OFFSHORE- Another slightly slower week of reports offshore, due in no small part to less than ideal conditions offshore for most of the week. Those that did make it out are starting to see a fair number of sailfish around. The usual depth range of 120-200' seems to be holding the sailfish, and you can't go wrong looking for them from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Of course they don't have fences to keep them in; so don't be afraid to look farther north or south if conditions don't look right. Color changes, current rips, temp changes, and large areas of bait are all key signs to look for when deciding where to put the baits out at. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners fished under the kite will be top choices. If you can find any smaller baits (sardines, threadfins, or pilchards) reserve them for the flatlines. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a decent number of dolphin as well. For the most part the dolphin will be in smaller 2-5 fish packs, and not big schools. The nice thing about the late fall/early winter dolphin is they tend to average a little better size than summertime schoolies. Should be a pick of kingfish along the 120' ledge, and possibly a wahoo or two in the mix as well. No bottom fishing reports to speak of this week, and doesn't look like we will see a big change in that either coming into the weekend.
INSHORE- Snook fishing will remain the main game in town on the inshore side of things. The late season mullet are still rolling around inshore a bit and the snook are keyed in on them nicely. Fish docks and seawalls with good current flow for best luck with the snook. Also, look for the snook to be active around the bridges at night, especially on a good outgoing tide. If the flair hawk isn't getting bites, consider giving the shrimp jig a shot as well...it's about that time! The spillways have been open, and the snook bite remains pretty good at most of them. A flair hawk or heavy swimbait is a good choice for the spillway. Should be a few tarpon around with the snook, as well as some jacks. Flats action (Hobe Sound and McArthur) are still a bit slow, need some cool fronts to help fire that up!
SURF/PIER- Bluefish have started to show up in pretty good numbers, and will provide the most action for those trying the surf or pier this weekend. GT Ice Cream, "Pelicans", Spoons, and cut mullet will be the best bet for the bluefish. Look for lowlight periods to be the best for the blues. No great pompano reports this week, but a few are around. FishBites remain the bait of choice for the pompano, outfishing even sandfleas and clams. Sharks made a very nice showing along the beach this week, and provide a lot of drag pulling fun for those looking to pull on something a little bigger!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 9 seconds becoming 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of light showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of light showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...Northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Northeast swell 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of light showers in the morning, then chance of light showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- Offshore reports were pretty slim this week due to the weather. Conditions do look like the sailfish could bite this weekend. Look for the sailfish to be in 120-250' of water; and the stretch from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet is never a bad section to start the search. As always look for current rips, color changes, and schools of bait and the sailfish shouldn't be too far away. With the east wind in the forecast should find a decent number of dolphin in the same area as the sailfish as well. Live goggle eyes or small blue runners under the kite will be a good way to go for both the sails and bigger dolphin. Keep a smaller livebait, or even a dead bait, around for any smaller dolphin that may cruise by. Pretty slim reports on the bottom this week, but it does sound like a few cobia have been around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing reports slowed a bit this week, but overall remains your best inshore bet. Still some schools of mullet around, and if you hit the right tide/time/location combo (of course that's the hard part...) the snook fishing has been pretty good. Swimming plugs (Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, and Daiwa SP minnows), Flair Hawks, and of course live mullet have all been good choices for the snook. The bridge bite has been fair as well for the snook. It's not full on shrimp jig season just yet...but it is getting close! Other inshore action remains a bit spotty at best.
SURF/PIER- Surf conditions were less than ideal, and it reflected in slower fishing than you would expect for this time of year. A handful of pompano reports, but no good numbers to speak of. Bluefish and Spanish Mac action remained spotty at best as well. Palm Beach Inlet did have a day or two that the jacks came through pretty good. Overall pretty tough fishing the past week...hoping for better for the weekend!
NOAA MARINE FORECAST:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Scattered showers.
SATURDAY...East winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. East northeast swell 3 feet in the morning. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. East northeast swell 3 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Numerous showers and chance of thunderstorms.
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OFFSHORE- This week saw a nice little improvement offshore. A couple of days saw some decent dolphin action. The dolphin came primarily in 300-500' of water in smaller packs. It wasn't big schools of fish, and they for the most part were not locked in on anything in particular. It was more of a blind trolling bite, with bonita strips and squid being top bait choices. Conditions look good for the upcoming weekend for a early season sailfish bite. Wouldn't be a big surprise if they bite good in 120-150' of water from the Pier to Jupiter Inlet this weekend. Time to get the kites out...it's getting to be that time! The 120' ledge has had some good action on the bottom this week. Quite a few good mutton reports, along with a good number of cobia this week. Sardines remain the top bait choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was good inshore this week. Fun time to snook fish right now. The mullet schools have thinned out, but the snook are still locked in on the mullet. Means they are more likely to hit a bigger bait or lure quickly. Great time to be throwing Flair Hawks and bigger Swimbaits. Look for the snook to be in easy ambush points using the tide to sweep mullet right to them. Present the lures floating with the current for best results. The jacks have been cruising around inshore, along with a few tarpon still. Getting a fair number of late season mangrove snapper reports coming in.
SURF/PIER- Slower fishing again along the beach this week, but a little change in weather coming up could help fire the fishing up. A few scattered bluefish around this week, mostly north of Jupiter Inlet. Small pompano remain around in fair numbers, but not many keepers to speak of. The blacktip/spinner sharks are starting to show a little along the beach. Look for fall/winter action to really fire up along the beach after this weekend.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional to 9 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms . Chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- Tough week offshore this week overall. We saw a mix of weather and seas; and subpar fishing at best to go with it. No solid reports of dolphin this week, though a fall push of fish could happen at almost anytime. A little early for the sailfish, but a few have been around in 175-250' of water. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge in fair numbers. No blackfin tuna reports to speak of; but they fall footballs should start to show up in 200-300' of water pretty much any day now. Bottom fishing reports remain mixed. The current has been a little funky, and it has been hard to get the bottom fish dialed in over the past week. Way offshore it sounds like the swordfish bite has been decent.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains pretty good inshore right now. The mullet are around, but not in huge huge numbers. This can actually make the fishing a little better. The snook are keyed in on mullet, and without a trillion around...makes it a little easier for them to find your bait or lure. Try fishing a moving tide at dawn/dusk/or night for best luck on the snook. The bridges have had a good number of snook, and are always a good starting spot in the hunt. Mixed in with the snook should be a few tarpon and some jacks. Other inshore action remains a bit slow. Still a few mangrove snaper hanging around inshore, along with some decent sandperch reports in the ICW.
SURF/PIER- The surf went pretty quiet this week overall. The mullet largely slipped to the south of us; and took most of the fish with them. The Juno Beach Pier had a handful of kingfish around; as well as a few slot size snook. Best action on the kings and snook will be early morning and late afternoon. The pompano bite slowed this week, but still a decent number of them around. The pompano overall seem to be on the small side. Takes on average 10 or 12 little ones to finally catch a keeper. It looks like we get some Northeast wind in the forecast next week...that should really help get the surf fishing going!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East southeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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OFFSHORE- Offshore reports were on the slim side this week, as we transition out of summer into more fall based fishing patterns. Wahoo fishing could pop off this weekend with the full moon. Look for the wahoo to be in 150-300' of water. Early morning or late afternoon will bring the wahoo in closer to the edge, as the sun gets up they tend to slide back out a little deeper. Best bet for the wahoo has been a Nomad DTX minnow or a split tail mullet pulled behind a trolling sinker or planer. Kingfish action was good last weekend during the Chasen Tailz KDW tournament. Kingfish have been hanging along the 120' ledge and responding well to sardines and smaller blue runners. Dolphin reports were slim this week. Bottom fishing remains fair, with a few good mutton catches being reported. Sardines will be a top bait choice, but for a little different look consider trying a slow pitch jig. The JYG Pro "Eyedrop" has been very effective as of late on the mutton snapper.
INSHORE- Mullet run action has the snook chewing very good inshore right now. The best action has been at night. Look for the snook to be stacked up at easy ambush points (Bridges, seawalls, sandbars), using the tide to wash schools of mullet to them. Fishing mullet schools is a bit like playing the lottery, so we like to move away from big schools and fish spots these ambush spots. The snook will be more likely to be less selective in these situations. Flair hawk jigs, mullet like swim baits, and swimming plugs are all good options right now for the snook. Mixed in should be some tarpon and jacks as well taking advantage of the large amounts of mullet.
SURF/PIER- The mullet run is in full effect right now. Tarpon, sharks, and bluefish are the main predators around the mullet schools right now. Look for the best action to be early morning and again late in the afternoon. The mullet tend to get bunched up best this time of day by the predators. Later in the day they tend to spread out in a longer line and it's harder to fid consistent action. When fishing live baits try fishing the outside edges of the school. or go underneath them. A topwater (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil) or swimming plug (Rapala X-Rap) will be a good lure option. Again, try to stand out by fishing the outside edge of the schools. Pompano reports slowed a bit this week, but a few are still around. For the most part the pompano have been on the smaller side; with a handful of keepers mixed in.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
SYNOPSIS...A stalled frontal boundary across the region will continue to support unsettled weather across the local waters. Scattered to locally numerous showers and storms will be possible each day, with the highest chances during the overnight and morning hours. Locally strong wind gusts, visibility reductions in heavy downpours, and a few waterspouts will all be possible. The unsettled weather pattern will likely continue through this weekend into next week with the lingering frontal boundary and enhanced tropical moisture.
FRIDAY...North northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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