OFFSHORE- Fishing remained very good this week, with all kinds of good stuff going on. Dolphin fishing, though not as good as last week, was very good again. Look for the dolphin to be in 200-500' of water. Most of the dolphin are in small scattered packs, so trolling and covering water is a good way to go. Ballyhoo, squid, bonita strips, and small jet head lures are a good way to go for the mahi-mahi. Look for good current rips and areas with flying fish to be holding the most dolphin. Mixed in with the dolphin have been some nice blackfin tuna, including some good sized one. The blackfin tuna are more than willing to bite the same trolled baits that the dolphin are eating. Springtime action along the 120' ledge also kicked into high gear this week, with lots of stuff going on. Kingfish, sailfish, dolphin, blackfin, cobia, and a few wahoo are all in the mix along the ledge. Best bet is to drift live sardines (which also showed up in good numbers this week) in 90-120' of water on a triple hook rig or single hook wire rig. The snapper fishing improved nicely this week as well, with some good action on mutton and yellowtail snapper. Lots of good stuff going on offshore right now, well worth going if you have the chance!
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to be the main game in town on the inshore side of things. Best action will be at night or low light periods. Still a fair number of mullet around, so don't be afraid to toss the big baits; the snook will bite em! Flair hawk style jigs, swim baits, and large live mullet are all good bait choices right now. Other action inshore has been a little hit or miss. Scattered reports of some snapper around the bridges. Best bet will be low light periods of the day for sure.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing was good again this week, with good catches on sand fleas, clams, and fishbites as well. Early morning and late afternoon have been the best, but a few fish are being caught throughout the day. Scattered schools of bluefish and spanish mackerel still moving along the beach. The bobber rig with a clark spoon has been getting a little play again this week. Some big jacks along the beach north of Jupiter Inlet. Starting to see some snook along the beach as well. Plenty of good stuff along the beach right now.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 10 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
FRIDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 3 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. .MONDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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OFFSHORE: The big news this week was the awesome dolphin fishing! Best action was out of Jupiter Inlet in 120-200' of water, but pretty much anywhere outside of 100' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet produced a few dolphin bites. Most of the fish have been in the 5-10lb range, with a fair number of fifteen plus pounders being caught as well. Trolling and covering some water seems to be producing the best luck on the dolphin. Bonita strips and squid are great trolling bait choices right now. The slightly smaller size of the baits makes it easier for a smaller fish to grab and get the hook; but the smaller bait doesn't deter a big slammer from crashing the party. Most of the fish will be in small 10-15 fish packs so be sure to have the pitch rods ready when bringing hooked fish in. If trolling isn't your thing, don't be afraid to set up a drift and chum letting the fish come to you A block of chum and occasional shot of menhaden oil can get the dolphin coming to you in a hurry. Still a good number of banded rudder fish and cobia around up off Jupiter Inlet. Scattered reports of a few wahoo being caught, and with the full moon on Friday don't be surprised to hear of a decent number of hoo's around this weekend. Some nice blackfin tuna are mixed in with the dolphin. Ocean conditions were not ideal for bottom fishing this week, which has kept the snapper reports to a minimum. Overall very good springtime fishing offshore right now, if you can go this weekend...YOU SHOULD!
INSHORE: The big snook and jacks continue to attack the springtime mullet moving through the ICW and Loxahatchee River. This is a great time to go snook fishing. Warming temperatures and a gradual move towards the inlets have the snook thinking about one thing...EATING! Don't be afraid to fish some big baits for the snook right now, thew will eat them! Swimbaits, flair hawk style jigs, big swimming plugs, and large live mullet are all good choices for the snook right now. At the same time, the snook will also attack live shrimp with a vengeance around dock lights and bridge shadow lines as well. No wrong way to target them, you just have to go try! Other inshore action has been spotty. A few reports from the Hobe Sound Flats have some fish moving around early and late in the day; same with the Munyon Island Flats. A little early for good numbers of mangrove snapper inshore...but a few are already being caught.
SURF/PIER: Rough conditions kept reports to a minimum this week, but with slightly calming conditions and good wind direction we should see a great pompano bite this week. Areas to the south (Lake Worth Pier in particular) are producing great pompano catches; and those fish are headed north. Look for low light periods of the day to produce the best its on the pompano. Sandfleas and clams will remain the top producing bait for the pompano. Still a few scattered bluefish hanging around, with Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island producing some good action on the blues. Lake Worth Pier has seen a lot of cobia over the past week...with any luck a few of those will slide up towards Juno Beach Pier!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO SOUTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT...SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH THE NIGHT.
SATURDAY...WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. SATURDAY NIGHT...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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OFFSHORE: Looks like a late season front is going to make for another sloppy ocean weekend. While it won't be ideal boating conditions, it should help fire back up the dolphin bite. The dolphin bit good early in the week, but slowed towards the mid part of the week. Look for a stiff southeast wind on Friday to get another good push of fish moving north, and east northeast winds after that to help keep them in closer to shore. Shouldn't be any need for a run way offshore to find the dolphin, instead look for them to be in 200-400' of water. Trolling will work to find the dolphin, as will setting up a drift with some chum and a menhaden oil slick and letting them come to you. Don't expect massive schools of dolphin, instead look for the fish to be in small 2-10 fish packs. The average size of the fish tends to be a little bigger right now, and it is not uncommon to see a handful of twenty plus pounders (not the"20lbers" your buddy catches that wouldn't even go 10lbs) swim by the boat right now. Sailfish action has slowed way down, but this late season weather will no doubt fire up a little bit of a bite. Cobia fishing has been great from the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet in 120-150' of water. Sardines, pinfish, and goggle eyes are good choices to get a cobia bite right now. Snapper fishing has been fair, with some good days and some very slow days. Overall good action offshore right now definitely worth going if you have a chance or the weather allows!
INSHORE: Good amount of bigger springtime mullet pushing around in the ICW and Loxahatchee River right now. These aren't September finger mullet, but instead full grown 10" plus baits. They don't get a lot of bites, but the ones you do get tend to be BIG! For a snook or jack (the most likely players inshore right now) to get a 12" mullet they have to be about full grown too! Best action will be during low light periods of the day or at night. If that doesn't work in your schedule look for the snook to be tucked under docks with good shade. Still a little life around the Munyon Island and Hobe Sound grass flats these days, but action has slowed considerably. Get after it early or late for best results.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing remained the best bet again this week, and the weekend forecast has it looking like they will keep on biting. Sandfleas and clams remain the top producing baits. Best time to catch them has bounced around all over the clock, but low light periods (especially in cleaner water situations) will ultimately produce the most bites. Looks like it could be a pretty rough one this weekend, so don't put the spider sinkers up just yet, Still a fair number of bluefish hanging around. Every time it looks like the blues may slide out of town, they pop back in just to swipe a few more lures. A little early four big numbers of snook, but a few have been moving along the beach and hanging out at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SHOWERS LIKELY AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO NORTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 10 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. NORTHEAST SWELL 3 TO 4 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 10 FEET. NORTHEAST SWELL 3 TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
MONDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 10 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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OFFSHORE: Springtime fishing has been pretty good this week, with a nice variety of species around. Dolphin fishing has been fair, and the weather report looks like it should be a good weekend for some nice dolphin catches. This time of year is kinda anybody's guess on where the dolphin will bite best, but for the most part should be inside of 400' of water. Don't expect big schools of dolphin, but the average size will be good. Trolling a good assortment of baits and covering water will produce some dolphin bites, as will setting up a good drift and chumming heavily. Sailfish are not here in wintertime numbers, but enough are still hanging around to have a good shot at getting a release or two daily. Live baits under the kite is a great way to target both the sails and dolphin this time of year. Up off jupiter the banded rudder fish are around in good numbers, and with them are lots of sharks and cobia. A big live pinfish or grunt fished in the 100-150' range is a good way to get a cobia bite right now. Scattered kingfish hanging out in 80-110' of water out of Jupiter Inlet. Drifting sardines (especially live ones if you can catch them) is a great way to get some king bites. No reports of blackfin tunas in any big numbers, but they shouldn't be long in showing up. Lots of sharks and bonitas hanging around the ledge already. Snapper fishing has been hit or miss over the past week. Some nice mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper if you land on the right spot, and maybe a cobia bite as well. Lots of good stuff going on offshore right now, well worth going if the weather allows!
INSHORE: Springtime mullet run kicked into high gear over the past few days. Though not quite like the fall mullet run, the springtime push is very fun to fish. Don't expect to see the same massive schools of fish lazily milling around endlessly, instead expect bigger mullet moving mostly at night. The snook and big jacks are keyed in on bigger mullet right now so don't be afraid to throw bigger baits right now. A Heddon Super Spook walked along a seawall, Flair Hawk or SpoolTek fished slowly along the bottom at bridges with deeper channels, or flatlined mullet under boat docks is a great way to go right now for a BIG snook bite. Other inshore action has been a little slow. Some scattered reports of a few mangrove snapper biting in the ICW around boat docks on live shrimp.
SURF/PIER: Pompano remains the target species of most this week along the beach. It's the usual deal for the pompano right now. Fish low light periods of the day for the best results. Shrimp, sand fleas, clams, and FishBItes are all good bait choices for the pompano right now. The Juno Beach pier has also been producing some pompano, especially early in the morning, on the above mentioned baits as well as Doc's Goofy Jigs. The croakers are still hanging out in close, and are very willing to bite small pieces of cut shrimp. Though it's a little early for the snook to show in big numbers, a fair number are already hanging around the Juno Beach Pier. The snook have been willing to bite live shrimp and chunks of dead sardines pretty well. The sharks have thinned out along the beach, but a few key spots are still holding good numbers of blacktips. A medium size chunk of fresh bait is the way to go for the sharks right now. Still some scattered bluefish hanging around over the past few days.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...ALONG THE COAST...WEST NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. IN THE GULF STREAM...NORTH NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING WEST NORTHWEST AROUND 5 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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