OFFSHORE- The sailfish bite was fair this week; with a decent scattering of fish from Palm Beach Inlet up to the Loran Tower. No hot spot for the sailfish, instead it was more a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and then capitalizing on the chances. A handful of boats saw close to 10 fish this week; with most on average getting three to five shots. Live goggle eyes and blue runners under the kite have been the main bait of choice for the sails. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a fair number of good size dolphin. Sounds like 180-260’ of water seems to be the main zone of travel, with some fish being caught deeper and/or shallower depending on the day’s conditions. Kingfish bite slowed a bit, but still a good number of bigger fish scattered up and down the 120’ ledge. Bottom reports were a bit slow this week; most likely due to less than ideal water conditions inside of 120’. Fair looking weekend coming up should hopefully lead to some good reports.
INSHORE- Snook season opens tonight at midnight (2/1) for the east coast, and reports sound pretty good overall. Winter snook fishing is always a little bit tougher, but those putting the time in are finding a fair number of willing fish around. The bridges will be a good starting spot, especially on an outgoing tide. A shrimp jig is a good lure choice, as is a flair hawk. The snook won’t be super active, so presentation of the lure and patience is key in getting the bites. The Hobe Sound Flats (west side of ICW between Mile Marker 40-44) continue to hold a nice mixed bag variety of species. A few spotted seatrout, occasional redfish, ladyfish, pompano, jack, and small snook are all hanging around the flats right now. Pompano action slowed a bit in the Loxahatchee River this week, but a handful of fish have been caught throughout the week on Goofy Jigs.
SURF/PIER- A large swell made fishing tough early in the week, but overall things seem to be picking up. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a fair number of bluefish, a few pompano, scattered Spanish Mackerel, some kingfish, and plenty of blacktip sharks. Fishing from the surf was a bit slower this week, but pompano reports north of Jupiter Inlet have started to improve (still a bit spotty south of Jupiter). Bluefish are biting fairly well in Hobe Sound. Plenty of sharks moving along the beach for those looking for something a little bigger to pull on! Super Bowl Weekend tends to really mark the kickoff (pun intended) of the full on spinner/blacktip migration for South Florida.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. .SATURDAY NIGHT...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east 5 to 10 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East winds around 5 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. A chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- Poor weather kept the boats at the dock all week. In fact, the entire field of the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Tournament took a layday on Thursday as a cold front pushed through, hoping conditions would be more ideal Friday and Saturday. It does look like we could see a nice sailfish bite over the next couple days. With some of the tournament field trolling and others livebaiting; we should have a good idea where the fish are over the next few days. Should be fairly standard sailfish action beyond that with 150-250' of water being a good starting spot, live goggle eyes and blue runners being the top bait choices under the kite. Before the weather turned, the kingfish were scattered up and down the 120' ledge. No big schools of kings; but the ones around have been pretty big.
INSHORE- The pompano bite slowed in the Loxahatchee River, but a few stragglers are still hanging around. Snook season opens back up next weekend. Snook reports have been a bit slow, but that will no doubt change as more people start fishing for them. The flats in Hobe Sound have had a fair number of fish around. Live shrimp remains a solid choice for catching a little bit of everything. Some good reports of Sheepshead and Black Drum coming out of Stuart. Mixed reports around Munyan Island, with most of the better action coming inside of JDM State Park.
SURF/PIER- Tough conditions overall this week, but still been a few fish around. Blacktip/Spinner Shark reports seem to be slowly improving; and shouldn't be too long before we see a LOT of them around. Bluefish have been being caught off the Juno Beach Pier, along with a fair number of jacks. Palm Beach Inlet has also been holding a good number of jacks. Pompano reports are a bit slow, with the better ones seeming to come north of Jupiter Inlet.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to north northwest 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
SUNDAY...North winds around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely.
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OFFSHORE- The sailfish bite a lot of us hoped for this week never really materialized, but the fronts are starting to stack up and the fish should be pushing south soon. The large body of sailfish that the Pelican Tournament caught off Cape Canaveral last week for a couple days will push south eventually...just need some good north wind and cooler temps to get those beaks headed down. For those looking to find a few sailfish locally, the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet (150-250' of water) continues to produce a few fish daily. This weekend is the "Operation Sailfish" tournament out of Sailfish Marina; so we will no doubt get a good line on whats going on offshore with some of the best of the best in town this weekend. Goggle Eyes and blue runners continue to be the top live baits for the sailfish. No dolphin reports to speak of this week, beyond a few here and there fish. Kingfish are still scattered up and down the 120' ledge, but not in the numbers the last week or two has seen. Snapper reports remain fair to middle of the road.
INSHORE- The big news inshore this week was a nice push of pompano into the Loxahatchee River (and a few into the ICW up north as well). The pompano are biting sandfleas, shrimp, and Doc's Goofy jigs the best. Sounds like the traditional river jig colors (orange, pink, yellow) are working best for the pompano; with 3/8oz being the top size. Look for the pompano to "skip up" behind the boat while running, and set up in that area for best results. The black drum and sheepshead continue to bite fairly well around boat docks and seawalls in the ICW, especially those with acess to some deeper water close by. Snook fishing has been a bit slower this week. A handful of tarpon reports starting to trickle in from Palm Beach Inlet.
SURF/PIER- Very tough week along the beach and at the pier this week overall. The Juno Beach Pier has had a small handful of Spanish Mackerel around, but for the most part they are turning down most lures in favor of bait (sardines). Kingfish action slowed as well at the pier this week, with just a few being picked off on trolley rigs. A handful of pompano are being caught north of Jupiter Inlet, but overall slower pompano fishing this week. Bluefish were biting cut bait at Hobe Sound Beach earlier in the week, but large swell later in the week slowed that down as well. Just kind of a tough week overall along the beach.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northeast winds around 5 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 9 seconds. Intracoastal waters smooth.
SATURDAY...South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
SUNDAY...West southwest winds 15 to 20 knots along the coast to west southwest 20 to 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms.
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The sailfish bite is absolutely on fire right now up the coast...like way up the coast. The Pelican Yacht Club Tournament is producing absolutely ridiculous numbers over the past two days. The Pelican is a dead bait trolling tournament and the teams in the lead are running way way up the line. Check out the link and watch the scoring over the next two days. Legitimate chance for the leader to hit 100 releases! www.pelicanyachtclub.com/2019-fishing-tournament/2019-scoring-286.html
OFFSHORE- It was a tough week of fishing for the first part of the week; though reports did seem to pick up a bit on Wednesday with a little north wind blowing down. Sailfish reports have been very slow for the most part, but the Wednesday reports did include improved sailfish catches. Conditions look good for Thursday/Friday for the West Palm Beach Fishing Club's "Silver Sailfish Derby" so expect improved catches of sailfish as some of the best in the business fish to the edges of the boundaries in search of the sails. If the weather doesn't group up and push a bigger concentration of fish down(as a lot are hoping/expecting); don't be surprised if the winners of the tournament pick away at the sailfish from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet in 150-250' of water. Day in and day out that is never a bad area to try and get some sailfish bites. As usual, the best baits for the sailfish baits will be small blue runners and goggle eyes fished under the kite. Dolphin bite has been very slow this week; with only a small scattering of fish being caught. Kingfish are scattered up and down the 120' ledge from south of Palm Beach Inlet to north of Jupiter Inlet. It isn't necessarily big schools of smaller school size kingfish; but rather loose groupings of larger fish (some of them pushing forty plus pounds) . Diamond Jigs and knocker rig sardines have been working well on the kingfish. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slower this week; but a few good mutton reports did trickle in. Last week the muttons seemed to group up on the deep side of the 120' ledge; while this week they seemed to scatter between 80-100'. A handful of cobia do remain mixed in with the snapper. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom; with squid a good second for all around action.
INSHORE- The best reports inshore continue to be from those targeting black drum and sheepshead around seawalls and boat docks in the ICW and Loxahatchee River with live shrimp. Mixed in with the drum and sheepshead will be a few snook and the occasional redfish. A basic slip rig is good for presenting the shrimp, as is a small jighead (The "yellowtail candy" jighead works very well for this). Best docks will have a fair amount of structure and some deep water either under or close to the dock. The Munyan Island and Hobe Sound flats continue to produce a few fish, with Hobe Sound probably being the little better choice of spots. No reports to speak of on pompano inshore this week, but this front could push some of them inshore. Keep an eye out for the pomps "skipping" out behind the boat wake; and keep a Doc's Goofy Jig ready in case you see some. Catch and release snook action had popped off a bit with the warm weather, but expect this cooler weather to slow them back down a bit.
SURF/PIER- The surf fishing could really benefit from a few good strong cold fronts. Reports from farther north (Fort Pierce to Vero Beach) sound very good; but our fishing has been a bit slow to start the week. Although, reports did seem to improve slightly Wednesday night after a day of north wind. Best surf reports for our more local area continue to be from Jupiter Island/Hobe Sound. Bluefish and jacks will be the most consistent; especially early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. The GT Ice Cream and "Pelicans" continue to be big producers for both. POmpano action remains a bit on the slow side overall. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a very few Spanish Mackerel, occasional Kingfish, and some Bonita (If Bonita on the pier in January doesn't make you scratch your head a bit I don't know what will!) Diamond jigs and swimming plugs (Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Mag Minnows) remain solid choices on the pier. As in the surf, the best action from the pier will be early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds around 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Overall fishing was a bit slow offshore this week,. Sailfish reports were fair, but not great despite good looking water and a nice north current. A strong cold front or two with some hard north wind would be very beneficial for getting the sailfish fired up and surfing down some waves. Best sailfish bite (minus a few oddball reports to the south and trolling reports from way up the line) continues to come from just south of the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet in 130-300' of water. Live goggle eyes and blue runners will be top live baits for the kite, while some pilchards or threadfins work great on the flatlines. A few good size dolphin have been mixed in the same depth with the sailfish, but not as many as a few weeks ago. A few good dolphin reports from out deeper (600-800') off Jupiter did also come in this week. In closer to the 120' ledge a fair number of kingfish and a few cobia are being caught while drifting sardines. Best bet for the kings in a sardnie on a knocker rig, while the "slide-rig" is the way to go for the cobia. Bottom fishing reports remained very good this week, especially for those willing to fish a bit deeper than usual (100-150'). Some good sized mutton snapper and flag yellowtails being caught out in the deeper stuff on sardines, with that occasional cobia mixed in as well.
INSHORE- The Hobe Sound Flats and boat docks (Mile Marker 40-44 in the ICW) remain our best bet on the inshore side of things. Good mixed bag action for ladyfish, jacks, sheepshead, a few spotted seatrout, and maybe even a redfish or two. Live shrimp will be the top producer on the natural bait side of things; while a Vudu Shrimp, DOA Shrimp, or DOA Cal paddle tail will work well on the artificial side of things. The Loxahatchee River has had a few good days of pompano fishing, but its hard to pinpoint when/where its going to happen. Sandfleas, Fishbites, and Doc's Goofy Jigs have been the ticket for the pomps when you do find them. Milder weather has kept the catch and release snook fishing going pretty good, especially at night around bridges and docklights. A few reports from Munyan Island coming in for spotted seatrout and very occasioanl redfish as well.
SURF/PIER- Kind of an interesting week to start the year along the beach and at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier. The surf south of Jupiter Inlet has been a bit spotty; while action to the north of Jupiter Inlet remains a bit more consistent. Regardless of which direction you head low-light periods (early morning/late afternoon) will be best for bluefish, jacks, Spanish Mackerel, pompano, and sharks. For fun topwater action early in the morning or at sunset on the jacks, bluefish, and sharks try throwing a GT Ice Cream, Yo-Zuri Surface Cruiser, or Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil. For more consistent bites opt for a swimming plug (Rapala X-Rap, Yo-Zuri Mag Minnow, Yo-Zuri Longcast), diamond jig, or a Gator Spoon. The pompano that have been around (again primarily north of Jupiter Inlet) are biting best on sandfleas, clams, and Fishbites. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing some nice size Spanish Mackerel, a few keeper size Kingfish, and surprisingly a good number of bonita. The Spanish Mackerel are being caught best with small to medium size swimming plugs (X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Mag Minnow), white crappie jigs, or the bobber rig with a Clark spoon. For the kingfish and bonita try throwing a bigger swimming plug (Daiwa SP Minnow or Rapala X-Rap in size 12 or 14). Best bite for them has been first thing in the morning, with a few pushing around again late in the afternoon.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to south 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...West northwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to west northwest 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
SUNDAY...Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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