OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing was good again this week for those putting the time in to find them. Most of the dolphin are being caught in 1000-1300' of water, with a few stragglers in the 500-700' range as well. East winds in the forecast for the weekend though could really help push the dolphin in a bit closer. A majority of the dolphin seem to be in the 5-10lb range, with a few gaffers thrown in the mix to keep things exciting. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, bonita strips, and small daisy chains should work for the dolphin around well formed weedlines, rips, or larger floating debris. Setting up a drift with some chum in the same areas should also bring the dolphin to the boat. Last week saw a lot of sailfish in the 300-600' range from the Juno Beach Pier north. The summertime sailfish don't gain the attention that wintertime ones do: but they are here, and they are biting! Gogs and runners will work well, but summertime sailfish (Like most other species) love to eat live sardines right now. In closer to the ledge a few blackfins are biting in 200-300' of water. The 120' ledge is full of fish right now. Of course a lot of the fish are bonita, but they do help attract a lot of life to the area. In addition to the bonita; kingfish (in good numbers), a few wahoo, assorted jacks, sharks, and others are all hanging out along the 120' ledge right now . Drifting with live sardines is a absolutely guaranteed way to keep the rods bent right now along the ledge. Snapper fishing was good this week as well. Some nice muttons being reported in 90-120' of water. Sardines remain the bait of choice.
INSHORE- Super hot weather has the inshore fishing just about shut down these days. Lowlight periods of the day and night will produce some mangrove snapper on small live pilchards and shrimp. Sandperch will be mixed in with the snapper and are biting shrimp. The mangroves and perch are less bothered by the warmer temps than some species, but even they will bite best during lowlight. Catch and release snook fishing has been fair to good inshore. While a lot of the snook are pushed out towards the inlets, a few big resident fish remain inshore around seawalls and boat docks. Docklights will also hold a good number of snook in the 18-24" range. Water has been very clear this week so try fishing outgoing tide for best luck. Not much else to report on the inshore side of things.
SURF/PIER- Catch and release snook fishing was very good this week along the beach, on the Juno Beach Pier, and in Jupiter Inlet. The snook are super dialed in on live croakers right now; especially the larger fish. Smaller baits pilchards, greenies, and sardines will also work for the snook; but don't seem to draw the same absolutely devastating blows that croakers do. Early morning along the beach has been good for snook and jacks around glass minnow pods. A crappie jig, small paddletail, or Yo-Zuri Pin's minnow will be a good choice when fishing around the minnow pods. Best action will be the first hour or so as the sun comes up. Tarpon reports slowed a bit along the beach this week, but reports of some big cruising jacks continued to come in. Croaker and some big sandperch are biting shrimp (especially small live or pieces of fresh ones) well in the first trough. A few mangrove snapper are being caught at the Pier and Jupiter Inlet early in the morning.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Showers likely. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Winds south southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing remained good this week. Most of the better dolphin reports are coming outside of 500' of water; and the real good reports coming deeper than a 1000'. Look for the usual dolphin clues (birds, weeds, debris, and bait) and the fish won't be too far behind. Trolling squid, bonita strips, and small jet head style lures remains a good bet for the dolphin. Blackfin tuna are still biting in 200-300' of water. Small trolling feathers and small daisy chains are a good choice for the tuna. Kingfish action remains very good along the 120' ledge. The kings are biting best during low light periods of the day. Early morning and/or late afternoon with some live sardines is a great combo for the kings right now! Snapper fishing has been good this week. Better reports on the bottom coming out of Jupiter Inlet these days. Should be a nice weekend...go get em!
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town right now. The bridges are holding a good number of fish, as are the spillways. Look for the bridges to produce best on an outgoing tide, and the spillways to be good when the gates are open. Some nice jacks cruising the seawalls early in the morning. Mangrove snapper are hanging around the bridges; with the most action on them coming at night.
SURF/PIER- Catch and release snook fishing is absolutely on fire right now at the Juno Beach Pier. Lots of big snook showing up, and they are eating. Look for large live sandperch and croakers to get the biggest fish to eat. A lot of the time it's been harder to get a sand perch to bite than it has to get the snook to. The snook are also in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets in good numbers as well. Live baits will be the ticket during the day; while flair hawk jigs and big swimbaits are a good choice at night. Snook fishing has also been good along the beach, especially on high tide. Look for the snook to be in the first trough picking out easy meals. The tarpon are still moving along the beach to the north of Jupiter Inlet, with most being out of shore casting range (In other words you need a boat to get a shot at them). Scattered mangrove snapper around the Jupiter Inlet jetty.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 5 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds around 5 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Great looking forecast for a run offshore this weekend. Dolphin fishing remains a bit spotty overall, with fish scattered over a pretty large area. No hot depths to speak of on the dolphin, but 700-1100' of water seems to be somewhat consistent for the mahi. All the usual baits and trolling lures will work for the dolphin, with trolling squid and small daisy chains being especially effective as of late. Setting up a drift around floating debris or productive looking areas and heavily chumming for the dolphin has also been productive. Blackfin Tuna action remains fair to good depending on time of day in and around 150-220' of water. The better size blackfin tuna will be caught on live sardines and pilchards very early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Smaller blackfin can be caught trolling small feathers and daisy chains. SO...the June Full moon is on Monday, we have a calm ocean, and seaweed has been almost bearable as of late. Can you say WAHOO? Should be a great weekend to give the high speed troll or split-tail mullet down deep for a striped one a try. The Nomad DTX minnow has also been a great lure option for those trying to keep it a little simpler and still have a good chance at a wahoo. Look for the wahoo to be in and around the 120' ledge early and late in the day and hanging in 200-300' during higher sunlight parts of the day. Kingfish action remains great along the 120' ledge from the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. Best bet on the kings has been late afternoon with live baits, but you can pick at them throughout the day. Snapper fishing was tough this week with some cold water reported on the bottom.
INSHORE- Pretty much total summertime fishing inshore right now. Catch and release snook fishing will no doubt be the best bet inshore. The snook are all in and around the inlets for the most part, so start the search there. Docklights in the ICW and Loxahatchee have been very productive for large numbers of snook, with the average size being 18-22" for the most part. The snook should really fire up after this full moon. Mixed in with the snook should be a fair number of jacks, and in certain places a stray tarpon or two. Mangrove snapper action should also be good with the full moon. As usual, best time for the snapper will be at night. Small pilchards and live shrimp are top bait choices for the mangrove snapper.
SURF/PIER- Two slightly different surf reports this week. Those fishing from the beach should find a good number of snook around for catch and release action. Best time will be lowlight periods of the day or at night with the upcoming full moon. The snook have been feeding better over the past few days, and that should continue into the weekend. The JUno Beach Pier has also been good for catch and release snook action. Just outside of shore casting distance (Or report part two for those in a boat...) the big jacks have been cruising the beach as well as a good number of tarpon. Conditions don't get much better for the tarpon along the beach right now. Look for the tarpon to be moving north along the beach, and best numbers seem to be north of Jupiter Inlet for the most part. Live baits (Pilchards, sardines, threadfins, etc) presented well ahead of the tarpon school is a fairly safe bet to get a bite.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Summertime fishing patterns are definitely fully setting in offshore. Dolphin reports are fair; but for the most part very scattered. No hot depth on the dolphin. More of a "catch me if you can" deal; with the fish scattered from 300' to over 1000' of water. Look for the dolphin to be around well formed weedlines, defined current rips, or areas with lots of bait around. Trolling bonita strips and squid is a solid choice for the dolphin right now. Smaller schoolie size fish can eat a squid or strip a little easier than a ballyhoo, and a big dolphin will rarely turn down the bite size snack. Just inside of the dolphin have been a fair number of Blackfin Tuna. A small trolling feather or daisy chain is a great choice for the Blackfin, especially early and late in the day. More consistent, almost guaranteed, action is stacking up along the 120' ledge. Kingfish are here in great numbers from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet along the 120' ledge. The best bite on the kings is typically early morning and then again as the sun goes down. Live baits fished on a mono leader with double or triple hooks is the absolute best bet for the kings. Mixed in with the kings have been a solid number of bonita, a few wahoo, stray cobia or two, and plenty of sharks. The bottom fishing has been a bit off this week with some mixed up current and cold water on the bottom.
INSHORE- The water inshore is HOT right now, and the fish are lazy to say the least. Catch and release snook fishing is pretty good right now, but it for the most part is happening at night or extreme lowlight periods of the day. The mangrove snapper are getting a little more aggressive inshore, but they too will be best at night. Live shrimp small live pilchards, or sardine chunks are all good bait choices for the snapper. Other inshore reports are slow at best.
SURF/PIER- Summer surf fishing patterns kinda kicked in this week. A fair number of tarpon are making their way north along the beach right now. Tough to get a chance at the tarpon from shore; but those on the pier or in a boat are definitely seeing a good number of fish (Getting a bite is another story). Big schools of jacks are also pushing around along the beach. Again it will be primarily the pier and boat guys getting a chance at the big jacks. Catch and release snook fishing is good along the beach and in the inlets right now. Fair number of croaker and whiting along the beach in the first trough right now. Small pieces of shrimp will be best for them.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers . Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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