OFFSHORE- Despite fairly decent looking conditions from last weekend till this point (Thur Morning); sailfish action was fairly slow. The cold front that pushed through overnight will bring cooler temps through the weekend; and could spark a late season sailfish bite. Despite relatively slow sailfish action; other fishing offshore has been pretty good. We are rolling into March already (Hard to believe!), and the springtime action is starting to happen. Been some nice size blackfin tuna(up to 20lbs) caught on live baits intended for sails. The blackfin have come primarily in 150-250' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets. Trolling a small feather or daisy chain will no doubt gain the interest of smaller blackfin tuna as well. Lots of kingfish in 120-200' of water right now from the Juno Beach Pier to the Loran Tower. The kings are biting the same live baits for sailfish, or you can also catch them drifting sardines as well. Mixed in with the kingfish have been some monster wahoo! (Old No 7 Fishing team caught two 85lb Wahoo on Sunday during the Sailfish Challenge!). cobra are hanging along the 120' ledge in Jupiter. Not quite in the numbers we might expect for this time of year, but definitely a fair number around. Snapper reports were a bit slow this week, but still coming in fair numbers the right spot or drift. Great time of year for drifting the top of the 120' ledge with a assortment of top and bottom baits...never know what may show up these days!
INSHORE- Warmer weather over the past few weeks really had the springtime inshore fishing (Big snook and jacks) going off pretty good. This cold front will most likely slow it down a bit, but as temps rise the snook and jacks should go right back to chewing. The snook and jacks have been keyed in on springtime mullet moving along seawalls and under boat docks. While at the bridges at night, the snook remain keyed in on shrimp. Tarpon fishing back in the Loxahatchee River has been fairly good as well over the past few weeks. Handful of pompano reports still coming in from the inshore side of things. Sheepshead are biting live shrimp around the bridges and in Palm Beach Inlet pretty good.
SURF/PIER- This week saw some better surf and pier action than previous weeks. The surf saw a nice little pompano bite Monday through Wednesday from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, Clams, and FishBItes will be the bait of choice for the pomps. Get those pompano in quick...the Blacktip and Spinner Sharks won't be far behind! The Juno Beach Pier was much better this week. Better conditions brought a nice wave of jacks (Including some big ones), a few bluefish, fair number of pompano, and a scattering of Spanish Mackerel and smaller Kingfish. The pompano lit up on the Doc's Goofy Jig pretty good, while the Macs were tuned into small flashy diamond jigs and swimming plugs. Croaker have been biting shrimp in the surf very good. Fresh pieces or small live shrimp will be the bait of choice for the croakers. As mentioned above...the sharks should be around in pretty good numbers this weekend!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. 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.
SATURDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to north northwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 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 moderate chop.
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OFFSHORE- Well...pretty hard to write a offshore fishing report with this weekend's marine forecast. This week has seen some decent action offshore. Sailfish action remains pretty good in 150-200' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Live goggle eyes and blue runners remain the bait of choice for the sails. Those willing to brave it (or fishing in the Sailfish Challenge) may find a pretty awesome sailfish bite going on this weekend. Scattered dolphin around this week, but no big numbers. Kingfish remain scattered along the 120' ledge, along with a wahoo or two. Won't be much of a weekend for it, but snapper fishing remains good on the bottom. A few cobia remain in the mix with the bottom fish. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Looks like the spring mullet run is kicking off inshore. The spring mullet run is a little tougher to pattern than the fall run, and it is more big mullet...but the action that goes along with it is fantastic. Snook fishing has been very good in the Loxahatchee River. Alive mullet fished along a seawall or under a bot dock is not going to go unnoticed for long. Look for likely ambush points, docks with current flow, and access to deeper water as key ingredients to finding the snook. Been some big jacks cruising around as well; also very willing to smash a live mullet. The bridges are holding snook in good numbers at night, and that will continue to improve as the weather warms. With the spring mullet around now is a good time to throw the bigger jigs and swimbaits. The snook will still bite the shrimp and shrimp jigs, but the bigger baits will not go unnoticed these days. Farther up the Loxahatchee River the juvenile tarpon have been active early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Jacks and a few snook are making up a bulk of the action around Munyan Island as well these days.
SURF/PIER- Gonna be a tough weekend for surf fishing based on the forecast (See below). This week saw fairly mixed reports from the beach and pier. A few pompano were around north of Jupiter Inlet, but no big numbers anywhere to speak of. Scattering of bluefish around, along with a few jacks. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few Spanish Mackerel around. Spanish Mackerel action has been good overall at Peck's Lake; but this weekend doesn't look very favorable for trying them. Blacktip and Spinner Sharks have been around in good numbers...but not going to be a great weekend for targeting them.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Along the coast, north northwest winds 10 to 20 knots becoming 20 to 25 knots, Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet building to 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Gusts up to 35 knots along the coast. In the Gulf Stream, north northwest winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 40 knots, Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet building to 9 to 11 feet with occasional seas to 14 feet. Period 6 seconds. North swell 3 to 4 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 9 to 11 feet with occasional seas to 14 feet along the coast and 12 to 14 feet with occasional to 18 feet in the Gulf Stream. North swell 4 to 9 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. Chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet. Northeast swell 3 to 5 feet becoming 4 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
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OFFSHORE- This week saw some of the best sailfish action of the season from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet with many boats getting double digit chances. Live goggle eyes fished under the kite in 150-200' of water shouldn't go unnoticed too long by a hungry sailfish. It'll be a little sporty offshore this weekend, but the sailfish should remain pretty fired up. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a decent number of nice size blackfin tuna. The blackfin have been willing to bite the same baits intended for sailfish. A few dolphin around the past few days in the same area. Haven't heard of much out deeper; but not much reason to head offshore with all the action being inside of 250'. Kingfish are scattered along the 120' ledge in fair numbers. Snapper action remains very good in 60-90' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Mixed in with the snapper have been a handful of cobia. Overall pretty good fishing offshore...just gotta pick the days to go with the crazy weather swings we've been having.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been very good this week with spring (damn near summer) like weather. Good numbers of snook stacking up around docklights and local bridges at night; and hanging along seawalls and boat docks during the day. Live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and custom shrimp jigs remain a solid choice for the snook. Been some spring run mullet showing up as well, so don't be afraid to break out the bigger baits as well. Surprising number of mangrove snapper around inshore this week, along with some good numbers of sheepshead.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action was a bit better this week, though most of the fish remain north of us still. A better bite from the bluefish as well, but still better up to the north. The Juno Beach Pier has had a fair number of Spanish Macs around, with a crappie jig being the lure of choice for them. The big news from the surf this week has been the spinner sharks. Lots of them around now, and a lot of fun on light tackle. The sharks can be caught on topwaters early and late in the day, and are biting chunks of fresh bait at night very well. Not the greatest looking forecast for the weekend
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest. Seas around 2 feet. Period 5 seconds increasing to 10 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers .
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 along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional to 10 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Along the coast, seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. In the Gulf Stream, seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. North northeast swell around 3 feet in the morning. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE: A bit of a funky forecast for the weekend, with a fair amount of uncertainty in it. One of those weekends that could kind of go either way weather wise. Sailfish action remains pretty good with most boats getting a few shots a trip. No big concentrations of fish in the local area from the sounds of things; more a steady pick up and down the line. It does sound like you have a concentration of fish up to the north and down south as well. Dolphin fishing remains fair with some decent catches coming in 200-300' of water. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good way to go for the dolphin. While structure is important, it's more likely you'll find small pods of dolphin in open water, around current rips, or in areas with lots of bait. Be prepared to cover some water to find them; but, the plus side is when you do the average size is pretty good. Kingfish are scattered along the edge (Bigger kingfish school is up off Sebastian these days). Drifting sardines in 90-120' of water is very likely to get some king bites right now. Snapper fishing remains very good in 70-90' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Been a nice mixture of mutton, yellowtail, and mangrove snapper around. Mixed in with the snapper should be a few cobia. Lots of sharks around the 120' ledge...which is a good sign the cobia should be around as well.
INSHORE: Snook season is back open and initial reports sound promising. Takes a little work and some luck, but those putting the time are catching some snook. The bridges are producing at night, with live shrimp being a solid bait choice. Flair hawks, smaller swimbaits, and shrimp jigs will also work. Cooler weather slows the snook down, so be prepared to fish slow. Look for the outgoing tide to produce best, but incoming will work if the water is a bit dirty (which it should be). Other inshore action remains pretty good. Some sheepshead around with a few black drum mixed in. A few scattered reports of some trout and redfish on the flats around MaCarthur State Park. A few pompano are still being caught in the Loxahatchee River, and also north in the ICW towards Hobe Sound.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing improved this week. Best action on the pomps remains north of Jupiter Inlet, but a few are still being picked south of the inlet as well. Sandfleas, clams, and fish bites remain the bait of choice for the pompano. Spanish mackerel are biting well in Peck's Lake, with a pretty wide range of sizes hanging around. It's a bit earlier for the big numbers of jumbo macs to be at Peck's, but a fair number of them are starting to fill in. Shark reports are starting to come in pretty good. Don't think it's full on shark migration yet, but it does seem to be getting pretty close.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West northwest winds 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the morning.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to east 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers.
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