OFFSHORE: Mild cold front pushing through Friday/Saturday kinda throws things up in the air a bit. This week saw pretty good springtime fishing patterns prevailing. Dolphin fishing remains pretty good, it's just anybodies guess on where they will be on a day to day basis. Dolphin reports have come from just off the deep side of the ledge in 150' of water to over thirty miles out and everywhere in between. Kingfish action remains very good up and down the 120' ledge. The fish seem to be loosely schooled up and down the line, and have not locked into tyhe big late spring/early summer school off of Jupiter Inlet just yet. Mixed in with the kingfish have been a fair number of blackfin tuna as well. The blackfin have ranged in size from small footballs to fat twenty pound fish, and all sizes in between. Snapper fishing remains very good along the bottom, with a few cobia in the mix still as well. Sardines will remain the baits of choice for the snapper and cobia. Banded Rudderfish have shown up in good numbers as well this week in with the snapper and cobia.
INSHORE: Snook fishing has been very good this week, especially at night. The snook are definitly beginning to move towards the inlets and they are eating along the way. Big swimbaits and flair hawk jigs are working well around the bridges at night, while big live mullet are a great choice during the day around boat docks and seawalls. Mixed in with the snook have been a few bruiser jacks. Tarpon are hanging around Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers. Other inshore action is a bit spotty at present.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing remains good this week; but not as good as the past few weeks. Sandfleas, clams, and FIshBites remain the baits of choice for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good number of Spanish Mackerel around, along with a handful of KIngfish as well. A few big jacks and tarpon have been seen at the pier as well. Best action will be early in the morning and late in the afternoon for the most part. Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnows are a great choice for all around action. Snook continue to increase in numbers around the pier and along the beach. The Juno Beach Pier snook bite has been best on dead sardines over the past week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to south southwest 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds around 10 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.
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OFFSHORE- The offshore fishing was a bit off this week. A late season sailfish bite from the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet was the main thing going on. Mixed in with the sailfish were a handful of bigger dolphin, but not the numbers that the previous few weeks had produced. Also, in with the sailfish have been a few very nice size blackfin tuna up to twenty pounds. Live goggle eyes, small blue runners, and pilchards are the baits of choice. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge from south of Palm Beach Inlet to north of Jupiter Inlet. The kings have schooled up on a few days, but for the most part remain scattered up and down the line. Dolphin reports over all remain better out deeper, but with the weekend forecast a long run offshore may the be the most desirable situation. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid has been the ticket for the dolphin. Snapper reports remain pretty good overall, with some really nice yellowtail snapper being caught along with a handful of mutton snapper. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been getting better and better, and should continue as we move on through the month. Little late season front may slow them down a bit, but hopefully not too much. The snook are moving off of their wintertime shrimp diet and beginning to look for larger baits in front of the upcoming spawning season. During the day large live mullet around boat docks and seawalls is a good bet for the snook. While throwing flair hawk jigs and big swimbaits is a good choice at night. The bridges are starting to hold a fair number of snook at night, especially on an outgoing tide. Mixed in with the snook should be a handful of bruiser jacks. The upper stretches of the Loxahatchee River has had a fair number of smaller tarpon around. Smaller panfish (Sandperch, a few croakers, maybe a sheepshead or two) have been biting pieces of fresh shrimp in the ICW.
SURF/PIER- Hard to forecast the weekend with the upcoming late season front in the mix. The Juno Beach Pier saw fair action this week, with a nice mixture of springtime species around. Some big jacks, a handful of kingfish, and fair number of bigger Spanish Mackerel all made a showing this week at the pier. Early morning and late afternoon proved the most effective, especially for those throwing lures. A Rapala X-Rap, Yo-Zuri Hyrdo Longcast, or Daiwa SP minnow have all been good choices for the jacks and kings. The Spanish Macs have been biting small X-Raps and white crappie jigs the best. A handful of snook are showing at the pier, and should begin to increase in numbers almost by the day. Pompano fishing slowed a bit this week, but a few are still being caught. Doc's Goofy jigs are still pulling a few from the pier; while clams, sand fleas, and fishbites are the best choice from the surf. The spinner and blacktip sharks have largely left the beach, but they have been replaced by a smaller number of much larger ones (Including a 12' hammerhead that has been around the pier on quite a few occasions...)
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with a dominant period 6 seconds. Rough on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...West winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Choppy on the intracoastal waters.
SUNDAY...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 5 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
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Offshore- Another wide swing of weather this week, with some swings in the fishing as well. The best action overall remains around/along the 120’ ledge from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. It’s the usual springtime pattern with a nice mixture of fish in the mix. The kingfish, cobia, and banded rudderfish will be the main players along the ledge; with dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, bonita, and a host of others all being realistic possibilities as well. Drifting sardines is a solid choice and will work for all species listed above. Dolphin fishing has been good this week as well, with fish being caught in depths ranging from 150-800’ of water. Trolling bonita strips and squid is a solid choice for the dolphin right now. Sailfish are still around and will snap a goggle eye or blue runner under a kite for those looking to wrap up the sailfish season with a few releases. Snapper fishing has been good this week inside the 120’ ledge with some mutton and yellowtail snapper being caught. Sardines remain the absolute best bait choice along the bottom. A little bumpy forecast wise this weekend: however, those who can get out should expect some pretty good fishing.
Inshore- The springtime mullet run continues to file through and the snook and big jacks are taking advantage of the easy pickings. The spring mullet run doesn’t produce much in the way of finger mullet, and the average bait size tends to be a little larger. Not a bad thing if your looking to catch bigger fish, but don’t expect the same non-stop action that the fall mullet run can produce. Live mullet fished along seawalls and under boat docks is a solid bet. Throwing noisy topwater lures in the same areas early/late in the day for a shot at the snook and jacks if you’re not into fishing live baits. Other inshore fishing is in a bit of transition, without a lot of other action to write about.
Surf/Pier- Pompano fishing continues to fire off, and with strong south winds forecasted this weekend it could be lights out! Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites will be the bait of choice for the pompano. Early morning and late afternoon should be best for the pomps. Spanish and King Mackerel are being caught at the Juno Beach Pier in good numbers. Crappie jigs are great for the Spanish, while Rapala X-Raps are the ways to go for the kings. Snook fishing continues to improve on a nearly daily basis at the pier. Snook reports beginning to trickle in from the surf as well. A stray tarpon or two being reported along the beach as well. Good overall fishing right now along the beach…get after it!
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 7 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Another up and down weather week offshore, but the fishable days saw a fair amount of action this week. Springtime fishing patterns continue with a solid mixture of fish around. Kingfish and cobia remain solid bets around 120' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter. Sailfish bite remains good, with some boats getting close to double digit release chances. Dolphin are here in good numbers; but remain scattered over a very large area (Reports ranged from 250-800' of water this week). Snapper reports remain fair to good along the bottom, with sardines being the bait of choice. Fair looking forecast for the weekend...should be pretty good fishing!
INSHORE- Springtime mullet run is on right now, and the big snook and jacks are taking notice. The spring mullet run doesn't have the same amount of bait (or predators) as the fall migration; but for quality fish it is a great time to go. Great time for catching the bigger snook as they begin to bulk up for the upcoming spawning season. Jacks will also be hungry and cruising the seawalls ready to eat. Tarpon reports are still coming in from Palm Beach Inlet, with some good ones being caught on live shrimp. Look for the most action to go down early and late in the day, and don't be opposed to fishing at night either. THe snook bite around the bridges at night has also been improving as of late.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action has been very good this week along the beach and at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites are the top bait choices for the pompano. Doc's Goofy Jigs have also been producing well along the beach. Bluefish seem to be making their end of season push back north, with a fair number being caught at the pier and also north towards Hobe Sound Beach. Cut mullet and sardines are the top producing baits for the bluefish. The Juno Beach Pier has had a fair number of both Spanish and King Mackerel around, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Snook are showing up in better numbers at the Juno Beach Pier. Frozen sardines remain a solid bait choice at the pier for the snook. Overall good fishing along the beach,; should be a good weekend to give it a try!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 9 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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