OFFSHORE- The weather kept fishing pressure very light offshore most of the week. Those who did make it out found a few scattered dolphin way offshore; with 1000-1200' of water seeming to hold a fair number of fish. Most of the dolphin caught seemed to be hanging around weedlines or current rips. The dolphin are scattered so it takes some looking to find them. Forecasted east winds may help push them a little closer in over the weekend. Wahoo reports should start to trickle back in as the moon starts to get bigger and bigger. (Two weeks away from the October full moon; which should produce some more good wahoo catches, barring no major weather changes) Scattered kingfish, and thinning numbers of bonita, are keeping things interesting along the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing has been fair in 60-90' of water. The bottom fishing has been day to day, depending largely on water quality and current. Spend some time out there with some sardines or squid on the bottom and a few snapper should join you for the boat ride home.
INSHORE- The arrival of big schools of finger mullet inshore (pretty much from Stuart all the way to Palm Beach Inlet) has the inshore fish fired up. Depending on where you find the mullet schools; snook, tarpon, redfish, spotted seatrout, jacks, and ladyfish will be taking advantage of the easy meal. Getting a bite out of the middle of what often seems like a million mullet can be tough. Try keeping your baits on the edge or underneath the school. The other trick that sometimes work is fishing something totally different around the school of mullet. Many a big snook have slurped up a DOA shrimp crawled underneath a school of mullet. Another good trick is to fish good looking ambush points(seawalls, bridges pilings and fenders, points, canal entrances, etc) where you don't see mullet schools. Many fish, snook especially, are lazy and don't want to go looking for the mullet; and prefer to stake out and wait for the tide to bring the schools to them. Live mullet, topwater plugs (Zara Spook and Rapala Skitterwalks), and Suspending Jerkbaits (Rapala X-Raps) are all good lures for this situation. Throw your bait or lures up-current and bring them back with the tide naturally for some explosive strikes!
SURF/PIER- The surf and pier fishing has been very very good this week, with all kinds of action going on. Finally seeing a good number of bigger mullet and the large predators are in them. Look for big snook, tarpon, jacks, and sharks to be around the schools of silver mullet. While they will feed on the schools all day, the best action tends to be early morning and late afternoon. School of finger mullet are still around and they too are being followed by all kinds of predators. The Juno Beach Pier is alive with fish right now. In addition to the previously mentioned species; the pier is producing good numbers of spanish mackerel, blue runners, and some bluefish and pompano as well. Beach shark fishing is heating up. Fair number of pompano for this time of year around as well.
Lots of good stuff going on, get out and take advantage of it!
Good Luck Everyone,
OFFSHORE- The marine forecast is looking very nice for the upcoming weekend; be sure to take advantage! Fishing patterns out of Jupiter and Palm Beach(Lake Worth) Inlets are slowly shifting away from summer towards fall and winter patterns. The bonita are moving off the 120' ledge and the small blackfin tuna are showing up in 200-300' of water. The best blackfin action will be from Palm Beach Inlet south, most likely in 200-300'. Try trolling small daisy chains or small trolling feathers for the blackfins. Most of the blackfins are small football size, but the occasional 5-10lber will pop up to keep things interesting. Dolphin are around, but have been very very scattered location wise. One day the dolphin are on a weedline twenty miles offshore, and the next day they are in 90' along the reef. Sailfish action continues to improve, and should get better with each front that pushes down. The sailfish have been anywhere from 150' of water out to as deep as 600'. Snapper fishing has been on the slow side.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good in Jupiter. The Loxahatchee River is holding a good number of snook. Look for the snook to be active early morning, late afternoon, and at night; especially when the schools of finger mullet are around. Live finger mullet, or lures resembling mullet(DOA Baitbuster is my top choice), are a great choice this time of year. Snook fishing around the bridges has been good at night as well. Inshore action on the Hobe Sound flats is slowly improving with our slow shift in the weather. The fishing inshore will still be best early morning and late in the afternoon. Scattered reports of some late season mangrove snapper still trickling in.
SURF/PIER- Still getting reports of some nice schools of mullet off the beach from Stuart north, with tarpon and big snook hanging around them. Look for the schools of mullet to have the most activity around them early and late in the day. The snook are still hanging around the Juno Beach PIer. Lots of blue runners at the pier, with a few scattered spanish mackerel mixed in as well. The Juno Beach Pier also had a few small king fish around this week as well. Throwing lures (Rapala X-Raps especially) early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon was producing a fair amount of action at the Pier this week.
Good Luck Everyone,
Offshore- The backside of this full moon should produce a few wahoo bites this weekend. Look for the wahoo to be a little deeper than in August, with 200-300' of water being a good search zone, and a little more south as well. The bulk of the wahoo being caught will most likely be from Palm Beach(Lake Worth) Inlet south. High speed trolling early in the morning and late afternoon is a good bet, as is drifting live baits down deep a little later in the day. Dolphin fishing is day to day, and depth for them is kind of a guessing game. Spend some time looking for them, and it should be possible to bang out a few dolphin. Blackfin tuna, mostly small, are around in 250-350' of water out of Palm Beach Inlet. Trolling a small daisy chain is a good bet for finding the blackfin. Snapper fishing has been good out of Jupiter Inlet, especially when the current is right. Some good number of mutton snapper, yellowtail, and a few mangroves are being caught in 60-90' of water mainly on sardines.
INSHORE- Schools of finger mullet have the inshore fishing pretty good right now, especially at night. Snook, tarpon, jacks, and even a few seatrout and redfish(depending on where you are) are all around the schools of mullet. The Hobe Sound Flats (ICW markers 40-46) are starting to hold a few more fish as the weather slowly starts to change, as are the flats around Munyon Island. Low light periods of the day, or nighttime, will still be producing the best action inshore. Look for the mullet schools to find the most consistent action. With a fair amount of rain in the forecast this weekend don't be surprised if the spillways open up and the snook bite goes off.
SURF/PIER- Snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, and bluefish are following schools of mullet along the beach right now, with the best action on them early and late in the day. Look for mullet schools to be anywhere from Stuart to Palm Beach. Fishing a live mullet on the edge of the schools is a good way to trigger a bite. The Juno Beach Pier is still holding a fair number of snook. Blue runners and a few spanish mackerel are also biting at the pier. Starting to hear a few reports of pompano, with scattered catches coming in from Hobe Sound and farther north.
Good Luck this weekend!
Thanks For Reading,
In case you have been under a rock for the past few weeks, oblivious to the world, not reading our fishing reports, or busy working (lame excuse!). Here is a little video of what is going on along the beach(and in the Intracoastal) right now.
The 2014 Mullet run is sweeping into northern Palm Beach County right now! Snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, and a host of other predators are taking full advantage of the endless buffet; get yourself down to the beach and take advantage of this while you can!
OFFSHORE- The September Full moon is on Monday, so the Wahoo fishing should be very good this weekend. High speed trolling in 150-350' of water between Palm Beach Inlet and Jupiter Inlet should produce some wahoo bites during low light periods of the day. Slow down and get the baits (especially horse ballyhoo and split tail mullet) down as deep as you can later in the day for your best shot at a wahoo. This time of year the small blackfin tuna should be showing up in 250-350' of water from Palm Beach Inlet on south (with some blackfin to the north towards Jupiter, but not as many). Trolling small daisy chain lures is a dynamite way to get the blackfin tuna fired up. Should you find big schools of blackfin tuna consider putting the wahoo lures out around them. Wahoo love to switch up their diet from bonita to blackfin tuna this time of year(and who can blame them?!?!?). Dolphin fishing remains spotty for the most part, but east winds in the forecast should help push them in a little closer to shore. Sailfish, which never really left this summer, are around and hitting kite baits in 150-300' of water depending on current and wat Snapper fishing was very good this week, with some very nice catches of mutton snapper out of Jupiter Inlet. Palm Beach(Lake Worth) Inlet was not as good for the mutton snapper, but did produce some nice yellowtail snapper catches. Sardines and squid remain the bait of choice for snapper fishing.
INSHORE- Snook season is open(until December 15th), and the linesiders are around. The finger mullet are starting to really fill in inshore good, and the snook are feeding on them. As the mullet schools get bigger and bigger, catching snook on lures gets harder and harder. A live mullet fished on the outside edge of the school or underneath is the best way to get a bite when the bait is very thick. Otherwise, consider fishing areas that snook use as ambush points when mullet schools come by. These areas (which can be docks, seawalls, bridges, etc) are great areas to throw big lures this time of year in between mullet schools. Snook will often jump all over a properly presented lure that looks like a stray or lost mullet looking for a school to join. To catch those slot size snook consider using bigger baits like flair hawk jigs, big swimbaits, or large swimming plugs. Other action inshore is starting to improve as we see a slight change in the weather. Spotted seatrout are starting to make a showing around Munyon Island. Tarpon are around inshore following the mullet schools, with some good numbers of tarpon being found in Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth.
SURF/PIER- The mullet run is starting to go off, and the predators are not far behind the mullet schools. Snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, bluefish(already!), and even an occasional redfish are taking advantage of the abundant food source. The Juno Beach Fishing PIer is producing a few keeper size snook for those spending the time looking for them. A large plug(Like Rapala X-Rap size 14) is a good choice first thing in the morning before the sun really gets up, and then live bait will be the best choice for the snook. Look for the snook to really key in on mullet as their main food source for the next few weeks. Blue runners, bluefish and ladyfish are also being caught on the pier. The "Miami Rig" or "Bobber Rig" with a clark spoon is a good choice for assorted action on the pier (Check Catch 365 section for a rundown on this rig today). A few very scattered reports of some pompano already as well. Surf fishing in general should really start to improve over the next few weeks!
Thanks For Reading,