OFFSHORE- Slight improvement in the sailfish action this week. Still waiting to get a big push of fish (which could likely happen this week with strong passing cold front), but a lot of boats finally started to get multiple chances on the sails this week. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners will be good bait choices under the kite. Smaller pilchards and thread fins remain solid choices for the flatlines. Depth has bounced around a bit on the sailfish, but 150-250' remains a solid starting point to look for them. A few scattered dolphin around in the same area. Kingfish action improved along the 120' ledge this week. Drifting a sardine on a knocker rig is a safe bet for the kings. Bottom fishing remained fair this week. A mixed bag of snapper on the bottom, with sardines being the bait of choice. Squid is also a good choice for numbers. About time for the cobia to start showing up! Out deeper the tilefish are biting pretty good. Squid is a great bait choice for them.
INSHORE- Winter time black drum and sheepshead action really improved inshore this week. That should only improve as cold fronts continue to push through. The sheepshead are in Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers, and also inshore in the ICW and Loxahatchee River in fair numbers as well. Live shrimp remains a solid bait choice for them. Depending on water depth and current you can fish them on a sliding sinker rig or a small jighead. Catch and release snook fishing slowed a bit this week. Cold fronts always make the snook fishing a little tougher. The snook are definitely keyed into shrimp at night. Around bridge shadow lines and lighted boat docks the snook are quick to bite shrimp and/or shrimp lures presented naturally with the tide. Hobe Sound flats are still producing a mixed bag of ladyfish, small jacks, occasional trout, and small snook. Live shrimp, Gulp Shrimp, or a small gold spoon are all good bait options for the flats. Palm Beach Inlet has also been holding a decent number of big jacks...always fun for a good fight!
SURF/PIER- Another slower week on the beach overall. Conditions improved towards the end of the week, and a few more fish did seem to show up. Pompano action remains slow for this time of year. Better action on the pompano seems to be up north. Jensen Beach seems to be producing some better number of pompano. Its not huge numbers, but those putting in the time are picking away at them. Sandfleas (If you can find them!!! They maybe worth more than gold these days), clams, FishBites, and FishGum will all be good bait choices for the pompano. Bluefish action did improve on local beaches this week. Hopefully the strong cold front coming this weekend will help get more blues down. While it's more fun to catch them on the topwater; a silver spoon or cut bait seemed to be the better choice for the bluefish this week. Spanish Mackerel action was a bit slower this week at the Juno Beach Pier; but they continue to bite well up towards Peck's Lake. Croaker and whiting bit better this week. Fresh cut shrimp is the bait of choice for them. It's about time for the spinner shark migration to start...always a lot of fun on the beach when they show up in big numbers!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
Synopsis... Favorable marine conditions are forecast today, with the exception of scattered showers and storms. NNE swell will begin to spread down the western Atlantic coast along the back of a developing low, increasing seas to Cautionary levels abeam the Palm Beach coast. Rapidly deteriorating marine conditions are expected in the wake of a frontal system Friday night. Advisory level winds and seas are forecast from Friday night through Saturday for Gulf waters, and through Sunday for the Atlantic. Marine conditions will gradually improve through the start of next week.
FRIDAY...West northwest winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots along the coast to northwest 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 8 to 10 feet with occasional to 13 feet in the Gulf Stream. North swell around 3 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...North northwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional to 10 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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OFFSHORE- Fishing was on the slow side again this week. Sailfish action remains slow, but a front this weekend could help push some fish down from up north. The best action this week on the sailfish was way up the line. Dead bait trollers out of Fort Pierce have been seeing a fair number of sails; they just haven't pushed to the south at all in any numbers. A few more cold fronts should help get them pushed down in better numbers. Mahi action improved a bit this week in 150-250' of water from Juno to Jupiter. Not big numbers of dolphin around, but a handful of good size ones. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners will be top bait choices for the sailfish and the bigger dolphin. Trolling bonita strips and squid will also be a good choice for trying to find the dolphin and Blackfin tuna that have been around. Full moon this week should have the wahoo biting. The Nomad DTX minnow continues to get the wahoo bites. Snapper fishing remains pretty good in 70-100' of water. Mixed in with the mutton and yellowtail snapper have been a good number of nice sized porgies as well. Sardines and squid will be top bait choices on the bottom. About time to start seeing some more cobia showing up on the bottom as well!
INSHORE- Inshore fishing improved a bit this week. Cooler temps seemed to get the fish biting a bit better. Sheepshead and black drum action really improved in the Loxahatchee River and ICW. Live shrimp will be the best bait option for both of them. Mixed in with the drum and sheepshead will be some ladyfish, jacks, and occasional pompano. The Hobe Sound ICW flats continue to improve with an assortment of life. A few trout, pompano, snook, ladyfish, and other assorted life are swimming around on the Hobe Sound Flats right now. Live shrimp, Gulp Shrimp, and gold spoons are all good bait/lure options on the flats right now. Look for the stretch from Mile Marker 40-44 to be your best bet. If the west side of the ICW gets blown out, give the boat docks on the east side of the ICW a try.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing once again left a bit to be desired this week. Surf and water conditions did improve towards the end of the week; but unfortunately fishing reports did not drastically improve with the better conditions. A small handful of pompano were caught from Juno Beach up to Hobe Sound. No rhyme or reason to the pompano, just a few around for those spending time on the beach. Sandfleas (if you can find them!), clams, and FIshBites all remain good bait choices for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier has had a handful of Spanish Mackerel this week. Crappie jigs or small Rapala X-Raps remain good bait choices for the Spanish Macs on the pier. Best action for them will be first thing in the morning and then late in the afternoon. A few kingfish bites on the pier this week as well. Seems to be best first thing in the morning for the kings. A size 14 Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnow will be top lure choices for the kings. The Blacktip Sharks are starting to show in better numbers along the beach. Still a few weeks away from full on migration status; but better numbers for sure around this week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...North northwest winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet along the coast and 7 to 9 feet with occasional to 11 feet in the Gulf Stream. North swell 3 to 4 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- No reports to speak of this week offshore wise. Weather for the most part has kept everybody at home.Expect the sailfish reports to start coming in tomorrow though for surer! Bluewater Movement's "Operation Sailfish" will have the best sailfish teams in the world around...and they are going to find the fish somewhere! Some north wind in the forecast for tomorrow could hopefully get them up and excited a little bit. Mixed in with the sails should be a dolphin or two. You don't typically see big numbers of dolphin this time of year, but the ones you do see tend to be on the bigger side. Still some good wahoo reports coming in the 150-250' range from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. The Nomad DTX minnow continues to produce the wahoo bites. Snapper fishing remains good for this time of year. Sardines will be the bait of choice for the snapper. A few cobia around on the bottom as well.
INSHORE- Inshore reports remained very similar to last week. Best bet inshore right now is going to be the sheepshead. Palm Beach Inlet is pretty good for the sheepshead right now, as are some of the local bridges. Live shrimp, Sandfleas, and fiddler crabs (good luck tracking down the last two!) are all good bait choices for the sheepshead. Catch and release snook fishing remains fair. Look for the snook to be feeding on outgoing tide around the bridges at night. Live shrimp floated through the shadow line is a dynamite way to go for the snook this time of year. Hobe Sound Flats have had some fish around this week; with jacks, ladyfish, sheepshead, occasional trout and pompano, and small snook all being possible. The Loxghatchee River was pretty good last week with some good sheepshead, and a few triple tail reports. Live Shrimp will be a good bait option for both.
SURF/PIER- Another slow week on the beach. Rough conditions and dirty water brought fishing reports pretty much to a grinding halt. Conditions over the weekend unfortunately aren't looking a whole lot better. Saturday looks like it may end up being ok; but hard to say how the water will look. If it clears up a few fish may show up. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few fish in the rough stuff this wee; including the stray winter snook or two. If the water stays on the cleaner side we could see a little push of pompano this weekend, but I'm not holding my breath on that one! A handful of bluefish around. A loud noisy topwater popper, silver spoon, or cut mullet is a good bait choice for the blues. About time for the better numbers of Blacktip Sharks to start showing up.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 20 knots along the coast to northwest 15 to 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Along the coast, gusts up to 30 knots. In the Gulf Stream, gusts up to 35 knots in the morning. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional to 10 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...West southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. East swell 3 feet becoming south southeast 4 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Reports remained a bit slow offshore this week. Sailfish action was a bit slow, but as we move in to tournament season more and more will start to be caught. The West Palm Beach Fishing Club Silver Sailfish Derby kicked off today and at time of writing the fleet has about 80 releases on day one. It's not epic numbers, but it's not bad considering the way fishing has been. Look for numbers to be a little better tomorrow as weather gets a little more ideal for the sailfish. Bite has bounced around a bit on the sails, but just to the north of Jupiter Inlet seems to be holding a fair number of fish. Best depth has bounced between about 150-250' of water. Goggle eyes, blue runners, thread fins, and sardines are all top bait choices for the sails. Current rips, color changes, and large areas of bait are all good areas to start the search for the sails. Dolphin will be mixed in the same areas as the sailfish; and the same live baits intended for sails will get the attention of hungry dolphin. A few kingfish scattered along the 120' ledge. Live baits will work for the kings, as will drifting a dead sardine on a knocker rig. Bottom fishing has been fair this week. A few good mutton snapper being caught, along with some nice yellowtail snapper. About time for a few cobia to start showing up.
INSHORE- Sheepshead fishing has been good inshore. A small jighead with a live shrimp is a solid way to go for the sheepshead. Lake Worth/Palm Beach Inlet is a good spot to look for the sheepshead. As are local bridges and boat docks; especially ones that have access to deep water and barnacles growing on them. Catch and release snook fishing has been fair inshore. Some big snook layer up under boat docks in the Loxahatchee River. A live mullet is hard to beat for the snook. The shrimp jig bite has been fair at night around the bridges for the snook. Outgoing tide will be the best, but don't overlook incoming tide if the water is a little dirty.
SURF/PIER- A big swell and dirty water has kept reports to the minimum this week. Pompano reports remain very slim. Those putting in the time on the beach are finding a stray pomp or two. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites are all good baits to try for the pompano. Bluefish numbers have increased slightly. A loud noisy topwater popper is a great lure choice for the blues. Spanish Mackerel action has been good up towards Peck's Lake. Clark Spoons, Gotcha Lures, and crappie jigs are all good lure choices for the Macs. A couple box of glass minnows will go a long way in getting the Macs fired up. About time to start seeing bigger numbers of Blacktip Sharks showing up.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north northeast. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of rain.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers.
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