OFFSHORE- Lots of good things going on offshore these days. It's March, going into April, so the wind is blowing! Makes it tough for small boaters, but the fishing has been good when the weather allows. Still a good number of sailfish hanging along the 120 ledge from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlet. Not the same numbers of sails that the guys down south (Miami bite is on fire right now for the sailfish), but still good numbers of sailfish biting for Palm Beach springtime standards. Dolphin fishing remains very good as well. The dolphin are just following where the wind blows them, so if you want just dolphin be prepared to go looking for them. Some days the dolphin have been mixed in with the sails in 150', other days they are out past 300'. Keep the trolling spread in the water, and an eye out for fishy looking stuff (rips, weedlines, debris, bait, etc), the mahi won't be far behind. Inside of the ledge kingfish action remains good, especially if you have live sardines to offer them. Drifting dead sardines is still catching them, but not quite like the live sardines are. A few big mutton snappers have been caught over the past week as well. Look for the muttons to be hanging out underneath the kingfish schools. Kingfish are messy eaters, the snapper just sit underneath and help clean up the mess.
INSHORE- Snook fishing took a minor step back this week with the late season cold front, but didn't shut all the way off. As has been the case, fishing the snook at night around the bridges remains the best bet. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp Vudu Shrimp, and flair hawks are the top bait choices right now for the snook. Other inshore action remains spotty at best.
SURF/PIER- Pompano remained the catch of the week. Bait (Sandfleas and clams) continue to out fish the pompano jigs. Fish early and late for best results with the pompano. Spinner sharks and blacktips are moving out, with just a few lingering around If you like the light tackle shark fishing from the beach it's time to go now. They won't be around much longer. Jupiter Inlet is still producing good numbers of jacks. The jacks may not be great on the dinner table, but they pull hard!
BAIT- Sardines have not settled in solid yet, but they continue to come and go at the usual bait spots. Smaller size 4 and 6 Sabikis are the ticket for the sardines. Some days its red sabikis, other days its green sabikis; so be sure to have a few of both!
Good Luck Everyone,
OFFSHORE- Reports of good dolphin fishing have been trickling in throughout the morning. The hot depth seems to be around 200'. Look for good quality water, edges, debris, and bait to find the mahi-mahi. Trolling or livebaiting will catch the dolphin, with some of the larger fish coming on livebaits. Still a few sailfish hanging around late into the season. Expect the sail bite to slow down as the season winds down. KIngfish are biting good, especially with live sardines. The king bite seems to be best between 100-120' from the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Snapper reports were few and far between this week. Cobia reports have slowed, but still a fair number of them being caught.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good over the past week. The jig bite at night around the bridges on an outgoing tide has been good. Bright colored jigs are the ticket in dirty water; a pink or white jig is a good choice in clearer water. A few nice spotted seatrout are still being caught around Munyon Island. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp, or Vudu shrimp are all good choices on the Munyon Island flats.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action has been very good over the past week, with Juno PIer finally producing some nice pompano catches. Bait has been better than the Doc's Goofy Jigs, with clams and sandfleas being the hot baits. Yellow has been the best color for the fish that are being caught on Goofy JIgs. Spanish Mackerel have been hanging around Juno PIer and Jupiter Inlet. Lots of jacks being caught around Jupiter Inlet.
Good Luck Everyone,
OFFSHORE- Saturday was a little bit bumpy offshore, but today should be a little nicer. Dolphin were scattered, but around, yesterday with a good number of boats seeing at least a couple. Trolling ballyhoo, squid, or strips was working; while some of the bigger dolphin were caught by those fishing live baits under the kite. Cobia action has slowed over the weekend, but a few were caught yesterday. Snapper reports were a bit quiet yesterday.
SURF/PIER- The big news yesterday was a pretty good bite of pompano at the Juno PIer. A few may have been caught on Goofy Jigs, but bait (clams, sandfleas, shrimp, and fishbites) produced the most fish. Spanish mackerel and small snook have also been hanging around the pier. Jupiter Inlet is seeing good numbers of jacks, with a few snook mixed in.
Enjoy the beautiful Sunday
The weekend is almost upon us, spring training is in full swing, spring break is all but here for Palm Beach County schools, and the south FLorida weather is GREAT! LIfe is good...time to go fishing!
OFFSHORE- The big news offshore this week was the arrival of the COBIA! Good numbers of Cobia were caught from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet along the 120' ledge. The Cobia are following the bull sharks, so actually landing one can prove tough. A live bait fished down deep, or even a knocker rig with a dead sardine is a good way to find the cobia. Kingfish action continues to improve in 90-120' of water, with live sardines being the bait of choice. Again, the sharks are thick; so do what you can to get the kings in quick. Dolphin fishing improved late this week with the North wind, as did late season sailfish action. South current, and dirty water, early in the week slowed the snapper bite to a near standstill. Looks rough for Friday and Saturday, but Sunday on look like some nice days for a run offshore. Fishing should be good after this late season front!
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to improve see Capt. Eric's report (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/2/post/2014/03/fishing-report-31314.html) for a quick rundown on the snook fishing lately. Other notable news inshore has been good numbers of black drum and a few sheepshead. LIve shrimp, peeled frozen shrimp, clams, sandfleas, or even fishbites are a good bait choice for these crustacean eating fools.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action remains up and down, but the last few days have seen a few silver bullets around. Surf fishing with bait (sorry to all the jigging fans), clams, sandfleas, and fishbites, has been the ticket for the pompano lately. Our friend Pompano Rich (http://www.pompanorich.com/) had a few good pompano catches this week. AND, had a cool double header with a nice pompano on one hook and a redfish on the other! Lots of spinner sharks around for thoser that dig fun light tackle shark action!
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Good Luck This Weekend,
OFFSHORE- Not the greatest weather forecast for the small boaters this weekend. The fish should be biting, but it is going to be on the rough side. With north wind in the forecast expect the sailfish to make a showing along the ledge. Dolphin fishing has improved over the past week, and this weekend should also be a good one for them. Trolling naked ballyhoo in 100-300' of water should raise some fish this weekend for sure. Snapper fishing in 60-90' of water from Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet has remained good. The school of kingfish keeps getting a little bigger and bigger. Some days the kings bite good, other days they won't touch anything. Live sardines are the key for kingfish if you can catch them!
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the main game in town on the inshore. Fish the bridges at night for best action. The top of the outgoing tide has been the best part of the tide fort the snook. Look for mullet schools moving in the shadow line for most of the action. Once a mullet school is spotted, the bait: artificial or natural should be presented on the outer edge of the mullet school. This way the mullet and snook will not be spooked by the bait's presentation. The best bet for bait is a live mullet or small ladyfish although live shrimp will also produce fish. A chunk of mullet/ ladyfish fished on the bottom may also trigger a bite. The most productive lures have been large swimbaits and diving plugs. Fish where the fish are, so don't spend all night at one spot if it isn't producing, move around until you find some action!
Pier and Surf- Spanish mackerel and a few Pompano have consistently been hanging around juno pier. The bite has been specific to the early morning and late afternoon. Fish a 1/8 oz white crappie jig at the end of the pier for spanish macks. Pompano have been caught on clams, sand fleas, and shrimp this week. The Surf has had its fair share of whiting, and spinner sharks with a few scattered pompano as well. Whiting have been caught on small pieces of shrimp right in the first trough. The pompano have been caught on clams, sand fleas, and shrimp. For spinner sharks the action has been out past the first sandbar, cast a bait such a a blue runner head out past the bar. For best results use a rig with some wire leader and about 5 ounces of lead.