OFFSHORE- Beautiful looking ocean forecast for the upcoming weekend. Dolphin fishing was good this week for those heading way offshore. While a few dolphin were picked at in 300-500'; the best mahi action started at 1000' and got even a little better out deeper. A lot of the dolphin were small schools, but some big ones have been around as well. The wahoo showed up last weekend, and into the early part of the week, on the full moon. Most of the wahoo have been caught on split-tail mullet pulled down deep on a planer or inline trolling sinker. Best depth for the wahoo seems to be 150-250' of water, with some hoos being caught out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet. The 120' ledge has a pile of fish on it right now, a pile of bonita fish that is! The bonita are around in full force; which means the big sharks, marlin, and stud wahoo are lurking around as well. While the bonita may be a pain in the butt, they do bring around lots of cool stuff at the same time. Snapper fishing remains very good on the bottom. The first and second reefs, in 60-90', are both producing some nice mutton, mangrove, and yellowtail snapper. Sardines, threadfins, and squid are all good baits for the snapper.
INSHORE- Warm weather has inshore fishing on the slow side. Some snook to be caught during lowlight periods of the day. Look for the snook to be holding in deeper channels, and feeding aggressively on moving tides. Scattered reports of a few mangrove snapper holding around area bridges. Other action remains very spotty.
SURF/PIER- Tarpon are moving along the beach north of Jupiter Inlet. Catch and release snook action is solid along the beach right now. Still catching some whiting and croaker in the first trough. The Juno Pier is producing some stud snook right now. Scattered schools of resident spanish mackerel have been around the pier as well. Not much doing bait wise on the pier right now.
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OFFSHORE- Dolphin reports were scattered again this week, with fish being caught from 200-2000' of water. Best bet for the dolphin right now is to get out, prepare to burn some fuel, and cover some water. Running and gunning to find fishy looking debris, rips, and weed lines is the key to finding dolphin right now. Blind trolling may produce a few bites, but it is better to wait and put the baits out once fishy looking signs are present. The kingfish bite slowed a little this week, with the best bite still coming during low light periods of the day. Wahoo reports have finally started to come in, and should only get better through the rest of the summer. High speed trolling is a great way to get wahoo bites, and helps keep the bonita bites to a minimum. Trolling with split-tail mullet on a wireline or down rigger is also a good way to find a wahoo. Bottom fishing has been very good this week, with some nice snapper catches being reported. Big amberjack have also been biting on the wrecks around Palm Beach Inlet. For those looking for a lot of action or big fish, will be happy to hear the bonita and big sharks are around in good numbers right now.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing is strong right now around the bridges at night. Scattered reports of some nice inshore mangrove snapper this week as well. The mangrove will bite live shrimp, small chunks of sardine, or small live pilchards. They can be finicky; so go light with your leader and keep terminal tackle to a minimum. Sheepshead have been around some local bridges and seawalls. Big jacks have been cruising ICW seawalls early and late in the morning.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Pier is producing some truly monster snook right now, with big croakers and sand perch being the key baits right now. The snook are biting best late in the afternoon. (Quick note, these big female snook are the future of the snook population. Be careful with them, and avoid dropping them from the pier when releasing) Still a few very late season pompano being caught these days. Resident spanish mackerel are biting at the pier from time time. Tarpon schools are moving along the beach,especially early in the morning.
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OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept a lot of boats at the dock, but weather conditions look very favorable for some fishing this weekend! Dolphin are still biting out deep, with some good catches being reported in 600-800' of water. Depending on the wind, bait, boat traffic, etc the dolphin may be in closer or out a little farther. The easterly winds should have blown them in closer, but where they end up is anybody's guess! The usual tactics should get a few dolphin bites this weekend. Just outside the bonita schools have been a few very nice blackfin tuna. Trolling small feathers, daisy chains, or drifting livebaits will produce some tuna bites in 200-300' of water. The summertime bonita are here in full force right now along the 120' ledge. The bonita may be a pain sometimes, but they bring with them a whole host of other bigger predators and gamefish. Blue marlin, big sharks, and monster wahoo are all here also to gorge themselves on the bonita. It takes some patience, or luck, to target these monsters; but pulling a small live bonita on heavy tackle can lead to some amazing bites. Just inside of the bonita, the kingfish are around in fair numbers. Fishing them very early, or late in the day is the key for getting the most kingfish bites (and avoiding a few of the bonita bites). Snapper fishing is very good in along the reef. Yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton snapper are all being caught. Sardines and squid continue to produce the most bites from the snapper.
INSHORE- Unfortunately, not a lot to report on the inshore side of things this week. Snook fishing is still very good, just remember they have to go back now. Catch and release only for a few months. The bridges at night are loaded up with snook right now. Just be sure to handle the big spawning females with a little extra care right now! Other action inshore is hit or miss as the water temps continue to rise. Try fishing first thing in the morning, late in the afternoon, or even at night for best luck inshore right now. Scattered reports of inshore mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and black drum continue to trickle in. Also, some reports of big jacks cruising the seawalls looking for mullet to chase down.
SURF/PIER- Whiting and croaker are still hanging out in the first trough. Small pieces of cut shrimp, squid, and fishbites are good choices for the croakers. Lurking just behind the croakers will be some monster snook. Summertime beach patterns for snook are setting in, and now is a great time to try and catch a monster snook along the beach (More info coming on beach snook fishing soon!). Other surf action remains hit or miss at best. Scattered schools of big jacks and tarpon have been around. Some resident spanish macs around the Juno Beach Pier.
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