OFFSHORE- Slim number of reports this week with a rough ocean and gusty winds, but it does look like we have a little nicer weekend ocean forecast coming up. Dolphin fishing should be good this weekend, with fish being pushed in shallower from east winds most of the week. Look for the dolphin to be around any floating debris, weed lines, current rips, or large areas of baitfish in 150-300' of water. Some bigger blackfin tuna have been showing up on the deep side of the 120' ledge from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet, with live sardines being the ticket for the tuna. Kingfish action slowed this week, but that was largely due to less than ideal fishing conditions. Look for kingfish in 90-120' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet, with the best bite coming early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Snapper fishing continues to improve on a weekly basis, with some of the six pack boats reporting nice mutton and yellowtail snapper catches. Should be a good weekend for a trip offshore...won't know if you don't go!
Inshore- This is the last weekend to invite a snook home for dinner (Season closes June 1st), and snook action has been good. The snook will be most active at dawn, dusk, and night; so fish these times to have a better chance at bagging a linesider. Most bigger snook are headed towards(or already at) the inlets, so fish bridges and other spots close to the inlets for best results. Swimbaits, flair hawks, and live baits are all great choices for the snook right now. Not a lot of other inshore action to write home about right now.
SURF/PIER- Snook are the main game in town along the beach and around the Juno Beach Pier right now. The snook are biting croakers late in the afternoon very good right now at the Juno Beach Pier, in fact it may be harder to get a bait than it is to get a snook bite right now! The snook can also be caught along the beach early in the morning on swim baits and swimming plugs. Scattered croakers, sand perch, and whitings hanging out in the first trough. Still a very few pompano around, especially north of Jupiter Inlet. Small schools of tarpon moving along the beach early in the morning.
BAIT REPORT- Tough this week on the bait. Scattered schools on the usual spots, and some bait at the pier; but over all the bait situation remains on the tough side. Go early and be patient for the best chance at loading up the livewell.
SHOP UPDATE- Move to the location is 100% in full effect now! We will remain open through the weekend, though we are starting to move things to the new shop. Sunday May 31st is the last day in the current shop. Depending on shop setup, some minor construction, and licensing/permitting we are hoping to be open in the new shop June 5th, but it is more likely going to be June 9th. We apologize for the inconvenience of being down for a week, but at this point a lot of the things keeping us from opening are out of our control (Not to worry though, the new shop should totally make up for it!).
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OFFSHORE- Anglers spending time out deep found a fair number of dolphin this week. No hot depth to speak of, just a fair pick off of floating debris, weed lines, and around offshore current rips. Trolling small naked ballyhoo, squid, bonita strips, and small jet head lures are all good choices for the dolphin right now. Also out deep have been a fair scattering of blue marlin, with a few caught over the past few weeks. It's by no means a sure bet that you'll see a marlin offshore right now, but don't be surprised if a blue one suddenly crashes your dolphin party or happens to show itself in your trolling spread (Just hope he doesn't eat your dink ballyhoo on the TLD15 filled with 20lb!). The 120' ledge from Palm Beach Inlet to Jupiter Inlet is producing a lot of action this week. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon the kingfish have been fired up good, with fair numbers from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet being caught on live baits. During the brighter parts of the day look for the bonita to be the most active, and the other fish suspended down a little deeper. Still seeing a few cobia mixed in with the kingfish, though now the best thing to have for catching a cone is a little luck on your side! Snapper fishing was good again this week, and a few grouper have been around as well. Fresh sardines (A live sardine with his tail cut off is like a snapper snickers bar!) fished on a slide rig will give you the best chance at a nice mutton or grouper, while a chicken rig or small tipped yellow jig is a good choice for yellowtail.
INSHORE- Snook season is winding down, and the snook are big time on the way to the inlets right now! For those looking to take a late season snook home try fishing the inlets with live baits during the day (sardines, croakers, pinfish and mullet are all good choices) or throw jigs around the jetties at night. The bridges are still holding some fish, but the bulk of the fish are at or close to the inlet. (Treehugger moment-the big female snook are already fat and ready to spawn, be careful with those big overslot girls....they are the future of our snook population!) Mixed bag action(sheepshead, mangrove snapper, sand perch, etc) inshore is good, especially early in the morning, late in the day, and at night. Try fishing pieces of fresh dead shrimp for best shot at catching a bucket of fish.
SURF/PIER- The snook are holding along the beach, at the Juno Beach Pier, and around the Inlets in good numbers now. Live bait will be there best bet for the snook during the day, but a dead sardine will often get the nod if the bait is this or the fish are feeling very lazy. A few tarpon have started to show along the beach, and will continue over the next month as they push on towards the north. Tough to get the tarpon from the beach, as they a lot of times will be moving out of casting range; but they can be caught from a boat and sometimes the pier. A handful of pompano are still being caught, with the best catches coming from north of Jupiter Inlet. Croakers and some big ocean sand perch are being caught in the first trough on pieces of fresh shrimp. Big jacks are also cruising the beach, and somewhat willing to crush a topwater plug in lowlight conditions.
SHOP UPDATE- Only a little over a week left in our current location...Big "Memorial Day Moving Sale" this weekend! 20% off any purchase over $100...just be sure to tell us something to the effect of "this is my way of helping you move!" Next weekend (5/30 and 5/31) is moving weekend...your all welcome to come help move some tackle up the road! We will be open through the 31st in our current location, but by Sunday afternoon most of the inventory will be moved out. The new building is coming along nicely, but as of now we do not have an exact reopening date. Hoping for somewhere around June 4th or 5th, but that is not finalized yet. Shop phone number will stay the same (561-694-2797), so please be sure to call us with any questions!
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OFFSHORE- Fishing has been a bit slow this week, but should improve over the weekend with east winds in the forecast. Dolphin fishing has been fair for those spending the time (and burning the gas) to hunt them down. The dolphin have not been reading the textbooks on where they should be in relation to wind, weather, and time of year...so just get out and look for them! Don't pass up fishy looking signs (birds, bait, rips, etc...) in shallow on your way offshore, and on the flip side don't get stuck shallow just because the east wind is blowing. In on the edge the kings are biting from south of the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. Look for the kingfish to be in 80-150' of water, and biting best on live sardines and threadfins. Snapper fishing remains good out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets, and a few grouper are being caught as well. Still a stray cobia or two being picked off, but overall they have thinned way out. Heard of a few blackfin tuna out of Palm Beach Inlet this week, but no big numbers.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains good as we wind down the season. The snook are definitely headed towards the inlets, and feeding heavily in the process. Fishing the bridges (especially those close to the inlets) at night on an outgoing tide is a great way to bang out a slot size snook. If you'd prefer to sleep at night, try fishing topwater plugs and live mullet around seawalls and boat docks at first light for a good chance at bagging a snook. Hearing of some nice mangrove snapper being caught inshore right now on live shrimp.
SURF/PIER- Snook are starting to show up in the surf in good numbers, and have been willing to bite pretty good early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. The Juno Beach fishing pier is also seeing a good number of snook, with dead sardines and threadfins being the bait of choice to get a snook bite. A few pompano are still being caught during low light periods of the day. Starting to see a few tarpon on the beach, as well as some big jacks at the Pier.
SHOP UPDATE- Details are just about finalized for our "memorial Day Moving Sale", and will be announced early next week! We are plugging away at getting the new space ready, and remain hopeful that we will be open and operating at the new space in the June 4-5th time frame. May 30-31st is moving weekend...everyone is welcome to come by for the "moving party" and help move some tackle up the road!
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OFFSHORE- Boats braving rough ocean conditions and less than ideal weather found a good dolphin bite offshore this week. Good numbers of dolphin were caught in 120-300' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Southwest winds will likely slow the dolphin bite down considerably, but those spending the time looking should find some fins around. Trolling will no doubt produce some dolphin,as will drifting and chumming. In closer to the edge a few big kingfish were scattered along the 120' ledge from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet this week. The kings have had a little bite first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon, and have been a slow pick the rest of the day. Bottom fishing remains very good, with some nice catches of mutton and yellowtail snapper coming in. Cobia action has slowed way down, but a few stragglers are still being picked up. Should be a fishy weekend offshore, we'll update you as best we can as the reports come in!
Offshore report this week from Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com)
INSHORE- Crappy weather this week had the snook fired up! Good reports from the bridges, and a decent number of snook moving to the inlets as well. Throwing big baits (swim baits,spoolteks, flair hawks, etc.) for a better chance at grabbing a slot size snook. The flats around Munyan Island are still holding a few snook, jacks, and the occasional spotted seatrout. Again, lowlight periods will provide your best chance at getting a few bites.
SURF/PIER- Snook action is rapidly improving along the beach and at Juno Pier as wells Jupiter Inlet. Good numbers of snook being caught at the pier mainly on dead baits. Fish a dead sardine or greenie under the pier...and hold on! Pompano are still moving through, though not in big numbers like a few weeks ago. Clams remain the bait of choice for the pompano. Fair pick of croakers and whiting still in the first trough.
BAIT REPORT- Not much to write about the bait situation this week (rough weather made it tough). Calmer conditions should help get the bait settled back into their usual hangouts. Go as early as you can to help improve your odds of nabbing some bait.
SHOP UPDATE- Lots of things going on for us in the shop as we prep for the move. Very excited about the progress, and we should have some cool things to share soon. Details coming soon on our "Memorial Day Moving Sale!" as well! Couple of pics of the inside of the new place...empty now ,but we'll start changing that very soon!
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