Enjoying a little family in the North Carolina mountains this week...I have no idea what's going on fishing wise this week! Regular fishing report back next Thursday.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
SYNOPSIS... A wet pattern will continue through late week with increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms. Locally hazardous conditions are likely in and near thunderstorms with waterspouts, gusty winds, and higher seas expected. Wind gusts approach SCA criteria late week through the weekend across the Gulf and Atlantic waters. .GULF STREAM HAZARDS... Locally elevated seas and gusty winds in and near the strongest showers and thunderstorms. The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream as of Jun 24, 2021 at 1200 UTC... 11 nautical miles east northeast of Fowey Rocks. 13 nautical miles east northeast of Port Everglades. 6 nautical miles east southeast of Lake Worth. 11 nautical miles east southeast of Jupiter Inlet. This data courtesy of the Naval Oceanographic Office. $$ AMZ650-670-241700- Coastal waters from Jupiter Inlet to Deerfield Beach FL out 20 NM- Waters from Jupiter Inlet to Deerfield Beach FL from 20 to 60 NM- 403 AM EDT Thu Jun 24 2021
FRIDAY...East winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to east 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing was a bit spotty this week, but overall still good. Best dolphin reports continue to come from 400-600' of water, with some deeper and shallower as well. Trolling bonita strips and squid has been a really good bet for the dolphin. Lots of sailfish offshore right now in 250-400' of water. Live sardines and thread fins are the top choices for the sails right now. Look for current rips and large areas of bait...the sails won't be far behind. Still some good blackfin tuna being caught in 200-300' of water. Kingfish remain along the 120' ledge in good numbers. Lots of bonita around right now. Yes they can be a pin in the butt; but they do bring with them a lot of extra life. Snapper fishing has been good this week in 90' of water. Sardines remain the bait of choice.
INSHORE- The inshore scene remains dominated largely by the catch and release snook scene. Lots of snook around right now, especially closer to the inlets. Look for the snook to bite best at night, especially on the outgoing tide. During the day they will be largely tucked up under boat docks and tight to seawalls looking for an easy meal. Some bruiser jacks inshore as well, but not in big numbers. Mangrove snapper have been biting well in their usual summertime hangout spots, along with the sand perch.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier and Jupiter Inlet both saw the snook show up in pretty good numbers over the past few days. A live croaker is going to be top bait choice for the snook; with a palm size sand perch being the next best bet. Before the sun comes up; a flair hawk jig or large swimbait will also get some bites from the snook. The Juno Beach Pier has also seen a nice push of bonito show up this week, along with a kingfish or two. Tarpon are still pushing up the beach in fair numbers, along with some good schools of jacks.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Took a little while for the reports to start trickling in this week; but they are starting to sound pretty good! Lots of dolphin around in 200-500' of water over the past few days. The big problem being...they are largely on the small side. Those taking the time to pick through the small ones and be patient are finding some good ones in the mix. Getting a larger bait out or a bait down deep when the small ones are around is a good way to find a bigger one (Dropping a jig down 60-100' below small dolphin and bringing it up is also a great way to pick off a lurking wahoo!). Trolling bonita strips and squid has been a really good choice for the dolphin this week. In 200-300' of water the blackfin tuna continue to bite good. Small trolling feathers and daisy chains are a safe bet for numbers, while a bait down deep is the best way to go for bigger ones. Kingfish have been biting good along the 120' ledge, especially later into the afternoon.Snapper fishing remains good in 80-100' of water from the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. Sardines, as usual, are a top bait choice; but don't overlook a nice fresh strip of bonita as a good bait option as well.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing has been very good in the ICW and Loxahatchee River over the past week. Live mullet in the river fished along seawalls and under boat docks are a really good way to go for great chances at some big snook. Fishing a topwater, like a Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil, along seawalls is also a good option early in the morning or late in the afternoon. At night look for snook to be in numbers under docklights or stacked up along bridge shadow-lines. Fishing a flair hawk or big swimbait at night is a good way to go for quality bites at night. Typically outgoing tide will be best; but that will also depend on water conditions. Mangrove snapper reports continue to improve inshore; although it hasn't opened up full on just yet.
SURF/PIER- The snook bite, though kind of behind schedule, is starting to get rolling at the Juno Beach Pier. Live croakers or sand perch will be the best bet for the snook, especially the bigger ones. A live sardine or pilchard will also get the attention of the snook as well. Conditions have been a little calm/clear for a plug bite; but a few will take a look at a swimbait or swimming plug usually first thing in the morning. A fair number of big jacks cruising through, along with a good number of tarpon. Still a few reports of some permit cruising through. A handful of mangrove snapper hanging around the pilings. Croakers are biting in the surf, with small live shrimp and pieces of shrimp being the best bait choice.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Mixed reports offshore this week. Dolphin fishing remains pretty good, but the fish seemed a little more scattered this week. Dolphin reports seemed to bounce around from 400-1200' of water. East southeast winds should help blow the dolphin in a little closer this weekend. The usual trolling spread (bonita strips, squid, ballyhoo, etc) continues to get the job done on the dolphin. When it comes to dolphin it's more about luck and being in the right place at the right time than it is magic lures and baits. Keep your eyes open for floating debris, well formed weediness, current rips or color changes, or large schools of flying fish getting up are all great places to look for the dolphin. Blackfin tuna reports remain strong in 200-300' of water. Trolling small feathers, daisy chains, and tandem Jaw Lures remain a really good way to go for the tuna, especially in numbers. For larger tuna it's all about presenting live baits down 20-30' below the surface. The Blackfin will generally bite best very early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon as the sun goes down. Kingfish numbers remain strong along the 120' ledge. Smaller live baits (pilchards, thread fins, sardines) or dead sardines will be a good way to go for the kings...just get them in quick as the sharks have been extra brutal the last few weeks! Snapper fishing remains very good. Still getting a lot of really nice mutton reports in 80-100' of water. A sardine on a slide rig is a safe bet for the muttons. Just like the kingfish; get them snappers in quick...the sharks like them more than you do!
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing will be the best bet inshore. The snook are biting well around the bridges at night. A flair hawk jig on outgoing tide is the best bet for the snook at night. During the day look for the snook to be in the inlets or tucked up under boat docks. In the inlet live croakers and sand perch will be the top bait choices for the snook. A few big jacks still cruising around the ICW looking to blast a mullet along a seawall. Mangrove snapper reports are starting to improve on a weekly basis. Small live pilchards and shrimp are a good choice for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing remains a bit spotty overall. We are in that transition period between pompano season and all out summer snook. Still a few pompano around, but the numbers are way down. If your trying to get one or two more before they make their way north for the summer go early in the morning. Don't expect big numbers of pompano by any means but getting a few sandfleas out early in the morning could still get you some bites. Tarpon showed up decently along the beach last weekend, and conditions look right to see them again this weekend. Look for the tarpon to be most active, and typically easiest to spot, early in the morning. Snook season may be closed now, but catch and release action will only improve as we move farther into the summer. Small swimming plugs, swimsuits, and small jigs are a good bet for targeting snook in the surf. Croakers are biting good in the trough on small pieces of shrimp.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Slight chance of showers.
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