OFFSHORE- Solid springtime mixed bag action offshore again this week (in between the weather and storms). This is a great time of year to be offshore; with sailfish, dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, kingfish, wahoo, and more all being possible. In fact; a lot of first hand reports sound kind of like that right now... Not uncommon to hear, "Yeah it was a good day out there. We jumped a sail, had a couple dolphin, missed a couple kings, and stuck a nice Blackfin at the end of the day". Sailfish action has bounced around, but 175-250' remains pretty solid bet. Dolphin remain (quite literally) scattered across the ocean, pretty much anybody's guess on where you may find them. Typically this time of year the dolphin aren't in giant schools, but the average size of the fish tends to be a little larger. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips is a good way to go for the dolphin. In along the 120' ledge kingfish action remains very good. Drifting dead sardines on a knocker rig or throat hooking live baits is the best bet for the kings. Snapper fishing was pretty good this week as well. A few nice muttons around, along with some very strong yellowtail numbers.
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to improve inshore these days. A good amount of rain has had the spillways flowing and the snook are never one to miss out on that. Bridge action has also continued to improve as well. The snook are getting more aggressive by the day, and the bigger lures continue to work better and better. Flair Hawks and big swimbaits are getting more and more bites daily. Not as many big jacks inshore right now, but still a few bruisers around. A few local resident tarpon around as well. Mangrove snapper action has started to improve as well. Small live pilchards and live shrimp are the way to go for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Been a pretty good week of fishing along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier again this week. While pompano action has started to slow down; a decent number of fish are still swimming through. Early early morning and late afternoon have been the best bet for the pomps. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites remain the top bait choices for the pompano. Pompano action on the pier has slowed way down; but they are still picking away at some decent numbers on bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs. Been a lot of big jacks cruising through the end of the Pier. A Rapala X-Rap, GT Ice Cream, or diamond jig is a top lure choice for the big bruisers. Bring your heavy tackle and hold on when the jack come cruising through. A good number of kingfish around the pier as well this week. A size 12 or 14 Rapala X-Rap is the way to go for the kingfish; with the best action coming late in the afternoon. Snook action also continues to improve on a weekly basis. A good amount of bait around the pier already...looks like it should be a good summer!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...Winds S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning, then a chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
SAT...S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 25 kt along the coast to S 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning, then a chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
SUN...S SW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts to around 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely with a slight chance of tstms.
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OFFSHORE- Weather again this week has kept reports a bit slow. Those that did push out this week found a fair mixed bag of action. Sailfish are still around in fair numbers, with pretty much everybody at least getting a chance or two that has been looking for them. Dolphin fishing has been decent. Not big numbers of fish, but those putting in the time have been finding a few. Trolling bonita strips and squid (which can typically be pulled a bit faster than ballyhoo) has been the best bet for the dolphin. Best depth on the dolphin has bounced between 300-500' for the most part depending on conditions. Blackfin Tuna action was a bit slower this week, but still a handful around. A vertical jig in 200-300' of water is the best bet for the Blackfin; especially the bigger ones. In along the 120' ledge the kingfish (and yes you guessed it...the Bonita) are filling in pretty nicely. The kings will typically bite best early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. If the kingfish are really fired up drifting a dead sardine on a knocker rig will do the trick. When they get picky throat hooked live bait (preferably live sardines) is the ticket. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slower this week; largely due to the weather. A few solid snapper catches for those that did make it out.
INSHORE- Not a huge amount to write about inshore this week. Snook fishing was pretty good this week. Lowlight periods and tide changes at night are the way to go for the snook. While warming temps and a general pre-spawn inclination to start eating more will have them more active: They are still lazy fish that exert as little energy as possible to eat. Keep that in mind when presenting lures and live baits to them. Use the current and wind to present baits to easy ambush points. When snook are going to eat (with very very few exceptions) they will be pointed into the current waiting for food to come to them. Been a few pretty good schools of tarpon around both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlet this week; though by most accounts they have not been interested in eating. Mangrove snapper action picked up a bit inshore as well.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. From the surf it was the usual baits (Sandfleas,clams, and Fishbites) doing most of the damage. Seemed to be a little more of a morning bite going on than the past few weeks; with fish also still being caught in the afternoon as well. From the pier bait it seems to be about a 50/50 split between bait and Doc's Goofy JIgs catching the pomps. Bright colored Goofy Jigs (Pink, Green, and Orange especially) remain the best color choice. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a solid number of jacks (Including some full grown ones!) cruising through. A GT Ice Cream or old school diamond jig remain top choices for the jacks. A few snook around the pier; and that should only improve as we move into May and more summertime patters.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...S SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of tstms. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUN...N NW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming N NE 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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Now that is a full grown one! Really nice mutton last week from Capt. Jeff and customers on TenX Charters (www.gofishjupiter.com)
Full Disclaimer...this is not the most exciting report you will ever read!
OFFSHORE- If for some reason you didn't walk outside at all this week, or look out the window, or somehow did not hear the wind whipping since Sunday; you maybe expecting some good reports! Of course here in the real world...nobody has fished this week. Rough nasty conditions have kept everybody at the dock. The weather though for the weekend (FOR A CHANGE!!!) looks really nice. Hard to say what the fishing will do; but just about everything is in play. Sailfish have still been around and will likely bite well. Conditions do look good to see some dolphin push through. Blackfin Tuna bite remains good in 200-300' of water. Kingfish continue to fill in along the 120' ledge as well.
INSHORE- Nasty conditions kept reports down to a minimum this week. A handful of snook around (it's no fun to fish in, but the snook like the wind) for those pushing through the weather. It wasn't a great bite on the snook; more of a grind it out for a few bites. Dirty water and a lot of seaweed pushing in from offshore made it tough. As the water begins to clear up expect the snook fishing to continue.
SURF/PIER- No reports this week from the beach. Weather conditions do look good for the weekend. If the water clears up a bit (clarity and seaweed both) the pompano fishing should be good. Before it kicked up this week the pompano fishing remained good. The snook have started to show up a little bit at the Juno Beach Pier, hopefully the rough stuff didn't mess with them too much.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...S SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning, then a chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
SAT...NW winds around 5 kt becoming E in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUN...S SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
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SHOP NOTE- CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY
OFFSHORE- Nice mixed bag of action continued offshore this week. Sailfish action remains good, with just about everybody putting the kites up getting at least a few chances up and down the line. Good dolphin action (mostly slightly smaller fish) in 400-700' of water trolling bonita strips and squid. Most of the dolphin have been found around better formed weedlines. Blackfin tuna action has been good in 200-300' of water. Live baits fished down 15-30' below the surface or a vertical jig remain the best way to go foe the blackfin; especially the bigger ones. Kingfish showed up in pretty solid numbers along the 120' ledge this week, along with some early season bonita as well. The rudderfish are still around in good numbers as well. Bottom fishing was a bit slower this week (Largely in part to the full moon), but still some good snapper catches coming in.
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to improve with warming weather. The night bite has been good with the moon and will likely continue through the weekend. Warmer water temps have the snook ready to hammer a flair hawk or bigger swimbait, especially on outgoing tide. During the day snook remain keyed in on mullet along seawalls and under boat docks. A few stray sheepshead left around inshore, but they have really thinned out overall. Warm weather has the mangrove snapper filling in a little more as well.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remains very strong. Seems like the afternoon bite has been a little better for the pompano; with the best location bouncing around from beach to beach. Fishbites and Sandfleas remain the top bait choices for the pompano, with clams also producing a few bites this week. The Juno Beach Pier didn't have quite as many pomps this week, but still a pretty decent amount caught on Doc's Goofy Jigs. The Pier did see a fair amount of bait show up this week, with a good number of Spanish Mackerel around as well. Some big jacks and the occasional king or two cruising through the pier as well. Blacktip shark action remains very good for those looking for something a little bigger to pull on.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SAT...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SUN...W winds 5 to 10 kt becoming N NE with gusts to around 20 kt in the evening. Seas 1 to 2 ft building to 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of tstms. Showers likely.
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Mark Tamim with a bruiser of an AJ caught out of Stuart earlier this week. My guess is he was hoping to see some different stripes when this guy smashed his seawitch/bonita strip combo. Impressive solo camera work as well!