OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing remains good right now, though it is starting to move a little deeper. Best bet on the dolphin seems to be in 300-500' of water; with some fish coming shallower and deeper than that as well. The blackfin tuna, including some real nice ones, are biting in 200-300' of water. Small trolling feathers are a good lure choice for the smaller tunas, while live sardines late in the afternoon are a great choice for the bigger blackfin. Inside the 120' ledge the kingfish bite has been very good. Nice mix of both quantity and quality on the kings. Live sardines remain the bait of choice for the kings. Mixed in with the kings should be a few wahoo and cobra as well. Snapper fishing seemed to fire up pretty good this week. Some nice yellowtail snapper reports and plenty of muttons around. Good fishing over the past week and a good forecast this weekend...no reason not to go!!!
INSHORE: Last weekend of snook season coming up! The snook fishing has been very good with fish around the bridges, ICW, and in the river. The snook are hungry right now, and willing to bite bigger baits. Good jig bite going on for those into fishing flair hawks. The swimbait bite also remains good. Look for outgoing tide to be the ticket around the bridges. The snook in the inlets are biting on both tides, but outgoing tide and dirtier water tend to make them a little easier to fool. Mangrove snapper are starting to show up around the bridges. Small live pilchards and live shrimp are good bait choices for the snapper. Scattered sheepshead and sand perch around inshore right now.
SURF/PIER: Pompano action slowed again this week, but still hasn't shut off. The late afternoon bite has gotten better for the pompano, with sand fleas and fishbones remaining the hot bait choices. Hasn't been a super hot spot; but it does seem like the bite is a little better north of Jupiter Inlet for the pompano. Snook fishing is very good right now at the Juno Beach Pier. Dead sardines has been a hot bait; but that is changing a little with warming water and more live bait showing up. If the weather forecast holds and it stays very calm and clear live shrimp could turn into a good bait choice for the shrimp. Spanish mackerel schools have been in and out around the pier. Plenty of snook starting to show up in Jupiter Inlet right now. Last weekend to invite one home for dinner before the season closes...go get one!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHEAST. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
MONDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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May 18th, 2017
OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing was good again this week. Best action has been in 200-400' of water; though strong east winds may blow them in a little shallower over the weekend. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and trolling squid remains a good bet for the dolphin, as does drifting with livebaits (Heavy chumming doesn't hurt when you set up a drift). Look for the dolphin to be along current rips, temperature breaks, or areas with lots of bait. The bigger dolphin remain in small roaming packs; so be prepared to cover some water to find them. Kingfish action (Including some big fish) has been good inside the 120' ledge. Live sardines are the baits of choice for numbers, while small goggle eye and blue runners are a good choice for the bigger kings. Look for the kings to be in 100-150' of water from the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. Some nice blacken tuna being caught in with the kings.
INSHORE: Snook season is winding down...time to get after them now. The snook are biting in the inlets and around the bridges on outgoing tide. Those looking for an end of season slot will do well with flair hawk jigs and swimbaits. Live mullet are a also a good choice for the snook around the bridges. Other inshore action has been slow this week. A few jacks cruising the seawalls earl in the morning. A handful of mangrove snapper around the bridges at night.
SURF/PIER: The numbers are starting to dip; but a fair number of pompano are still being caught along the beach. Early morning has been best for the pompano; with sand fleas and clams remaining the baits of choice. Snook fishing continues to improve at the pier. Live bait has been in and out, but dead sardines continue to produce snook bites at the pier. Some schools of jacks moving along the beach. Spanish mackerel schools continue to push in and out from the pier as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SATURDAY...EAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO EAST AROUND 15 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
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OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing was good again this week, especially north of Jupiter Inlet. The dolphin bite has been begun to move north and farther offshore as well (Some great dolphin fishing going on in the Bahamas right now). Look for the better dolphin bite to start to happen outside of 200' of water, with 300-500' be fairly consistent this week. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good bet right now. The dolphin (especially the bigger ones) are spread out, so be prepared to cover some water while trying to find them. Pay special attention to current rips, color changes, and areas with large amounts of bait around. In a little closer, a few wahoo should be caught this weekend on the backside of the full moon. Kingfish action has been hit or miss this week. The bite has been fair early in the morning, with the afternoon king bite not being all that great this week. Live sardines remain the bait of choice for the kingfish. Bottom fishing has been a bit hit or miss with the full moon this week.
INSHORE: Snook reports are getting better by the day. The snook are moving towards the inlets (Or already in the inlets in some cases), and they are hungry. Flairhawks, swimbaits, and swimming plugs are a good way to go for the snook right now. Look for outgoing tide to be the best, especially around bridges with some deeper water and good current. Other inshore action is a bit spotty. Some jacks cruising the ICW, a few resident tarpon up the Loxahatchee River, and sheepshead around the bridges kind of round out the rest of the inshore action.
SURF/PIER: Pompano action slowed this week, but a few are still being caught. Early morning bite has been best for the pomps. Don't be afraid to put the baits out in the dark right now...the pomps will feed at night on the full moon. Snook action continues to improve at the Juno Beach Pier and Jupiter Inlet. Dead sardines have been the bait of choice at the pier, while a smaller live silver mullet has been a good choice at Jupiter Inlet. Scattered schools of big jacks are cruising the beach right now, as are some tarpon for those looking for something bigger to catch. Scattered schools of spanish mackerel in and out at the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTH 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. PERIOD 11 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY...SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO SOUTH 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SOUTH SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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OFFSHORE: Looks overall like a decent forecast for the upcoming weekend. Dolphin fishing remains good in 200-300' of water. Trolling bonita strips, squid, and ballyhoo remains a good bet for the dolphin. For the most part they remain in small packs, and haven't been locked in on structure especially. Not to say that floating debris wouldn't hold some dolphin, it's just not overly crucial to finding them. Instead look for current rips, color changes, and large areas of baitfish for best luck with the dolphin. Drifting and chumming will also work to catch some dolphin. The blackfin tuna are biting during low light periods of the day, with some really nice 15 pound plus fish around. Live sardines are the best bait choice for the bigger blackfin, while small trolling feathers are working well on the "football" sized blackfin. Look for 150-250' to be the best bet for the blackfin. Inside of the 120' ledge the kingfish are biting well late in the afternoon. 100-130' has been the best depth on the kings, and live sardines the bait of choice. The kings will also bite a dead triple hooked sardine if the live sardines are a little tough to come by. Snapper fishing has been fair this week, with a few really nice mutton snapper around.
INSHORE: Snook fishing continues to improve as the fish start to move towards the inlets. The bridges at night are best, and flair hawk jigs and big swimsuits are the way to go. The outgoing tides have been best, but certain areas are also producing well on incoming tide. The snook are also showing up in Jupiter Inlet in fair numbers already. The mangrove snapper are starting to bite a little bit inshore. The key to the mangrove snapper is finding areas that have small live pilchards around. Find the pilchards and the snapper can't be too far behind. The small resident tarpon have been very active up the Loxahatchee River lately, especially early in the morning.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing continues to stay pretty good, especially north of Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites are the bait of choice for the pompano. Early morning and late afternoon will be the best time to try and track down a few pompano. Snook fishing at the Juno Beach Pier has been very good as of late. Dead crushed sardines fished on the bottom has been the ticket for the most snook bites. Live shrimp has also proved effective when the dead sardines aren't getting the bites. Some big schools of jack coming through, as well as some tarpon at the pier. Spanish mackerel schools have also been in and out at the pier. Overall the fishing has been pretty productive.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY...WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL TO 5 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
MONDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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Stud kingfish caught by Chase a few days ago on a live sardine. Juno Bait Custom "Blackout" in the background did him in!