OFFSHORE- The weather forecast is looking very nice for the weekend, and the fish have been biting…what a great combo! Dolphin fishing remains good from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. No particular depth for the mahi-mahi, as they have been scattered all over. Trolling to cover some water should raise the dolphin, or chumming in productive looking water should also have you seeing those beautiful green, yellow, and blue flashes around the boat. Be sure to drop something down deep if the dolphin are around, it’s likely a wahoo is lurking just down underneath them! A diamond or vertical jig is perfect for sending down deep to search out a suspending wahoo.
Bottom fishing has been good for snapper, with reports of the yellowtail starting to heat up. A small yellow jig tipped with squid, bonita, or sardine should entice the yellowtail to strike. Larger baits, like sardines or big chunks of bonita, fished patiently on the bottom may produce a nice mutton snapper. Best snapper action seems to be 80-100 feet of water. Keep some flatlines out on the surface for the kingfish or stray cobia that are still hanging around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been getting better and better. The linesiders are getting ready to stack up in the inlets, but before they do it is feeding time! The spring (now early summer, I guess!) mullet run is on, and the snook are taking advantage of the mass of food. Big swimbaits, flair hawks, and of course live mullet are a good choice for the snook.
Inshore mangrove snapper and sheepshead fishing has been getting better. Try shrimp around the bridges for best results.
SURF/PIER- The snook have decided it is summertime and have showed up in the surf. Look for them cruising the first rough early and late in the morning. Throwing live shrimp, doa shrimp, or small white jigs should get their attention. Word has it the tarpon are cruising the beach as well. Keep an eye out for the big schools of jacks cruising the beach as well!