OFFSHORE- Well...it looks like somebody still has the wind switch flipped "on" for the weekend. Strong east winds in the forecast will most likely make for a decent dolphin and sailfish bite, but also less than ideal conditions to fish in. Sailfish action remained fair this week, with most boats putting the time in and baits in the water getting a couple chances. The sails were caught out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets in 90-200' of water. Finding good schools of bait remains the key to finding decent numbers of sailfish. MIxed in with the sails have been a decent number of dolphin, including some nice size gaffers. Livebaits under the kites or trolling small naked ballyhoo is a good bet for raising a sailfish or dolphin right now. Kingfish action has remained very good this week. The king bite is shallow early in the morning (60' of water off the Juno Beach PIer has been the spot...), and then pushes out to the 120' ledge as the day goes on. Drifting sardines on a knocker rig is a great way to catch the kingfish right now. Bottom fishing remains good for this time of year, and the kingfish schools will no doubt draw some nice muttons around. Also mixed in with the kingfish have been some nice cobia.
INSHORE- The flats around Munyan Island and MacArthur State Park produced a few snook and pompano this week, along with other assorted species. LIve shrimp(which have been tough to come by) under a popping cork remains a great tactic for catching a nice mixed bag. Pompano can also be caught on a light goofy jig or Vudu shrimp. The snook are laying up around dark bottom to soak up some warmth, but generally won't pass up an easy meal. A nicely placed shrimp lure (or a fly) rarely goes unnoticed by a snook soaking up some sun. The Loxahatchee River is also holding fair numbers of Snook and a few Pompano. Not much to report (at least that we've heard about) from the Hobe Sound Flats. Snook fishing around the bridges remains pretty good at night. Shrimp Jigs and soft plastic shrimp tails (like the DDX Obese Shrimp) are a good choice.
SURF/PIER- Surf and pier action remained steady this week. Bluefish continued to bite well early in the morning and late in the afternoon on silver spoons and cut mullet. Pompano action remains very good north of Jupiter Inlet, and fair to the south. Anglers spending time on the beach with sandfleas, clams, and fishbites in the water are getting some pompano bites for sure. Scattered schools of Spanish Mackerel have been moving around the Juno Beach PIer, and have been fairly willing to grab a gotcha plug. Lots of spinner sharks around right now. A nice fresh chunk of bait will usually not go unnoticed by a hungry shark for long.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- The water cleared up at Peck's Lake early in the week and we did pretty good on the Spanish Mackerel again. Pompano fishing was also very good for us, when we could get the silly bonefish to leave us alone...not a bad problem to have. I think we ended up catching 17 bonefish, and a very nice catch of pompano for a couple days. Lots of good stuff going on right now fishing wise!
Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com)
OFFSHORE- Been a big boat kind of week for the most part, and the weekend weather forecast is not the most promising for the small boat crowd. Sailfish action was good this week, and the conditions are right for a good bite Friday and Saturday. Boats fishing out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlets have been seeing some sails anywhere from 90-300' of water. Look for the sails to be relating to color changes, current rips, or large areas of bait. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a fair number of dolphin, including some nice size gaffers. Don't be afraid to fish a wire trace on your livebaits as the kingfish, and a handful of wahoo, are around. To really cover all your bases keep a bait down deep to pick up a cobia. Most of the kings are in the 8-15lb range with a smoker or two around as well. Bottom fishing was fair this week, especially given the weather conditions. Some mutton and yellowtail snapper were caught by those spending some time with baits on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was a little slower this week, but still enough around to keep things interesting. If your snook fishing during the day look for them to be on dark mudflats, around docks, and along seawalls. Snook don't like the cold, so look for areas with lots of sun that warm up quickly and the snook won't be far away. At night look for the snook to be around bridges with deeper water and good current. LIve shrimp, or realistic shrimp lures, are a good choice for the snook in cold conditions. A few pompano have been caught in the Loxahatchee River this week on Doc's Goofy Jigs. The colder weather may help push some more pompano into the river or ICW this weekend. Lots of jacks around inshore right now to keep the rods bent.
SURF/PIER- Lots of good action in the surf this week. Pompano fishing was very good early in the week, and a few fish will no doubt be caught into the weekend. Bluefish invaded the Juno Beach Pier in big numbers this week. Spoons, diamond jigs, gotcha plugs, and X-Raps will all work on the bluefish, as will a chunk of bait on a bottom rig. Spanish mackerel moved down the beach in big numbers. Spinner and blacktip sharks have been around in good numbers. Lots of good surf action right now, get em while they're here!
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OFFSHORE- Looks like another pretty rough weather forecast for the upcoming weekend. It’s looking like ideal weather for the sailfish to bite, but not the most comfortable conditions for smaller boats. Sailfish action has remained pretty good this week, with decent numbers of fish being caught between Palm Beach (Lake Worth) and Jupiter Inlets. The key to the sailfish bite this week, as it often is, has been finding some decent north current. Slow or south current is very rarely any good for raising big numbers of sails. Dolphin are mixed in with the sailfish, and a few solid gaffers have been caught over the last week. Look for dolphin action to be best in 150-250’ of water; or along defined rips, weed-lines, or areas holding large amounts of bait. Still some scattered kingfish around, as well as a handful of wahoo. Kingfish seem to be hanging around 100’ of water, and are being caught on sardines and diamond jigs. Bottom fishing reports were a little slim this week, as were reports of cobia.
INSHORE- Snook action remains on the slow side, but those putting their time in are finding a few. If your snook fishing during the day look for them to be laid up on dark mudflats or boat docks and seawalls with dark bottom, as they use the dark bottom to soak up some heat. At night look for the snook to be hanging around bridges and docklights, especially those with good current and deeper water. The Hobe Sound Flats are producing a few pompano, ladyfish, jacks, and a few spotted seatrout. Throwing a goofy jig or drifting a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good choice for fishing the flats right now. Scattered reports of sheepshead and a few black drum around the bridges are trickling in.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Pier had a great day yesterday; with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, jacks, and pompano all being caught. The swell for the next few days will make surf fishing a little tough, but the later part of the weekend should be ok. Pompano action has improved over the past week, with sandfleas and clams producing the most bites. Blacktip and spinner sharks moving along the beach in good numbers, and are willing to bite a chunk of fresh bait pretty quickly.
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Good Luck This Weekend,
OFFSHORE- Looking like another bumpy weather forecast for the upcoming weekend. The passing cold front will bring a fair amount of wind, and should fire up the sailfish bite for the "Sailfish Challenge" this Saturday. Sailfish action remained good this week with decent numbers of fish up and down the line. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a few dolphin, including a few really nice ones. Live goggle eyes or blue runners hanging under a kite should get the sailfish and dolphins attention equally. Scattered kingfish have been just north of Jupiter Inlet in 75-90' of water. Drifting sardines or ripping the diamond jig off the bottom should get a kingfish bite. Bottom fishing was a little off this week, and no real cobia reports to speak of.
INSHORE- Snook season is back open for the Atlantic coast and those spending ample time on the water are finding a few linesiders. Look for the snook to be laid up around docks and seawalls during the day (especially those with dark mud bottom) and around bridges at night. Live shrimp, small swimbaits, and shrimp style jigs are all good choices for the snook right now. Also, if the spillways open the snook will be there. The inshore grass flats around Hobe Sound are holding a few fish. A goofy jig bounced off the bottom from Mile Marker 40-44 should find the occasional pompano, ladyfish, jack, and other assorted species.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach PIer was a little quiet this week. Scattered spanish mackerel moved through, and would normally bite a white crappie jig. Croaker bite was fair in the first trough. Small pieces of shrimp and small hooks are the ticket for the croakers. A few bluefish showed this week, and bit best in the morning and late afternoon. Cut bait (sardines and threadfins) seemed to be the ticket for the bluefish. A handful of pompano were caught from just south of the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites are all good bait choices for the pompano. Spinner and blacktip sharks are beginning to show in fair numbers along the beach.
Good Luck Everyone,