OFFSHORE- The fishing has been pretty good this week offshore, with a nice mixture os species around. Those running offshore have still been finding pretty good dolphin action (see picture below of a nice one caught by customers of Capt. James http://fishcastings.com this week) East winds should help push the 'fins in a bit closer for the weekend. Trolling a assortment of small ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and small jet head lures is a good choice for the dolphin; as is drifting and chunking with sardines. Should the good looking water, debris, rips, bait, etc...find its way in to 200-300' of water; be sure to keep a small daisy chain out for the blackfin tuna that have been around. A few sailfish have been hanging around in 120-250' of water; and numbers of sails should begin to increase with each north breeze we get. Snapper fishing has been very good this week, with some good mutton catches coming in. Kinda surprising considering the dirty water, but the snapper don't seem to care. (Picture below of a nice snapper limit by Capt. Eric http://freighttrainfishing.com)
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore as the number of mullet continue to increase. The bridges are producing at night, especially on outgoing tide. Spooltek swim baits and flair hawk jigs have been the top producing lures, and a live mullet is not likely to go ignored for long. The finger mullet are moving around mainly at night, so don't be afraid to give up some sleep for some great inshore action. The tarpon (mainly 20-50') are also hanging around the mullet schools. The Hobe Sound flats, Loxahatchee River, and Munyon Island/Lake Worth Lagoon are all holding some finger mullet. Mixed in with the snook and tarpon will no doubt be a lot of jacks and ladyfish. During the day a Vudu Mullet, Rapala X-Rap, and Zara Spook are all great lure choices. Mangrove snapper action has slowed inshore, but some are still being caught.
SURF/PIER- The water has been very funky along the beach, but fishing hasn't been affected to much. Still some snook along the beach, as well as good numbers of tarpon following silver mullet schools. Bluefish are beginning to show in fair numbers, as are ladyfish and jacks. A few spanish mackerel have been caught at the Juno Beach Pier this week, as have a handful of pompano. The blacktip sharks are filling in in very good numbers as well. Lots of action along the beach this week, well worth a trip!
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OFFSHORE- Less than ideal weather/ocean conditions have kept the vast majority of people at the dock this week, and also kept fishing reports almost nonexistent. Dolphin fishing should remain good offshore. Most of the better dolphin fishing has remained in the 1200-1600' of water range. Trolling along defined weed lines, current rips, or in areas of flying fish is a good bet for raising dolphin; as is drifting and chumming around floating debris. Blackfin tuna have been in 200-300' of water in fair numbers. Small dark colored trolling feathers and jet head lures are good choices for the blackfin. A small daisy chain of squid makes a great choice for the tasty little tuna. Keep a wahoo lure way out back for a chance at a wahoo also lurking around looking to pick off the little football sized blackfins. In along the 120' ledge the bonita and kingfish are starting to thin out a bit. Wahoo reports should begin to improve a bit as we begin to approach the full moon. Snapper fishing has been fair, with some decent muttons around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been the best bet inshore this week. Look for the spillways to fire up with all the rain over the past week. Flair hawk style jigs and big swim baits will be good lure choices inshore right now. Finger mullet schools have been pushing through, mainly at night; and the snook and occasional tarpon are right with them. The Loxahatchee River has had some big snook, and that should improve as the bait continuers to push in. Hobe Sound flats have been holding a fair number of finger mullet. Following along the bait should be a good number of jacks, ladyfish, and snook.
SURF/PIER- Rough conditions have made surf fishing a little tough this week. Look for the mullet to be around in good numbers over the next few weeks. Passing schools of mullet have had tarpon in them, and it won't be too long before the bluefish take the place of the snook following the mullet. A large swimming plug, silver spoon, or noisy topwater are a good choice around the mullet schools; as is of course a live mullet. The sharks are pushing through in pretty good numbers. Should start to see some really good surf fishing over the next few weeks.
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OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing has been good for some and spotty for others this week. While a few dolphin have been caught inside of 500', the bulk of the catch has been coming at 700' or deeper. It's all about finding good looking water, rips, defined weed lines, or floating debris for the dolphin. Trolling small jet-head lures, squid, or bonita strips is a great choice for the dolphin; as is chumming and chunking in productive looking water. Keep an eye out for tripletail floating in the same areas. Typically a chunk of sardine or squid sinking by a lazy tripletail will not be turned down. In a little closer (200-350' of water), blackfin tuna action has been good over the past week. Small tuna feathers, Billy Baits, or a small daisy chain is a great choice for the little blackfin. Keep a big lure (preferably in blackfin like colors) way out the back in your blackfin tuna spread for a wahoo out snacking on the tasty little tunas. In on the edge the bonita are still around, but not in full on summertime numbers. Kingfish action has remained good in 90-120' of water. Drifting live baits is a good bet for the kings, as is trolling baits down a little deeper on planers or inline trolling sinkers. Mixed in with the kings have been a decent number of sailfish. Snapper fishing has remained good this week, with a scattering of nice mutton and yellowtail snappers being caught.
INSHORE- The mullet have not invaded the inshore waters yet, but the first push of them is happening. This is a prime time to try and get a keeper snook. The small pods of mullet get the snook fired up on bigger baits, but don't provide the endless buffet and impossible task of getting bit in the middle of a million mullet that the larger schools bring. Ideal lures will be big swim baits, flair hawk style jigs, and lipped plugs. Look for the snook to bite especially well at night around bridges with good current. Outgoing tide typically brings slightly dirtier water and this is usually an easier time to trick a linesider into biting. Other inshore action is a little slow. Still a few mangrove snapper around inshore. The tarpon that follow the mullet have not pushed in yet, but the resident tarpon are starting to move out of the river and ICW to meet the oncoming mullet.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing remains strong along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier, especially during low light periods of the day. The mullet run has not fully kicked off yet, so most of the baits the snook are eating are on the smaller side. Any pods of mullet that are moving down usually get the snook's attention. The early pods of mullet have had a fair number of tarpon, big jacks, and shark with them. Try fishing the edges of the mullet schools for best luck. The Juno Beach Pier has been catching a few jacks and a fair number of blue runners. Surf fishing should really improve over the next few weeks, stay tuned for updates!
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com) -
Been another good week of fishing, with some cool stuff going on. Snook fishing has been good, with a few different ways to catch them all being in play. The mullet are starting to cruise down the beach, and that will provide a lot of neat fishing opportunities. This is a great time of year to split a trip inshore/offshore. Night snook trips available for those looking to beat the late summer heat. Give me a call about different trip options.
OFFSHORE- Great looking weather forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend! Fishing reports have been on the quiet side this week following the non-event tropical storm Erika. Look for dolphin fishing to be good offshore around well defined weed lines, current rips, and floating debris. A trolling spread of bonita strips, squid, ballyhoo, and small jet head lures should get the dolphin's attention. If trolling isn't your thing; drifting and heavy chumming will very often bring the dolphin to you. Be sure to keep a bait down deep for the ever lurking bull or stray offshore wahoo. It's about time for the football size blackfin tuna to stat showing up in 200-300' of water out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets. A daisy chain or small tuna feather trolled at a decent clip is a dynamite way to bag the tasty little blackfins! This is also when the wahoo like to begging the dietary switch from bonita to blackfins. Wahoo should still be around, though not in quite the same numbers as last week. Look for the wahoo to be in 150-300' of water and feeding best early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. Kingfish have been biting well out of Jupiter this week in 90-120' of water. Snapper fishing remains fair, with some decent yellowtail and mutton snapper being caught.
INSHORE- Snook season is back open, and early reports are that the fishing has been very productive. Look for the snook to bite well on the outgoing tide around area bridges, or almost anywhere you find schools of mullet. For best luck finding a slot size snook try throwing a flair hawk jig, big swim bait, or using a large live bait. Smaller lures and shrimp will get more bites, but tend to lead to a lot more smaller fish. Still hearing some decent mangrove snapper reports around the bridges. A small I've pilchard is an ideal bait for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing remains good around the Juno Beach Pier, along the beach, and in the inlets. During low light periods of the day a swimming plug or medium size swim bait is a good choice, while live bait remains key later in the day for the snook. The first trickles of mullet have been coming down the beach, and should continue to improve as we move farther into the month. With the mullet will be plenty of snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, and bluefish ready to smash a mullet style plug or live mullet fished on the edge of the school. Other action along the beach has remained spotty.
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