Ready for snook season?
Nice looking weather coming up, college football starts, snook season opens, and a three day weekend...LIFE IS GOOD!
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept just about everybody at the dock, but it is shaping up to look like a very fishable weekend! Dolphin should make a nice showing, and the east wind may even push them in a little closer than they have been. Look for floating debris, working birds, and weedlines to hopefully find the dolphin. Trolling an assorted spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and trolling feathers is a good way to go for the dolphin. If your in 200-400' of water trolling for dolphin, consider putting a daisy chain way way back for a very good shot at blackfin tuna. The little football size blackfins are around and more than ready to bite a small trolling feather or daisy chain. The bonita, sharks, and a few kingfish are on the ledge and ready to keep the rods bent. Snapper fishing should improve as the water clears up. Look for the mutton snapper to be shallower than usual after the swell.
INSHORE- Snook season opens Monday, and the snook are around! Look for the snook to have mullet on the brain, as a few schools of finger mullet are starting to trickle down the coast. Topwater plugs (Like zara spooks) fished around mullet schools, seawalls, and other snookie hiding spots early and late in the day are a great choice this time of year. Snook are also on the bridges and blasting mullet schools at night. Fish a live mullet on the edge of the school or underneath to separate your bait from the others. Big swimbaits, flairhawk jigs, and Spooltek swimbaits are all great lure choices around the bridges as well right now. A few tarpon around, and some monster jacks cruising along ICW seawalls.
SURF/PIER- Trickles of mullet coming down the beach are a sign of very very good things to come! Look for snook, tarpon, jacks and sharks to be hanging around the mullet. A silver spoon, Rapala X-Rap, or Windcheater are all great lures to throw on the beach right now for a wide variety of species. Lots of blue runners around the pier right now. Shouldn't be long before the surf gets going with lots and lots of action!
Good Luck and enjoy the 3 day weekend everyone!
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OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast for the weekend, and some favorable winds (light east/northeast) should have the fish biting this weekend. Dolphin fishing improved a little this week for those making the run way offshore. 15-25 miles offshore from Palm Beach to Jupiter seemed to produce the best number of dolphin. Lots of small ones, but enough bigger fish around to keep things interesting. Look for the mahi-mahi to be hanging around weedlines, floating debris, rips, or under working birds. In a little closer blackfin tuna action seemed to pick up in 250-500' of water off Palm Beach Inlet. Hard to beat a nice assorted trolling spread of feathers, daisy chains, and small jethead lures for the little tuna. In on the 120' ledge the fishing is on fire (just maybe not for the most glamorous species). Loads of bonita, sharks, and big blue runners will keep the rods bent along the ledge. Mixed in will be some king mackerel and wahoo. The wahoo bite may not be as good as it was on the full moon, but those putting the time in early and late can expect a good shot at a wahoo. Bottom fishing was hit or miss this week.
INSHORE- Plenty of snook biting inshore right now. Snook season is just around the corner...Are you ready? Fish low light periods or at night for the best luck with the snook. Look for the bigger snook around bridges(especially those with deeper water and good current) on an outgoing tide. Still a fair number of baby tarpon hanging out in Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth. Look for the little tarpon to be most active early and late in the day. Other inshore action remains spotty.
SURF/PIER- Solid snook bite at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier going on. LIve baits (especially big sardines) are getting the most bites, but lures may even get a few bites early and late in the day. Bonita have been pushing some bait schools around the pier as well. Rumors of big schools of glass minnows and a few mullet up north mean we can't be too far away from the start of the mullet run. With northeast winds in the forecast this weekend, things may be starting to change
Palm Beach County Schools start on Monday...GO FISHING this weekend before it does!
OFFSHORE- The wahoo should still be around this weekend. May not be the same numbers as last weekend, but the wahoo will be around for the next few weeks. Low light periods, early morning/evening, of the day will give you the best chance at getting a wahoo bite. Wether you try trolling (high speed and slower speeds) or livebaiting for the wahoo be sure to try and get the bait down suspended below the surface. Getting the baits down helps put it in the wahoo's zone, and will help keep a bonita or two away. Dolphin fishing is very hit or miss, with most of the dolphin coming from way offshore. Inside on the 120' ledge the bonita and sharks are as thick as can be. If your looking for something to pull on, the ledge is the place to go right now! Snapper fishing has been day to day, with some nice muttons hanging around in 80-90' of water off Jupiter. Fresh sardines fished on a slide rig is the best bet for the mutton snapper. Be prepared to pick some assorted junk fish on the bottom before the snapper decide to bite.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the best game inshore. Low light periods and nighttime are the time to look for the linesiders. Try to fish the first of the outgoing tide for the best luck with the snook. Small tarpon are hanging out in Lake Worth (mainly around Old Port Cove). Look for the little tarpon to be active and rolling early and late in the day. Small live baits and shrimp are a good choice to cast at the rolling baby silver kings. Mangrove snapper fishing has been good at night around the bridges. Small pilchards and live shrimp are the best bait choices for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- As August ticks away from us stay on the lookout for the mullet to start showing up on the beach. The finger mullet will be the first to start trickling down the beach. The snook and tarpon will the first to find the schools of mullet; and then the jacks, sharks, and bluefish shouldn't be far behind. In the meantime, while we wait for the mullet, the snook fishing remains very good along the beach and at the inlets. Bait schools are still around the Juno Beach Pier. With the bait should be snook, bonita, jacks, and other assorted predators. Still a few reports of some snappers around Jupiter Inlet
OFFSHORE- The wahoo fishing has started to fire up as the moon gets bigger and bigger. The wahoo are being caught from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet in 120-300' of water early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Trolling Yo-Zuri Bonitas, Split-Tail Mullet, and Horse Ballyhoo are producing the most wahoo bites. Try to get the baits down a little deeper with a planer or inline trolling sinker for the best chance of banging out a wahoo. The bonita are thick as can be right now (a big reason the wahoo are here...); so if your trying to avoid them keep the baits big and/or speed the boat up a little. A small bonita, or tiny blackfin, make a great livebait choice for a monster wahoo if your not into high speed trolling. Summertime sailfish has been very very good, with plenty of sails being caught in 250-400' of water. Live sardines, small runners, goggle eyes, or cigar minnows are all good choices for the sailfish. Mixed in with the sailfish should be a few dolphin; but, for best dolphin a run way offshore is going to produce the best odds. The dolphin have been on the smaller side for the most part, so be prepared to deal with lots of small schoolies before the better ones show up. Bottom fishing was fair this week, with a few snapper biting. Sardines, squid, and bonita strips remain the best bait choices for the snapper.
INSHORE- The snook fishing really fired up this week inshore as some of the snook pulled back from the inlets. The snook are on the bridges and spillway, and for the most part are willing to eat big baits right now. Flair hawks, SpoolTek swimbaits, and 7" DDX Soft Plastics are all great choices right now for the snook. Small tarpon are filling into Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth pretty good. Look for the tarpon rolling early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Live shrimp, small pilchards, live finger mullet, and soft plastic swimbaits should all get a bite from hungry tarpon. The fish are on the smaller side so keep the tackle on the lighter side to get the most out of them. Some big jacks have been cruising ICW seawalls early in the morning, and typically will blast a well presented topwater plug.
SURF/PIER- The snook are cruising the beach right now, and provide a fun chance to do a little sight fishing when conditions permit. Try fishing early and late, and avoid heavily crowded beaches for the most chances at the snookies. Lots of bait hanging around the Juno Beach Fishing Pier, and plenty of predators in the mix as well. Live baits will provide the best chances on the pier, but plugs will work in low light conditions or when the water is dirty. Snapper fishing has been fair at Jupiter inlet. Small pilchards early in the morning are the best bet for the mangrove snapper at Jupiter Inlet.