OFFSHORE- Not the greatest weather forecast for the small boaters this weekend. The fish should be biting, but it is going to be on the rough side. With north wind in the forecast expect the sailfish to make a showing along the ledge. Dolphin fishing has improved over the past week, and this weekend should also be a good one for them. Trolling naked ballyhoo in 100-300' of water should raise some fish this weekend for sure. Snapper fishing in 60-90' of water from Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet has remained good. The school of kingfish keeps getting a little bigger and bigger. Some days the kings bite good, other days they won't touch anything. Live sardines are the key for kingfish if you can catch them!
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the main game in town on the inshore. Fish the bridges at night for best action. The top of the outgoing tide has been the best part of the tide fort the snook. Look for mullet schools moving in the shadow line for most of the action. Once a mullet school is spotted, the bait: artificial or natural should be presented on the outer edge of the mullet school. This way the mullet and snook will not be spooked by the bait's presentation. The best bet for bait is a live mullet or small ladyfish although live shrimp will also produce fish. A chunk of mullet/ ladyfish fished on the bottom may also trigger a bite. The most productive lures have been large swimbaits and diving plugs. Fish where the fish are, so don't spend all night at one spot if it isn't producing, move around until you find some action!
Pier and Surf- Spanish mackerel and a few Pompano have consistently been hanging around juno pier. The bite has been specific to the early morning and late afternoon. Fish a 1/8 oz white crappie jig at the end of the pier for spanish macks. Pompano have been caught on clams, sand fleas, and shrimp this week. The Surf has had its fair share of whiting, and spinner sharks with a few scattered pompano as well. Whiting have been caught on small pieces of shrimp right in the first trough. The pompano have been caught on clams, sand fleas, and shrimp. For spinner sharks the action has been out past the first sandbar, cast a bait such a a blue runner head out past the bar. For best results use a rig with some wire leader and about 5 ounces of lead.
Another weekend is sneaking up on us quickly. Lots of good stuff going on at the shop this week, sorry that the fishing report/outlook is a little late. Nice looking weather weekend coming up, better get out and take advantage of it!
OFFSHORE- March is here, and "springtime" patterns are starting to set in. Sailfish are still hanging around, and decent catches should come in this weekend with some north winds in the forecast. The sails this week have been spread out from 100-300' of water. Mixed in with the sails have been a few dolphin. Not much to report on the dolphin way offshore. Save the gas and stay inshore (inside of 200') for more consistent action. The kingfish are starting to show up inside of a 100' off Jupiter Inlet. Drifting triple hooked sardines or ballyhoo is a great simple way to get the king mackerel fired up. Underneath the kingfish will be some nice mutton snapper. Yellowtail snapper fishing has been good inside of 80' of water. Bottom fishing remains the best game in town. A box or two of sardines, some squid, slide rigs, and your in business. The area from Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet is filled with great spots in 60-100' of water. Don't rely solely on old spots, keep trying new spots and depths till the fish really start to bite!
INSHORE- Snook fishing has steadily improved over the past few weeks. Lots of good snook reports from those spending the time fishing. Action will continue to remain better at night around bridges with good current. Trout are still hanging around Munyon Island. Drifting live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, or other soft plastic lures under a popping cork is a good way to get the trout fired up. The Hobe Sound flats are still holding good quantities of assorted fish. Lots of jacks, ladyfish,snook, and even a few small tarpon are cruising the flats; especially early morning. Black drum have also been reported around bridges in northern Palm Beach County.
SURF/PIER- Happy to report that pompano action has finally started to improve along Juno/Jupiter Beach. Fish early morning or late afternoon for best luck. Sandfleas and clams have remained the hot baits for the pompano. Spanish Mackerel are still biting good at Peck's Lake. Spinner shark action along the beach remains very good. A nice chunk of fresh bait is the key for the spinners. Whiting fishing has been very good for those looking for a tasty easy meal!
BAIT REPORT- GOOD NEWS!!! It is a little early,but the sardines have already started to show up. The usual bait spots are starting to hold some bait. Not big numbers yet, but it is nice to see some baits show up so early.
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A little Monday Morning Update from Capt. Eric at Freight Train Fishing
This weekends weather forecast has it starting to feel like spring is here...great looking weekend for some fishing!
OFFSHORE- The sailfish remained the main game in town this week, with many boats seeing three to four sails a day. Capt. Byron Thomas (http://thomasfishingventures.com/) reported seeing good numbers of sailfish from south of PB Inlet up to Lost Tree Village in 100-160' of water, in with the sails have been scattered dolphin and kingfish. LIvebaiting with goggle eyes and blue runners along the edge is still the best bet for a good variety of action. Under the kingfish have been some nice size mutton snapper looking for an easy meal. Try sliding a sardine down to the bottom, and don't be surprised if a nice mutton snapper ends up getting invited home for dinner! Our friend Capt. Jack Porcelli (http://www.captainjacksfishingcharters.com/) had a couple of nice cobia this week as well.
Jupiter drift fishing is improving as well. Capt. Howard Tuttle (http://www.redbeardfishingcharters.com/) had a nice mixed bag this week of kingfish and snapper. The fish are around...it just takes a little work to find them.
INSHORE- Snook fishing should continue to improve this weekend as water temps continue to creep up. Dark bottom flats with good sunlight will still be key spots during the day, and deep channels with good current at night. LIve shrimp is always a good snook bait this time of year. (For those into fishing lures check out this link for good snook lure choices: http://youtu.be/E-zjCDHoGg8 from Capt. Eric at http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/) Fishing around Munyon Island slowed a little; with a few spotted seatrout and jack reports trickling in.
SURF/PIER- Spinner shark season is in full swing right now. The spinners tend to bite good, fight hard, and are loads of fun on light tackle. Capt. James Knox (http://fishcastings.com/) had five spinners this morning, including a few multiple hookups. Spanish Mackerel action at Peck's Lake remains strong, and some scattered schools of macs can be found along the beach as well. Still very scattered action on the pompano. Spending time on the beach right now and soaking bait is what it takes to catch the pomps.
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Lots of stuff going on this long weekend...Valentines Day, Miami Boat Show, Presidents Day Monday, and I'm sure a host of other things. The weather looks like it is going to try and cooperate, and overall it should be a nice weekend for some fishing!
OFFSHORE- The fishing was a little on the slow side most of the week. Friday and Saturday look to be on the rougher side, but Sunday as of now looks like ideal conditions. Sunday, as of now, has lighter NE winds and 2-3' seas in the forecast. The sailfish and dolphin, which bit good last weekend, all but vanished for the most part this week. The best news was the showing of some BIG kingfish. Kings in the fifty pound range were caught north of Palm Beach Inlet. Fishing live goggle eyes and blue runners seemed to produce the most bites from the kingfish. Snapper fishing remained fair most of the week. Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/) caught a few snapper on his afternoon trip Thursday, but they did have to deal with an almost 4 knot current. Don't forget grouper season is currently closed. It hurts to let a big fat keeper grouper go, but the fine for getting caught with a grouper out of season will hurt even more. While the fishing was slow this week, I fully expect this weekend to produce some nice fishing!
INSHORE- Snook fishing improved a little this week. The full moon will have the snook bite slower during the day, but the night bite should be good. Bridges with deeper channels and strong current will be the spots to fish. The snook are not clicked over into spring mode yet, so they are moving a little slow. Fish your jigs and swimbaits slower and near the bottom for the best results. The flats around Munyon Island were still holding some fish this week. Scattered snook, trout, jacks, and ladyfish made up the bulk of the action. Topwater lures early in the morning and DOA shrimp during the day are great bait choices. Flats fishing reports up north (Ft. PIerce especially) have been very good for anybody looking to make the drive.
SURF/PIER- Large schools of glass minnows invaded the surf from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlets this week. WIth the massive schools of baits came a whole host of fish. Loads of Jacks, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, scattered snook, and Spinner Sharks came in with the Glass Minnows. Small spoons and Gotcha lures are great choices for the bluefish, mackerel, and jacks. Best baits for the spinner sharks are live baits or fresh chunks of bait. (For an exciting charter consider going kite fishing for spinner sharks. Crazy bites on top, and the acrobatics of the spinners on light tackle make them great fun. Our friend Capt. James http://fishcastings.com/ is great at catching the spinner sharks along the beach)
The Jupiter Inlet had a pile of birds working along the north jetty this morning. Hard to see what was under them, but my guess is some bluefish or spanish mackerel were hanging around. Jupiter beach (around Civic Center) had some birds working as well. Saw a few spinner sharks working the same area. Looks like the surf fishing is trying to improve.
AFTERNOON Update- Still lots of bait on the beach just to the north of Jupiter Inlet. Looks like mostly big schools of glass minnows. Keep your lures on the small side for the best results. Should be plenty of spanish mackerel, jacks, bluefish, and ladyfish around to catch. And if your looking for something bigger, the sharks won't be far behind!
Just good word from Capt. James at http://fishcastings.com/ that the dolphin are biting good this morning. They had five nice ones off Juno Beach between 150-200' of water on live baits. The sailfish are biting again today as well, with most of the fish being caught from Jupiter Inlet and north. The kingfish remain scattered in on the shallow reefs, with some nice ones coming in as shallow as 70' of water off Palm Beach. The bigger mutton snapper seem to be hanging out a little shallow as well currently .
Not many reports on the inshore side of things this weekend. Capt. Eric at http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/ has some snook trips lined up, so hopefully we will have some new info soon on the snookies.
Enjoy whats left of the weekend everyone,