Good Thursday morning everyone! The weekend is almost upon us, time to start making those fishing plans.
Real quick note, before the fishing report. Juno Bait has "Ales For Anglers" tickets for sale. This is going to be a awesome concert/event that the Snook and Gamefish Foundation is putting on. Tickets are only $35 (Also includes a raffle ticket for the X-Fish SUP and a year long membership to SGF). This is a great chance to support an excellent cause (Eric and I strongly strongly support the work SGF/Angler Action is doing) and hear some great music. (http://alesforanglers.com/)
OFFSHORE- I've never been one to lie to anyone, and I won't start this week...fishing was BRUTAL offshore this week. Unseasonably warm weather had the sailfish bite extremely slow. It looked like Tuesday morning the sail bite was going to improve, but by the afternoon it had all but tapered off. The Bluewater Movements "Sailfish Challenge" is this weekend, and with the best sailfish teams in south Florida fishing out of three inlets, someone will find them. We will be sure to keep you updated over the next few days if we get an idea where that is! No great dolphin reports this week, a few small scattered ones in 200-300' of water. A few big kingfish are being caught from Lost Tree to just North of the Juno Beach Pier. The depth for the kings has varied, but 100-150' seems to be holding a few smokers. Bottom fishing remains good for February. Some nice assorted snapper catches coming in for the driftboats over the past week. Don't forget that grouper season is closed right now.
INSHORE- Snook season is open, and above average temperatures should have them biting good. This is the time of year to, as Capt. Eric (freighttrainfishing.weebly.com/) says "hurry up, and slow down". Slot sized snook this time of year are not going to spend a whole lot of time chasing down their meals. A good tactic for catching snook this time of year is swimming a flair hawk around deeper bridges at night. Snook are nocturnal by nature, so give up a few hours of sleep for a better chance at a big linesider. Flats fishing around Munyon Island has remained fair. Some monster jacks, a few trout, and snook can be caught in the Lake Worth Lagoon right now.
SURF/PIER- The spinner sharks and blacktip sharks have been around the past week. Fishing live or very fresh cut bait is the best chance to hook up with a shark. If your not into fishing bait, the sharks will hit a big noisy topwater lure in lowlight conditions. Bluefish have been scattered up and down the beach. Spanish Mackerel fishing has been great at Peck's Lake; and with southeast winds in the forecast it should stay that way. A little chum and/or some glass minnows will get the macks fired up. No cobia reports along the beach this week.
Good luck everyo