OFFSHORE- Sailfish action has been fair this week. Most sails are being caught in 120-200' of water. Live baits, like goggle eyes or small blue runners, will get the most attention from the sails. Now is the time of year to get those kites up and baits splashing on the surface. Mixed in with the sailfish will be some nice kingfish, dolphin, cobia, and a stray wahoo as well. Bridle the baits with circle hooks for the best hookup ratio. And, don't be afraid to fish a small trace of wire leader on your baits if the toothy critters are around. Sailfish and dolphin will still bite a bait with a little wire on it. Trolling bite has been a little slow over the last week. Snapper fishing has been holding steady, with some nice yellowtail and mangrove catches being reported. Cobia have been caught in 15-20' of water over the past week as well.
INSHORE- Fishing around Munyon Island improved greatly over the past few weeks. Spotted Seatrout, Snook, and even a small handful of redfish have filled into their wintertime hangouts on the grassflats. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp, and Gambler Little EZ swimbaits are all good choices right now. The Hobe Sound flats are also holding a good number of fish right now, with reports of ladyfish, jacks, snook, trout and other species all coming in. Nighttime snook fishing around the bridges is good, especially on an outgoing tide.
Surf/Pier- Surf fishing remains a bit off for the season, but a mixed bag of fish are being caught by those putting the time in. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, jacks, and spinner sharks are scattered up and down the beach. Tossing a large silver spoon or big popping plug is a good way to find them. Pompano are still not here n big numbers. If pompano is the desired species...head north. Good numbers of croakers have been caught around the pier using small pieces of shrimp.
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OFFSHORE- Very nice looking forecast this weekend for a run offshore. Fishing this week was good for some, and slow for others. Sailfish action was a bit off with the calmer conditions, but a few were still caught. The sailfish bite to the north (Stuart to Fort Pierce) of us is a little better, especially to those pulling multiple dredges and covering water to find the fish. The dolphin bite was fair this week out of Palm Beach Inlet. Best depth for the dolphin seemed to be 200-400' of water. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, or squid all seemed to produce some dolphin this week. Bottom fishing was very good this week out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets. Mutton and yellowtail snapper made up the bulk of the bottom catch, with a few grouper in the mix as well. Just a little under two weeks left of grouper season, so get out and try and get one now. Also some cobia in the mix while drift fishing the reef right now. Sardines are hard to beat for bottom bait right now.
INSHORE- The inshore fishing was a bit slow this week on the flats. Munyon Island and Hobe Sound grassflats have a few fish hanging around. Assorted jacks, ladyfish, drum, sheepshead, and pompano may be hanging around these areas, and a live shrimp will usually get their attention. Snook season is over, but those looking for some catch and release action will find a few fish around dark mudflats and and the bridges at night. The Loxahatchee River is starting to hold some of its wintertime species; look for snook around the docks, and pompano in the second and third bays.
SURF/PIER- Calm and clear conditions made the surf fishing a little tough this week. With very clear water the best action is on low light periods. Fish early and late to give yourself a chance at some fish. Spanish Mackerel are holding at Peck's Lake in fair numbers. Pompano are around, but they are skittish. Not a lot to report on the bluefish or sharks. A few cobia have been seen on the Juno Beach Pier. Beyond that fishing was a little slow this week.
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Freight Train Fishing Update (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com)- Spent a good amount of time Mackerel fishing at Peck's Lake this week. If you've never been spanish mackerel fishing at Pack's Lake with light tackle your really missing out! When we get them fired up it can be a fish on almost every cast, and you can watch a lot of them eat your lure close to the boat. IT is a great trip for kids or anglers who are looking for good fast action. Blue runners and other assorted species keep things interesting between the mackerel. Also spent some time inshore this week. Action was a little slow, but did find a few nice laid up snook to cast some lures and baits to.
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OFFSHORE- When conditions allow boats to get out, the fishing has been pretty good (Unfortunately that hasn't been a whole lot of days!). Looking like maybe, just maybe, Friday and Saturday will be good enough to give it a shot (But it'll be far from calm). North of Jupiter Inlet; anglers are having good luck pulling ballyhoo in 100-300' of water for mixed bag action on dolphin, sailfish, blackfin tuna, and bonita. If possible pull a dredge (or two) to call the fish up. Keep an eye on the depth-finder/sonar, and pay extra attention to the areas holding good amounts of bait. The first big sailfish tournament (Operation Sailfish http://www.bluewatermovements.com) rolls into town this weekend, so expect the 120' ledge from Jupiter Inlet south to be lined with kites, sporties, and big center consoles. Conditions are going to be good for the sails and it won't be surprising to see some big numbers come in the next few days. MIxed in with the sailfish should be some nice dolphin, and maybe a blackfin or skipjack tuna as well. Look for most of the action to be in 100-300' of water out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets. Bottom fishing remains good for those willing to rock and roll with the conditions. Some nice mutton and yellowtail snapper reports still coming in.
INSHORE- The cooler weather has the inshore fishing improving. Lots of action (jacks, ladyfish, pompano, etc.) on the Hobe Sound flats around marker 40-44. Try throwing a goofy jig or some live shrimp for all around action on the flats. The Munyon Island area is holding some decent numbers of fish lately. Sheepshead and black drum have been biting shrimp around the oyster bars and pilings lately. Snook action has slowed some, but they are still around. Just takes a little more time to convince them to bite now.
SURF/PIER- Heavy surf kept the reports slow this week, and even closed the pier down (as of time of writing Juno Beach Pier still closed, hopefully open soon). If the surf lays down, and the water clears up should be some pompano around. Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel are scattered along the beach. Should be a good weekend for the surf, we'll keep you updated as the reports come in.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com) From Capt. Eric
Inshore fishing in the Stuart area has been pretty good. Good mixed bag action on ladyfish, jacks, pompano, and other assorted species. It's a great type of fishing for anglers looking for good light tackle action, and also a great way to introduce kids to fishing. Call (561) 578-3941 for more details about different trip options this time of year.
OFFSHORE- Another week of blowout conditions kept most at the dock again. Conditions (depending on what weather reports you read) look a little more favorable for Saturday afternoon/Sunday morning. Dolphin should be around in good numbers. Look for the dolphin to be in 200-400' of water out of both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets. Sailfish are around, but have drifted a little to the north with the warmer conditions this week. Expect bottom fishing to be on fire when conditions lay down enough to get a decent drift.
INSHORE- Snook season is winding down, so take advantage of the last few chances to get one. Look for the snook to be feeding around the bridges at night or following straggler schools of mullet around the grass flats. This is also a nice time of year to look for snook laid up around boat docks in the ICW and Loxahatchee river. Jacks and ladyfish are on the Hobe Sound flats in fairly good numbers, with a pompano or two in the mix. A goofy jig is a great choice for bagging a lot of different species on the flats.
SURF/PIER- Bluefish, jacks, and scattered spanish mackerel have been biting at the Juno Pier most mornings. A gotcha lure ore small diamond jig is a good choice, especially when the wind is blowing. Scattered reports of pompano up and down the beach, with no hot spot to really speak of. Look for surf fishing to improve this weekend with a slight decrease in the east winds that have been hanging around for the last week.
Look for fishing updates this weekend. We hope to update this report, as unfortunately as of late we haven't had a whole lot to report.
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