OFFSHORE- Good springtime fishing action this week. Dolphin fishing was good for those willing to spend some time looking for them. Calmer conditions had the dolphin spread out a bit; and reports came in on the mahi from 250-1500' water. Trolling ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips was a good bet for the dolphin. For the most part it has been smaller packs of dolphin, but the average size has been pretty good; with the overall average fish coming in between five to fifteen pounds. Most of the fish are scattered, so trolling and covering some water tends to be a little better bet right now. In closer to the ledge a few blackfin tuna and a scattering of wahoo are being reported. Not super consistent on either, but enough around to make it worth giving them a shot. Trolling small daisy chains for the blackfin tuna is a good bet, while split tail mullet fished deep in the trolling spread is a good bet for the wahoo. Inside of the 120' ledge springtime action is in full swing. Kingfish action has been really good this week. While the kings are biting throughout the day; the best action will come late in the afternoon. Live sardines(If you can find them), frozen sardines, and diamond jigs are all good bets for the kingfish. Mixed in with the kings will be a few blackfin, dolphin, wahoo, cobia, bonita, and who knows what else! Bottom fishing remains very good, and conditions look right for the snapper to keep biting this weekend. Sardines(which are slim in supply) are the bait of choice on the bottom. On the other side in the Bahamas Yellowfin Tuna reports continue to flow in from both the corner and the channel. Dolphin fishing has also been very good when the tuna aren't around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was very good again this week. The bridges are producing a good bite, especially at night. Outgoing tide tends to produce best, but some fish are coming on the incoming as well. With the snook you really are just looking for some current, slack tides are not ideal. During the day look for the snook to be tight to seawalls and under boat docks in the ICW and Loxahatchee River. Mixed in with the snook have been some bruiser jacks. Both the snook and jacks are very happy to eat a large live mullet. Mangrove snapper action continues to improve inshore. Still a fair number of tarpon anging around Lake Worth Inlet.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good both along the beach and on the pier this week. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites remain the top producing baits for the pompano right now. The early morning and late afternoon bite have been the ticket for the pompano. Keep a rod in close (first trough) for a good bite on whiting and croaker. Fresh cut shrimp is the best bet for the whiting and croaker. The Juno Beach Pier has been pretty hot with a fair Spanish Mackerel bite, a few kingfish, some bruiser jacks, and an increasing number of snook. While a few live baits are starting to show at the pier, dead sardines have been the best bet for the snook. Rapapla X-Raps, Yo-Zuri longcast, and the Shimano Colt Sniper lures have all been a good lure choice. Should hopefully continue into the weekend.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...North northwest winds around 10 knots becoming north northeast in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters light chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning.
SUNDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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OFFSHORE: Less than ideal weather forecast coming up just in time for the weekend. Fishing this week has been pretty good offshore, with decent mixed bag action for a good assortment of species. Dolphin fishing was good for some, decent for others, and downright lousy for the rest. Dolphin have been caught this week in 200-800' of water; mostly by trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid. A few little blackfin tuna have been mixed in with the dolphin. A small daisy chain is never a bad idea to have in the trolling spread to pick up a tuna or even the dolphin. The kingfish showed up in little better numbers this week from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet in 90-150' of water. Sardines will be the top bait choice for the kingfish. A small scattering of cobia are being caught on the bottom, but not super numbers by any stretch. Snapper fishing remains fair. Also, when the weather allows; yellowfin tuna fishing has been very good as of late in the Bahamas.
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains good inshore right now, and the weather looks good for the to bite again this weekend. The snook are starting to point their noses towards the inlet; so keep that in mind when picking out spots. Bridges near the inlets are really starting to produce some fair numbers of snook, especially on the outgoing tide. Flair hawk jigs, spooltek swimbaits, and shrimp jigs remain great lure choices for the snook. A live mullet is the top bait choice; especially when presented along a seawall or under boat dock during the day. A few bruiser jacks are mixed in with the snook, and maybe a tarpon around from spot to spot. Mangrove snapper action continues to improve in inshore areas, especially around some of the bridges at night. Live shrimp, or small pilchards if you can catch them, are top bait choices.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing remains very good, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Sandfleas, clams, and shrimp are the top producing baits for the pompano; while a Doc's goofy jig is the top lure. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier has had a great spanish mackerel bite over the past few days. The crappie jig, Rapala X-Rap, and bobber rig with a clark spoon have all been good choices for the mackerel. Look for lowlight periods of the day to produce best fr the macks. Snook action has begin to improve along the beach and at the pier. A few tarpons and some big jacks cruising around as well.
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 9 seconds becoming 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional to 9 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds around 15 knots along the coast to east 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Looks like the weather is lining up for some good dolphin fishing this weekend. Won't be the calmest weekend ever, but the dolphin should be pushed in by the east/southeast wind. Look for the dolphin to be in 200-400' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, or squid should work to get the dolphin up. Late season sailfish action remains good in 200-300' of water in the same area. Live goggle eyes and blue runners will be the bait of choice for the sails, and any bigger dolphin will also take the same live baits as well. Bigger school of springtime kings haven't showed yet; but it should happen pretty much anytime. Scattered kings are hanging around in 100-150' of water off the Juno Beach Pier. The cobia bite slowed offshore this week. Should still be some cobia around in 100' of water. Bottom fishing reports were pretty good this week. Nice mixture of mutton and yellowtail snapper being caught in 60-90' from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Frozen sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom. Squid is also a good option on the bottom for all around action.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains pretty good inshore right now. The bridges are holding snook at night, especially on the outgoing tide. Scattered jacks moving around in the ICW. Look for the jacks to be most active during lowlight periods of the day moving along seawalls. A large mullet or big topwater plug is a good choice for a cruising bruiser jack. Tarpon are still hanging in Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers. Some mangrove snapper are starting to be caught inshore. The flats are starting to slow down a bit with the warming weather.
SURF/PIER- Nice mixed bag action at the Juno Beach Pier and along the beach right now. Pompano action remains fair to good up and down the beach. Lowlight periods of the day will be the best for the pompano. Sandfleas and clams are the bait of choice for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier is also producing pompano on Doc's Goofy Jigs. Spanish Mackerel have been hanging around the Juno Beach Pier in fair numbers. White crappie jigs are no doubt the top producing lures for the macs right now. It's a bit early, but the snook are starting to show at the pier. A dead sardine is the bait of choice for the snook right now. Could be a pretty good weekend in the surf...go if you have a chance!
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 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to southeast 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning.
SUNDAY...South winds 15 to 25 knots along the coast to south 20 to 30 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.
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OFFSHORE: Sailfish bite was pretty good this week, with a lot of boats getting a good number of shots. 180-350' seemed to be about the right area for the sails this week. Live gogs, small blue runners, and thread fins or sardines are all good bait choices for the sailfish, The same baits will also catch the fair number of dolphin that have been around in the same areas. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips is also a good bet for the dolphin. Don't expect huge numbers of dolphin, but the ones around should be a little better size wise. Kingfish should start schooling up in bigger number pretty much anyway. A few wahoo have been being caught, but more luck than anything for catching one of those right now. Cobia are being caught in 100-120' of water. Sardines are a solid bait choice for the cobia. Snapper fishing remains pretty good on the bottom. A fair number of yellowtail, mutton, and a few mangroves being caught on sardines.
INSHORE: No huge changes in the inshore report. Snook fishing remains good, and continuing warmer weather will further heat up the snook bite. The snook are being caught under boat docks and along seawalls during the day, and around the bridges at night. Larger swim baits and jigs remain a good lure choice for the snook at night. Outgoing tide seems to be producing the best number of bites. Pretty good number of jacks cruising around inshore for those looking for action. Sheepshead and black drum action has slowed a bit; but the slack is starting to be taken up by increasing numbers of mangrove snapper. Tarpon have been hanging around Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers.
SURF/PIER: Pompano bite was pretty good again this week. Sandfleas and clams are the top bait choices for the pompano. Expect the best pompano bite early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. Whiting and some croaker are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough. The bluefish have largely moved up the coast, but a few are still hanging around. Again lowlight periods will be best for the bluefish. It's a bit early, but a few snook are starting to show up in the surf. The Juno Beach Pier is also starting to produce some snook as well. Dead sardine chunks fished very patiently on the bottom is a good choice for the snook right now. Still a few spinner/blacktip sharks around as well. Best bet for the sharks will to be fish lowlight periods of the day or even at night.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers .
SATURDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to south 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning...then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...West winds around 10 knots becoming north northeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
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