OFFSHORE- Fishing was on the slow side again this week. Sailfish action remains slow, but a front this weekend could help push some fish down from up north. The best action this week on the sailfish was way up the line. Dead bait trollers out of Fort Pierce have been seeing a fair number of sails; they just haven't pushed to the south at all in any numbers. A few more cold fronts should help get them pushed down in better numbers. Mahi action improved a bit this week in 150-250' of water from Juno to Jupiter. Not big numbers of dolphin around, but a handful of good size ones. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners will be top bait choices for the sailfish and the bigger dolphin. Trolling bonita strips and squid will also be a good choice for trying to find the dolphin and Blackfin tuna that have been around. Full moon this week should have the wahoo biting. The Nomad DTX minnow continues to get the wahoo bites. Snapper fishing remains pretty good in 70-100' of water. Mixed in with the mutton and yellowtail snapper have been a good number of nice sized porgies as well. Sardines and squid will be top bait choices on the bottom. About time to start seeing some more cobia showing up on the bottom as well!
INSHORE- Inshore fishing improved a bit this week. Cooler temps seemed to get the fish biting a bit better. Sheepshead and black drum action really improved in the Loxahatchee River and ICW. Live shrimp will be the best bait option for both of them. Mixed in with the drum and sheepshead will be some ladyfish, jacks, and occasional pompano. The Hobe Sound ICW flats continue to improve with an assortment of life. A few trout, pompano, snook, ladyfish, and other assorted life are swimming around on the Hobe Sound Flats right now. Live shrimp, Gulp Shrimp, and gold spoons are all good bait/lure options on the flats right now. Look for the stretch from Mile Marker 40-44 to be your best bet. If the west side of the ICW gets blown out, give the boat docks on the east side of the ICW a try.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing once again left a bit to be desired this week. Surf and water conditions did improve towards the end of the week; but unfortunately fishing reports did not drastically improve with the better conditions. A small handful of pompano were caught from Juno Beach up to Hobe Sound. No rhyme or reason to the pompano, just a few around for those spending time on the beach. Sandfleas (if you can find them!), clams, and FIshBites all remain good bait choices for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier has had a handful of Spanish Mackerel this week. Crappie jigs or small Rapala X-Raps remain good bait choices for the Spanish Macs on the pier. Best action for them will be first thing in the morning and then late in the afternoon. A few kingfish bites on the pier this week as well. Seems to be best first thing in the morning for the kings. A size 14 Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnow will be top lure choices for the kings. The Blacktip Sharks are starting to show in better numbers along the beach. Still a few weeks away from full on migration status; but better numbers for sure around this week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...North northwest winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet along the coast and 7 to 9 feet with occasional to 11 feet in the Gulf Stream. North swell 3 to 4 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
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