Regular report readers are going to catch on quick this week...just wasn't a whole lot going on! Hoping things shake up a little bit headed into the weekend.
OFFSHORE- The one nice thing I can say headed into the weekend (especially for this time of year!) is that the forecast is looking pretty nice. SE may not be the greatest wind direction this time of year; but its only forecasted to blow 10-15 and the ocean looks like it shouldn't be too rough for any small boaters trying to get some time offshore headed into the rougher winter days. A handful of dolphin reports, with depths bouncing around all over the place (No real rhyme or reason to any of it). Sailfish reports also were fair at best this week. Was hoping the first real front of the season fired them up; but sounds like the same steady pick. Weather didn't allow for any wahoo reports to speak of on the front side of the full moon; but do expect some to be caught as we slip to the backside of the full moon. A split tail mullet or large bonita strip with a seawitch are both great ways to go for the wahoo. No bottom reports to speak of this week, but should be decent conditions to give it a try over the weekend. Without a lot of pressure on them the last week, the snapper could be chewing.
INSHORE- Snook fishing slowed a bit this week with the front. As water temps start to creep down now the snook's metabolism slows down, and they start eating smaller baits better. Live shrimp, shrimp jig, Thumper Shrimp (Big order on the way, should be in next week), DOA Shrimp, and 3" NLBN all really turn into top baits for the snook as temps fall. That's not to say they won'y bite a jig or bigger bait still; it just means a lot more casts in between bites. Cooler temps do have the sheepshead and occasional black drum biting better inshore. Live shrimp on a jighead is one of the cleanest easiest ways to go rig wise. Try fishing around pilings and seawalls with lots of marine growth and close to deeper water for best luck.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier has had a few of just about everything this week and not a lot of any one thing! The daily report has been something to the effect of: "Well I saw a couple small jacks, one pompano, and I think a Spanish Mackerel or two come over the rail". It's been a slow pick, with a few fish around for those putting the time in. A white crappie jig remains an effective choice for all around action. For the pompano a bright colored Doc's Goofy Jig is the top lure choice. When the wind is blowing a Got-Cha plug or small diamond jig is a great way to go. Pompano reports were not much better along the beach; but those putting the hours in are finding a few. Bluefish remain scattered along the beach; but not in huge numbers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. .
SAT...SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUN...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop.
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OFFSHORE- Pretty nice looking forecast coming up this long holiday weekend. Offshore reports have been a bit slow the beginning part of the week (weather didn't allow too many people out the inlet), but I do expect that to change over the next few days. Light N NE winds should get the sailfish bite fired up. Ideal conditions to set the kites up on the edge and see what happens. Depending on how much east wind is mixed in; look for the bite to be best from roughly 150-225' of water. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners as always will be the top bait choices for the kite; while sardines and pilchards will get great results on the flats. Conditions look right for the dolphin bite to be good in the same area as well. The same live baits meant for a sailfish will also get the attention of any dolphin in the area (Especially bigger dolphin). If possible and space allows try and keep a deep bait in the mix with a little write on it for a passing wahoo. If kite fishing and live baiting isn't your thing, trolling the usual assortment of strips, squid, and ballyhoo should also produce some good results on the dolphin and even a sailfish or two. Bottom fishing reports remain a bit slow, but as the weather improves and the ocean gets nicer look for reports to start popping back up.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains good inshore right now. Water temps haven't fallen much yet; and the snook's metabolism has them biting well. Coupled with a fair amount of mullet around still: Bigger baits/lures are still in play; but smaller swimbaits and shrimp jigs are also starting to produce good results. The smaller baits really play well at night around the bridges. An outgoing tide tends to produce the best results for the snook. Live mullet has been the top choice for the snook during the day. Boat docks and seawalls with dark bottom (close to deeper water) and a little bit of tide are the ideal spots to look. Early morning and late afternoon the snook will still jump on a topwater lure (especially in areas that don't have super heavy boat traffic). Sheepeshead action has started to improve inshore. A live shrimp on a jighead is the easiest/most effective tactic. Boat docks with some depth and good barnacle growth on the pilings is a great spot to start looking for sheepshead.
SURF/PIER- Fishing was a bit slow this week at the pier and on the pier; but an ideal weather forecast leading into the weekend should get the fishing back on track. Early in the week thew water was dirty and it was primarily the dreaded catfish. As water conditions have started to improve the pompano fishing has picked up drastically; with some good reports from both the pier and the beach. Bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs continue to work well from the Pier; while the usual bait assortments (Sandfleas, Clams, FishBites) are all good choices from the beach. A fair scattering of Spanish Mackerel around. Sidewinders, Got-Cha Lures, Spoons, Diamond Jigs (Pretty much and smaller faster moving lures) are all good lure choices for the Macs. From the Juno Beach Pier a white crappie jig is the top lure choice for the Mackerel. Mixed in with the Spanish Mackerel will be some bluefish and jacks. The same lures will work for the jacks and bluefish. A pretty good number of croaker and whiting in the first trough over the past week. Small pieces of fresh shrimp is the bait of choice.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SAT...N NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SUN...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop.
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OFFSHORE- Fishing offshore last weekend and the very first part of the week before the weather blew up remained very good. Dolphin reports remained strong, with a good number of fish being caught in 300-500' of water. Trolling smaller baits remains the best way to go for the dolphin. If the weather allows this weekend (It's a solid maybe at this point) it looks like the dolphin fishing could be very good again as well. Sailfish reports remain fair to good; and conditions this weekend do look really good. A little more of a temperature drop would really help, but that north wind and swell will likely have them up top surfing waves and ready to eat. Live goggle eyes or small blue runners under the kite will be the way to go for the sails. Wahoo reports were very good as well. Best depth on the wahoo has been 200-300', with fish seemingly scattered up and down the line. Split tail mullet and bonita strips with a Sea-Witch remain a great choice for the wahoo (They don't have to always be down though...John's fish pictured below smoked a ballyhoo on top). Snapper fishing reports were a bit slower, no doubt due to the weather. With limited pressure over the past week, expect the bottom fishing to fire off as the weather improves.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. Still a surprising number of mullet moving around, and the snook are taking advantage! With temps not falling too much yet the snook's metabolism is till up pretty good and the are still chasing down the bigger baits. As water temps come down they will begin to switch over to the smaller stuff. We likely only a few weeks away from shrimp jigs being a reoccurring theme in the reports. The Loxahatchee River has been holding the best number of snook during the day. At night the bridge bite has been best, especially on outgoing tide. Starting to see a few more sheepshead and small black drum showing up inshore. Live shrimp is the best way to go for them, and can be easily presented on a jighead. Deeper holes near boat docks and bridge pilings tend to be good spots to start when looking for them.
SURF/PIER- Despite rough conditions and a lot of wind; the water continues to look very very good along the beach. It's a fishy looking blue color, and looks like we should have fish all over. Of course that 40mph+ wind blowing straight out of the east provides for a bit of a challenging cast (Morgan told me this morning..."If you could manage to get your popper out there...this weather would have the fish all riled up!" I'm inclined to believe she's right). Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and some pompano have all been around this week. As the wind calms down a bit, look for the fishing to absolutely fire off along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. I know: I said that in last weeks report and the fishing fell out to almost nothing over the weekend; but it looks to good not to go off this weekend. For the Spanish Mackerel a crappie jig, sidewinder jig, Got-Cha lure, or small swimming plug should all be good choices. For the bluefish a bigger swimming plug, spoon, or diamond jig will all be good choices. For the pompano a bright colored Doc's Goofy Jig is the lure of choice.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 5 seconds. NE swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
SAT...N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. NE swell 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SUN...N NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. N NE swell 3 ft in the morning. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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On the Left: John had a great day last week, catching four wahoo from 200-240' of water. With swimming ballyhoo on the surface catching three of the four.
On the Right: Pat with a nice wahoo caught on a split tail mullet paired with the new Gulfstream Lures "Zoom Witch" in Blue and White.
OFFSHORE- It's by no means a perfect forecast offshore this weekend; but it's a lot better than what we have been dealing with (Notice I threw Monday in on the weather report...it actually waits till after the weekend to really blow up!). This week has seen nicer conditions and more boats have been making it out the inlet for sure. Good dolphin fishing this week; with both numbers and size being pretty good. Best depth has bounced around a bit, but 250-400' continues to produce well. Trolling bonita strips and squid has been producing; as has drifting productive areas and chumming and chunking. Sailfish action remains fair. No big numbers, but most boats with the kites up continue to get a few chances. A handful of cobia around this week, along with some nice tripletails (check the picture below, compliments of Jeff www.gofishjupiter.com, of a sick triple tail catch early in the week.) Bottom fishing reports remain good, with some good snapper catches continuing to come in. Sardines and squid remain the baits of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- This week saw a little late season push of mullet come through and the fish were close behind; with snook and some big jacks providing most of the action. Best action will be early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Try to fish areas with a little less boat traffic for the best results. Live mullet fished along seawalls and under boat docks with current moving past shouldn't go unnoticed for long. Early morning the snook will also still jump all over a properly presented Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Topknock Pencil. The bridge snook bite at night also remains good. Starting to move into shrimp jig season; but flair hawks and swimbaits continue to get the job done. Othe inshore action is a bit slow; but won't be long before the winter sheepshead and black drum should start showing up.
SURF/PIER- Really good fishing along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week; with a good mixture of multiple species around. Spanish Mackerel action has been really good. Most of the Macs are coming on lures; with white JYG Pro Crappie jigs, Got-Cha's, small spoons, and other assorted jigs working the best. The Spanish Mackerel will often bite throughout the day. but expect the best bite to happen early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Mixed in with the Spanish Mackerel will be a good number of bluefish. The same lures listed above will catch the blues; but for exciting vicious strikes nothing beats a noisy topwater popper. Plenty of jacks mixed in with the bluefish as well. Pompano action has been good this week, with good numbers of good size fish around. On the beach it will be sand fleas and FishBites for the pomps. The same baits will work on the Juno Beach Pier, but for hard hits and lots of fun try jigging for them with a bright colored Doc's Goofy Jig. And in good and/or bad news depending on how you look at it... With all the life around the sharks are also here in big numbers. Yes they are annoying when they eat your pompano; but man it's cool to watch them smash a topwater too! Overall good fishing this week...get after it if you can!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SAT AND SAT NIGHT...E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUN AND SUN NIGHT...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
MON...E NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Along the coast, seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. In the Gulf Stream, seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft building to 5 to 7 ft, occasionally to 9 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- Looks like another blowout coming up this weekend. Minus a little weather window early in the week (Monday afternoon/Tuesday), the ocean hasn't really let anybody offshore. A few scattered dolphin for those that did make it out, along with a few scattered kingfish. Did see a couple nice cobia caught out of Jupiter. I'd love to tell you more...but well it's windy and that's all I have this week.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains good inshore. A fair number of snook being caught in the Loxahatchee River during the day. Early morning is best, but windy conditions will help to keep them biting a little better throughout the day. The snook also continue to bite around the bridges at night. A few big jacks in the mix as well. Other inshore action remains a bit slow.
SURF/PIER- Looks like it maybe a little tough to fish from the beach this weekend, but the Juno Beach Pier remains a good option. This week has seen a nice mixed bag of action at the pier. Bluefish action remains good; with an assortment of lures and cut baits working for them. Spanish Mackerel are also around and biting white crappie jigs well. Pompano action also continues to improve, with bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs being the lure of choice. The Juno Beach Pier also had a few snapper this week, along with a couple of redfish. Overall pretty good fishing...you just have to deal with the wind and a crowd!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts to around 35 kt. Seas 7 to 10 ft, occasionally to 13 ft. Period 8 seconds. NE swell 3 ft. Intracoastal waters very rough in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon.
SAT...NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely with a slight chance of tstms.
SUN...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
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