OFFSHORE- Very small weather windows to get offshore have kept reports to a minimum. Sailfish have still been around in fair numbers. A good push of springtime dolphin came through this week; with some solid 15-20lbers being caught. Most of the dolphin were caught right along the 120' ledge. Drifting and chumming with sardines worked well; as did trolling bonita strips and squid. The springtime Kingfish run has kicked off in full swing. A handful of cobia caught along the 120' ledge. Blackfin tuna have been biting well in 200-300' of water. Snapper reports were fair this week.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was good agin this week. Warming weather and some wind definitely doesn't hurt the snook fishing! A good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River and north in the ICW. Live mullet fished around boat docks and seawalls will be the best bet for the snook during the day. At night the snook have been around the bridges in good numbers. A flair hawk or swimbait is a solid choice for the snook. Look for a good moving tide and the snook should be around. A few more mangrove snapper reports coming in. Small pilchards and live shrimp are a good choice for the mangrove snapper.
SURF/PIER- Strong east winds in the forecast will likely make surf fishing very tough this weekend. Seaweed has been thick in the surf this week; and based on the forecast it doesn't look like it will clean up all that much. Pompano fishing has been good this week, with some good numbers of fish definitely still around. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites remain the bait of choice for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier has had some good action over the past week as well. Schools of big jacks have been cruising through in good numbers. A GT Ice Cream or diamond jig has worked well to get them to bite. Late season springtime bluefish are still around the pier in good numbers. A diamond jig or swimming plug has been working well for the blues. A few kingfish at the end of the pier. The big news though has been a good number of cobia at the pier. Most of the cobia have been caught on bottom baits, but if the water clears up sight fishing may come into play.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Rough windy weather has once again kept reports down to a minimum this week; and unfortunately it doesn't look like the wind is going to let up into the weekend. The sailfish continue to bite very well, and those willing to take on the rough stuff offshore are getting a good number of bites. Good reports of multiple chances on the sailfish, with double digits not out of the question. Some big gaffer dolphin mixed in with the sailfish right along the edge as well. Live goggle eyes and blue runners are a solid choice under the kite; while pilchards, threads, and sardines are coming on strong as well. Blackfin tuna bite continues to fire off, with some really good ones in the mix. A live bait fished down a little deeper is a good way to go for the blackfin, as is a vertical jig. Best bet for the blackfin seems to remain in that 200-300' range. Kingfish are scattered along the 120' ledge in good numbers. Rough weather has for the most part kept bottom reports on the slow side.
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to remain the best bet inshore right now. The Loxahatchee and ICW are both holding a good number of snook. It might not be the most fun to fish in, but the wind really helps fire up the snook. Wind whipped seawalls and points provides easy ambush spots for lazy snook. Live mullet fished along a seawall during the day (especially early morning and late afternoon) is a solid bet: While docelights at night is a good bet for big numbers. As always try to fish the last of the incoming or first of the outgoing for best results (which part of the tide cycle that works best is often heavily spot dependent). The bridge bite at night has also went off pretty good for the snook. A few big jacks in the mix inshore as well as a few resident tarpon. Mangrove snapper are starting to bite a little better inshore. Live shrimp is a good choice for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Despite rough nasty conditions (wind and enough seaweed to last a lifetime!) the surf and pier fishing has remained pretty good this week. Conditions aren't nice and fishing will be tough...but still a decent number of fish around. Pompano continue to bite well. Hard to say exactly how long the pompano will hang around, but best guess is we only have a few more weeks of good action before they really start booking it north for the summer. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites have all been good bait choices for the pompano. Late season bluefish continue to bite very well along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Best bite for the blues has been early morning, with a second little push of them as the sun sets in the afternoon. GT Ice Creams and Rapala X-Raps are a good bait choice for the blues. Snook action has also improved along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Starting to see some live bait shoe up at the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northeast winds around 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots along the coast to east northeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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NOTE...SHOP CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY (4/17)
OFFSHORE- The weather is looking pretty nice for the upcoming weekend...keep those fingers crossed that it stays the same! Reports this week have been a bit slim due to less than ideal conditions early in the week. With that said; we expect to see some really good springtime fishing this weekend. Sailfish action should remain good for those looking for a few more releases. Best action on the sails has remained in 120-250' of water for the most part; with the bite moving up and down the line a bit depending on conditions. While goggle eyes and small blue runners remain a great bait choice, we are moving into that time of year when smaller thread fins, pilchards, and sardines will also majorly come into play! Dolphin will remain mixed in with the sailfish: But, reports of dolphin out deeper (600-1000') are also on the rise. Live baits will be best in shallow for the dolphin, while trolling bonita strips and squid out deeper is a killer way to go! Kingfish action has improved drastically along the 120' ledge. Expect kingfish numbers to only improve over the course of the next few weeks. Blackfin tuna reports remain very strong in 200-300' of water. Cobia reports fell off this week, but with improving conditions this weekend expect them to improve as well. No wahoo reports yet...but that big moon should get some of them snapping before long!
INSHORE- Snook reports have improved as the week has gone along (no doubt due to warming weather). The Loxahatchee River has been holding a fair number of snook. Early morning topwater bite has been pretty good for the snook. The Yo-Zuri Hydro and Top-Knock Pencil have been great lure choices for the snook. A live mullet fished along a seawall or under a boat dock with some current is a solid choice as the sun get up a little higher in the sky. A few good jacks and a resident tarpon or two in the same areas as well. Other inshore action has been a bit hit or miss. Starting to get a few mangrove snapper reports coming in; but it remains a bit early for the bigger numbers of them to show up. Tarpon fishing in Palm Beach Inlet remains pretty strong. The resident fish around the Sailfish Club are biting live shrimp well on the tide changes.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remains very good along the beach. A few very windy days and some heavy seaweed days slowed it a bit; but still very good numbers of them around! Sandfleas(we have a little batch of really little one in-stock), clams, shrimp, FishBites, and FishGum have all Benn great choices for the pompano. Mixed in with the pompano have been a few permit, croakers, whiting, and plenty of blue runners. Early morning and late afternoon remain best bet for the pompano. Still a fair number of bluefish around; including some really good size ones! The Juno Beach Pier has been holding a little bit of live bait, and the predators are not far behind. Snook fishing has been improving on a daily basis. A few kingfish in the mix, along with some bruiser jacks. A Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast minnow is a solid lure choice for both the jacks and kings. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a cobia or two come by, along with a few permit. Good springtime fishing right now...get after it!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- The fishing was good again this week offshore; though less than ideal weather kept reports down a bit. It's pretty standard springtime fishing right now; so we can just go right down the long list of possible species to target...sailfish, dolphin, cobia, blackfin tuna, kingfish, snapper and more all being very realistic possibilities right now! The sailfish bite slowed just a bit this week, but was still very good. North winds in the forecast will no doubt get them biting again. Dolphin reports have also improved; with better numbers of fish in the 250-400' range showing up. Cobia reports along the edge in 120' slowed a bit this week (all weather related), but still some caught. Blackfin tuna action remains very strong. Smaller live baits are a great way to target the bigger tuna; while a vertical jig is also a solid choice! Snapper reports continue to improve along the bottom in 90-100' of water. Sardines will no doubt be the bait of choice for the snapper.
INSHORE- Snook fishing reports remain good in the Loxahatchee River and around the bridges at night. Warming water temperatures have the snook more inclined to actively feed, and slowly begin hiding towards the inlets. The arrival of a few more springtime mullet inshore will also perk their interest. It's not a full on chew yet, but putting some time in and fishing the correct tides will give you a chance at some snook bites. During the day look for the snook to be tight to seawalls and under boat docks ready to ambush unsuspecting mullet. At night they are holding around bridge shadow lines and under boat docks; with shrimp still making up the bulk of their diet. The top of the outgoing tide in most cases is going to be hard to beat for the best action. If the rain this week gets the spillways opened up, the snook will no doubt show up. Still a few tarpon around inshore, along with a handful of big jacks. A few more mangrove snapper are starting to show up inshore.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good this week both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Hard to say just how long this spring run of pomps will last; so definitely get after them if you have the chance. The usual natural baits (shrimp, clams, and the ever elusive Sandflea) are the way to go; while FishBites and FishGum continue to rack up the catches as well. On the Juno Beach Pier a Doc's Goofy Jig will also produce some pompano bites, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Lowlight periods remain the best bet for the pompano. Good numbers of late season bluefish around this week; with catches coming from both the pier and beach in good numbers. Cut sardines and mullet will be top bait choices for the bluefish: A silver spoon or swimming plug is a solid choice as well for the blues. Croakers have been abundant in the first trough; and are biting fresh shrimp the best. The Juno Beach Pier is also starting to hold some live baits on a little more consistent basis (summer is just around the corner!). With the bait showing up a bit more the snook numbers are improving; along with a stray cobia or kingfish as well. Good time of year to get out on the beach or pier for nice mixed bag action!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 5 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the morning.
SATURDAY...West winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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