OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing reports improved drastically this week; with what seems to be a pretty decent number of fish showing up in 400-600' of water pretty much from south of Lake Worth Pier all the way up to Jupiter Inlet. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid should all work for the dolphin. Pretty standard pattern on the dolphin; look for any kind of floating debris, well formed weedlines, current rips or edges, or large areas of flying fish and the dolphin shouldn't be far behind. With calm conditions in the forecast be sure to keep a bait down deep for a lurking wahoo or suspended dolphin as well. Speaking of wahoo; a fair number have been caught this week in 200-300' of water. A bonita strip or mullet behind a planer or deep diving plug like a Nomad DTX minnow are good ways to go for the wahoo. A bait below the surface, even just 5-10' deep, is the way to go for the wahoo. Sailfish action was good over the past weekend, but slowed late in the week with super calm conditions. Out deep it sounded like a slower week on the swordfish. Tilefish bite was also a bit tough with a ripping current. In on the reef bottom fishing was fair. A mixed bag of snapper and porgies made up a bulk of the catch that came home; along with a good number of red grouper that had to be released.
INSHORE- Starting to see a few springtime mullet (spring mullet are typically bigger in size and not in big schools like the fall) inshore and the snook and big jacks are not far behind. Seawalls with current flow, and preferably good ambush points, will be key to finding the snook. Lowlight periods and tide changes will produce the most action. At night the snook continue to bite the shrimp jig well around the bridges. If the warming trend holds they will start to key in more on bigger baits over the next few weeks. Sheepshead action remains fair to good in Palm Beach Inlet. Live shrimp remains the bait of choice for them. Jacks are still cruising Palm Beach Inlet in good numbers as well.
SURF/PIER- Calm clearer conditions had the surf feeling almost like June this week instead of February. Pompano reports were fair along the beach, with a decent scattering of pomps from south of the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. It wasn't huge numbers for anybody; but 2-3 fish with a few limits seemed to be the norm. Sandfleas and Fishbites continue to be top bait choices for the pomps. Best action remains early morning and late afternoon. With the pompano of course come the sharks; so reel them in quick. Not huge numbers yet on the sharks (spinner/blacktips), but the migration does seem to be slowing kicking off. A popper early in the morning or late afternoon should get some attention, as should a fresh chunk of bait at night. Bluefish action picked up locally this week. Best bite on the bluefish has been coming at night (the surf and the Pier have both been producing) on cut bait. It is still early for the snook, but those patiently fishing dead sardines under the pier have been getting a few bites. Pretty solid biting on croakers this week, with small pieces of fresh shrimp being the best bet.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SAT...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot. Intracoastal waters light chop.
SUN...SW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming S in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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OFFSHORE- Sailfish popped off really good on Monday, with some pretty solid release numbers coming in. Best bite was off the Singer Island Condos; but pretty fair number of fish scattered up and down the line. Monday was the best day for numbers, but a decent pick the rest of the week as well on the sails. A small scattering of dolphin around, along with a wahoo or two. Bottom fishing remains fair, with a decent mixed bag of snapper being caught.
INSHORE- Tough inshore fishing for the most part this week. Palm Beach Inlet continues to hold a fair number of sheepshead, along with a pretty good number of jacks. Snook fishing has been a bit slow. A few snook to be found laying up along seawalls in the Loxahatchee River. A live mullet fished patiently along walls with light current is the wway to go for the snook. At night look for the snook to be keyed in on shrimp around bridges and docklights on outgoing tide. Live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and Vudu Shrimp are all a good way to go for the snook. Munyan Island has had a few big jacks cruising around.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing was pretty good along the beach this week; with a fair number of fish coming from the surf south of Jupiter inlet. Fishbites and Sandfleas remain the bait of choice for the pomps. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few pompano as well; but the better action has come from the beach for the most part. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good bite on croakers over the past few days. Small pieces of fresh shrimp is the way to go for the croakers. Spanish Mackerel action picked back up at Peck's Lake this week; though it looks like it will be blown out for a few days with approaching weather.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...S winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...N NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Along the coast, seas 2 to 3 ft building to 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft in the afternoon. In the Gulf Stream, seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft building to 5 to 8 ft, occasionally to 10 ft in the afternoon. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers, mainly in the morning.
SUN...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt becoming S SE in the evening. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft along the coast and 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- The weather didn't let too many boats offshore this week; and those that did make it out had mixed results. The sailfish bite was good on Monday, with a few boats getting double digit chances. Slower on the sailfish as the week went on, but still a few around. A handful of dolphin mixed in with the sailfish. Wahoo action was relatively slow on the backside of the moon with only a few caught: Due in large part to less than ideal conditions. Snapper fishing reports were also slow this week. Hard to say exactly whats going to happen offshore this weekend based on the forecast. Looks like its going to be onwe of those wait and see weekends.
INSHORE- Relatively mild weather this week helped the snook fishing improve a bit. Still a pretty good shrimp jig bite around the bridges at night; especially on outgoing tide. The Loxahatchee River has also been holding a pretty decent number of snook as well. A live mullet fished along seawalls with dark bottom is going to be the best bet for the snook. A little current (doesn't really matter incoming or outgoing) is also going to help drastically in the river. Expect a few big jacks and a tarpon or two to be mixed in with the snook. Jupiter INlet has been holding a few sheepshead this week, with live shrimp being the bait of choice to target them. Palm Breach Inlet also has had a fair number of sheepshead around. Palm Beach Inlet is also holding a good number of jacks. A lot of the jacks are in the 2-4lb range, but some real bruisers mixed in as well. Fair number of tarpon cruising around Palm Beach Inlet as well still.
SURF/PIER- The first part of the week saw a handful of pompano around. It wasn't big numbers; but both the surf and the Juno Beach Pier had a few each morning. On the beach it was primarily sandfleas and Fishbites, while Doc's Goofy Jigs still seemed to produce best from the pier. As the week went on the pompano reports did slow down considerably. A handful of Spanish Mackerel were caught later in the week. Speaking of Spanish Mackerel: A rough ocean and dirty water has the Peck's Lake Mackerel bite all but shut down. Spinner sharks have begun to show up in little better numbers along the beach. Despite the rough ocean last weekend, the water locally ( Jupiter Inlet to Palm Beach Inlet) looks really fishy. Hopefully the water stays looking good this weekend and a few more fish show up!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 5 seconds increasing to 11 seconds in the afternoon. E NE swell 3 ft in the morning. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SAT...Winds S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas around 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SUN...Winds W winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft along the coast and 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning.
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OFFSHORE- Despite really nice weather for most of the week; the fishing was relatively slow offshore. A scattering of sailfish up and down the line; but again no big pack of fish. Those really spending the time with the kites up and the spread out are seeing a few fish from the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet. Depth has bounced from 150ish-225' depending on conditions and bait. Saturday (kind of...) has good looking sailfish conditions but it won't be for those with a weak stomach. A handful of dolphin reports coming in. As is usual for this time of year it has been primarily smaller packs of better size fish around. A few were caught by those livebaiting for sailfish, and a few by those trolling strips and ballyhoo out a bit deeper. The edge of the Gulfstream has pushed in fairly close; with the hope being the dolphin fishing would be good on the edge of it. As of the time of writing I haven't heard any reports back on wether that theory worked out. Bottom fishing has been pretty good this week. Early in the week the current was ripping, but it has slowed a bit over the past few days. Some nice mutton snapper reports coming in, along with a pretty good numbers of yellowtail snapper as well. Sardines and squid remain the top two bait choices for the bottom.
INSHORE- Tough fishing inshore this week. Snook season opened back up, but snook fishing as a whole remains a bit tough locally. The shrimp jig is still producing a few bites around the bridges at night. Look for outgoing tide to be best, especially in areas that have cleaner water. That slightly dirtier water on outgoing tide is often the ticket to trick finicky snook. During the day the snook will be laid up around seawalls and boat docks with dark mud bottom. The dark bottom heats up quicker and the snook will be more active. Sheepshead fishing remains fair. Inshore reports have been a bit better than reports coming out of the inlets. Although both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet have both been producing a few sheepshead. Live shrimp is a top bait choice for the sheepshead. Palm Beach Inlet continues to hold a pretty good number of jacks. A lot of them are in the 1-3lb range, with some bruisers mixed in as well. Also a fair number of tarpon moving around Palm Beach Inlet as well.
SURF/PIER- Fishing was pretty slow both on the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. Despite nice calm conditions and good looking water the fish just didn't show in any numbers. The pier produced a handful of Spanish Mackerel on crappie jigs. A few jacks cruised through the pier as well early in the week. A lone snook or two were caught by those very patiently fishing sardine chunks under the T. Pompano fishing remains very slow locally. Better pompano reports have been coming in from up northern (Hutchison Island and Fort Pierce) beaches. Spanish Mackerel have not been holding in Peck's Lake this week. Hopefully a hard blow this weekend shakes things up a bit.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...SW winds 5 to 10 kt along the coast to SW 10 to 15 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
SAT...E NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts to around 40 kt. Seas 7 to 9 ft, occasionally to 11 ft along the coast and 8 to 11 ft, occasionally to 14 ft in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters very rough in exposed areas. Showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SUN...Along the coast, E SE winds 10 to 15 kt becoming S SW in the evening. In the Gulf Stream, E SE winds 15 to 20 kt becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 8 ft, occasionally to 10 ft subsiding to 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers through the day. A slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
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