OFFSHORE- Sailfish season is in full swing right now, and they will continue to be the main game in town. South of Jupiter Inlet most fish will be caught using live baits like goggle eyes, blue runners, or greenies(threadfin herring). While fishing the baits under a kite will improve your chances of catching sailfish, it is not totally necessary. Plenty of sails are caught drifting baits from flatlines or slow trolling them from the outriggers. Once you get north of Jupiter Inlet the livebaiters become out numbered by guys pulling ballyhoo for the sailfish. This is due largely to the flatter slower sloping bottom north of Jupiter Inlet, which tends to spread the fish out more. Trolling allows them to cover more ground and better find the fish. It is pretty neat to watch the best crews work the trolling game; with two large dredges, two teasers, and four to six lines the mates never stop working. Most sailfish will be caught between 100-200′ of water, but where the bait is you will find the fish. Don’t be afraid to fish shallow or deeper if you find bait around. Mixed in with the sailfish should be a few dolphin, cobia, and even some wahoo.
Bottom fishing has remained pretty good over the last few weeks. Still some good catches of yellowtail, mutton, and mangrove snappers coming in. The grouper are biting, but remember they are out of season and have to go back now. Mixed in with the good stuff will be assorted grunts, triggerfish, and porgies as well. Plenty of stuff around to chew on some sardines or squid fished on the bottom right now.
INSHORE- The fishing is getting better in the Intracoastal(ICW) these days as the water cools off a little bit. Fishing the ICW north of Jupiter Inlet will provide a nice mixed bag of species with some pompano, jacks, ladyfish, trout, bluefish, snook, and mangrove snapper all possible catches. Live shrimp will be the most productive natural bait, while Doc’s Goofy Jigs and soft plastic jerkbaits get the nod in the artificial department . The Loxahatchee River remains hit or miss action wise. Munyon Island has a good number of trout hanging around, with some nice size females mixed in. Snook season is closed, but if your into catch and release most bridges have some fish(including some big females) hanging around.
SURF/PIER- The pompano are starting to show up in some decent numbers along the beach. Most of the fish have been north of Jupiter Inlet, but they are headed south. Every cold front will get them coming south in a hurry. Other action remains spotty. A few bluefish, blue runners, jacks, croaker, and whiting are around…but the mild winter has not pushd any big numbers of fish down the coast…YET!!!
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!