete halt. The dolphin remain scattered, and the best way to get them remains running till you find something. Best reports this week were all very deep, with 1200-1400' of water off Palm Beach being a fairly common theme. It's about time for the blacken tuna to start showing up in better numbers. Troll small lures and feathers (typically in 200-300') for best luck with the blackfin. Snapper fishing was a little tougher this week as the water was cold on the bottom, but the cold water did help fire up a few summertime cobia along the reef. Bonita are still happily destroying live and trolling baits along the 120' ledge.
INSHORE- Despite the warm water the flats around Munyon Island saws little surge of fish this week with some snook, big jacks, mangrove snapper, and even a few big trout being caught. Live shrimp, Vudu Shrimp, or DOA Shrimp have been producing the best results. Fish early morning or late afternoon for best results on the flats in the summertime. Snook, and a few tarpon, are hanging around the bridges at night. With all the rain the spillways are open occasionally, and producing a few snook. Mangrove snapper are showing up inshore pretty good. Best bait for the inshore snapper is going to be live shrimp or small live fresh pilchards.
SURF/PIER- Lots of good catch and releases nook action going on in the Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets right now. Live bait (croaker, mullet, sardines, thread fin, pinfish, etc...) is the ticket for the snook. Typically speaking if you catch the bait, your going to get the snook bites! The Juno Beach Fishing Pier is still producing some nice snook. Early morning should also produce a chance or two at the tarpon from the pier. With some small pilchards showing up at the Pier and Jupiter Inlet the mangrove snapper fishing is improving.
Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com) is on the snook really good right now, give him a call about a trip if you need some help catching that monster snook you've been looking for!
We will try and keep you updated this weekend with any hot reports or changers!
Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK!