OFFSHORE- The weather forecast is looking great for the upcoming weekend, and the fishing has been on fire for the past week! Great reports of Cobia from south of Palm Beach Inlet to north of Jupiter Inlet continue to come in almost daily. The Cobia are primarily being caught in 150-200' of water. Drifting live sardines, dead sardines, or a cobia jig about halfway to the bottom is a good way to get tight on a cobe. The cobia are following the bull sharks around, so don't be afraid to put some chum out to get everybody excited! Dolphin fishing remained strong this week with 175-300' of water producing good numbers of fish. Trolling ballyhoo and assorted small jethead lures is producing good numbers of fish. Most of the dolphin have been 5-10 pounds, with a few good ones closer to twenty pounds in the mix. Don't be surprised if a nice blackfin tuna shows p in the mix as well. Scattered kingfish are biting around the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing was fair over the past week.
INSHORE- Some nice snook have been caught over the past week. Fishing the bridges at night is producing the best, but throwing topwater lures around seawalls is producing some snook as well at first light. Fish the first of the outgoing tide for the best luck with the snook. Scattered reports of mangrove snapper, drum, and even a few inshore pompano have been trickling in over the past week.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very very good over the past week. The morning and late afternoon bite are both producing equally good numbers of fish. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites remain the baits of choice. Bluefish may have made their last showing of the season...looks like they may be gone now till next fall. Whiting and croaker are still biting good in close.
Fishing has been good....no excuses, it's time to go!
Weather and tides were too perfect not to throw the jig a little before work this morning (middle outgoing tide with just the right amount of wind) Caught a nice one on a white/white/blue First Light Jig a few casts in, and then as it was time to go this big girl thumped the jig at my feet. Nothing like having a snook almost jerk the rod out of your hand before your first cup of coffee! The Gulfstream Lures Skimmer Flair in Orange/Char/Blue was too tempting for her not to take a shot at! Steady retrieve about mid water column was what the snookies were looking for this morning.
Snook fishing should really start to open up over the next month, it is a great time of year to catch a big one on the jig. If you need some help with figuring the snook out on lures, consider hiring Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/) for a night. He is dialed in and has a lot of good knowledge to pass along. I had caught a few snook on flair hawks before I started fishing with him, but nothing like the numbers and size of snook I'm catching now.
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OFFSHORE- The weather is looking a little, shall we say, "rough" for the upcoming Easter weekend. BUT...it isn't like the weather man hasn't messed up the forecast before; so just maybe it will end up being nicer than forecasted. The fishing offshore, for those that could get out, was very good this week. Capt. Howard, of http://www.redbeardfishingcharters.com/, has caught some nice cobia, a few dolphin, some muttons, and a pile of banded rudderfish (aka Amberines) this week. The best action has been from the Juno Beach Pier to just north of Jupiter Inlet in 100-120' of water. Drifting triple hook sardines on a knocker rig while chumming is a sure fire way to get the fish going. The sharks are very thick, so get those fish in as quick as you can! Capt. James, of http://www.fishcastings.com/ charters, has been catching some nice dolphin over the past week. Fishing live baits under the kite has been producing good results for Capt. James on the dolphin.
INSHORE- Snook are biting at night around the bridges. An outgoing tide seems to have the snook chewing the best. The spring mullet run is trying to get going, so keep the baits a little on the larger side for the snook. They will be switching off the wintertime shrimp diet, and switching over to bigger meals. Reports are already trickling in of some snook showing up at the inlets. This is a good sign, don't be surprised if the snook fishing really lights up over the next few weeks! Capt. Eric, of http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/, says this is one of the best times of the year to get out and try and find a stud snook on artificial!
SURF/PIER- Still seeing good numbers of pompano over the past week! The really good news is that the pompano are still biting good down south...which means, in theory, we should see a nice push of pompano well into May!!! Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites continue to be the dominant baits. Doc's Goofy Jigs are also picking away at the fish as well! Best bite for the pompano remains early morning, and then again late in the afternoon. Also in the surf have been fair numbers of croaker and whiting. Small pieces of peeled shrimp and FishBites(the stuff really works!) fished in the first trough should find the croaker and whiting. Late late season bluefish are still biting cut bait and silver spoons along Jupiter beach. Scattered schools of Spanish Mackerel are still in and out at Juno Beach Pier. A white crappie jig is still the lure of choice for the Macs!
Have a GREAT EASTER Weekend Everyone
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OFFSHORE- Nice little mixed bag action offshore, in between the windy days, going on. Dolphin are still biting, and an easterly wind should help push them inshore this weekend a little more. Trolling is producing the most dolphin, while livebaiting is producing more quality fish. Cobia are still following the sharks and hanging around the wrecks in 90-150" of water. Snapper fishing is a little slow, but those spending the time with good baits on the bottom are catching some snapper. The Lost Tree-Jupiter drift in 60-90' of water is still producing the most snapper. KIngfish remain scattered, and not tightly schooled up yet.
Inshore- Snook fishing was a little off this week with the late season front. The springtime mullet run looks like it may be trying to get going, and when it does...watch out the snook are going to go off! Baits of choice will be live mullet, large swimbaits, and flair hawk jigs. Got to love it when they get off shrimp and start eating the big baits good. Some late season BIG bluefish invaded a few bridges over the past week, surprising a few snook anglers along the way. Black drum and sheepshead are still biting cut shrimp around the area bridges. Try fishing at night for best results with the black drum.
SURF/JUNO PIER- Pompano remained the news of the week again. The bite is still best early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Sandfleas, clams, and Fishbites remain the baits of choice for the pompano. Also, this week the pompano finally showed a little more interest in biting Goofy Jigs as well. A little bait of bait (mostly greenies and a few sardines) has been in and out around the pier, and following the bait schools have been some nice snook and large jacks. Scattered schools of Spanish Mackerel are still in and out around the pier. Lastly, some nice late season bluefish action along the beach over the past week.
Good luck everyone
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Almost time for another weekend, and it's looking like a nice one ahead of us. Nice springtime/early summer weather, with a nice southeast breeze, should hopefully have the fish biting!
OFFSHORE- Those trolling out past 200' of water should expect a nice push of dolphin this weekend. Dolphin reports were a little slow this week, but should improve with the southeast wind. Usual drill for the dolphin; cover some ground with a mixed trolling spread and keep an eye out for "fishy" looking water. Inside of 150' from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet, cobia fishing remains very good. Drifting sardines or a cobia jig is a good choice for the cobia. Chumming will help get the cobia fired up. Keep an eye out for the bull sharks as the cobia won't be far behind. Kingfish action remained scattered this week. Sounds like the big school of kingfish is up towards Fort Pierce, so it shouldn't be too long before the big school of kings is hanging off Jupiter. Snapper fishing remains good, and should only continue to get better.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains good, and as the weather warms the action will continue to increase. Won't be long before the snook are thinking about making babies and headed towards the inlets. On the way most of them will be looking to eat just about anything they can! Fishing the bridges at night with a flair hawk is a great idea this time of year. The last of the incoming tide, and the first part of the outgoing tide tend to produce the most bites from the snook. Spanish mackerel invaded the little Blue Heron Bridge this week. White crappie jigs are the top choice for the spanish mackerel.
SURF/PIER- Pompano remained the hot news this week along the beach. Bait(sandfleas,clams, and fishbites) continues to out fish the goofy jigs for pompano. Best pompano bite has been early morning, and another small push of fish have been biting at sunset as well. A few spanish mackerel and late season bluefish were caught at Juno Pier this week as well.
BAIT- Scattered schools of sardines and cigar minnows are holding on the usual Jupiter Bait spots. Not thick yet, but bait situation is improving.
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