OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing was good again this week; it just takes some time(and fuel!) to go find them out deep. The best dolphin catches came out of 600-1000'; with some fish out even farther than that. Most of the dolphin have been caught off large weed patches and floating debris, but don't pass up any color changes or current rips as they have been holding mahi as well. Trolling to cover water, live baiting around debris, or chumming and chunking are good options to get the dolphin. The bonita are back in summertime numbers with some good numbers of blackfin tuna mixed in. Kingfish action remains good from Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet during low light periods. Snapper fishing has improved as well. Lots of good stuff going on,and a nice weather forecast...it's a wonderful combo!
INSHORE- Last weekend to invite a snook home for dinner, so if you haven't got your keeper yet this is the last chance for a few months. Snook action remains good around the bridges at night, and is improving daily at Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets. Other inshore action is slow in general.
SURF/PIER- Some nice permit catches from Juno Pier this week. Whiting and croaker continue to bite well on shrimp and fishbites. Snook are hanging around the pier in good numbers. Schools of tarpon are randomly cruising the beach.
Quick Note...Sorry for the late/short report this week everyone. Unexpected day off taking care of Fisher, who was a little under the weather, threw off the normal Thursday Report writing. I'll be sure to update it if anything new and exciting breaks open!
Thanks For Reading,
Beautiful Memorial Day weekend coming up, should be a great weekend for some fishing. Nice weather forecast, calm ocean, and a three day weekend...doesn't get a whole lot better than that!
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week has re-fired up the dolphin bite! Dolphin fishing has been very good in 200-400' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Good number of small schoolie dolphin, in the 3-10lb range, around; with some nice 15lb plus fish in the mix as well. Trolling lures to cover some water, running and gunning to debris, or drifting and chumming should all produce a few dolphin bites over the weekend. Blackfin tuna are also being caught in the 200-400' range. Trolling small lures is the key for getting the blackfin. SIze wise a lot of the blackfin are really small, with a few nicer fish in the mix as well. The kingfish bite on the 120' ledge remains good during low light periods of the day. Drifting live sardines is the key for catching the kings right now. A triple hook rig on heavy flurocarbon or single hook wire rig is a good choice for the kingfish. Most kingfish bites will be 10-15 feet below the surface so throat hook the baits, or add a small sinker to get them suspended a little bit. A few cobia showed back up, mostly mixed in with the kings, this week. Snapper fishing has been consistent, with some nice muttons showing up.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was very good this week. Same deal...top of the outgoing tide around bridges at night is the ticket for the most snook bites. Still a fair number of mullet around this week, so snook should be willing to bite the bigger baits and lures. Snook fishing around the inlets is improving as well. Flats fishing around Munyon Island has slowed down drastically as water temps continue to rise. Still a few scattered snook and jacks hanging around on the flats. Scattered reports of black drum and sheepshead came in this week.
SURF/PIER- Still a small scattering of leftover pompano hanging around the Juno Pier and beach. Clams seemed to be a good bait this week, as well as Doc's Goofy Jigs early in the morning. The PIer also had a few kingfish and bonito around. A size 14 Rapala X-Rap has been a good choice for the kings and bonito. Snook are hanging around the pier. They are biting, when you can catch a bait. Live whiting and croakers are top baits right now, but they have been tough to come by the last few days. Schools of tarpon are starting to cruise the beach early in the morning.
BAIT REPORT- Bait(Mainly sardines) has been good north of Jupiter Inlet. They are biting the sabiki pretty good, but lots of critters in with them; be sure to bring extra sabiki rigs. The bait south of Palm Beach INlet is still around, but seems to have thinned out a little over what it was.
We will try to keep you updated on any good reports we hear over this long weekend.
Thanks to all of our veterans and active duty military on this Memorial Day Weekend!
Weekend Fishing Outlook 5/16-5/18/14
OFFSHORE- When the weather allows the fishing has been very good offshore; unfortunately, doesn't look like the weather is going to allow too much offshore fishing this weekend. Strong winds and rough seas are forecasted over the next few days. Dolphin fishing remains good offshore, with lots of fish in the 5-10lb range being caught. Kingfish are still stacking up on the 120' ledge and readily biting live sardines late in the day. Snapper fishing remains good. Expect fishing to be really good after this weekend of northeast winds and rough seas!
INSHORE- Only a couple weeks left of snook season, so get out after them now! Snook fishing is improving on a weekly basis as they move towards the inlets. The top of the outgoing tide at night is producing the most snook bites. Try throwing bigger swimbaits and flairhawk jigs to get better bites. Other inshore action remains spotty at best.
SURF/PIER- Pompano have all but left, with only a few stragglers left to be caught. Whiting and croakers are around in good numbers. Snook are biting croakers good at the pier right now. Some big jacks and tarpon cruising the beach right now.
Good Luck This Weekend Everyone!
Weekend FIshing Outlook 5/9-5/11
First the Juno Bait Crew would like to say, Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the great mom's out there!!!
OFFSHORE- The southeast wind this weekend should help to stir up the dolphin fishing. 200-400' of water should produce some good dolphin catches this weekend. Trolling naked ballyhoo, squid, or bonita strips is a good way to raise some dolphin, as is setting up a drift and putting the livebaits out. In either situation, putting out a dredge is a great way to attract the attention from passing mahi. We have a few Strip Teaser style dredges in stock that are perfect for small boaters. They pack a big punch in a small package, and really have a lot of fish drawing power. Inside of 200' of water is still producing a fair number of kingfish. Drifting live sardines in 100-160' of water, from Juno to Jupiter, is the ticket for the king mackerel. Try to get out during the low light periods for the best bite on the kings. Snapper fishing has really improved over the past couple of weeks. It seems to be a day to day variety; with yellowtails biting one day, mangroves the next, and muttons the day after that. Sardines are still the best bait for the snapper. (Good news...We have some nice USA domestic sardines in stock!) Try using some fresh caught sardines to really get the snapper fired up! Nothing excites a big mutton like a fresh sardine(cut the tail off) laying down near the bottom. It's "spooling" time for all you mutton fanatics out there...time to start donating some skin off the thumbs for solid muttons!!!
INSHORE- Snook fishing was pretty good over the past week for those really spending the time out chasing them. The best bite continues to be at night. Most northern Palm Beach County bridges, that have good current, are holding snook right now. Try throwing the flair hawk, size 12 or 14 X-Rap, or DOA Baitbuster for good luck with the snook right now. The top of the outgoing tide continues to produce the most bites from the snook. Now is a great time to target the snook. They are actively feeding as they prepare to move towards the inlet to spawn. And...with a little less than a month left in the season, get your snook for the table now! Other inshore action remains spotty. Scattered reports of some jacks, spotted seatrout, and mangrove snapper are trickling in.
SURF/PIER- Pompano season is winding down, but a few are still being caught along the beach. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier has a little pompano bite early each morning, with Doc's Goofy Jigs being the lure of choice. Croaker and whiting are biting along the beach in the first trough. Small pieces of cut shrimp and fishbites are the bait of choice for the croaker and whiting. The snook have made a nice showing at the pier, and a few snook are moving along the beach as well. A live croaker or whiting is a great choice for the snook right now. Schools of scattered big jacks and tarpon have been seen cruising the beach over the past week.
BAIT REPORT- Good numbers of sardines north of Jupiter Inlet.
Good numbers of Sardines south of Palm Beach Inlet
Juno Pier-Bait is in and out, kind of day to day still.
Thanks For Reading Everyone,
OFFSHORE- Fishing slowed down a bit this week, but overall was still very good. Dolphin fishing remained very good, with most of the fish coming in 200-400' of water. Most of the dolphin have been in the 8-12 pound range, with some bigger fish in the mix as well. Trolling and covering water is the key for catching the dolphin. Still a few cobia being caught this week, but not in nearly the same numbers as the previous few weeks. 150' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet has been a good place to look for the cobia. Also in the 150-200' of water have been some nice blackfin tuna. Chumming with small livebaits early and late in the day is key to getting the blackfins fired up. Kingfish continue to show up in good numbers off Jupiter in 90-120'. Live sardines have been the best baits for the kingfish, and the best bite has been very low light periods (morning/afternoon) of the day. Bottom fishing continues to improve. Yellowtail and mutton snappers have been on the upswing over the past week. Sardines and squid continue to be the baits of choice for the snapper. It's grouper season again...good luck getting them to bite now!
INSHORE- The spring mullet run seems to be trickling through the northern Palm Beach area and the snook are responding. Big swimbaits, flairhawks, and live mullet will get those slot size(and bigger) snook going.
(Capt. Eric, of http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/, will be discussing these techniques next Wed. night at the West Palm Beach Fishing Club don't miss it!) Sandperch have been showing up in good numbers inshore. Cut shrimp and small hooks are the ticket for the sandperch. Other inshore fishing remains slow.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing slowed down this week, but still a fair number of them being caught. The early morning jig bite at the Juno Beach Pier remains fairly steady. Also cruising through the pier are some big jacks. Snook are beginning to set up their summer home at the Juno Beach Pier as well. Bait schools are in/out at the pier; and when they come in the fish have been with them for the most part. Snook are also begging to move along the beach, and a few have been caught in JUpiter Inlet. Won't be long till the snook are stacked up in the inlets