OFFSHORE- The offshore fishing was a bit off this week. A late season sailfish bite from the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet was the main thing going on. Mixed in with the sailfish were a handful of bigger dolphin, but not the numbers that the previous few weeks had produced. Also, in with the sailfish have been a few very nice size blackfin tuna up to twenty pounds. Live goggle eyes, small blue runners, and pilchards are the baits of choice. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge from south of Palm Beach Inlet to north of Jupiter Inlet. The kings have schooled up on a few days, but for the most part remain scattered up and down the line. Dolphin reports over all remain better out deeper, but with the weekend forecast a long run offshore may the be the most desirable situation. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid has been the ticket for the dolphin. Snapper reports remain pretty good overall, with some really nice yellowtail snapper being caught along with a handful of mutton snapper. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been getting better and better, and should continue as we move on through the month. Little late season front may slow them down a bit, but hopefully not too much. The snook are moving off of their wintertime shrimp diet and beginning to look for larger baits in front of the upcoming spawning season. During the day large live mullet around boat docks and seawalls is a good bet for the snook. While throwing flair hawk jigs and big swimbaits is a good choice at night. The bridges are starting to hold a fair number of snook at night, especially on an outgoing tide. Mixed in with the snook should be a handful of bruiser jacks. The upper stretches of the Loxahatchee River has had a fair number of smaller tarpon around. Smaller panfish (Sandperch, a few croakers, maybe a sheepshead or two) have been biting pieces of fresh shrimp in the ICW.
SURF/PIER- Hard to forecast the weekend with the upcoming late season front in the mix. The Juno Beach Pier saw fair action this week, with a nice mixture of springtime species around. Some big jacks, a handful of kingfish, and fair number of bigger Spanish Mackerel all made a showing this week at the pier. Early morning and late afternoon proved the most effective, especially for those throwing lures. A Rapala X-Rap, Yo-Zuri Hyrdo Longcast, or Daiwa SP minnow have all been good choices for the jacks and kings. The Spanish Macs have been biting small X-Raps and white crappie jigs the best. A handful of snook are showing at the pier, and should begin to increase in numbers almost by the day. Pompano fishing slowed a bit this week, but a few are still being caught. Doc's Goofy jigs are still pulling a few from the pier; while clams, sand fleas, and fishbites are the best choice from the surf. The spinner and blacktip sharks have largely left the beach, but they have been replaced by a smaller number of much larger ones (Including a 12' hammerhead that has been around the pier on quite a few occasions...)
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with a dominant period 6 seconds. Rough on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...West winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Choppy on the intracoastal waters.
SUNDAY...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 5 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
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