Offshore- Tough weather conditions have limited the amount of people making it offshore this week. Those that did make it offshore found a fair number of dolphin around. Most of the dolphin around seem to be in the 8-12lb range, with a handful of larger ones in the mix as well. Best dolphin action (thanks to the stiff east wind) has been in 100-225' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Sailfish action has been fair, but not quite where it should be. Another cold front or two should do the trick on the sails. Look for the best sailfish action to be in 120-300' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. As usual, the go to bait choice for the sailfish will be goggle eyes and blue runners fished under the kite. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge in fair numbers. Snapper fishing remains good, just been a bit tough to get the right weather for it as of late.
Inshore- Munyan Island and the Hobe Sound Flats are starting to come to life with an assortment of species. The sheepshead and black drum are starting to bite in better numbers, as are a few spotted seatrout and redfish. Ladyfish and jacks are also around in good numbers. Scattered reports of a few pompano around inshore as well. Snook fishing has been fair, but cooler weather has slowed that down a bit. Remember snook season is closed, so its catch and release fishing only for about another month or so.
Surf/Pier- Strong east winds have made surf fishing tough overall. Bluefish action remains the main game in town. Topwater plugs, heavy spoons, and diamond jigs are solid choices for the bluefish. Shark action remains good on the beach for those looking for something bigger to pull on. Pompano action has been slow south of Jupiter Inlet, and only fair to the north. Spanish Mackerel action has been good at Peck's Lake.
NOAA Marine Weather :
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 15 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. A chance of showers in the morning.
FRIDAY NIGHT...Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. .SATURDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers .
SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
MONDAY...South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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OFFSHORE- Sailfish action has been fair to good this week. Most sails are being caught in 120-200' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. 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. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
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 very good, with 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 fishing remains a bit spotty south of Jupiter Inlet. If pompano is the desired species...head north. Good numbers of blacktip sharks around if your looking for something bigger to pull on.
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OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing remains very good for those that can make it out. Best dolphin bite seems to be going on in 150-300' of water from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlet. Trolling small naked ballyhoo and skirted bonita strips or squid is a good bet for the dolphin. Live goggle eyes and blue runners fished under the kite are also a very good method for the dolphin, especially the bigger fish. Obviously the kite baits will also be very attractive to any sailfish in the same areas. Sailfish action has been a bit spotty at best, but should improve with each passing cold front. Look for the sailfish in the same 120-300' range as the dolphin; especially along well defined current rips, color changes, and areas holding large amounts of bait. Kingfish, and a wahoo or two, remain scattered up and down the 120' ledge. Bottom fishing reports remain a bit slow, largely due to less than ideal weather conditions. Still a handful of cobia mixed in with the usual bottom fishing species.
INSHORE- Wintertime inshore action in the ICW and Loxahatchee river has started to improve. Black drum, sheepshead, and a few redfish are starting to hold around boat docks, bridges, and seawalls in better numbers. Live shrimp is the bait of choice, and they can be presented well on a jighead (The yellowtail candy jighead works well for this). Takes a little searching to find the best numbers of these guys, so don't be afraid to bounce around a bit looking for them. Generally speaking, they will be grouped up in fair size schools. Snook season closes December 15th, so only a couple more days to try and find one. The bridges at night remain a top choice for getting a snook bite or two, especially on outgoing tide.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing action remains very good. Bluefish, jacks, and sharks are making up a bulk of the action along the beach. Large topwater popping plugs, GT Ice Cream lures, and diamond jigs are all great lure choices, especially during lowlight periods of the day. Sharks are biting chunks of fresh bait very well at night. Pompano action has been a bit spotty, but good reports north of Jupiter Inlet continue to come in. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites remain the baits of choice for the pompano. Spanish Mackerel action has really started to get going at Peck's Lake.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...South southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of thunderstorms. A slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.
SUNDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- Less than ideal conditions all around this weekend offshore. Sailfish action remains a bit sporadic, with no big concentrated area of fish just yet. Best depth for the sailfish remains 150-300' of water. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners fished under the kite remain the bait/tactic of choice for the sailfish. Dolphin fishing slowed down this week, but was still a fair number of them around. Dolphin are hanging in and around the same depth as the sailfish. Blackfin action has started to slow down, but a few are still being caught. A handful of wahoo being caught on this side; while Bahamas wahoo action has really started to fire up. Snapper action remains fair along the bottom with a few cobia in the mix as well.
INSHORE- Tough week overall on the inshore side of things. Snook fishing was a bit off, with some fish being caught around the bridges. Hobe Sound Flats seem to be holding a nice mixture of species still; including a few trout, redfish, snook, sheepshead, and snapper. Live shrimp is a hard bait choice to top right now for a good mixture of species. Other inshore action remains a bit on the tough side.
SURF/PIER- Bluefish and jacks continue to make up a bulk of the action along the beach. Lowlight periods will be best with a decent bite early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. Spoons and noisy topwater lures continue to produce well. Spanish Mackerel are filling in nicely at Peck's Lake. Clark Spoons and Flash Minnow Jigs are the top lure choices for the macs. Pompano action has been spotty south of Jupiter Inlet, with some scattered catches coming in. Pompano action has been fair to good along Jupiter Island/Hobe Sound. The Juno Beach Pier was hot near the end of the week with some bonita, big macs, kingfish, and others being caught; along with a nice showing of wintertime sardines (don't expect that to last too long).
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUNDAY...Southwest winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
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