OFFSHORE: It was a little slower offshore this week, but fishing overall remained pretty good. The wahoo, which bit great a week ago on the July full moon, are still around. Best action on the wahoo happens early in the morning, late in the afternoon, and on a tide change. Trolling horse ballyhoo and bonita strips on a planer or inline trolling sinkers remains a good tactic for getting a wahoo bite. Best depth has been between 150-300' of water. Yes...you have to pick through the bonitas in that depth; but the wahoo are here because of the bonita. Dolphin fishing remains best way offshore, with most consistent catches coming at 1000' or deeper. Look for the dolphin to be on floating debris, well formed weed lines, and also in areas with lots of flying fish or other offshore bait. Don't spend a lot of time blind trolling, but instead look for fishy areas before putting the baits out. On big floating debris send a jig down deep for any wahoo lurking under the dolphin. Also around the dolphin will be a few stray blue marlin...so a pass or two around with a few big lies is never a bad idea either. The 120' ledge from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet remains pretty stacked with assorted life. Bonita, sharks, big blue runners will make up a bulk of the action; but enough kingfish, sailfish, dolphin, cobia, and others will be mixed in to keep you honest. Snapper fishing was good this week once the water warmed up.
INSHORE: Snook fishing has been good this week, with the bridges at night and seawalls in the morning being the key areas to try. Docklights are also producing good numbers of small fish on moving water. Mangrove snappers are biting around the bridges at night; with live shrimp and small pilchards being the key baits. A few jacks cruising seawalls early. Also been a few tarpon moving around the Loxahatchee early and late.
SURF/PIER: Catch and release snook fishing has been really good this week. Look for the snook to be moving along the beach, and feeding aggressively, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Smaller swimming plugs, small jigs, and soft plastic jerk baits have all been good choices for the snook. The Juno Beach Pier has had good snook fishing, a fair number of croakers, a few tarpon, and a scattering of spanish mackerel around. Lots of good action on light tackle and a white crappie jig these days. Best action will be early and late...it's hot out and the fish know it too!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 3 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING.
SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
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OFFSHORE- Big news this week has been the good wahoo bite. 100-300' is the best depth to be, and low light periods of the day are the time to target them. Split-Tail Mullet, Horse Ballyhoo, and high speed lures remain the baits of choice for the wahoo. Dolphin fishing is hit or miss, but a few good catches out deep continue to keep everyone looking for them. Snapper fishing has been good this week, with some nice mutton snapper being caught. Lots of life along the 120' ledge; with consistent action on sharks, big blue runners, bonita, and more! Lots of good stuff going on, go if you can!
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains good at night around the bridges. Also a good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River right now. Look for the river fish to be along deeper seawalls and docks with good current. A few fair reports of mangrove snapper around the bridges. Small live pilchards and live shrimp are the baits of choice for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Good catch and release snook fishing in the inlets, at the Juno Beach Pier, and along the beach. Fish early and late for best luck on the snook right now. A few spanish mackerel around the Juno Beach Pier. Fair action on croakers and whiting using small live shrimp. Even a few pompano being caught on the beach.
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OFFSHORE: Fishing has been hit or miss this week, but things are looking up for the next few days. Weather forecast looks promising, and a little east wind in the forecast should prove very helpful in pushing some dolphin in a little closer. Dolphin fishing this time of year is heavily dependent on floating structure, weed lines, current rips, and bait. Save the fuel on blind trolling and instead look for those type of things before putting the baits out. In closer to the edge blackfin tuna continue to bite well in 200-300' of water. Small jet heads and trolling feathers are the way to go for the blackfins. Look for the tasty little tunas to be most active during lowlight periods of the day. Also around the tuna should be some wahoo. The July full moon is all but here; should be a very good weekend to try and catch a striped one. High speeding or split tail mullet down deep should give you a good chance at a wahoo. Look for the wahoo to bite best during low light periods and/or on a falling tide if you are near Jupiter or Lake Worth Inlets. Scattered kingfish bite along the 120' ledge on live baits. Lots of live along the ledge right now. Bulk of the action will be large blue runners, bonita, and sharks; but it is a catch 22 situation as a lot of other good stuff is mixed in. It just takes some patience to pick through all of the other stuff. Snapper fishing remains fair. Clean water and north current will ultimately lead to the snapper, so try and find both if you can.
INSHORE: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town on the inshore side of things right now. Fish low light periods and at night for best luck with the snook. Outgoing tides will tend to produce a little better, but don't rule out the incoming tide. Mangrove snapper action has been good inshore, with bridges and deeper boat docks seeming to hold a decent number of snapper right now. AS the continuing theme goes on...look for the snapper to bite best during low light periods of the day and at night. Small live pilchards and live shrimp are hard to beat for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town. The snook are being caught in good numbers around the inlets, along the beach, and at the Juno Beach Pier in good numbers. Lure fisherman will do best on the snook early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Those using live baits will find luck throughout the day, especially on the tides. Moving waiter is key at the inlet, while high tide gets them closer to to the beach. The Juno Beach Pier had a nice mixed bag of species this week. A few spanish mackerel were caught, sand perch and croakers were still in the first trough, a few mangroves were caught, snook action remains good, and a good number of bonita have been pushing through. Even heard of a few pompano on the beach this week...a little more east wind may turn into a few more pomps this weekend!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
SATURDAY NIGHT...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
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OFFSHORE: Nice looking forecast for the weekend should have the ocean pretty busy with boats. Out deep dolphin fishing remains fair. No best depth to speak of over the past week for the dolphin; instead it has been a hunt and search to find them, with catches coming as shallow as 200' and also way out past 1000'. This time of year floating debris and well defined weed lines are the best bet for the dolphin (they like the shade too!), while eel defined current rips and large areas of flying fish are also good areas to try and find some dolphin. Trolling ballyhoo strips, squid, and small jet head lures is a good bet and will allow you to cover more water while looking for the phins. In the 200-300' range the blackfin tuna are still biting. Best action on the blackfin tuna is first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Trolling small daisy chains is a good way to get the smaller blackfin, while a live sardine fished on fluorocarbon leader is a good way to go for the larger fish. Areas with schools of small blackfin are an ideal area to pull the high speed trolling lures through a couple times. A Yo-Zuri Bonita (dark colored) or darker colored high speed wahoo lure is the way to go in these areas. The wahoo action should start to improve this week as we creep up on the July full moon. High speeding early or split -tails down deep on a planer or trolling sinker are a great way to go for the wahoo. In along the 120' ledge the usual summertime species are in full effect. Lots of bonita, sharks, big blue runners, and other assorted players are sure to keep the rods bent. Mixed in with the not so glamorous species will be some big kingfish, wahoo, stray cobia, dolphin, and a few stray sailfish...you just have to deal with the pick. Snapper fishing has remained good, with some nice yellowtail reports coming in. Mutton snapper fishing seems to be hit or miss.
INSHORE: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town on the inshore front right now. Look for the bridges to be good at night, especially on the outgoing tide. Big baits are the way to go for big bites. If you think your bait is too big...try one just a little bigger and see what happens! Mangrove snapper are also biting around the bridges, especially at night as well. Small live pilchards and live shrimp will be the bait of choice for the snapper. Sandperch are biting small pieces of shrimp in the ICW.
SURF/PIER: Catch and release snook fishing remains very very good right now. The early morning and late afternoon bite have been best. Plastic jerk baits, Vudu Mullet, Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri crystal minnows, and soft body swim baits are all catching the snook right now. From the beach look for the best action to be in the first trough, and not way out. Cast almost parallel to the shore instead of straight east for best luck. The Juno Beach Pier snook bite is hot right now. Live croakers and sand perch are solid choices for getting a big snook bite. The sand perch and croakers are biting fairly well on the Pier just before the first entrance. Try small live shrimp, small live sand fleas, and pieces of cut shrimp for best luck. A very few mangrove snapper are biting around the Pier and Jupiter Inlet, with the best time being low light periods of the day. A few tarpon milling along the beach early in the morning and also a few jacks as well. Best action will be first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Leave the surf to the sunbathers when the sun is high overheard.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING EAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH.
SATURDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH.
SUNDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
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