OFFSHORE: Nice looking forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend should make for a busy weekend offshore. Dolphin fishing was slow this week, but east/southeast winds in the forecast should help push some fins up the coast. It's pretty much abodes guess on best depth for the dolphin right now; as it could be anywhere from 200-1500' this time of year. Look for something to attract the dolphin (weedlines, current rips, color changes, and large concentrations of bait) before putting out the trolling spread; and don't be afraid to pick them up and try a new area if the one your in doesn't produce semi quickly. Trolling squid, bonita strips, and ballyhoo are all good baits for the dolphin right now. Blackfin tuna action slowed a little this week, but still a fair number hanging around. Try trolling some small squid skirts or jet heads to find the blackfin. Once you find them, put the live baits out to find the bigger ones. The 120' ledge is filled up with life right now. Lots of sharks, bonita, kingfish, and a stray cobia and wahoo around to keep things interesting. A live throat hooked sardine is a great way to go for all around action. Bottom fishing remains very good. Some solid mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper are being caught out of both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets in 60-90' of water. Lots of sharks around so get them in quick!
INSHORE: Snook season is winding down, and now is the time to try and catch that last slot fish or two for the season. Snook action has been good around Jupiter Inlet and local bridges over the past week. Look for the snook to bite best at night on the outgoing tides. Flairhawk style jigs and swim baits remain solid choices for the snook right now. If the nighttime thing isn't for you, try the inlet during the day with live bait. The first part of the outgoing tide tends to be a good, but the incoming tide can work as well. Live sardines ands croakers tend to be good baits in the inlet. The Juno Beach Pier also has a fair number of snook hanging around if you can't find them in the inlet or bridges. Some nice jacks cruising the seawalls early in the morning, and provide some great excitement on topwater. Other inshore action remains spotty at best.
SURF/PIER: Still a small handful of pompano being caught north of Jupiter Inlet, though it looks like pompano season is pretty much winding down. Lots of bait along the beach and around the Juno Beach Pier right now has the snook, jacks, and blacktop sharks fired up pretty good. Look for the fish to feed best during low light periods. Croaker are biting well in the first trough. Small live shrimp or fresh cut shrimp is the bait of choice for the croakers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY...SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING EAST NORTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
MONDAY...ALONG THE COAST...VARIABLE WINDS 5 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING EAST 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. IN THE GULF STREAM...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
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OFFSHORE: Action offshore was a bit slow this week, but some southernly winds in the forecast should help push some dolphin up the coast. The best dolphin reports this week have come in 500-1000' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets. Trolling squid have been the hot bait for the mahi this week, though it is not likely they would turn down a bonita strip or ballyhoo dragged by them either. Current rips, large areas of baits (look for flying fish getting up, and large bait balls on the sonar), and weed lines are great areas to start the search for the dolphin. Blackfin tuna are around in good numbers. Trolling small squid skirts (4.25" Yo-Zuri Skirt with a 1/2oz egg sinker and 6/0 hook) is a great way to catch the smaller blackfin, while live sardines fished 10-20' below the surface are the way to go for the bigger ones. Kingfish action has remained solid along the 120' ledge. Live sardines are the bait of choice for the kings, and will also catch all kinds of other good by catch as well. While a kingfish bite is likely; you never know when a solid blackfin, cobia, mutton snapper, or sailfish is going to grab your sardine. Snapper fishing has remained good this week, with some solid mutton snapper reports coming in from the Jupiter Inlet drift boats.
INSHORE: Snook fishing has remained good this week, and should improve right on through the end of the season. The snook are making their way towards the inlets, and eating heavily as they do. Best bet on the snook remains area bridges at night on the outgoing tide. Big baits are still getting bites, so don't be afraid to chunk the big stuff. Flair hawk style jigs, swim baits, and big lipped plugs are all good choices now; as are live mullet. Daytime action on the snook is a little tough. If nighttime snook fishing doesn't work for you, be sure to fish low light periods of the day for best chance at banging a snook. Some nice jacks cruising the ICW right now for those looking to pull on some hard fighters. A few reports of some tarpon hanging around Palm Beach Inlet's south jetty.
SURF/PIER: Looks like we are coming close to the end of pompano season, but it's not over just yet. Still a few pompano being caught north of Jupiter Inlet, especially during low light conditions or days the wind blows up a little cloudy water. Sandfleas, clams, and fresh cut shrimp are good bait choices right now. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier has also been picking away at some late season pompano. The pier is also producing a few slot size snook. Live shrimp and fresh dead stomped baits seem to be getting the most bites out of the snook. Croaker are biting small live shrimp or pieces of fresh shrimp in the first trough. Scattered schools of big jacks cruising the beaches. Did also have a couple day push of spanish mackerel around the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHEAST 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 7 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
FRIDAY NIGHT...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. SATURDAY...SOUTH SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT...ALONG THE COAST...VARIABLE WINDS 5 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING WEST 5 TO 10 KNOTS LATE IN THE EVENING. IN THE GULF STREAM...WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THE NIGHT.
SUNDAY...WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY.
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JUNO BEACH CHARTER FISHING REPORT
From: Captain Eric Gates (561)578-3941
With offshore fishing being a little slow, I kicked it a little old school and spent some time at the jetty this week. Snook are starting to move in to the summertime hangouts and I was able to convince a few to bite with a little work and patience. The moonfish have also been in the inlet fairly well, and are a lot of fun to try and trick with light tackle and small jigs. If your looking to bag a snook before the season ends(or maybe just sack up a few tasty moonfish) give me a call about some different land based trip options.
I also have some great summer trip options for those who have a boat and need a captain/mate for the day. If your trips aren't turning out how you'd like, give me a call maybe I can help. Thanks, Capt. Eric
OFFSHORE: Not quite the gangbuster week of fishing that the past month has seen, but still plenty of good action offshore. Dolphin fishing has returned to a more normal pick; but the chance to catch a handful of twenty pounders makes the trips out past the ledge worth it. Trolling ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips are all great choices for the dolphin. Best depth on the dolphin has varied; but 200-500' remains a fairly consistent area to target. The same area continues to produce some very nice blacken tuna as well. Be it more knowledge, more fish, more fishermen, or more luck...the blacken action continues to improve on a nearly basis. Fish up to almost 30lbs are not such a rarity anymore, and going out and targeting tuna on our side of the gulf stream is becoming a very realistic possibility. Inside of the 120' ledge kingfish action remains good. A live throaty hooked sardine is hard to beat for attracting a bite from the kings. The bull sharks are around in big numbers as well; beef up the tackle and try and get those kingfish in fast. Snapper fishing has been very good in 80-100' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Some very nice mutton snapper and big yellowtail snapper are around, and willing to chomp a sardine fished on the bottom. Still a few cobia mixed in on the bottom with the snapper. Light winds in the forecast, good fishing, and beautiful weather...tell us again why your not fishing this weekend?
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains the highlight on the inshore fishing side of things. The last of the big springtime mullet and a little more stable warming trend in the forecast should have the snook very fired up for the last few weeks of season. Look for the bridges closer to inlets to produce on outgoing tides. The snook will be feeding heavy over the next few weeks before the summer moons start to have them thinking about other things. Jacks are around in good numbers and will keep things interesting when the snook don't want to cooperate. A topwater lure (like a Zara Spook) fished along seawalls at sunrise will most likely not go unnoticed by one of the two! Other inshore action remains a little spotty. Have been hearing a few sheepshead sighting reports (the actual catching of them is another story), and some fair sand perch action.
SURF/PIER: Pompano action is slowing a bit, but still very good overall. Fish early and late fore best action on the pompano, and don't be afraid to try a variety of baits. Sandfleas, clams, and Fishbites remain the top producing baits; but this time of year fresh cut shrimp can also be a great producer. Some big schools of jacks cruising the beach right now if your looking for some tackle busting fun. Also a few good pods of tarpon reported cruising along the beach. Snook continue to trickle in along the beach and around the pier; and that should only continue as we move into the next few weeks. The Juno Beach Pier has also been catching a few kingfish. Good fishing right now, especially during low light periods of the day.
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
FRIDAY NIGHT...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTH SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 15 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY...SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. .SATURDAY NIGHT...SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY...ALONG THE COAST...VARIABLE WINDS 5 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING SOUTH AROUND 5 KNOTS IN THE MORNING...THEN BECOMING EAST IN THE AFTERNOON. IN THE GULF STREAM...SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING EAST SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing was a little slower this week, but the forecast(see below) for the upcoming weekend could very easily fire up a good mahi bite. Look for good dolphin action in 200-500' of water. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid should all be good choices to find the dolphin. Mixed in with the dolphin have been some very nice blackfin; and they are more than willing to chow down on the same trolling baits. Sailfish season may technically be over, but expect a good number of spindlebeaks to crash the party this weekend in 100-200' of water. Livebaits under a kite will be a safe bet to fire up the sails. Inside the 120' ledge springtime kingfish action has kicked into high gear. Throat hooked live sardines are the absolute best bet for the kings right now. Look for the kingfish to be in 70-120' of water depending on water quality, tide, and bait. Snapper fishing improved nicely this week; with some stud muttons being caught! The snapper love to hang out under the kingfish. Kingfish are sloppy eaters and the snapper love to hang out underneath and wait for a easy meal. Fresh dead sardines are a great bait choice for the snapper right now. Still a few cobia mixed in with the snapper as well. Overall; lots of good stuff going on offshore right now, well worth heading out if you have a chance!
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains strong inshore right now, with some big fish being caught by those putting the time in. The bridges are a good place to start looking for the snook, especially at night. Look for the snook to feed best on an outgoing tide. Still a few big mullet hanging around, so don't be afraid to chunk some big baits. Big swim baits, flair hawk jigs, and big swimming plugs are all good lure choices right now for the snook. Other inshore action has been spotty again this week. A few good reports of some nice sheepshead schools hanging around area bridges, and scattered mangrove snapper have been trickling in.
SURF/PIER: Pompano action remained good again this week, especially on days with a little wind and wave action. Those calm clear days are hard to trick the pompano in, better to have it just a little mixed up. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBItes remain the baits of choice for the pompano. Lots of big jacks cruising down the beach to give your tackle a test. Starting to see some snook along the beach in fair numbers. Croakers biting in the first trough on small pieces of shrimp. The Juno Beach Pier has been catching a few kingfish. Lots of good stuff going on right now along the beach.
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. DOMINANT PERIOD 7 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. .
SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO NORTH NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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