OFFSHORE- Overall very good fishing offshore this week. Dolphin fishing remains very very good. Reports on the dolphin continue to bounce around from 200-800' of water. Trolling bonita strips, squid, and ballyhoo are all solid choices for the dolphin. A small daisy chain or tandem trolling lure (like a Jaw Lures Tuna Buster) are also a good choice for the dolphin. Blackfin Tuna reports remain very strong in 200-300' of water as well. Both good numbers and good size tuna around. Trolling the usual small tuna feathers and daisy chains is a good way to go for the tunas early and late in the day. The best bet for the bigger tuna is to get a smaller live bait (sardine or pilchard is ideal) 20-40' below the surface. Wahoo reports were decent this week on the moon; and that should continue into the weekend. Best depth for the wahoo will be 150-250' of water early; and then they will slide out to 200-300' as the sun gets up. Good kingfish bite along the 120' ledge. Drifting the edge with live or dead sardines will be the best bet for the kings. Good snapper reports this week in 80-100' of water. Some really nice mutton snapper have been caught this week. Great fishing this week...take advantage of it now!!!
INSHORE- Last weekend of snook season...get out and make it a productive one! Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore now. As we move into the summer that will likely remain the case. Snook are in the Loxahatchee River in good numbers during the day. Look for boat docks and seawalls on points (all about the ambush points!) to be the key spots to find snook. They will use the tide in their favor; so present baits and lures up-current so they flow back naturally. Topwater bite for the snook has been on early and late in the day. The Yo-Zuri Pencil is a great choice for the snook. Some big jacks will also be in the same areas as the snook, though they are not as likely to be sitting still. Look for the jacks to be moving and pushing water. The Snook will also be biting at night around the bridges, especially closer to the inlets. Flair Hawk jigs and swimbaits remain top choices; especially for slots and overs. Look for outgoing tide to be best depending on where you are; but don't rule out incoming tide in dirtier water situations. Mangrove snapper reports are improving inshore. Live shrimp and small pilchards are solid choices for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Surf conditions were a lot nicer this week; but lingering seaweed made for tough surf fishing overall. The Juno Beach Pier has been the much better bet, with a good variety of action. Spanish Mackerel are around in good numbers and have been biting crappie jigs and small swimming plugs. The snook fishing also continues to improve at the pier. This is the last weekend to invite a slot home for dinner, so expect a pretty good size crowd most likely. Kingfish are around first thing in the morning and again late in the afternoon. A big swimming plug (Size 14 Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast) is the best way to target the kingfish. A handful of late season pompano have been caught on Goofy Jigs; but don't expect big numbers of them. Best chance on the pompano will be right as the sun comes up. Croaker have been biting pieces of shrimp well. Conditions look right this weekend for the tarpon and/or big jacks to be cruising along the beach.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
MONDAY...East winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Good fishing reports coming in from the few boats that have made it out over the past week. Less than ideal conditions have kept pretty much everybody at the dock; but a lot of fish around for those that have braved it. Good number of sailfish around, and the rough weather has them fired up and feeding on top. Best bet will be to get the kites up and keep some goggle eyes or small blue runners splashing around underneath them. This time of year pilchards, sardines, and threadfins are a must have as well; and will get gobbled up quick on the flatlines. Good numbers of dolphin mixed in with the sails, with just about all of them being big enough to need a gaff. The dolphin are eating the live baits good, and also being caught on the troll. Lots of broken up weed floating around offshore, so trolling has been a chore. In the same 150-300' range that the dolphin and sails have been the blackfin tuna are biting good as well. For the most part the tuna are going to bite best early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. Some big mutton snapper around this week as well.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good inshore. The snook are definitely in pre-spawn pattern...which means they are hungry and ready to eat! Look for the snook to be active along seawalls and under boat docks (especially those with current breaks and ambush spots) early in the morning and late in the day on moving tides. A live mullet is a good bait choice; if your into lures try a Yo-Zuri Hydro or TopKnock pencil. At night look for the bridge snook bite to be your best bet. Flair Hawk jigs and bigger swimbaits will be good lure choices for targeting them at night. Some big jacks cruising around inshore right now. Snapper reports are picking up inshore as well.
SURF/PIER- Tough fishing along the beach and at the pier this week with a mad rough ocean and lots of seaweed. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a fair snook bite, and when conditions were a little better a few permit have been around as well. Unfortunately the conditions don't really look like they will improve much over the next few days. Jupiter Inlet will be a option to try as the snook are starting to stage for the spawn, and a fair number of snapper have been mixed in as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds around 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to east northeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Northeast swell 3 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
OFFSHORE- Well...yeah! Not much of a weather forecast for the upcoming weekend. Dolphin fishing has been good this week, with a good scattering of fish in 300-800' of water. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid have all been great choices for the dolphin. Good blackfin tuna reports with some really solid fish around. Best depth for the blackfin has been 180-250'. Live pilchards or sardines fished 20-30 feet down are the ticket for the Blackfin. Conditions look really good for a late season sailfish bite this weekend. Kingfish are around in really good numbers along the 120' ledge.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good this week. Good number of snook around the bridges, especially closer to the inlets. Flair hawk on an outgoing tide is a good choice for the snook right now. Some big jacks cruising around the ICW right now. A live mullet fished along a seawall or under a boat dock shouldn't go unnoticed by a hungry jack for too long. A few scattered tarpon around inshore. Mangrove snapper reports continue to improve on a daily basis.
SURF/PIER- Tough looking weekend forecast for the beach. Reports were slim this week. A handful of pompano around, but it looks like they have pretty much packed it up and headed north. The Juno Beach Pier snook bite has slowly been getting better and better. Conditions may get a jig bite going at the pier this weekend. A few kingfish still hanging around at the end of the pier. Croakers have been biting good late in the afternoon at the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. .MONDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers.
OFFSHORE: Pretty consistent springtime fishing patterns setting in these days. Weather looks like we could see a little late springtime sailfish pop up this weekend. Solid kingfish bite along the 120' ledge this week. Live sardines and threadfins will be the top baits for the kings, but a triple hooked dead sardine on a knocker rig will get plenty of bites too. Blackfin Tuna bite remains good this week as well. Trolling small feathers and daisy chains is a good way to go for numbers of blackfin; while live baits fished down deep will be the best bet for the bigger blackfins. Dolphin reports were a bit spotty this week, but a few around. No hot depth to report on the dolphin they have been all over the board depth wise. Bottom fishing reports were very hit or miss this week, A few snapper reports; but definitely a bit of a grind overall on the bottom. Sardines will remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. The bridge bite remains good at night; especially on a outgoing tide. Flair hawk has been the lure of choice for good size fish. The snook are moving towards the inlets, so pick out bridges closer to inlets for best luck. Other inshore action remains a bit slow.
SURF/PIER: Surf fishing slowed this week, A few pompano reports coming in; and some hope the pomps may bite this weekend with a little change in the weather. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing some snook, Spanish Mackerel. and a few kingfish over the past week. A few big jacks cruising through the Juno Beach Pier as well. Croakers have been biting pieces of fresh shrimp well in the first trough.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Along the coast, northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north northeast 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. In the Gulf Stream, west northwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north northeast with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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