OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing was good again this week, especially for those making long runs to find the fish. While some dolphin have been caught in 300-600' of water, the better bite seems to start close to 1000' of water. Out that deep it is semi-pointless to spend much time blind trolling; instead look for debris, birds, weed lines, or other "fishy" signs to find the dolphin. Keeping a couple small jet head lures rigged as quick deploy baits is a great way to get an idea if the area is holding fish. If it is, slow down and put the normal trolling spread out or break out the live baits. A few marlin gave been hanging around the dolphin schools, as a few wahoo down deep. If a big school of small school dolphin shows up, it always pays to shoot a deep jig down a hundred feet or so and rip it up. A wahoo lurking under the dolphin will rarely turn it down! In closer to the ledge a few blackfin are still being caught during low light periods of the day. Trolling small feathers and skirted lures will get tuna bites, but few things beat a nice sardine fished under the kite as the sun is starting to set. Keep the terminal tackle to a minimum and the leader light for the best luck with the blackfins. The July full moon is coming up...it SHOULD be a wahoo catching kind of weekend. Highspeed trolling will produce some wahoo this weekend, as will keeping some baits down deep via trolling sinker or planer. A horse ballyhoo, split-tail mullet, or big bonita strip will all get the wahoo's attention. The bonita are here in full force along the 120' ledge, and provide for some fun light tackle fun (and also make some great bottom bait!). Snapper fishing has been good this week, with some nice catches of yellowtail and muttons coming in. A few stray cobia still being caught as well.
INSHORE- If your into catch and release snook fishing, now is the time to go. For those looking to rack up some numbers fishing small lures and shrimp around bridge fenders and dock lights will pay off. Those looking to target big snook will find fishing the bridges at night to be the best bet. Big swim baits and flair hawk jigs are a great choice for getting bites out of the big girls, just be careful when handling and releasing the spawning females. The mangrove snapper action inshore has picked up, and should continue through the summer. Small pilchards, sardine chunks, and live shrimp are all great choices for the snapper right now. Look for the snapper to bite best at dusk and into the evening. Still a fair number of sheepshead, and a few black drum, roaming the intracoastal these days as well.
SURF/PIER- Snook have invaded the surf, and are lots of fun to target now for fun catch and release action. Those looking to fool the snook with lures(and flies) will find the best action early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. If you have no choice but to fish in the high sun part of the day, try to time it around high tide if possible. Live baits(croaker, sand perch, whiting, etc) are the ticket for getting the biggest snook right now along the beach. A few schools of tarpon moving along the beach, but not big numbers. Shark fishing at night is still producing some nice fish along the beach.
SHOP UPDATE- Having a lot of fun in the new shop. Lots of new stuff, and lots of work, but overall its been very enjoyable. We are super stoked on all our new stuff (Bluefin USA, Smith Optics, SWC) and still have some new things in the word as well. New stuff coming in almost daily, so be sure to come by and check it all out!
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OFFSHORE- Fishing was good this week, and with any luck will hang on through the weekend. The dolphin bite was good out of Jupiter Inlet, with good catch reports in 200-500' of water. As the east winds taper off, look for the dolphin to be out a little deeper. Trolling a mixture of ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good way to get the dolphin fired up; and a big lure or bait in the spread is also a good idea as a few blue marlin have been cruising around with the fins. Look for the dolphin to be in the usual "fishy" areas; current rips, color changes, weed lines, floating debris, or areas with lots of flying fish. Some nice blackfin tuna have been caught from Lake Worth to Jupiter Inlet in 150-200' of water. Look for the blackfins to be most active early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Fishing live sardines or thread fin herring is a good choice for getting a tuna bite. That big eye on a blackfin sees an awful lot, so keep the terminal tackle to a minimum and go as light as possible with your leader. As we coast through June it is very likely that we will start to hear more about wahoo catches. Start working on the high speed gear and wahoo tackle; all signs point to a good push of wahoo on the July and August full moons. Inside the 120' ledge a scattering of kingfish are still being caught, as are a few very late season cobia. The bonita are here in full force, and provide great entertainment for those just looking to keep the rods bent. Before you cuss the bonita too bad, keep in mind they are a food source for a lot of top pelagic predators. That 70lb wahoo we've all been thinking about probably has eaten her fair share of bonita over the years! Snapper fishing remains good, with a nice mixture of yellowtails and muttons around. This is a great time of year to break out the light spinning rods, small yellow buck tail jigs, and bonita or squid strips and seth up a drift in 60-90' of water...you just never know what will pounce on the slow falling jig (Come by the shop anytime for a quick rundown on drifting with the jig for great mixed bag action. It's a great technique that takes little skill, is very productive, and is lots of fun!)
INSHORE- Hot weather conditions and little rain have the inshore fishing a bit on the slow side. Snook are biting well during low light periods of the day and at night. Remember snook season is closed so be careful handling, and get them back in the water quickly after catching. A few black drum are being caught around Munyan Island on small pieces of fresh shrimp. Mangrove snapper fishing inshore is also starting to pick up with increasing temps! Shrimp is the bait of choice for the snapper, and will also produce biters from jus about anything else cruising around inshore.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing is very good in the inlets, along the beach, and at the Juno Beach Pier right now. The snook are feeding best during low light periods of the day, but will bite during the middle of the day when ideal conditions present themselves. Live croaker, sand perch, greenies, and sardines are the baits of choice for the shrimp right now. The big spawning females are out in full force and very willing to bite almost anything. Just remember they are the future of the snook population, and deserve a little extra care when releasing. Keep those drags tight, fight them fast and hard, and get them back in the water as quick as you can! Starting to hear of some tarpon cruising the beach early in the morning. Also a good number of sharks (including some big ones) being caught from the beach at night.
SHOP UPDATE- Been another busy week for us as we continue to plug away at getting the new shop all squared way. We should have live shrimp back for the weekend, and the ice machine and bait freezers are well stocked! Small batch of domestic sardines showed up today as well! Lots of cool stuff in the new shop, be sure to come by and check it out!
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OFFSHORE- The dolphin bit a little bit this week, especially for those taking a run way offshore. It was the usual dolphin fishing scenario...find a good weed line, debris, or current rip and it most likely had a few fins hanging around (as well as some nice tripletail!). A east/southeast wind should help to push the dolphin in a little bit this weekend, and may cut down on the need for quite as long of run offshore. Just outside of the 120' ledge in like 150'-300' of water some nice blackfin tuna are being caught in low light conditions. Look for the tuna to bite live baits (sardines are their favorite) late in the afternoon as the sun goes down. That big eye sees everything, so keep the terminal tackle to a minimum and leader as light as you can get away with. Kingfish remain strung out along the 120' ledge from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet, and will also bite better in low light conditions (When the sun is up; the bonito tend to take over, and nothing has quite the same energy to compete!). Snapper fishing remains good, with some really nice yellowtail and a few muttons being caught. Still a few cobia hanging out in 90-120' of water as well mixed in with the snapper and other assorted bottom dwellers.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing is the main game in town, with some good numbers and big fish around. Fish the bridges (especially those closer to the inlets) at night on an outgoing tide for good results, and don't be afraid to throw big lures and baits at the snook. They are aggressive and willing to eat! Other inshore action is spotty, but a few reports of mangrove snapper and black drum are trickling in.
Check out this cool Jupiter Inshore report from our friend Captain Craig of Phlats Inshore Fishing:
SURF/PIER- Snook will be the main game in town along the beach and at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier. A few tarpon are headed north along the beach, and may be anywhere from Palm Beach to St Luice Inlet. Look for the tarpon to be rolling early along the beach, and then stuck to the bottom as the sun comes up. A few schools of big jacks are cruising the beach, and provide for some tackle busting fights if your into it! Sandperch, croaker, and a few whiting are biting shrimp in the first trough.
SHOP UPDATE- It's back to business as usual for us (for the most part...we still have a lot of work to do!) after the move. The new shop is coming along nicely, and we are just about dialed in. Still waiting on our ice machine and shrimp tank (Hopefully will have live shrimp back up and rolling by the weekend, but not sure exactly). Come by and check out the new place, new products (SWC, Bluefin, Smith Sunglasses, and more) this weekend, we think you'll like it!
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This week's fishing report will be up first thing Friday morning...sorry everyone, some days you just run out of time!
Been a very busy week for us setting up the new shop; in the effort of full disclosure getting fishing reports has not been at the top of the list. This weeks report may be a bit brief...
OFFSHORE- The June full moon did not disappoint with good wahoo catches out of both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets this week. A few wahoo were caught high speed trolling, a few live baiting, and a few on split-tail mullet at slower speeds. If the June full moon is any indication of the July and August moons...it'll be a nice wahoo season for South Florida! Dolphin fishing remains good, with some nice fish for those spending the time to search out good water and fishy areas. In towards the ledge kingfish are biting in 90-120' of water early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. Snapper fishing has been good agin this week, with some very nice mutton and yellowtail snapper being caught.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing is good at night around the bridges. Look for the snook to bite best on an outgoing tide, especially at bridges closer to the inlets. A flair hawk jig, big swim bait, or live bait is a good choice for getting a snook bite these days. Sheepshead are hanging around area bridges and seawalls. Look for big jacks cruising ICW seawalls early in the morning.
SURF/PIER- Snook are hanging out around the Juno Beach Pier and along the beach in good numbers. Look for the snook to be most active during low light periods of the day. Sandperch, croakers, and whiting are hanging out in the first trough; and for the most part are willing to bit small pieces of fresh cut shrimp. A few schools of big jacks and tarpon are moving north along the beach early in the morning.
SHOP UPDATE- The move went great last weekend, and we are just about set up in the new shop(look for some cool updates tomorrow). UNFORTUNATELY we have a few things out of our control that are going to keep us from reopening for the weekend. We are hopeful to be open early next week, and are super excited for everyone to check out the new shop!
GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND AND THANKS FOR READING!