OFFSHORE- Sailfish bite remained good to great this week depending on the time and place. Still quite a few boats getting multiple chances; with ten chances not out of the question. A few good mahi mixed in with the sails. South winds in the forecast should help blow in a good number of dolphin this weekend as well. Live goggle eyes under the kite remain the bait of choice for both. Blackfin tuna action remains very good. Small live baits are working well for the tuna, as are slim vertical jigs. Big news this week was the cobia showing up in good numbers around the rudder fish schools. It takes picking through the rudder fish and dealing with some sharks; but definitely a good number of cobia around. Sardines are a tough bait to beat when it comes to the cobia. Snapper fishing has been pretty consistent this week as well. 90-100' of water is a pretty good depth to look for the snapper in.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains strong inshore right now. The Loxahatchee River continues to hold a nice number of snook during the day. Fishing live mullet around docks and seawalls with light to medium current flow is great way to go. The snook are fired up enough to eat a topwater early and late in the day as well. Just don't be surprised if a big jack decides to swipe your topwater before a snook gets to it. Tarpon fishing remains pretty good in the Palm Beach Inlet. The south jetty has had a jig bite at night for the tarpon. They are also biting live shrimp well around the Sailfish club.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very strong this week along the beach. Catch reports bounced around a bit, with fishing showing up south of the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet. The slime grass blew in for a day or two; but seems to have cleared up for the most part at time of writing. Sandfleas(If your lucky enough to find some), clams, shrimp, Fishbites, and Fishgum have all been popular bait choices. Best bite is early in the morning, with another little push of fish generally late in the afternoon. Good numbers of late season bluefish around this week as well. There blues could be found scattered along the beach, and holding in good numbers at the Juno Beach Pier as well. Silver spoon, loud noisy poppers, Rapala X-Raps, and cut bait have all been working well for the blues. Croakers have been around in good numbers in the first trough, and are biting fresh shrimp well. Starting to see a few more snook showing up in the surf as well these days. Overall, a nice mix bag of springtime surf action!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...West winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming north northwest in the evening. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Weather this week has kept most boats at the dock, and reports to somewhat of a minimum. Conditions look like they are lining up for a solid sailfish bite this weekend. A couple days of sustained north winds should get the sails up tailing in the waves and enjoying the oxygen rich water on the surface. Live goggle eyes under the kites will be a solid choice as always; but don't overlook a live sardine or threadfin on the flatline as well. Later in the season (although these days who knows what sailfish "season" really is!) a smaller bait is often times preferred by the sails. Expect the dolphin to be mixed in with the dolphin in 150-250' of water depending on conditions. Springtime run of dolphin isn't here just yet, but really shouldn't be far off. For the time being it's still primarily smaller packs of dolphin, with the average size being around 8-12 pounds and a few big ones in the mix. Blackfin tuna reports continue to improve on a weekly basis, and that really shouldn't slow down anytime soon. Cobia reports have also finally started to improve. The cobia have been in 90-100' of water, and more than anything it's being lucky and landing in the right spot for them more than targeting them. Bottom fishing reports were slow this week (Largely in part to nobody going...), but will no doubt be pretty good when conditions improve.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good again this week inshore. We aren't talking huge numbers, but putting in the time should result in a few bites. The topwater bite has been good early morning and on the better part of the tide changes. Live mullet fished along ambush points, along seawalls with current, and under boat docks with access to deeper water are all also working very well. A fair number of tarpon around in the Loxahatchee River this week as well. The tarpon have also been keyed in on the mullet. The jacks showed up briefly inshore, but seem to have pushed out as quick as they came in. Sheepshead action has pretty much dried up, but maybe a late season one or two around. Palm Beach Inlet remains pretty good for the jacks, and also some tarpon at night.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remains good along thew beach right now. The numbers have slowed a bit over the past few weeks; but still definitely fish to be caught. Shrimp, clams, FishBites, and FishGum have all been good choices for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier, and also Jupiter Inlet, have been producing a few pompano on Doc's Goofy Jigs. Bright colors (orange, pink, chartreuse) all seem to be working pretty well. A few late season bluefish around still, though they are tapering off a bit numbers wise. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good bite on croakers this week. Fresh pieces of shrimp has been the bait of choice. Still a bit early, but snook reports continue to improve from the pier on a weekly basis. Most of the fish are on the smaller side, with a few slots mixed in. The snook are starting to eat live baits which is a good sign that they are getting more active. Sharks are still around in good numbers if your looking for something bigger to pull on!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 15 to 25 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas around 2 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...North northwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to north northwest 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional to 9 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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OFFSHORE- Nice springtime mixed bag of action to write about offshore this week. The sailfish bite has been really good over the past week. Last weekend (Sunday and Monday specifically) produced one of the best sail bites of the season, with a lot of boats getting double digit chances and a few seeing twenty plus fish. The bite was good up and down the line from Jupiter to Boynton Inlet. As usual goggle eyes will bet the top bait choice; followed closely by threads and sardines. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a good number of dolphin (including some solid gaffers), as well as a few cobia. Springtime Blackfin Tuna have shown up in pretty good numbers. Live baits will account for better size Blackfin, while trolling small feathers will be a good choice for numbers. Slow pitch jigs are also producing solid numbers of Blackfins. The kingfish remain scattered along the 120' ledge in fair numbers. The best bite for the kings has been in the morning; but a full moon this weekend will also get them snapping pretty good at night most likely. Speaking of the full moon...would, could, should be some wahoo around. Trolling the DTX Minnows or Rapala X-Rap mag is a simple easy way to target the wahoo. Snapper fishing was fair on the bottom this week, and conditions look good for them to chew over the weekend. Sardines will be the top bait choice on the bottom. Could be a few cobia mixed in with the snapper as well.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains good inshore: And as we move into spring (namely more consistent warm weather) it will only improve more. The Loxahatchee River has been holding a fair number of snook. Early in the morning and on the tide changes, the topwater bite has started to heat up. The Yo-Zuri Topknock or Hydro Pencil is a good choice, as is the Rapala Skitter V or Skitterwalk. A slow walk the dog action (don't go too fast on the retrieves yet) is the way to go with the topwater. Live mullet fished along a seawall and under boat docks with fair current flow is also a safe bet for the snook. A fair number of tarpon in the river right now as well, along with a few big jacks. The Sheepshead have really started thinning out in Palm Beach Inlet, but still maybe a few around to find. Speaking of Palm Beach Inlet, the jacks and tarpon have been around pretty heavy. For the jacks a GT Ice Cream or Diamond Jig is a great choice. The Tarpon are a little tougher to pattern, but live shrimp around the Sailfish Club remains a great starting point, especially at night.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good this week, and the weather for the weekend doesn't look like it will change that. If anything the pomps may even bite a little better this weekend. No hot spot to speak of on the beach; reports continue to come in from south of the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Island. Fresh shrimp, clams, sandfleas, FishBites, and FishGum are all really good choices for the pompano. Best bite seems to be in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. While tides no doubt play into pompano fishing, those low light periods of the day are the real key to success. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a few pompano around, with the same baits listed above working well and also Doc's Goofy Jigs. The sharks are around this week, and they will also determine where the pompano end up. Still a scattering of bluefish around, but numbers have started thinning out a bit. Cut sardines have been the bait of choice for the blues. Snook fishing continues to slowly improve at the Juno Beach Pier, another few weeks and it will really start to open up. A small number of springtime cobia cruising the beach as well...keep the jig ready in case one pops up!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north northeast 5 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Along the coast, seas around 2 feet. In the Gulf Stream, seas around 2 feet building to 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- The sailfish bit pretty good over the past day or two in 130-200' of water; and with a front blowing through late in the weekend they will likely chew very well again! Won't be nice offshore, but that northeast wind will most likely get them going. Live gogs remain the bait of choice, but don't overlook threads or sardines if you can find them. Springtime Blackfin Tuna are making a nice showing this week. Trolling small feathers will work for the tunas; as will a well presented slow pitch jig. A few dolphin around this week, but no big numbers to speak of. Kingfish have been scattered along the 120' ledge in fair numbers. The kings have been biting best first thing in the morning. A few wahoo around as well. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slow this week (largely due to the weather). Overall we are moving into that springtime pattern of fishing of lots of options...lets just hope the March Wind machine turns off every now and then to let everyone get out!
INSHORE- The snook bite inshore improved a bit this week. It isn't full on springtime feeding frenzy yet; but the snook are coming back to life a bit (in other words...they will muster up enough energy to take a swipe or two at a topwater plug these days!). It will sound a bit like a broken record but: The Loxahatchee River has been good during the day, while the bridges are holding a fair number of snook at night. The water is still a bit on the cool side, so the snook are not on a heavy all day chew. It's important to fish the best parts of the tide (you need moving water...they don't want to work too hard yet) for the best results. The river has also had a fair number of tarpon around, along with a few jacks. The sheepshead bite slowed down a bit this week, but still a few around for sure. Palm Beach Inlet is holding the big jacks nicely as well right now.
SURF/PIER- The pompano fishing fired off really good over the past few days; with some of the best numbers of the season coming in. While the Juno Beach Pier has had a handful of pompano (caught mainly on Doc's Goofy Jigs); a bulk of the pompano have come from the beach between the pier and Jupiter Inlet. The numbers have been good, and the average fish size has also been good as well. It's the usual baits (FishBites, FishGum, Sandfleas, Clams, and Shrimp) that are doing the trick on the pomps. Best bite has been early morning and late afternoon. Good numbers of croaker and whiting mixed in with the pompano; both of which will eat the same baits. The croaker and whiting continue to bite very well at the Juno Beach Pier as well. If your targeting the croaker and whiting specifically it's hard to beat fresh shrimp for bait. Bluefish bite has been pretty solid over the past few days as well. While the bluefish will bite silver spoons and topwater lures; it has been hard to beat cut mullet and sardines for them. A few snook are being caught at the Pier on dead bait still: And reports of some active feeding snook at Jupiter Inlet are coming in as well. Rough weather slowed shark reports down a bit; but still a good number around from the sounds of things!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Along the coast, southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west in the evening. In the Gulf Stream, southwest winds 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots along the coast. 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. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Northeast winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 8 to 10 feet with occasional seas to 13 feet. North swell 3 to 4 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas.
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OFFSHORE- Sailfish action was good last weekend, and they bit well into the first part of the week. It slowed a bit over the last day or two, but they will most likely fire off at least once or twice this weekend. Won't be nice offshore, but the sails don't mind. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a handful of good sized dolphin. Springtime Blackfin tuna have started to show up in fair numbers. Most are on the smaller side, with a few ten plus pounders around to keep things interesting. Trolling small feathers is always a good choice for the blackfin, and the slow pitch jigs are also accounting for a lot of catches on them these days as well. Kingfish are around in fair numbers along the 120' ledge these days. The kings seem to be biting best first thing in the morning for an hour or two and then they are a slow pick for the rest of the day. Snapper fishing has been fair in 60-90' of water. A few cobia reports snuck in as well this past week.
INSHORE- A little stretch of warmer weather has the snook fishing improving inshore. The weather forecast(see below), along with the arrival of a few springtime mullet and other baits, as well as some better fishing reports will no doubt have the Loxahatchee River and ICW very busy this weekend. Seawalls with fair current flow are the place to start the search for the snook. A live mullet is top bait choice; while a topwater (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Rapala Skitter Walk) will also draw some jaw dropping strikes from the snook. Should be some good jacks cruising the same areas as the snook. Sheepshead action remains good in Palm Beach Inlet. Live shrimp is the bait of choice for them. They won't hang around a whole lot longer so get after them while you still can. The jacks have also been in Palm Beach Inlet in good numbers.
SURF/PIER- Not the most ideal looking conditions for the upcoming weekend; but if the water doesn't get too dirty could be some fish around. Bluefish action has been the most consistent bet this week. Cut bait (sardines or mullet) have been the bait of choice for the blues. A silver spoon or noisy topwater lure will also get the bluefish to bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon. With hard east winds in the forecast make sure you have a good casting heavy lure to stand a chance. Pompano action was shall we say "spotty" at best. Nobody seems to be catching limits regularly, but for the most part those putting in the time will find at least a pomp or two on the beach. Since sandfleas remain impossible to to find; look for shrimp, clams, and FishBItes to be the best bait choices. On the Juno Beach Pier the Doc's Goofy Jig continues to produce a handful of pompano. A fair amount of Spanish Mackerel around. As is always the case with the Macs keep your lure choices on the small side for best results.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SATURDAY...East winds around 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to east southeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
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