OFFSHORE: Wahoo reports were very good this week, and the bite should stay strong right through the weekend. Backside of the July full moon is about as primetime as it gets for catching a wahho. Look for the wahoo to be thickest in 150-350' of water (Yes the bonita are bad...no you can't avoid them). Fish early and late for the best chance at a wahoo. High speed trolling with lures or pulling natural baits (Split tail mullet and strips) behind a planer or trolling sinker will both produce a fair number of wahho bites. High speed trolling (sometimes) will help keep the bonita bites to a minimum. Kingfish bite remains good along the 120' ledge. As mentioned, lots of bonita around. Dolphin fishing was fair again this week, with the better dolphin reports coming in from way offshore. SNapper fishing was a bit hit or miss this week.
INSHORE: Catch and release snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. Look for the snook to be most active during lowlight periods of the day and at night. Look for most snook bites to be best on outgoing tide. Mangrove snapper are around in fair numbers. Sandperch are biting well in the ICW. Smal;l pieces of shrimp is a solid bet for the sandperch.
SURF/PIER: Snook fishing remains fair to good along the beach; especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The night bite has also been good for the snook along the beach. Spoolteks and large swimbaits have been working well at night, while small paddle tails and jigs have been better during the day. Hard to beat a live croaker though anytime of the day. A few tarpon have been pushing north along local beaches, and reports have a good number of tarpon feeding along the beaches up to the north of us. Croakers, and sandperch are biting pieces of shrimp in the first trough. Snook bite in Jupiter Inlet improved this week. The JUno Beach Pier has also been producing a fair number of mangrove snapper early in the morning. Cut sardines and live shrimp are a good choice for the snapper.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of thunderstorms in the morning. A chance of showers through the day. A slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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Sorry about missing last weeks report...got the days mixed up while at ICast and forgot all about the report. Back on track this week!
OFFSHORE- Good fishing offshore continued this week, with a good mixed bag of action going on. Dolphin fishing remains above average for those willing to burn the fuel and go find them. Dolphin reports are coming in from 300-1500'; with no particular depth being better than another. The dolphin, for the most part, have been averaging 5-10 pounds. Look for the dolphin to be relating to weedlines, floating debris, or areas with large concentrations of bait. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and small trolling feathers have all been working for the ballyhoo; as has chumming and chunking in productive looking areas. Blackfin tuna are biting early in the morning and late in the afternoon in 250-400' of water. Small daisy chains and trolling feathers remain very good choices for the blackfin. Kingfish bite has been good in 120' of water from south of Palm Beach Inlet to north of Jupiter Inlet. The kings are scattered up and down the line, and have been very willing to bite dead sardines over the past few days. The snapper bite has been good this week as well. Sardines remain the bait of choice for the snapper. Best snapper bite has been from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet in about 90' of water. Should also start to hear about some wahoo snapping as the moon is getting bigger. Definitely will be a good weekend to drag the high speed lures or split tail mullets around for a bit.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town right now on the inshore side of things. Look for the best bite to happen at night for the most part. SpoolTeks and Flair Hawk Jigs remain the top lure choice for the snook right now. Fair numbers of mangrove snapper moving around inshore as well as some sand perch. For all inshore fishing look for the most activity early and late in the day.
SURF/PIER- Catch and release snook fishing was better this week at the pier and along the beach; but remains a bit off overall. Look for the snook to be most active early in the morning, late in the afternoon, and also at night. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few Spanish Mackerel around. Crappie jigs and small clark spoons are the top lure choices for the macs. A fair number of mangrove snapper are hanging around the pier pilings, and they are happy to bite chunks of sardines early in the morning. Scattered croakers and sandperch are biting in the first trough on pieces of shrimp. Schools of jacks, and a few tarpon, are also moving along the beach.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Winds south winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of thunderstorms in the morning. A chance of showers through the day. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing remains very scattered. No solid depth for the mahi; instead its been a scattering of reports coming in from 350-1200' of water. A few decent size fish around; but a majority of them are in the 3-6lb range. Trolling around floating debris, well formed weedlines, and defined rips and/or color changes will be the best bet for the dolphin. Small ballyhoo, bonita strips, or squid are all great trolling options right now. Keep the light rods rigged with a small jig or chunks of bait ready to pitch to schoolies if they pop up. Blackfin tuna are still biting in 250-350' of water during lowlight periods of the day. Small trolling feathers or daisy chains are good for the smaller fish; while live sardines are the ticket for bigger tuna. The summertime bonita are here in full force right now and have all but taken over the 120' ledge. In fact the bonita have taken over just about everything from 90-250' of water as of late. The good news is that wiith the bonita comes Blue Marlin, sharks, big wahoos, and all kinds of other stuff...you just have to get past the darn bonita to catch them. Snapper fishing has been a bit hit or miss. The good news is that when its good...it's been really good! On the flip side we have also had to deal with a few pretty slow days of snapper bite. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE: Beyond catch and release snook fishing the inshore side of things is on the slower side. The snook fishing though has been very good. The snook are stacked up in the inlets pretty good, and have also been biting around the bridges at night. Large swimbaits and flair hawks are a solid lure choice right now. Look for the snook to bite best on the outgoing tide. Mangrove snapper reports are on the uptick around the bridges. Fairly slow fishing otherwise on the inshore side of things.
SURF/PIER: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town along the beach right now. Lowlight periods of the day remain the key for getting the best snook actions. Swimming Plugs (Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Minnows) are a great lure choice early in the morning and late in the afternoon. During brighter parts of the day try small white bucktails or smaller soft plastics for better luck with the snook. A live croaker or sandperch is a good bait choice for a bigger snook. Still some schools of tarpon pushing north along the beach, though they are thinning out a bit. Mixed in with the tarpon have been some pretty good sized jack crevalles. In the first trough you can catch some croaker and sandperch on small pieces of shrimp. The JUno Beach Pier summer snook part is starting to roll along pretty good. Try a 6" SpoolTek in natural colors (Pearl, Mullet, Great Sardini) for good results on the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Winds southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely in the morning. A chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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