OFFSHORE- Next few days look pretty nice for a run offshore, and the fishing justify's it big time right now! Good dolphin fishing this week in 200-600' of water from south of Palm Beach Inlet to the Loran Tower. Trolling the usual assortment of dolphin baits (Squid, strips, ballyhoo, etc) should produce well. Mixed in with the dolphin have been a fair number of early season sailfish. Kingfish action is good along the 120' ledge. Snapper reports sound pretty solid as well in 80-95' of water. Sardines (which at the time of writing we have back in-stock!) are the bait of choice on the bottom. Don't be surprised if a cobia or two joins the mix.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. The mullet continue to flow through and the snook are taking full advantage. Look for the snook to be stacked up around the bridges at night. Fish a moving tide for best results, and even though the fish are around and biting well; be prepared to put some time in to catch them. Tarpon are also mixed in with the snook in decent numbers.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier has had some pretty good fishing this week. Slight change in the weather has some of our fall species starting to show. Bluefish and pompano are biting at the pier in pretty good numbers, as are a fair number of redfish ad a few nice tripletail. A Doc's goofy jig is a solid lure choice for all around action on the pier right now, as is a live shrimp on a jighead. The tarpon are around mullet schools, but it does seem to be slowing down just a bit on them. Snook action remains fair along the beach, but will begin to slow as more bluefish begin to show.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- No offshore reports to speak of from the past week, and based on the weather it doesn't look like we will be getting any reports to speak of this weekend either. Looks like a good weekend to work on some tackle, get the line freshened up on the reels, tighten up any of those boat projects you've been putting off, dust off the sailfish tackle, and maybe swing by your local tackle shop (wink wink) for any tackle restocking you've been putting off. This weather can't last forever...be ready for when it breaks!
INSHORE- Despite dirty water conditions throughout much of the local area, the mullet continue to push through and the fish are around. Look for the mullet to be the most active and moving around during lowlight periods of the day and at night. Snook will be the main predators around, mixed in will be a good number of tarpon and jacks as well. Look for the snook to be hanging around bridges, boat docks seawalls, and other areas that they can use the tide to funnel the mullet to them. The tarpon and jacks are not as specific and will more commonly be just following the schools of mullet. No surprise here...Look for the predators to feed best on moving water. Incoming or outgoing tide will push the mullet, and the predators will line up to take advantage of easy meals. Try throwing Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, Flair Hawk style jigs, and bigger swimbaits around the mullet schools. Fish around the edges of the mullet schools for best results. If your fishing live mullet; also fish them around the edges or under the schools for best luck.
SURF/PIER- Rough conditions again for surf guys this week. Water conditions are brutal, and conditions are not conducive to fishing. Look for Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet to be good alternatives to surf and pier fishing this week. The mullet are around and plenty of stuff is around feeding on them. Snook and tarpon are in the inlet, along with some bruiser jacks. In between the brutal surf and dirty water conditions a few pompano reports are trickling in. Hoping for some better weather soon...we need it!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
Substantial swell combined with very breezy northeast to east winds will produce rough seas across the Atlantic waters, especially over the Gulf Stream where wave heights may exceed 10 feet through this weekend. Strengthening northeast to east winds are also expected to create hazardous marine conditions over the Gulf waters and Lake Okeechobee through the remainder of this week into this weekend. Small Craft Advisories are in effect for all of the South Florida waters. There is some potential for occasional gusts to reach near gale-force over the South Florida Atlantic waters for Friday into Saturday. Also, small craft should exercise extreme caution especially around jetties and inlets.
Friday...East northeast winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Seas 9 to 11 feet with occasional seas to 14 feet. Period 6 seconds. Northeast swell 3 to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. Chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 8 to 10 feet with occasional seas to 13 feet. Period 6 seconds. Northeast swell 5 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet. Northeast swell 4 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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Report In Progress...
OFFSHORE- Reports remained a bit slim with less than ideal weather conditions and sub par water quality. Those venturing farther offshore late last weekend/early in the week found a decent number of dolphin in 100-1200' of water. Key was finding good blue water. Conditions don't look great for a run way offshore this weekend; but with any luck the east/northeast winds could help blow some cleaner water in a little closer to shore. It's a bit early in the season but the conditions this weekend could trigger a little early season sailfish bite for those looking to break out the kites and get some baits flying again. In along the edge the kingfish are still biting in the blue/green water. Most of the fish are on the smaller side, with a few bigger ones mixed in. Snapper fishing reports remain pretty slow for the most part. The bottom fish did bite south of Lake Worth Inlet for a day or two, but overall it is pretty tough on the bottom fishing. Mixed in with the dirty water on top has been some cold water on the bottom...not your most ideal combo.
INSHORE- The mullet run continues to take center stage on the inshore side of things. Snook, tarpon, jacks, and even a few redfish are being caught inshore around the mullet schools. For the most part the mullet are moving primarily at night, very early morning, and late afternoon. A wide variety of lures will work around the mullet schools; including Zara Spooks, Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri Mag Darters and Pencils, SpoolTek Swimbaits, and many more. Of course fishing live mullet is also a good option. Wether fishing lures or live mullet, best action typically comes while fishing the outside edges of the school or also fishing below the school. Baits that become separated from the school are just easy pickings for lazy predators. Fishing the bridges at night remains a good snook option as well. With current water conditions(DIRTY!), both tides are working pretty equally. The usual bridge jigs and swimbaits are all working well.
SURF/PIER- The water remains very dirty along the beach, but still some decent reports coming in. Despite the gross chocolate milk looking water the snook are biting, mainly around mullet schools. Bigger mullet schools are holding the tarpon, though the past week has been tough to get on any real consistent numbers. It's that time of year when we see a few redfish being caught. The reds are in the inlets, along the beach, and even been a few at the pier. Also at the pier in the dirty water has been a handful of triple tail. Pompano bit for a day or two last week, but no reports of any numbers over the past few days to speak of.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Not a lot of boats making it out over the past few days; those that did have found a really good dolphin bite going on out there. Biggest key will be finding clean water, so don't be afraid to keep going till you find clean blue water. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and small jethead lures will work well. Lots of debris floating around, so setting up and chumming will also work as well. Take some bigger live baits with you to flip at any bigger fish that come swimming by, cut squid and threadfins will generally speaking work well on the smaller fish. Don't be surprised to find some sailfish and wahoo in the same areas as the dolphin (Especially if you find the blue water in 500-800' range). Snapper fishing should also be on fire this weekend if the water isn't too dirty in 60-100'. Look for the mutton snapper, and possibly some grouper, biting good after the storm.
INSHORE- After months of writing less than ideal reports inshore...things are changing! The mullet are starting to show up inshore, and the fish are taking notice big time! Snook, tarpon, jacks, and even the occasional redfish or two are around and actively feeding. Look for the fish to be in and around the mullet schools, which typically are easier to find during lowlight periods of the day or at night. If your using live mullet fish them on the outside edges of the school for best luck. Lots of different lures work well; Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri 3DS minnows, Daiwa SP Minnow, and a bunch of other ones will all get the job done. If you don't find any schools of mullet, try areas with lots of good current flow and ambush points for predators to use. In addition to the mullet coming inshore, snapper fishing will also be very good this week following the storm. Lots of mangrove snapper around inshore right now! Live shrimp is a solid bait choice for the inshore snapper.
SURF/PIER- Water has been a bit dirty on the beach, but the fish are around. Fishing will only improve as the water continues to clear. At the time of writing the Juno Beach Pier is closed, but should re-open within the next few days. The mullet are starting to come down the beach and the predators are close behind. The early season mullet run is the best for snook and tarpon, before the masses of bluefish really crash the party. A wide variety of different swimming plugs will work well along the beach right now (YouTube Video to follow very shortly behind this report). Lowlight periods of the day will be best for finding the most actively feeding fish along the beach. In addition to the snook and tarpon; sharks, jacks, bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel will all be in and around the mullet schools. Lots of good action right now...get after it!!!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 8 seconds. Slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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