OFFSHORE: No reports from the past week due to the weather. Expect a good dolphin bite after this rough patch of weather. Conditions look ideal to see a nice push of late summer/early fall dolphin come through. Best depth will be anybody's guess; but 200-400' of water should be a good starting point. Rough ocean has turned up a good amount of debris out there, so be careful running around. Should provide plenty of good stuff for the dolphin to hang out under though! The moon is starting to get bigger, which should help trigger a nice wahoo bite. Best depth to look for the wahoo should be 150-300' of water. Football size blackfin are definitely starting to take the place of some of the bonita in 120-200' of water. A small trolling feather is a great way to go for the blackfin. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge in fair numbers. Snapper fishing could fire up after this little patch of weather. Look for sardines to be the bait of choice for the snapper.
INSHORE: Good inshore action right now. The rough weather has helped to push a good number of mullet in the inlets and dispersed them throughout the ICW. Close behind the mullet have been a good number of snook, jacks, tarpon, and maybe even a redfish or two. Look for the best action to be during low light periods of the day, overcast conditions, or at night. The mullet tend to be the most active during these times, and the predators take full advantage of the easy meal. Try throwing a topwater lure (like a Chasebaits Drunken Mullet!) for some explosive strikes right now around the mullet. The bridge snook bite has been very good over the past week. A flair hawk jig or SpoolTek has been a solid lure choice for the snook.
SURF/PIER: Despite rough surf, the Juno Beach Pier has continued to produce a decent snook bite. With rough turned up conditions a Flair Hawk has been the lure of choice for the snook. Swim it low and slow for the best luck with the snook. White jigs have been the top color choice for the snook on the pier. Conditions look good for the pompano to bite once the water clears up a little bit. Sandfleas, FishBItes, and the new FishGum will be the bait of choice for the pompano. The mullet are defiantly coming down the beach in good numbers right now. Tarpon, jacks, snook, and some early season bluefish are all in tow with the mullet right now. Look for the mullet and predators to be the most active early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. The mullet have been flowing through both Jupiter and Palm Beach inlets in good numbers, and either is a good starting spot to look for some mullet schools.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
Friday Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 11 seconds. Northeast swell 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and chance of thunderstorms.
FRIDAY NIGHT South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 10 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY South southeast winds around 5 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Showers likely. Chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY NIGHT South southeast winds around 5 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. Chance of showers through the night. Slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight.
SUNDAY East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing has been very good over the past week. Mostly smaller fish, with a few good ones in the mix. Depth has bounced around a bit for the dolphin, but 300-500' seems to be holding a fair share of fish. Good reports out deeper as well, and a few ones in closer. As is generally the case with the dolphin...it's mostly a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Keep the odds in your favor by trolling productive looking areas (the usual...rips, weeds, debris, areas of bait, etc) with a good assortment of ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid. Keep the baits on the smaller side for the best luck this time of year. The fall blackfin tuna (which generally starts to signal a slight decrease in the summertime bonita) are beginning to show in 200-300' of water. A small trolling feather or daisy chain remains the top choice for the small football size blackfin. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' line in fair numbers. Drifting with sardines, or trolling diving plugs or bonita strips behind a planer is a good way to go for the kings. Snapper fishing remains pretty good in 80-90' of water. Sardines will remain the bait of choice for the snapper, although bonita strips are also working well.
INSHORE- The mullet are beginning to show inshore, and the fishing has begun to improve dramatically as a result. Snook, tarpon, jacks, and maybe even a few redfish are all taking advantage of the endless buffet of finger mullet flowing through. Typically the mullet come up to the surface best at night (Or during the day in low traffic areas or during overcast days), and that is when the fish tend to be the most active. Lots of good lure options for fishing inshore ariound the mullet schools. A topwater lure (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil. Yo-Zuri Top Knoc, Rapala Skitterwalk, or Heddon Zara Spook) is a great way to excite a bite while fishing around mullet schools. Try focus on the edge of the schools for best results. Snook fishing will also be good at night around the bridges. Look for the snook to stack up around the bridge pilings and let the tide wash them a endless finger mullet buffet. A DOA Baitbuster is a great lure choice for this. With a strong swell forecasted for the end of the weekend. don't be surprised to see a lot of mullet showing up inshore.
SURF/PIER- Surf action has really fired up over the past week. The mullet are starting to show, and the predators are close behind. The early season mullet run is a great time to target snook, tarpon, and jacks. Following the later arriving mullet should be bluefish and blacktip sharks. A live mullet fished on the outside edges of the school is a great way to go. Keep the mullet close, but distanced enough that he looks like a easy target for quick results. If the tarpon are around and you can't get bit on a live mullet, trying a fresh dead one. Let it sink just on the edge of the school. A lot of times tarpon patrolling the edges will pick up the easy sinking meal as they keep the bait surrounded. For those looking to throw lures a Yo-Zuri Mag Darter, Rapala X-Rap, or large silver spoon will all be good ways to go around the mullet. The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce a good snook bite, along with a fair number of pompano and a permit or two. The pompano have been biting Doc's Goofy Jigs and Fishbites the best early this season.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South southwest winds around 5 knots becoming south southeast in the evening. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...North northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet along the coast and 7 to 9 feet with occasional to 11 feet in the Gulf Stream. North northeast swell 3 to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Look for fairly standard late summer/early fall fishing patterns to continue offshore. Dolphin fishing remains spotty with only scattered reports coming in. The dolphin seem to be scattered all over the place with reports coming in from 200-1000' of water. The usual trolling baits (Strips, squid, ballyhoo, etc) should all do the trick on the dolphin. It's the time of year for the blackfin tuna (generally smaller overall in size) to start showing up in good numbers in 200-300' of water. Small dark colored trolling feathers and smaller daisy chains are both good lure options for the tuna. Kingfish remain scattered along the 120' ledge in fair numbers. While we aren't on the best part of the moon, should be some wahoo around in 150-300' of water. Snapper fishing has been fair on the bottom. THe current seems to have slowed just a bit, and the mutton snapper have been biting sardines pretty good.
INSHORE- Still haven't really started to see the finger mullet showing up inshore yet; but it won't be long. Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore. The snook bite at the bridges has been very good on outgoing tide. A flair hawk jig remains the top lure choice, especially for slot size fish. Swimbaits should also do the job on the snook. A handful of bruiser jacks cruising around the ICW looking for early arriving mullet. Other inshore reports remain a bit slow. We are transitioning out of the dog days of summer into early fall...won't be long before we see some big improvement on the inshore side of things.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier is till producing a fair number of keeper snook. The hot bait of late for the snook at the pier has been live shrimp of all things. That will no doubt change as we start to see the mullet show up. No real numbers of mullet yet, just a few early season trickles. Shouldn't be long before we start to see them in much better numbers. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a decent number of permit around. A small blue crab or calico crab is going to be the way to go for the permit. A few mullet up in Stuart, but no full on just yet. Scattering of early season pompano around over the past week or so.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
SYNOPSIS... A mid to upper level trough will move through South Florida today before a surface trough of low pressure moves through South Florida on Friday from the Bahamas. This will allow for scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms to affect South Florida through the weekend.
GULF STREAM HAZARDS...Lightning, waterspouts, and locally higher winds and waves in thunderstorms.
The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream as of Sep 10, 2020 at 1200 UTC... 8 nautical miles southeast of Fowey Rocks. 15 nautical miles east northeast of Port Everglades. 9 nautical miles east of Lake Worth. 11 nautical miles east of Jupiter Inlet.
FRIDAY...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers
SATURDAY...East southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Pretty good wahoo bite so far on this moon. Definitely worth trying for a striped one this weekend! The usual tactics (high speed trolling lures, mullet or steps on weight/planer, etc...) could all be productive. The Nomad DTX minnow continues to be a wahoo producing magnet; that's easy to troll and doesn't require much specialized tackle. Look for the best wahoo action to be in 120-250' of water early and late in the day, and then in 200-300' of water when the sun is up higher. Lure color choices will largely depend on sunlight conditions. During high sun go with blue/white or pink/whites, and darker colors during lowlight periods of the day. Scattered dolphin reports this week; but east winds this weekend should help push them inshore a bit. Kingfish action remains pretty consistent along the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing was a little tougher this week, as the current really seemed to be ripping. Overall though, looks like it could/should be a pretty productive weekend for a trip offshore.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good this week. The bridges have had a decent number of snook around, and they are pretty keyed in on Flair Hawk jigs right now. Look for the outgoing tide to produce the best action on the snook. The snook are also around the docelights in the ICW in good numbers as well. Look forged current flow and go with shrimp imitating lures or small swimming minnow style plugs for best results. During the day live mullet freelanced along seawalls and under boat docks won't go unnoticed too long by hungry snook or jacks. Other inshore action is a bit spotty. A few jack and tarpon reports, but nothing great. Mangrove snapper action remains fair. The cult favorite "toady" is around and biting pretty good...if you know you know on that one.
SURF/PIER- Little bit of east wind should help stir the surf up just a little bit and get the fish biting! It''s a bit early, but a east wind like this could (if it doesn't blow in too much seaweed) could trigger a little pompano bite. Snook are still along the beach, and after this full moon will be largely done spewing and ready to eat! Still no solid numbers yet, but expect to start seeing some mullet pods coming down the beach very soon. When the early mullet show...the tarpon and snook won't be far behind. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a nice number of snook since the start of season. A live croaker or sand perch will be top bait for them. Snapper have also been biting pretty good at the pier as well. Live shrimp or chunks of sardine seem to be good bait choices for the snapper. Lots of blue runners around the pier for those looking for fast action.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.
MONDAY...East winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Showers likely. Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
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