OFFSHORE- It’s looking like another rough weekend for those hoping to head offshore. Rough weather has kept most people at the dock this week, but those making it out have been seeing some fish. The sailfish bite north of the Juno Pier fired up really good on Tuesday afternoon, and was still hot Wednesday morning. Look for the sails along the 120’ ledge, around hard rips, color changes, and anywhere you find large areas of bait. Live baits (goggle eyes and blue runners) presented under a kite are hard to beat for sailfish. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a few nice dolphin and some cobia. Try putting a livebait down deep for the cobia. A little chum or menhaden oil is also a good idea to help attract the dolphin and cobia. Bottom fishing reports were a little slow this week; no doubt due to less than ideal conditions.
INSHORE- A kind of slow week of reports this week on the inshore side of things. Windy conditions and muddy water made things a little tough. The sheltered flats around MacArthur State Park are still producing a little mixed bag variety. Ladyfish, jacks (big and small), small snook, sheepshead, and a few spotted seatrout are making up most of the catch. Live shrimp under a popping cork or a Cajun thunder float is a good idea for all around variety and lots of bites. Snook season opens back up a week from Sunday. The snook are still biting very good at night aroubd the bridges. Live shrimp, shrimp style lures, and small swimbaits are all great choices for the snook right now.
SURF/PIER- Less than ideal conditions along the beach this week kept reports few and far between. Early in the week before the surf kicked up, croaker were still biting good in the first trough. Pompano action remains spotty, but those spending a lot of time on the beach are getting a few bites. Good numbers of blacktip and spinner sharks are starting to show up along the beach. Spanish mackerel action at Peck’s Lake was a little spotty this week, but still plenty of macs around once you find them!
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Freight Train Fishing Report- Despite less than ideal weather conditions we’ve been out fishing just about everyday this week. Had a few killer days on the mackerel at Peck’s Lake early in the week. Lots of spinner and blacktip sharks around putting on a pretty good show while we were mackerel fishing. Also been finding some pompano inshore again up in Stuart. Some good action on the flats up that way right now, and a good option if you get blown out of your offshore trip. Lastly, snook season is fast approaching. I really enjoy fishing for them this time of year, so give me a call about different snook trip options.
OFFSHORE- Fishing was pretty good offshore for the early part of the week. Lots of scattered dolphin from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Depth varied widely for the dolphin, with some being caught right around the 120' ledge and some coming more than ten miles out. All the usual tricks will work for catching the dolphin. Trolling ballyhoo, strips, and squid to cover water is effective; as is drifting and chumming for them. Look for weedlines, rips, bait, and color changes and the dolphin shouldn't be too far away. In along the 120' ledge (Juno to Jupiter especially) the kingfish bite was good this week. A wide class of fish around, with snake 10-12lb kings in good numbers and some stud smoker size kings as well in the mix. Also along the ledge has been a good number of cobia. Try drifting sardines and small runners for the cobia, and don't be afraid to chum heavily for the cobia. Bottom fishing remains good for this time of year. A mixed bag of snapper and other assorted bottom fish are willing to bite sardines and squid.
INSHORE- Snook reports are staring to trickle in as anglers start to do a little scouting for snook season (Season opens 2/1 for Atlantic coast). Look for the snook to be laid up around boat docks, dark mudflats, and mangroves; especially those areas close to deeper water. The bridges are still producing a fair number of snook at night, especially on outgoing tide. Live shrimp, shrimp jigs, DOA Shrimp, and smaller swimbaits are all good choices for the snook right now. Inshore action around the grassflats was a little quiet this week, but those spending some time out there have found a few fish. JAcks, ladyfish, and a few smaller trout have made up the bulk of the reports coming in.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing was great early in the week for a wide variety of species; but, unfortunately has tapered off as the week has went on. Early in the week spanish mackerel invaded the Juno Beach pier in great numbers. Crappie jigs, glass minnow jigs, boober rig with clark spoon, and gotchas all were producing good numbers of macs this week. Bluefish remained in the mix in good numbers this week as well at the pier and Jupiter Inlet. Silver spoons and cut bait seemed to be producing the best numbers of blues this week. Pompano were caught in fair numbers at Loggerhead for a few days this week. Spinner sharks are beginning to show up in good numbers along the beach as well right now. Lots of good stuff going on in the surf right now!
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Quick little update...
OFFSHORE- Sounds like the kingfish are scattered along the 120' ledge from Juno up to Jupiter Inlet today in halfway decent numbers. Sounds like some of the kings are nice smokers! A handful of nice cobias have been caught the last few days along the ledge as well. Drfting sardines on a knocker rig or small live blue runners will get bites from both the kings and cobia.
SURF/PIER- Jupiter Inlet has come alive this afternoon with a scattering of spanish mackerel, bluefish, and jacks. Spoons and gotcha lures should get the macs, and cut bait is the key for the bluefish. The pier has been seeing a lot of small sharks, a handful of sheepshead, and fair numbers of spanish macs (especially on high tide).
OFFSHORE- It took a little while, but it looks like the cold fronts are going to start rolling through; and that should help set up the winter time fishing patterns a little better. Sailfish action was good from Palm Beach Inlet to Jupiter Inlet last week with the mild front, and then slowed as the week went on. Teams fishing the Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament this week, have for the most part been choosing to make long runs up the line and look for the sails while trolling dredges and small naked ballyhoo. Livebait teams staying closer to home have found a few sailfish in 120-160' of water from the Juno Beach Pier up to the Jupiter Inlet. Dolphin fishing was very good last weekend, and a few have hung around into the later part of the week. Look for most of the dolphin catches to be in the same zone as the sailfish (150-300'). Kingfish remain broken up in small schools north of Jupiter Inlet. Bottom fishing remains fair, with some decent snapper catches for those really putting the time in. A mix of yellowtails, mangrove, lane, and a few muttons (along with all the usual reef species) have made up the bulk of the bottom catch.
INSHORE- Reports from the grassflats in Hobe Sound (Mile Marker 40-44) improved this week. A few pompano, jacks, and ladyfish were caught by those throwing goofy jigs in 3-5' of water. Scattered(very scattered) seatrout catches were made on live shrimp. A few snook are hanging on the east side of the Intracoastal around the docks up that way as well. No reports to really speak of from Munyan Island but the fishing should improve with each front. Sheepshead and blackdrum have been biting at night around area bridges. Fresh curt shrimp is hard to beat for catching the drum and sheepshead. Snook season will be reopening here very soon. Snook reports have been a little sparse, but those who have been fishing are having good luck using live shrimp and shrimp jigs.
SURF/PIER- Local surf fishing has remained a bit slow, but it did show some signs of improvement with last weeks mild front. Croaker, and a few whiting, continue to bite well in the first trough. Small pieces of shrimp and fishbites are both good bait choices for them. Scattered spanish mackerel have been around the pier. Crappie jigs Gotcha Lures, and the "bobber rig" w/ a clark or squid spoon are all good choices for the macs. Schools of jacks are cruising the beach and make for good action, especially when targeted with light tackle. Bluefish are around, but not in huge numbers. Fishing cutbait at dawn and dusk seems to be the best bet for the blues right now. A really nice permit was caught at the Juno Beach Pier last weekend, and the conditions are right for some more to show up. We have some nice blue crabs for sale, if your looking to soak a permit bait for a while.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- Despite promising looking conditions offshore, the bite was a little tough. A few dolphin and scattered sails were the main action, and did hear of some nice blackfin tuna up to the north. Spanish Mackerel action remains good at Peck's Lake. Lots of fun(especially on light tackle), great for kids, and usually fairly easy to get them fired up with some chum and glass minnows. Plus with all the mackerel hanging around the bigger fish are not far behind. Lots of big sharks and goliath grouper around for those looking for a real fight!
OFFSHORE- Tough week to write an offshore report. The early part of the week saw fairly decent conditions offshore, and VERY lousy fishing! Teams practicing for The Silver Sailfish Derby from south of Lake Worth Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet saw very few sails and a handful of dolphin. That all may change as the weather is forecasted to blow pretty hard Thursday. The question is; will the front be enough to fire up any fish? If there are any sailfish to be caught from the Hutchison Island Power Plant to Boca Inlet the Derby Fleet will find them; we'll keep you posted on the hotspot. The past week saw a scattering of dolphin (mostly small) in 150-350' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. A few wahoo were caught early in the week around the full moon, but no real numbers to speak of. The kingfish that had been schooled up north of Jupiter Inlet seem to have broken up. A few scattered kings will no doubt be hanging around. Bottom fishing remained fair this week, with some decent snapper catches coming in. Don't forget grouper season is closed now, should a random one show up.
INSHORE- The Lake Worth Lagoon (Munyan Island, MaCarthur State Park, etc.) saw a little improved action this week, and may improve even a little more with the coming cold front. Scattered jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, and snook kept things interesting for anglers spending some time on the flats. Live shrimp, Vudu Shrimp, and DOA CAL baits are a good choice for working over the grass right now. The Loxahatchee River has some nice size snook holding around boat docks and seawalls. Look for the snook to be active during low light periods of the day and on moving water. No reports to speak of from the Hobe Sound Flats this week, but the fish should be filling in halfway decently. This is the time of year to bounce a goofy jig on the bottom in 2-4' of water for great mixed bag action in that area.
SURF/PIER- The early part of the week saw limited surf action. Croakers made up the bulk of the catch at the Juno Pier early in the week. Small pieces of shrimp and fishbites are the baits of choice for the croakers. Other action along the beach was slim; with a few reports of scattered jacks and some bonefish. Bluefish are biting a little bit late in the afternoon, with cut sardines and ballyhoo being the bait of choice. Spanish Mackerel action remains good at Peck's Lake. Bring lots of chum and glass minnow to get the mackerel fired up and then cast glow tubes, flash minnow jigs, and clark spoons for fast action on the macs. Pompano reports remain very sparse, but may improve with the coming front.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- Lots of good stuff going on for us at Peck's LAke again this week. We spent a lot of time catching Spanish Mackerel (some real nice 5-6 pound fish, and lots of smaller ones as well) on a wide variety of lures and baits. Th sharks are in Peck's Lake in good numbers; and are a lot of fun to pull on if your looking for something big to pull on. In addition to the sharks the goliath grouper have been hanging out underneath the mackerel as well. Saw some bluefish and blue runners mixed in with the macs as well. Lots of good action.
Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com)
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OFFSHORE- The weather is looking a little fishy and maybe a little bumpy for the next few days. Sailfish action improved over the last few days, with most boats getting a shot or two a day. Seems like most of the sailfish have been in 130-190' of water out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets. The current started to pick back up over the last few days which should help get the sailfish feeding again. A few dolphin and blackfin tuna have been caught in 200-300'of water out of Palm Beach Inlet. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, bonita strips, and small trolling feathers will all work on the dolphin and blackfin tuna. The kingfish that made a showing off Jupiter a few weeks ago seemed to have thinned out a bit. Look for the straggler kings to be hanging around in 90-120' of water. Snapper fishing remains good (especially for this time of year) for those fishing the bottom. Sardines and squid remain the bait of choice for the snapper. Mixed in with the snapper have been a few cobia as well.
INSHORE- Not a lot to report on the inshore side of things this week. The flats fishing around Munyon Island and the Hobe Sound Flats slowed a bit with the warm weather. Look for the fishing to be best early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Live shrimp under a popping cork will be the best bet for all around inshore action. Catch and release snook fishing was a little slower this week.
SURF/PIER- Calm clear conditions kept surf fishing a little sow this week. Best action this week was on croaker and whiting in the first trough with small pieces of shrimp. Some nice jacks cruising the beach as well. Look for the jacks to bite on spoons, popping plugs, and cut bait. Bluefish are around, but not in great numbers. Best bet for the bluefish is late afternoon into the night using cut bait. No pompano reports to speak of this week. Spanish mackerel action remains very good at Peck's Lake. A few cobia have been caught along the beach.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- Spanish Mackerel action was very good at Peck's Lake for us this week. Mixed in with the macs have been a lot of blue runners and other assorted species. The sharks and goliath grouper are hanging around the macs, so if you want some something big to pull on...we can find it! Offshore action was a bit slow this week, hopefully we see a little change in the weather soon to get the fish fired back up!
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