Almost through another work week, time to start making those weekend fishing plans!
OFFSHORE- Sailfish action remained fair this week for those spending the time fishing live bait this week. Early this week saw a few more fish than the later part of the week; but this cool front should have them fired up again for the weekend. Finding bait offshore has been the major key to seeing the most sails; so keep an eye out for flying fish and bait balls on the sounder. A few nice dolphin have been mixed in with the sailfish in the 150-300' depth range. Trolling a spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and other small lures in the 200-300" range should raise some dolphin and small blackfin tuna. Some kingfish reported in the 100' range over the past week as well. Snapper fishing is still very good for January. Lost Tree to Jupiter Inlet, in 90-100', seems to be holding a nice mixed bag of assorted snapper.
INSHORE- Snook season opens February 1st, and that will no doubt be the main game in town on the inshore fishing side of things. Fishing deeper bridges with good current flow is a good starting point for bagging a slot size snook. During the day look for snook to be hanging out on shallow flats with a dark bottom, or in areas that are getting a lot of sunshine. Live shrimp, or good shrimp imitations like the DOA Shrimp, are a great bait choice for snook this time of year.
Surf/Pier- Surf fishing remains a bit off for the season, but a mixed bag of fish are being caught by those putting the time in. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, jacks, and spinner sharks are scattered up and down the beach. Tossing a large silver spoon or big popping plug is a good way to find them. Pompano are still not here n big numbers. If pompano is the desired species...head nor
OFFSHORE- A few days of decent cool weather seem to have the sailfish fired up from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlets. Most sails are being caught in 120-200' of water. Live baits, like goggle eyes or small blue runners, will get the most attention from the sails. Now is the time of year to get those kites up and baits splashing on the surface. Mixed in with the sailfish will be some nice kingfish, dolphin, cobia, and a stray wahoo as well. Bridle the baits with circle hooks for the best hookup ratio. And, don't be afraid to fish a small trace of wire leader on your baits if the toothy critters are around. Sailfish and dolphin will still bite a bait with a little wire on it. Trolling bite has been a little slow over the last week. Snapper fishing has been holding steady, with some nice yellowtail and vermillion catches being reported. Cobia have been caught in 15-20' of water over the past week as well. Rough weather and cool temps kept a lot of people at the dock, so it looks like this weekend may be a very promising fishing weekend!
INSHORE- Fishing around Munyon Island improved greatly over the past few weeks. Spotted Seatrout, Snook, and even a small handful of redfish have filled into their wintertime hangouts on the grassflats. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp, and Gambler Little EZ swimbaits are all good choices right now. The Hobe Sound flats are also holding a good number of fish right now, with reports of ladyfish, jacks, snook, trout and other species all coming in. Nighttime snook fishing around the bridges is good, especially on an outgoing tide.
SURF/PIER- The Bluefish invaded local beaches again this week with the cooler weather. Silver spoons, large popping plugs, and cut mullet or sardines will all get the blues attention. Spanish Mackerel are holding at Peck's Lake in good numbers. Pompano action remains spotty. Spinner sharks are scattered around as well.
Offshore- Sailfish action remained good up towards Fort Pierce this week. Tournament sailfish teams made the run way up the line to get multiple shots at the sailfish. Trolling small naked ballyhoo behind dredges had many teams seeing ten or more fish a day. Sailfish action from Jupiter inlet south remained spotty. A few fish have been caught by those spending the time working the usual spots hard with livebaits. Dolphin action has remained good, especially on the days when the wind blows and the ocean is rough! A few kingfish have pushed in south of Palm Beach inlet. Snapper fishing on the bottom has remained good (especially by typical January standards)
Inshore- Not a lot to write about this week. Snook action slowed way down with the cooler weather. The Hobe Sound flats are still holding a mixed bag of jacks, ladyfish, and a stray pompano or two. Munyon Island has a few spotted seatrout hanging around.
Surf/Pier- Cooler weather this week did help push some fish down the beach. Bluefish made a nice showing, and have been ready to strike a silver spoon or noisy topwater. Spinner sharks are following the bluefish in decent numbers. The Spanish Mackerel have filled into Peck's Lake good. Clark spoons, Gotcha lures, and Gulfstream flash minnow jigs are all catching the Macs. Bring some glass minnows or ground chum
Fishing remains tough offshore for Northern Palm Beach County. Typical "winter" patterns have not fully set in, and fishing remains very spotty. Teams fishing the SIlver Sailfish Derby this week have faced tough nasty weather conditions; and a tougher fishing. The biggest body of Sailfish seem to be well north of Palm Beach County. The dead-bait trollers up towards Fort Pierce seem to be the ones catching the most sails. Those fishing from Jupiter Inlet to Palm Beach Inlet are seeing a few sails, and after a good blow the dolphin bite has been good. The dolphin are readily biting live baits or trolled ballyhoo. Bottom fishing for snapper remains good in 60-95' of water, and sardines remain the bait of choice.
Above average temperatures have inshore fishing in a confused state. Snook don't know if its summer, fall, or winter; and getting the pattern on them remains tough. Around the local bridges a few sheepshead, black drum, and snapper have been biting. The Hobe Sound Flats are holding fair numbers of jacks, ladyfish, and a stray pompano or two. Reports have trickled in that Burnt Bridge and Munyon Island may have a few spotted seatrout hanging around.
This weeks one day cold front did help push some fish down towards the Juno Pier. Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish, and a few sharks were reported this week. Throwing heavy spoons and diamond jigs are producing the best results. Pompano action remains scattered at best.
Good Luck Everyone; Catch Em Up,