OFFSHORE- Quite a roller-coaster ride the weather has thrown (figuratively and literally) at us this week; and from the looks of the forecast the ride continues into the weekend. The early part of the week saw some really really good springtime fishing. Kingfish and cobia remain solid from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet in 90-150' of water. Sailfish are snapping pretty good and the wind could fire up a great late season bite. Live goggle eyes and blue runners fished in 120-250' of water should get some good shots at sailfish. Keep a bait down deep for the cobia. Dolphin fishing was a bit slower this week, but still some nice mahi being caught. No specific depth on the dolphin right now, more a matter of getting out and tracking them down than anything. Snapper fishing has been pretty good this week. Sardines remain the bait of choice for the snapper.
INSHORE- Snook fishing (like the weather) has been all over the place this week; but still remains the best bet in town. The Snook are feeding well at night around the bridges, especially on outgoing tide. During the day look for the snook to be laid up under docks and seawalls providing ambush points for unsuspecting mullet. A few jacks cruising around inshore, but not great numbers by any means. A handful of tarpon reports around Lake Worth Inlet.
SURF/PIER- Great pompano fishing at the Juno Beach Pier and along the beach this week. Clams, sandfleas, and Fishbites are the bait of choice for the pompano. Bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs have been working well from the pier, especially during lowlight periods of the day. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a good number of Spanish Mackerel around. Crappie Jigs and Rapala X-Raps have been working well on the Macs. Still a few blacktip/spinner sharks around; but the numbers are dwindling. Get out and catch the last of the sharks now; they won't be around for much longer!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
SYNOPSIS...Gale center east of the Bahamas early this morning will shift farther east into the west Atlantic today, while a strong ridge remains to the north. Dangerous Gale conditions between these two features will continue over the Atlantic waters this morning, with hazardous winds and seas continuing into Friday. .GULF STREAM HAZARDS...Northeast winds of 25 to 30 knots frequently gusting to gale force this morning, decreasing to 20 to 25 knots this afternoon. Seas 13 to 16 feet.
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING... ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...
TODAY...Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to gale force, diminishing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 9 to 12 feet with a dominant period 11 seconds. Rough on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers.
FRIDAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 7 feet with a dominant period 10 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.
SATURDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 4 to 5 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Southwest winds 5 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet.
OFFSHORE- Good fishing offshore this week, with nice springtime fishing going on. Good dolphin reports coming in, thought the fish are scattered over a wide range of depths. Sailfish bite has been good this week, with some boats putting up double digits. Best depth for the sails remains 150-250' of water, with goggle eyes remaining the baits of choice. Nice number of kingfish scattered up and down the line, with a few cobia mixed in as well. Bottom fishing reports remain pretty good, and should only improve with nicer weather in the forecast.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been fair this week, especially around the bridges at night. Look for the outgoing tide to produce the best for the snook. Flairhawk jigs and SpoolTek Swimbaits remain solid choices for the snook. Docklights are also holding a good number of snook, with live shrimp being the top bait choice. Snook fishing should only improve as the weather warms up. Other inshore fishing has been a bit spotty.
SURF/PIER- Nice mixture of fish around this week along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier (minus a few days when rough surf drastically slowed down the fishing). The Juno Beach Pier had some reports of snook being caught this week along with a fair number of pompano. The snook were biting flair hawk jigs in the dirty water, while Doc's Goofy Jigs have been the ticket for the pompano. Late season bluefish have been coming through, along with a scattering of Spanish Mackerel. The spinner sharks are still hanging around. Along the beach a fair number of pompano are being reported as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
SYNOPSIS... NE winds will slowly back from the N today before backing from the NW overnight as a cold front passes through the region. Consequently, winds over all Atlantic and Gulf waters will pick up overnight tonight. These breezy winds look to stay around until late Friday morning, though cautionary winds will continue across the Atlantic until Friday afternoon. The winds will then swing to an easterly direction this weekend while simultaneously decreasing. Breezy conditions look to return Sunday. The northern Atlantic waters will remain in the 5 to 7 ft range, with occasional 8 ft seas, today into Friday morning before slowly decreasing to 4 to 6 ft by Friday evening into Saturday morning. The Atlantic waters will then decrease to 4 feet or less this weekend.
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 10 to 20 knots along the coast to north northwest 15 to 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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OFFSHORE: Crazy swings in weather this week saw a little bit of everything going on. Calm conditions early in the week had it looking like a full kick off of springtime fishing. Good numbers of kingfish were being caught from the Juno Beach Pier to north of St. Luice Inlet. As is often the case with those early schools of springtime kings they were moving a lot, but good action when you found them. Drifting sardines on a knocker rig is a good bet for the kings, as is trolling strip baits behind a planer. Mixed in with the kings have been a nice amount of cobia. Sardines are the best bait for cobia, and should be fished somewhere between 90-130' for best luck. A few windy days later in the week had the sailfish and dolphin fired up good. This weekend looks like we get a great little weather window and good conditions before a little kick up in rain and wind early next week. Should be a good weekend to go; little bit of everything going on right now!
INSHORE: Snook fishing improved this week The bridges are producing some nice slot size fish, especially on outgoing tide. A flairhawk or SpoolTek remain top lure choices for the snook right now. Docklights are also holding a good number of snook. Live shrimp or a DOA Shrimp remain solid lure/bait choices for the snook while fishing docklights. Scattered jacks roaming around in the ICW right now, but not in huge numbers. The Palm Beach Inlet continues to produce some big jacks. Still a few sheepshead holding in the Inlet as well, though they have started to thin out.
SURF/PIER: The crazy swings in weather this week have led to a few good days along the beach and at the pier, and also has pretty much shut down other days. The Juno Beach Pier continues, under the right conditions, to produce a fair number of kingfish. Most of the kings seem to be coming up in the morning, and then a few stragglers again later in the afternoon. Scattered bigger Spanish Mackerel mixed in with the kings. A swimming plug (Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnow) continues to be the biggest producer for the kings and bigger Spanish. Scattered pompano reports from the pier. Not big numbers on a consistent basis coming over the rail, but a few days have managed to produce a fair number of good size pompano for those putting in time with the Goofy Jig. Better pompano reports continue to come from Hobe Sound area beaches. Blacktip/Spinner sharks continue to bite in good numbers for those looking for something bigger to pull on.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- This week has seen quite a weather swing, and some very good fishing. Kingfish have made a solid showing this week, with good numbers of fish up and down the line. Drifting sardines on a triple hook knocker rig is a great way to go for the kingfish right now. Trolling a lipped diving plug or bonita strip behind a planer is also a good bet for the kingfish. Look for the kingfish to be in the thickest numbers from Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet in 100-150' of water most likely (As is usually the case, it shouldn't be too hard to spot the king fleet). Sailfish action was good over the past few days with some north wind for those dealing with the rough ocean. Dolphin action is a bit spotty, but reports do continue to roll in of catches. As is often the case with springtime dolphin they are starting to spread out pretty good, making it hard to pinpoint a starting depth. Cobia are also around in good numbers. Look for the cobia to be in 100-120' of water, with sardines also being the bait of choice. Other bottom reports are a bit spotty at best.
INSHORE- Snook fishing prior to the little cold snap was very good. A quick warm-up should have them biting good again in short order. The Flair Hawk bite remains fair to good around the bridges, especially on an outgoing tide. Docklight action is also very very good for catching numbers of snook right now. Small white jigs and shrimp imitating lures are excellent choices for fishing snook around docklights. Pompano fishing has been good inshore in the Stuart area, but slow in the local Juno/Jupiter area for the most part. Fair number of jacks pushing around in the Loxahatchee River and ICW right now. Hobe Sound Flats continue to produce mixed bag action on ladyfish, jacks, occasional trout or redfish, snook, sheepshead, and a few others.
SURF/PIER- Reports for the first part of the week were well...weak. However, at time of writing the surf south of Jupiter Inlet has started to come alive. Solid reports of Bluefish coming in from the Juno Beach Pier currently. LOTS of blacktip sharks mixed in with the bluefish as well. Pompano reports have also been on the rise with a few fish being caught south of Jupiter Inlet, and good numbers coming in from Hobe Sound. Clams, Sandfleas, and FishBites remain the baits of choice for the pompano. Looks like we could be in for some good fishing this weekend!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to east 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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