OFFSHORE: Less than ideal conditions, strange weather patterns, and ever changing weather kept most boats at the dock this week. A few big guys poked out and found a few sailfish in the usual areas. Not the numbers you'd really expect, but this next passing front could fire up a good group of fish. Some nice size dolphin mixed in with the sails. No real reason to head out deep; best action remains inside of 300' for both the sailfish and the dolphin. Still a scattering of kingfish hanging around in 100-120' of water. No huge numbers of kings, but enough that drifting sardines on a knocker rig should produce a few bites. Not a lot of bottom reports this week. Should start to hear about more cobra offshore, but it hasn't happened yet.
INSHORE: Tough inshore fishing overall this week. Snook season is almost here...the reports on them should increase over the next few weeks. The Loxahatchee River and northern ICW have been holding a fair number of jacks, a few snook, and a scattering of pompano. Still a few spotted seatrout and redfish around as well. Live shrimp is a great bait choice inshore right now. A goofy jig bounced along the bottom is also a good choice for mixed bag action. Tip the goofy jig with a small piece of FishBites for even more fish catching potential. Low light periods of the day remain the best bet. Look for the fish to bite best with moving water as well.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing remains hit or miss, with a few good catches coming in this week. Sandfeas, clams, and FishBites are the baits of choice for the pompano. Some good pompano reports north of Jupiter Inlet, with a few coming in along Juno Beach as well. Spanish Mackerel action is day to day at Peck's Lake. Spinner sharks are beginning to show in fair numbers along Singer Island. A few scattered reports of some snook along the beach and passing schools of tarpon. Good numbers of croakers in the trough on small pieces of shrimp.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...ALONG THE COAST, NORTH NORTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON. WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. IN THE GULF STREAM, NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SATURDAY...NORTH NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...ALONG THE COAST, NORTH NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING WEST NORTHWEST AROUND 5 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. IN THE GULF STREAM, WEST NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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OFFSHORE: The sailfish bite slowed this week, with those spending a lot of time on the water getting the bites. Conditions are not going to be ideal for "The Buc" (buccaneercup.com), but the tournament fleet will definitely find some sails over the weekend. Should be a good tournament with the trollers headed up north and the live bait guys finding the fish one way or another. Dolphin bite was pretty good this week with some reports of some nice fish coming in! Not a lot of schoolies around, but some solid fifteen plus pound fish around. Most of the dolphin have been inside of 300' of water, but don't be afraid to poke out a little deeper if the inside stuff is slow. Trolling small ballyhoo and squid is a good choice for the dolphin. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the ledge in Jupiter, with some solid smokers in the mix. Bottom fishing remains very good, and the next few days should produce nice conditions to pull up a few snapper.
INSHORE: Sheepshead remain around in good numbers, along with a few black drum. Live shrimp is a good way to go, as are fiddler crabs if you can find them. A few spotted sea trout and some redfish around the Munyon Island and Home Sound Flats. Live shrimp is also a good choice for these guys. Pompano are making a little showing inshore, with the Loxahatchee River holding a few. Catch and release snook fishing is a bit hit or miss. Season is coming up...time to go start finding out what they are doing!
SURF/PIER: A few pompano around this week, but not in huge numbers. Lowlight periods will be the key to getting a few pomp bites right now, especially with super calm clear conditions. No big numbers of bluefish around, but a few are being picked away at Hobe Sound Beach. Blacktip sharks are starting to show a little better, and should be here in good numbers very soon.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTH SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY...SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
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OFFSHORE- Been a HOT week of sail fishing offshore...and it has also been rough! The usual deal for the sailfish is the way to go; live baits under the kite or small ballyhoo behind the dredge are the ticket for the sails. Bite has been fairly spread out with a nice group of fish stretched from the Juno Beach Pier all the way up to Fort Pierce. As usual the live bait guys will go a little better from the Loran Tower South while the trollers do a little better to the north (Though this week the trollers did just fine to the south as well!). Some decent size dolphin mixed in with the sailfish. Also lots of scattered kingfish in with the sails and dolphin. Above average wahoo fishing for this time of year, and the full moon should help keep them biting. Rough weather has kept snapper fishing reports to a minimum this week.
INSHORE- The interesting news around northern Palm Beach County this week on the inshore front remains the above average number of redfish hanging around. Now we aren't talking schools of hundreds of fish to sight fish along the flats, but even a chance or two at a redfish is pretty cool for us. A few spotted seatrout on the flats. Lots of sheepshead around the docks and bridge pilings. Live shrimp and sand fleas are solid bait choices for the sheepshead. Catch and release snook fishing remains pretty good around the bridges at night.
SURF/PIER- It was a little slower week surf fishing wise due mostly to rough ocean conditions. Pompano action remains a bit sporadic. Seems to be a few more pompano north of Jupiter Inlet...and also more sharks, so reel em in quick! Still a fair scattering of bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish scattered along the beach. A heavy lure (Silver spoon, weighted plug, or big popper) thrown during low light periods of the day is a good choice on the beach right now. Spanish mackerel also remain around in good numbers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. PERIOD 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. SATURDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO EAST NORTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET. PERIOD 9 SECONDS. NORTHEAST SWELL AROUND 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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OFFSHORE: Pretty diverese range of weather and fishing offshore over the past week, and the upcoming weekend looks to offer more of the same. Sailfish action is not what iit could/should be for this time of year, though the cold front pushing through this weekend could quickly change that. Some sailfish are pushing through, though the bigger concentration of fish seems to still be holding farther up the line. Kingfish schooled up a little bit better this week, with some nice catches coming up towards the Loran Tower and also just south of the Juno Beach Pier. Dolphin fishing remains fair, with a decent number of fish around for this time of year. Snapper fishing remains strong as well. Some good reports of mutton, yellowtail, and bigger mangove snapper all coming in. Sardines remain the bait of choice for the snapper.
INSHORE: The inshore flats around Munyon Island, Hobe Sound, and even the Loxahatchee River are starting to come alive with a variety of species. Sheepshead, ladyfish, jack, snook, and even the ocasoinal redfish are poking around the flats right now and have been very willing to eat a live shrimp. Snook fishing has been fair around the bridges. The bridges are also holding a nice number of sheepshead and black drum or two.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing improved a little this week, with some fair catches coming in north of Jupiter Inlet. Spanish mackerel fishing remains strong off of Peck's Lake. Bluefish action should improve this weekend with the passing cold front. Also just about time to see a big push of blacktip and spinner sharks around.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...WEST NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING EAST SOUTHEAST. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY...ALONG THE COAST, WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHWEST IN THE EVENING. IN THE GULF STREAM, SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHWEST 20 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE EVENING. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY.
SUNDAY...NORTH NORTHEAST WINDS 25 TO 30 KNOTS. SEAS 8 TO 10 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 13 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 13 TO 15 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 19 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. NORTH NORTHEAST SWELL 3 TO 4 FEET IN THE MORNING. INTRACOASTAL WATERS ROUGH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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