OFFSHORE- Dolphin reports were good again this week. The pattern continues of smaller packs of fish, but the average size has been a little better. For the most parts the dolphin have been in pretty open water; so trolling and covering water has been the name of the game. Trolling lures (small jetheads) and baits (Squid and bonita strips) that let you cover some more water will be the best bet. Depth has bounced around from 500-800', but some east wind in the forecast could help push them in a little shallower. Backside of the full moon should also have the wahoo biting good this weekend. No reports yet to speak of yet on the wahoo, but they should be coming. Best depth for the wahoo will be in the 150-250' range. High speed trolling to cover water; or working productive areas with a planer and bonita strip will be the two best bets for the wahoo. Later in the weekend look like ideal early season sailfish conditions as well. Bottom fishing reports this week were good; with a pretty solid mixed bag of snapper and even a few grouper being caught by the drift boat crew. Sardines and squid remain the top two bottom fishing bait choices.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. Mullet schools are still around, but not in massive amounts. Smaller schools of mullet tend to be a little easier to fish; and often times lead to more action (If you think about it...would you rather pick a raffle ticket out of a bucket of 100 or 10,000?). Look for the mullet to be the most active and up on top early in the morning, late in the afternoon, and at night. Boat traffic and high sun tend to drive them down deep and make them harder to fish. When the fish are actively feeding in a mullet school try a topwater plug fished on the outside edges of the school for best luck. Another trick that can work well is a crazy different colored pug fished in the school. Yes "match the hatch" is typically the best plan when picking colors, but an oddball in the middle of a million other choices can sometimes be the ticket. It's mainly snook inshore with the mullet; but a fair number of tarpon and jacks will be around as well. Snook fishing at night around the bridges remains strong as well.
SURF/PIER- Mullet pod reports were a bit slower this week; but still a good number of therm around. The tarpon are still hanging around them in good numbers; and have been willing to crush a topwater fished on the edge of the schools early in the morning. The Yo-Zuri Hydro and Topknock Pencil have been two top lure choices for the tarpon. Snook action slowed a bit around the mullet schools; but big jacks and shark have taken up the slack. Best bet on finding the mullet is to look early and late in the morning. If you can't find any pods along the beach, sometimes checking the inlets on outgoing tide can be a good way to find them. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a lot of fish this week. Spanish mackerel have been around the pier in very good numbers. The bobber rig with a clark spoon or white crappie jig have been the top two lure choices. A few kingfish around the pier as well early in the morning and late in the afternoon. A swimming plug (Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri LC Minnow) is the best way to go for the kings. Some solid pompano reports coming in from the pier as well on Doc's Goofy Jigs. A lot of the pomps have been on the smaller side; but a decent number of keepers in the mix. Overall very good fishing; definitely worth giving it a shot if you have a chance.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers with a chance of tstms.
SAT...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers with a chance of tstms.
SUN...NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
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Cool pic sent in from Davis Smith this week. Davis and his buddy pulled five of these little guys out of the surf. Always cool to see some bonefish come in from the surf on Juno Beach. A lot of times they are smaller like this...but a bigger one will sneak in from time to time to keep things exciting!
OFFSHORE- Good dolphin reports for those making it out over the past week. The best depth has continued to bounce around, but 250-600' seems to be producing pretty consistent results. Most of the dolphin have been in open water or on current rips in small packs. Floating debris will hold them as well; but for the most part it will be smaller packs of fish and not large schools. Average size remains 3-6lbs for the most part, with a few solid gaffers in the mix as well. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips and squid is a great way to go for the dolphin. Still a pretty decent pick of sailfish around, and conditions do look good for them to bite this weekend. Wahoo reports continue to come in pretty good; with a big bonita strip fished behind a planer still being the top bait choice. Bottom fishing reports remain very good as well. Won't be the most ideal bottom fishing conditions this weekend, but those pushing through should find a good mixed bag of mutton and yellowtail snapper around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. The Loxahatchee continues to hold a good number of snook, with fair action during the day and at night depending on how you target them. During the day (early morning, late afternoon, and overcast times will be best) look for the snook to be keyed in on mullet and ready to blast a topwater plug. Boat docks and seawalls that have good current flow and provide natural ambush points will be the best areas to target. Mullet schools up on top with fish busting through them will also be a dead giveaway to the snook's location. At night the snook will be largely around the bridges. Flair hawk jigs and topwater plugs continue to be the top two producing lure choices for the snook. In addition to the snook; mullet schools have also attracted some tarpon, jacks, and big ladyfish to move inshore. Fishing live mullet on the edge, or under a school is a good way to go for lots of action.
SURF/PIER- A little hit or miss on the beach this week, with varying water and surf conditions, but still a good number of fish around. Mullet schools have not been quite as consistent as last week, but still a good number of them around. A good number of tarpon following the mullet schools, along with some bruiser jacks and still a good number of snook. A few bluefish starting to show up, which will inevitably begin to chase the snook out. Looks like it gets a little sloppy going into the weekend, which may make the beach a little tough to fish. On the flip side it could really fire the fishing up, making the Juno Beach Pier a good option. Each week a few more pompano show up. While it isn't springtime numbers by any means; the fall run(generally late September through October) can produce some good numbers of pompano. A bright colored Doc's Goofy jig fished on the pier his a great way to go for the pompano, and will also draw strikes from good mixed bag of jacks, ladyfish, and bluefish.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...N NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
SAT...N NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. N NE swell 4 ft increasing to 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SUN...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. N NE swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
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From left to right...Fishing so good even the fish are smiling (picture courtesy of the Solomon family), Summer maybe winding down but is it ever not really tank top season in South Florida?, and Chris Lowe (IG @chris_lowe2424) putting his new reel to work with some early season pompano!
OFFSHORE- Solid fishing offshore this week for those making it out. Very good dolphin fishing the last few days; with reports coming in scattered from 500-900' of water. Most of the dolphin have been in smaller packs in open water on current rips, but a handful of reports of good sized schools as well on floating debris. Trolling bonita strips and squid has been working well; as has drifting and chumming with live finger mullet (nice push of mullet showing up inshore). Mot of the dolphin have been in the 5-10lb range, with a gaffer or two in the mix as well. North/northeast winds will likely help push the dolphin in a little shallower for the weekend. Could see a good weekend of sailfish action; while not a lot of reports this week, these are the conditions that may have them chewing their face off! A handful of wahoo around this week, along with a pretty good scattering of kingfish in 120-150'. Very good bottom fishing this week. A lot of good yellowtail snapper reports, with some very good sized ones around. Also a good mix of mutton and yellowtail snapper.
INSHORE- Really good inshore fishing this week, and conditions look good for that to continue into the weekend. Snook fishing remains the best bet, with good number and good size fish around. most of the snook are locked in on the mullet schools and very ready to eat. Early in the morning and late afternoon a topwater plug (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Topknock are two great choices) fished around bait docks and seawalls is a great way to go for the snook. Ambush points and areas with good current will better improve your odds. In with the snook taking advantage of the mullet schools should be a good number of tarpon, jacks, and even the occasional redfish. At night the bridge snook bite remains very strong. Flairhawk Jigs and 5" NLBN Swimbaits have been the lures of choice.
SURF/PIER- A good number of mullet coming down the beach this week, with a good number of fish around. Lots of big tarpon and snook in the mullet schools; along with sharks, big Spanish Mackerel, and jacks. Looks like it may get a little rough along the beach making fishing a bit tough, but the fish should be around. The Juno Beach Pier will very likely go off this weekend. Find the mullet schools and the fish won't be far behind. A Rapala X-Rap, Yo-Zuri Mag Darter, or 8" NLBN have all been good lure choices around the mullet schools. OF course fishing a live mullet on the outside edge or under the school is also a great way to go. Typically the best action will be early and late in the day; but when the ocean gets moving like it's forecasted to this weekend it can stay active throughout the day. A few more pompano reports this week. It's still a bit early in the season for the pompano, but those putting in the time have been catching a few.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 4 seconds. NE swell 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers and tstms likely.
SAT...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. NE swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers with a chance of tstms.
SUN...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. NE swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers with a chance of tstms.
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Peyton (IG @thep3yton) with the very rare Palm Beach County redfish!
OFFSHORE- Not a lot of reports offshore this week (the usual suspects...weather, time of year, etc), but those making it out did find a nice mixed bag of action. Pretty solid dolphin reports in 700-1000' of water from Palm Beach up to Jupiter Inlet. Most of the dolphin have been on the smaller side, with 3-5lbs being about the average, but overall good numbers. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid has been producing the best action on the dolphin. Most of the dolphin have been on current rips, so keep the baits out and cover some water. A few early season sailfish being caught in 150-250' of water on live goggle eyes and small blue runners. A fair kingfish bite along the 120' ledge. Bottom fishing remains a bit hit or miss. A handful of good mangrove snapper reports coming in, along with a few nice muttons as well.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been very good inshore the past week. The finger mullet have started to show up inshore and the snook, along with some smaller tarpon and jacks, are taking full advantage. The finger mullet tend to be the most active (in other words...up on top where they are easy targets) early and late in the day, so get after them if you can. When fishing around schools of mullet try and present baits on the outside edges or underneath the school for best results. Fishing ambush points (boat docks, bridge pilings, seawalls, mangrove points, etc) with current is also a good tactic. A lot if times the predators line up at these spots and wait for schools to be swept pass them. A single bait or lure is a lot of times too easy of a target to pass up. Mangrove snapper action has started to slow down inshore, but still a fair number around. And in other news that a select few will appreciate: Fall is just around the corner...you can always tell when the toadies start biting.
SURF/PIER- Big news this week along the beach is the arrival of the mullet. Monster tarpon, jacks, and snook are all around to get in on the first big pods showing up. Best action is going to be early and late in the day; but depending on conditions those fish will sometimes bite throughout the day. Fishing in the middle of a large mullet school can be an exercise in patience. With a million options to choose from, getting something to grab your bait can be tough. Fishing the outside edges of the school can be the ticket, as can getting a bait below them as well. Another good trick can be throwing a way off colored plug. Sometimes that weird hot pink or bright green plug is just different enough to get their attention. Good lure options for the early part of the run (When the bluefish haven't shown up too thick) are 8" NLBN straight tails, Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, and Rapala X-Raps. The mullet run is (or at least can be) one of those National Geographic type moments that sometimes just watching is good enough...catchiong a fish or two out of the madness is just a bonus. In other news along the beach we have seen a few early season pompano starting to show up.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Period 10 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...Along the coast, E SE winds around 5 kt becoming 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. In the Gulf Stream, E SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SUN...SE winds 5 to 10 kt becoming E SE in the evening. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
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