OFFSHORE- Quieter week offshore over the past week. Dolphin reports slowed down, but a few decent fish were caught in 800-1200' of water. The wahoo bite was a bit disappointing following the full moon, with no great reports to speak of. Could see a nice little bite of sailfish this weekend. Blackfin Tuna bite remains good in 200-300' of water trolling small trolling feathers and daisy chains. Snapper reports have been fair this week. Looks to get a bit bumpy this weekend making a trip offshore a bit tough for small boaters
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. Look for the snook to be keyed in on eating mullet right now. The bridges are holding a good number of snook, especially on outgoing tide. The snook are also hanging around boat docks and seawalls that are good ambush points. Live mullet will be a solid bait choice; while those preferring lures will find success throwing Yo-Zuri Mag Darters and Hydro Pencils. Expect a few tarpon to be mixed i with the snook as well.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier had good action again this week on an assortment of species. Spanish Mackerel, blue runners, jacks, and snook have all been biting well at the pier. Still been a good number of small baits around at the pier, so be sure to have some small sabikis. The bobber rig has been working well for the spanish mackerel. Should still be a good number of mullet coming down the beach so be ready....everything else will be with them!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east 10 to 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 10 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. North northeast swell around 3 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing has been very good for the last few weeks, and that should continue through the weekend. The best dolphin bite has been in 700-1000' of water recently, but the fish could push in a bit closer this weekend with east winds in the forecast. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid have all been effective for catching the dolphin. The blackfin tuna are around in good numbers in 200-300' of water. Trolling small feathers and small daisy chains is the ticket for the blackfin. Look for the little football size tuna to be most active first thing in the morning ad then again late in the afternoon. Could also see some wahoo around this week with the full moon coming. KIngfish remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge in fair numbers. Snapper fishing has been very good, with some solid yellowtail reports coming in. Might be a little bumpy this weekend, but the fishing should be good if you can get out.
INSHORE- The mullet are starting to push through the ICW, and the snook have been close behind them. Tarpon, jacks, and a few redfish have also been following along with the mullet. It's easiest to find the mullet early/late in the day or at night. Boat traffic tends to put them down a little deeper, and makes them harder to find. The predators tend to take full advantage of the mullet coming to the surface during lowlight periods of the day. Live mullet fished on the outside edges of the school is the way to go if your into livebaiting. For lures try a Yo-Zuri Mag Darter or Hydro Pencil, Zara Spook, or Rapala X-Rap. The flats around Hobe Sound and Munyon Island are starting to really come to life as well with the mullet showing up.
SURF/PIER- The mullet run reports are starting to come in more frequently. The first arriving schols of mullet have been holding a lot of tarpon and snook. Best bet on fishing the schools is to try and find them early and late in the day. The predators tend to take advantage of the lowlight conditions and feed best/most then. Unlike inshore fishing, fishing the schools at night doesn't do much. THe mullet tend to break up a bit and move offshore at night, making them harder to catch. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a fair number of Spanish Mackerel and blue runners over the past week. Still decent size schools of sardines hanging around, so be sure to take plenty of red #3 sabikis. Jupiter Inlet is still holding a nice number of snook, with the best bite seeming to go off just before sunrise.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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Offshore- Dolphin fishing has been good again this week in 500-700 feet of water. Trolling Ballyhoo, Bonita Strips, and squid has been very effective for getting the dolphin excited. Most of the dolphin have been in the 5-10lb range, with a few bigger ones in the mix that'll have you scrambling for the gaff. Kingfish action remains good along the 120' ledge, with some real smokers around right now. Snapper fishing, especially for muttons, has been great along the bottom this week. Sardines remain the bait of choice for the snapper.
The backside of the new moon could also have some wahoo chewing this weekend, though we have no reports to back that up just yet.
Inshore- Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore, and the first finger mullet arrivals have them very fired up. Best action for the snook will be at night as everything calms down and the bait starts to come up to the surface. Look for the snook, tarpon, jacks, and maybe even a few redfish to be following the finger mullet schools. If you don't have any luck finding the mullet, set up around likely ambush spots, seawalls, or bridges with good moving water. Live finger mullet are obviously a solid bait choice; while those looking to throw lures will do well with Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, DOA Bait Busters, and Rapala X-Raps.
Surf/Pier- Starting to see some pods of mullet, but full on mullet run is not yet here. Reports have large schools of mullet up towards Sebastian for those trying to track the progress. Snook fishing remains very good along the beach. Some days have been tough with the seaweed, but overall fishing remains good. Swimming plugs (Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Longcast) have been working well, as have Flair Hawk Jigs and big Swimbaits during lowlight periods of the day. When the sun is up a bit higher, it's hard to beat a live bait for the snook. Spanish Mackerel bite has been good this week at the Juno Beach Pier. The bobber rig/clark spoon combo remains a solid option for the Macs, as does freelining a small live bait. Mixed in with the Spanish Macs have been a few kingfish. A large swimming plug is also a good option for the kings.
NOAA Marine Weather-
FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 10 seconds. North northeast swell 3 to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Offshore reports have been almost non-existent this week. The few boats that did slide out reported seeing a few sailfish around, mostly in 200-250' of water. No dolphin reports to speak of, but that should improve with easterly winds in the forecast. Look for the dolphin to be in a bit closer than they have been. It's anybodies guess, but 350-500' of water could be a good starting spot for the dolphin. KIngfish remain scattered along the 120' ledge. NO big schools to speak of, but a decent number of them around. Snapper fishing reports remain a bit spottty for the most part.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good inshore over the past week. The bridges are producing a fair number of bites at night. Stick to the bigger baits and lures now as the snook are keyed in on eating mullet right now. SpoolTeks, flairhawks, and Yo-Zuri Mag Darters are all good choices for the snook right now. A few reports of some tarpon in Palm Beach Inlet, but nothing super consistent to speak of. Other inshore reports are a bit slow still
SURF/PIER- Less than ideal conditions along the beach have kept reports to a minimum this week for the most part. The snook are still around, but large amounts of seaweed have made getting to them tough. If your throwing lures, its just a lot of casts and hope to slide past the seaweed. The Juno Beach Pier is producing some snook bites, but bait has been tough. Try fishing dead sardines on the bottom, lazy snook often can't refuse the easy meal. Still a good number of snook in the Jupiter Inlet, with live croakers and sandperch being the top bait choice for them. No real sign of the mullet yet, but that will no doubt change just about anytime. Choppy semi-muddy water slowed the Spanish Mackerel bIte this week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South winds around 5 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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