Weekend Fishing Outlook (5/1-5/3/15)
OFFSHORE- A tough weather week has kept most boats in the inlet this week. Those sneaking out between the crazy thunderstorms have been finding a few scattered dolphin offshore anywhere from 300' of water to past halfway to the Bahamas. A decent east/northeast breeze this weekend should help push the dolphin in a little closer to shore. We could very likely see a late season flurry of sailfish this weekend with this late season front. The kingfish continue to bite in 75-120' of water from the Juno BeachPier to Jupiter Inlet. Look for the kings to be shallow early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and closer to the 120' ledge during the middle of the day. Live sardines and thread fin herring are the key baits to get the kingfish to bite, though they will take a dead sardine or ballyhoo as well...just not as fast! Still a few cobia hanging around the ledge, though they are thinning out. Snapper fishing is good, with some really nice yellowtail and mutton snappers being caught.
INSHORE- Snook continue to feed actively at night and during lowlight periods of the day. The snook are moving towards the inlets, so target bridges and docks that they have to pass on the way to the inlets. Flairhawks, swim baits, and large diving plugs are all good choices for the snook right now. The snook remain the main game in town right now on the inshore front right now, other action is a bit spotty. Area bridges are holding a handful of mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and sand perch.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing is improving along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier, especially early in the morning. The Pier is holding a little bit of bait, and the predators are close to the bait. Schools of jacks and bluefish are pushing the bait around hard right now, so be sure to catch a few extras for the bucket while the schools are around. Pompano action slowed this week, but conditions are right for a good bite this weekend. Croakers are biting pieces of shrimp in the first trough pretty consistently.
BAIT REPORT- Bait is still on the tough side. Palm Beach Inlet is holding small schools of sardines. The Juno Beach Pier and "Green Roof" condos are also holding some sardines and greenies. North of JupiterInlet the bait situation is a little better, but not great. The baits are finicky and moving around a lot, so get on them early and be patient.
SHOP UPDATE- The lease is signed and we have keys for the new building...now the fun really starts. Plan still stands that we will be open through May in our current location and then open in our new space sometime in the first week of June. We will have more details on our "Memorial Day Moving Sale" coming soon. Lots of good stuff in the works...stay tuned!
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OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast coming up, and some decent fishing should have you feeling pretty excited about a trip offshore this weekend. Not much to report on the dolphin this week but a few have been caught by those putting some time in and covering some water. The best action offshore right now is (for the most part) inside of 200' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. The kingfish showed up in big numbers this week (as did the commercial fishing fleet) off of Jupiter Inlet. Drifting live sardines and threadfin herring is the ticket for catching the kings right now, but in a pinch or as a backup a dead sardine on a knocker rig will usually get the job done. Look for the kings to be scattered from 120-80' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. While drifting for kingfish don't be surprised if a late season sailfish, big blackfin tuna, cobia, or mutton snapper joins the party. They all for the most part will be in the same depths and areas this time of year. (If your not sure about the best way to present your live baits while drifting the edge swing by the shop and we'll be happy to show you some of the more effective methods.) Snapper fishing was good this week, and will only get better with the arrival of the kingfish. As we have mentioned before in the fishing report, big mutton snapper love to hang out under kingfish schools and pick up the falling scraps. Summertime bonita, this year they showed up full grown, are also starting to fill back in along the edge in good numbers.
INSHORE- Snook fishing will once again be the highlight of the Juno/Jupiter/North Palm inshore fishing scene this weekend. The last trickles of the springtime mullet still haver the snook fired up, and they are fired up as they begin to creep towards the inlets. Look for the snook to bite best at night or during low light periods of the day, and don't be afraid to throw bigger baits right now. Mullet, swimbaits, and flair hawks are all great bait choices right now for the snook. Inshore snapper fishing is getting a little better, with a few reports of mangrove and lane snapper coming in.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing was good again this week, with a strong bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Calm clear water had the bite tough during the middle of the day. Clams, sand fleas, shrimp, and fishbites all remain good bait choices for the pompano; as do Doc's Goofy jigs if your fishing from the Juno Beach Pier or boat. A few snook are moving to the inlets and along the beach, and are willing to bite Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Crystal minnows early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. The last trickle of bluefish has pretty much pushed through, but you may see a few stragglers over the next few weeks. Lots of big jacks cruising the beach right now, and they are a lot of fun to target with big topwater plugs. The Jupiter Inlet is heating up with a few snook, big jacks, and cuber snapper hanging around the rocks.
BAIT REPORT- The bait situation is improving, but is still a little scattered and moving around. Best bet for the bait is to get on them early, be patient, and pick away at them. Sardines are slowly filling into thee usual bait spots, but remain the most scattered. Threadfins (Greenies) are around in little better numbers, but also continue to move around a lot. Still seeing some decent schools of silver mullet moving along the beaches.
SHOP UPDATE- Juno Bait will definitely be having a "Memorial Day Moving Sale"...details coming soon!
More details on our move over the next few weeks. Moving days will be the last weekend in May, and we will be closed for just the first few days of June. As the plan becomes more finalized we will let you know.
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Good Luck This Weekend,
FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- Been a good week! Nice to see some big kingfish showing up. Still catching some sailfish. Good snapper action along the Jupiter reefs. Bait is coming back. Snook are biting inshore. Here's a couple pics from this week.
OFFSHORE- Action out deep has been scattered with a fair number of dolphin caught by those trolling in 250-600' of water. Hearing some rumors of a handful of blue marlin cruising around out deep as well. Lots of springtime action along the 120' Ledge this week; the Banded Rudderfish have arrived in big numbers and are very willing to jump all over a dead sardine. Look for the rudderfish to be in 120-150' of water off of Jupiter Inlet, with the deep side of the ledge being the more productive area this week. Mixed in with the rudder fish and blue runners have been a good number of cobia as well. It takes some picking through, but after your arms can barely handle another rudder fish or runner a nice cobia will bite...so be ready! Don't be surprised if a dolphin pops up next to the boat either while drifting along the Jupiter Ledge. Scattered schools of small kingfish have been around this week in 90-120' of water. Bonita are beginning to fill into their usual summertime stomping grounds. Snapper fishing remains fair, with a nice mix of muttons and yellowtail snapper being caught. Look for the bite to be good on the snapper this weekend with the new moon.
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to improve as the weather warms. The springtime mullet have been around and the big snook are fired up on them; as are the jacks and scattered tarpon. Try pitching live mullet along docks and seawalls during the day and flair hawks and swim baits around the bridges at night. Look for the snook to feed best on the top of the outgoing tide. The snook and tarpon have been hanging around Munyan Island as well, and should be very active at night. Other inshore action has been at best spotty this week.
SURF/PIER- The springtime pompano run is on, and action has been good! The pomps are biting best late in the afternoon on sand fleas, clams, shrimp, and fishbites. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier has been hot lately: with decent pompano fishing early and late in the day, and some schools of bait beginning to hang around with predators close behind. Some snook,bonita, and even a kingfish or two have been caught off the pier over the last week when the bait has been around. Croaker and whiting are biting pieces of fresh shrimp in the first trough. Some schools of ullet still pushing north along the beach with tarpon, jacks, bluefish, and the occasional snook close behind!
BAIT REPORT- Sardines are still hanging around Palm Beach Inlet, though they are not holding in huge numbers. Threadfins are around north of Jupiter Inlet, but scattered as well.
Good Luck This Weekend Everyone!
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OFFSHORE- Looks like a nice weather forecast coming up, with southeast winds hopefully getting the springtime dolphin bite fired up! The dolphin have bit pretty good off of Jupiter Inlet the last few days and that should (at least in theory) continue through the weekend. Trolling the usual dolphin spread (ballyhoo, strips, squid, etc) in 200-400' of water from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlet is a good way to find the dolphin, as is drifting live baits from 150-250' of water. The bonita are staring to show back up, but not quite in summertime numbers yet; so drifting near the edge is still a possibility. Mixed in with the dolphin in 100-200' of water should be some kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, and a late season sailfish or two. Snapper fishing was good again this week; with some nice flag yellowtails being caught of Jupiter Inlet. Captain Howard of RedBeard Fishing Charters had a yellowtail that was over 25" long this week! Mutton snapper action seemed to be a little better from Juno Pier south this week. Sardines and squid remain the baits of choice for bottom fishing (Good News...Domestic frozen sardines are available again!)
INSHORE- Snook action continues to improve on a weekly basis. The snook are coming out of their wintertime funk, and starting to think about making their way towards the inlets. Look for the snook to be keyed in on mullet, as the springtime push of mullet continues. The Loxahatchee River continues to hold good numbers of snook, including some real big ones! Munyan Island flats continue to produce good numbers of snook and lots of jacks. The bite is best early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. Try throwing topwater plugs for explosive surface action. Starting to hear about more and more mangrove snapper inshore...summer is coming quick!
SURF/PIER- The last push of bluefish seems to be happening, and the Juno Beach Fishing Pier has been catching quite a few over the last couple days. The blues are hanging at the edge of casting distance so bring your best casting tackle and lures to have the best chance at them. The big news though again this week remains the very good pompano action. The pompano are being caught in good numbers from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Island; with clams, sand fleas, shrimp, and fishbites being the baits of choice. Look for the pompano to bite best early in the morning and then again as the sun is going down.
BAIT REPORT- The sardines are staring to slowly trickle into the usual bait spots (Juno Beach Pier excluded). The sardines are not thick yet, so get out early for the best chance at them. Some scattered schools of threadfins have been moving along the beach from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets.
FRESH WATER- Early morning and late afternoon is producing some really good bass fishing right now. The bass have (for the most part) finished spawning and they are fired up and ready to eat. Moving baits(swim baits, spinnerbaits, topwater, etc) are all getting good action now during low light periods of the day.
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Good Luck This Weekend,
FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- It was another busy week for us, and we did a little bit of different stuff this week. The snook were in the Loxahatchee River this week we found a few willing to eat live mullet during the day. The bottom fishing was good again this week with some nice snapper, though the cobia managed to elude us (or get eaten by sharks!) this week. Dolphin action has been pretty good over the past few days. Spent some time trying some different jigs and lures on the bottom with good results, info on some new stuff coming soon!
Thanks, Captain Eric
OFFSHORE- It's been a busy week at the shop (just finding a few minutes to get this report written has been tough) and a busy week offshore! Spring time fishing in South Florida is setting in, and the action has been good. Dolphin have been around in fair numbers, though they refuse to lock onto any one depth. Reports of dolphin in 80 to over 600 feet of water have trickled in this week. Trolling ballyhoo to cover water and keeping an eye out for the usual "fishy" dolphin signs (rips, weed lines, color changes, etc) is the key for catching a few dolphin these days. In closer to the 120' ledge a good number of wahoo have been caught over the past week, and that should improve this weekend with the full moon on Saturday. Keeping a bait down in the trolling spread could definitely lead to a wahoo this weekend. Kingfish have been scattered in 90-120' of water out of Jupiter Inlet this week, as have a good number of cobia. Drifting dead sardines on a knocker rig is a good bet for both the kings and cobia. Bottom fishing improved this week with better water conditions and current. The drift boats reported catching some nice mutton snapper and good size yellowtail snapper this week. Sardine and squid remain the top baits for snapper (We are also stocking Northern Mackerel in the shop and they also make good bottom baits). Lots of good action offshore right now, go if you get a chance!
INSHORE- Snook action is very good, and should only get better as the fish start to really break out of their winter funk. All the usual snook spots are really starting to fire up. The flats around Munyan Island and MaCarthur State Park have been producing good numbers of snook, jacks, and even a few redfish and tarpon. Live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and Vudu Shrimp are all good choices for working the flats these days. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon the fish will also fire up on topwater plugs. Starting to hear some mangrove snapper reports inshore as well, which means springtime is upon us!
SURF/PIER- Bluefish have re-invaded the surf in big numbers over the past week (Easter weekend often marks the tail end of the bluefish in south Florida, and can bring some of the biggest blues of the season as well). Cut bait on a bottom rig or a large silver spoon is a good choice for the bluefish. A loud noisy popping plug will also get the blues attention! Pompano action remains strong, with fish biting clams and sand fleas very well early and late in the day. Plenty of sharks around if your looking for something bigger to pull on.
BAIT REPORT- Good numbers of small blue runners around the rock piles, and fairly willing to bite larger sabiki rigs. Scattered reports of some greenies(threadfins) showing up along the beach and around Juno Beach Pier this week.
SHOP UPDATE- Hope everyone has a great Easter Weekend! We will be open 6AM-12PM on Easter Sunday...and then off to track down some Easter Eggs!
Thannks For Reading,
Freight Train Fishing Update- It was a busy week fishing wise for us, and we were lucky enough to get out quite a bit. Had some good snapper fishing, caught some nice cobia (Pictured), and a mixed bag of stuff fishing inshore this week. Sorry for the quick report, trying to send it in from the water...uh oh FISH ON!
Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com)