OFFSHORE- The full moon has produced a fair little wahoo bite on our side (and a really good bite for em on the Bahamas side). 200-400' seems to be about the best depth for the wahoo. Blackfin tuna are biting very good in about the same depth. Trolling small feathers and small daisy chains seem to be the ticket for the little tunas. Lowlight periods will be best for the tuna. The wahoo are in eating the little tuna, so don't be afraid to troll for both at the same time. Sailfish action continues to improve, and conditions look right for them to bite again this weekend. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners will be the ticket for the best sailfish bite. Snapper fishing has been very good as well this week.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore, especially around the lingering schools of mullet. Look for the snook to be most active early in the morning, late in the afternoon, and at night. A few tarpon and a good number of nice sized jacks around. Hard to beat a big jack crashing a topwater lure along an intracoastal seawall. The flats around Hobe Sound and Munyan Island are coming to life nicely with a small drop in air/water temps. Reports of a handful of trout and small redfish are showing up, along with the usual inshore species.
SURF/PIER- Great surf fishing along the beach this week, with solid action early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Bluefish, jacks, and Spanish Mackerel are making up a bulk of the action. As mentioned low-light periods of the day will be best for the most action. Topwater poppers, Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnows, and heavy silver spoons have all been working very well for the jacks and bluefish. The bobber rig and smaller Rapala X-Raps have been working well for the Spanish Mackerel. Blacktip sharks are starting to show in better numbers as well with so many fish around. Pompano action has been very very good this week. Only problem with the pompano action has been most of the fish are undersized. Pompano are biting Doc's Goofy jigs very well at the Juno Beach Pier; while sandfleas and clams are working well along the beach. Mullet schools are still around, but starting to thin out a bit. Those remaining schools still have some tarpon hanging around, and maybe a snook or two.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of thunderstorms in the morning. A chance of showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...West northwest winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to west 10 to 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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OFFSHORE- Bumpy conditions offshore have kept reports slim this week. Those braving the conditions found a fairly good bite on the dolphin and small blackfin tuna in 150-350' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Sailfish reports are improving as well; and some north wind/mild front in the forecast could get a few more early season fish snapping. Look for the sailfish to be in roughly the same 150-300' of water range depending on conditions. As always, look for well defined rips, color changes, and large areas of bait(flying fish predominately) for best results. Snapper fishing has been very good as well this week, with some excellent mutton snapper reports coming in early in the week.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. At night the snook have been biting around the bridges. especially on outgoing tides. Flair Hawk Jigs, bigger swimbaits, Rapala X-Raps, and Yo-Zuri Mag Darters have all been solid lure choices for the snook right now. During the day look for the snook to be laid up under boat docks and around seawalls that offer good spots to ambush mullet from. In addtition to the snook a good number of tarpon and big jacks are around taking advantage of the mullet still hanging around. Even a redfish or two in the mix as well. Yo-Zuri mag darters and Hydro Pencils have been solid lure choices for pretty much everything inshore right now.
SURF/PIER- Fishing remains very good at the Juno Beach Pier, Jupiter Inlet, and along the beach right now. Good numbers of jacks, bluefish, ladyfish, and Spanish Mackerel around for those looking for good fun action. Still some pods of mullet coming through and the tarpon and snook are still hanging right with them. The Juno Beach Pier had an unreal bite on mangrove snapper this weeek, with live shrimp catching them very well. The blacktip sharks are starting to show in little bigger numbers as well. Good pompano action for this time of year as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east 10 to 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Along the coast, seas 2 to 3 feet. In the Gulf Stream, seas 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East winds 5 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters smooth. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to north northeast 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week has kept reports to a minimum; those however making it out are finding the dolphin fishing to be very good in 120-400' of water. That should continue through the weekend, and more favorable boating conditions could lead to some very very good dolphin catches. Blackfin tuna bite has also been very good in about the same depths. Trolling small tuna feathers and small daisy chains (Tormenter makes some really good ones) is your best bet for the tuna right now. Overall the size is on the smaller side; but the occasional bigger fish in the 8-12lb range will show up in the mix to keep things interesting. Sailfish action, again in roughly the same depth is starting to pick up as well. Still a good cold front or two from seeing big numbers; but don't be surprised if somebody strings together five or six releases over the weekend. Live goggle eyes, smaller silver mullet, and small blue runners are all great bait choices right now. Inside of the 120' ledge snapper fishing has been very good over the past week or two. Some nice mutton catches being reported; as well as solid flag yellowtails around. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom. Definitely worth a trip offshore this weekend if you have the chance to go!
INSHORE- Its a bit later than some years, but the mullet are really around in good numbers inshore right now from Jupiter to Palm Beach. Snook, tarpon, jacks, ladyfish, and even a few redfish are around in good numbers as well following the easy meal train. Best action around the mullet schools typically is going to happen at sunrise, sunset, and under the moon. Fish live mullets or loud noisy lures around the edges of the schools for best luck. Also, don't be afraid to try moving away from the schools and fishing ambush spots and other good looking structure. A lot of times (especially for the bigger snook) the fish will post up around ambush spots and simply wait for the mullet to come to them. Snook fishing also remains very good at night around the bridges (Jupiter especially). Flair Hawks, SpoolTek Swimbaits, and the 9" "Juno Baits" Straight tail are all getting good bites right now. Tide is not as important now, just fish on moving water for best results.
SURF/PIER- Lots of action in the surf, Juno Beach Pier, and Jupiter Inlet right now. So much going on, it's hard to get it all in my normal length report (In other words...just go now!!!) Just going to try and run through quickly a little bit of everything going on. The Juno Beach Pier has been very hot lately; with lots of bluefish, spanish mackerel, jacks, and runners around. The Bobber Rig or a Rapala X-Rap are hard to beat right now at the Pier for solid all around action. In addition to the species listed above; a fair number of snook and a few kingfish are around the pier. Swimbaits and Flair Hawks closer to the beach for the snook, and large swimming plugs out near the end for the kingfish and bonita. I know I forgot a bunch of stuff from the pier..(Yeah it's been that good!). The surf has been producing a decent number of pompano, jacks, blue runners, and even a few redfish (Always a nice bonus to have a redfish eat a sandflea on a pompano rig!). Throwing a plug, bobber rig, or spoon at the beach early or late in the day will no doubt produce some of the same species as the pier. The Jupiter Inlet is also producing a lot of fish right now. Early morning seems to be best for all around action. Lots of snook, tarpon, jacks, blue runners, and others around willing to eat a Yo-Zuri Mag Darter or Rapala X-Rap right now. Just really good fishing overall right now...and regular readers of the report know it takes a lot for us to say that!
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. .
SATURDAY...Northwest winds around 5 knots becoming east northeast in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east 10 to 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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