OFFSHORE- The sailfish bite was fair this week; with a decent scattering of fish from Palm Beach Inlet up to the Loran Tower. No hot spot for the sailfish, instead it was more a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and then capitalizing on the chances. A handful of boats saw close to 10 fish this week; with most on average getting three to five shots. Live goggle eyes and blue runners under the kite have been the main bait of choice for the sails. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a fair number of good size dolphin. Sounds like 180-260’ of water seems to be the main zone of travel, with some fish being caught deeper and/or shallower depending on the day’s conditions. Kingfish bite slowed a bit, but still a good number of bigger fish scattered up and down the 120’ ledge. Bottom reports were a bit slow this week; most likely due to less than ideal water conditions inside of 120’. Fair looking weekend coming up should hopefully lead to some good reports.
INSHORE- Snook season opens tonight at midnight (2/1) for the east coast, and reports sound pretty good overall. Winter snook fishing is always a little bit tougher, but those putting the time in are finding a fair number of willing fish around. The bridges will be a good starting spot, especially on an outgoing tide. A shrimp jig is a good lure choice, as is a flair hawk. The snook won’t be super active, so presentation of the lure and patience is key in getting the bites. The Hobe Sound Flats (west side of ICW between Mile Marker 40-44) continue to hold a nice mixed bag variety of species. A few spotted seatrout, occasional redfish, ladyfish, pompano, jack, and small snook are all hanging around the flats right now. Pompano action slowed a bit in the Loxahatchee River this week, but a handful of fish have been caught throughout the week on Goofy Jigs.
SURF/PIER- A large swell made fishing tough early in the week, but overall things seem to be picking up. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a fair number of bluefish, a few pompano, scattered Spanish Mackerel, some kingfish, and plenty of blacktip sharks. Fishing from the surf was a bit slower this week, but pompano reports north of Jupiter Inlet have started to improve (still a bit spotty south of Jupiter). Bluefish are biting fairly well in Hobe Sound. Plenty of sharks moving along the beach for those looking for something a little bigger to pull on! Super Bowl Weekend tends to really mark the kickoff (pun intended) of the full on spinner/blacktip migration for South Florida.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. .SATURDAY NIGHT...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east 5 to 10 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...East winds around 5 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. A chance of showers.
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OFFSHORE- The marine forecast is looking very nice for the upcoming weekend; be sure to take advantage! Fishing patterns out of Jupiter and Palm Beach(Lake Worth) Inlets are slowly shifting away from summer towards fall and winter patterns. The bonita are moving off the 120' ledge and the small blackfin tuna are showing up in 200-300' of water. The best blackfin action will be from Palm Beach Inlet south, most likely in 200-300'. Try trolling small daisy chains or small trolling feathers for the blackfins. Most of the blackfins are small football size, but the occasional 5-10lber will pop up to keep things interesting. Dolphin are around, but have been very very scattered location wise. One day the dolphin are on a weedline twenty miles offshore, and the next day they are in 90' along the reef. Sailfish action continues to improve, and should get better with each front that pushes down. The sailfish have been anywhere from 150' of water out to as deep as 600'. Snapper fishing has been on the slow side.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good in Jupiter. The Loxahatchee River is holding a good number of snook. Look for the snook to be active early morning, late afternoon, and at night; especially when the schools of finger mullet are around. Live finger mullet, or lures resembling mullet(DOA Baitbuster is my top choice), are a great choice this time of year. Snook fishing around the bridges has been good at night as well. Inshore action on the Hobe Sound flats is slowly improving with our slow shift in the weather. The fishing inshore will still be best early morning and late in the afternoon. Scattered reports of some late season mangrove snapper still trickling in.
SURF/PIER- Still getting reports of some nice schools of mullet off the beach from Stuart north, with tarpon and big snook hanging around them. Look for the schools of mullet to have the most activity around them early and late in the day. The snook are still hanging around the Juno Beach PIer. Lots of blue runners at the pier, with a few scattered spanish mackerel mixed in as well. The Juno Beach Pier also had a few small king fish around this week as well. Throwing lures (Rapala X-Raps especially) early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon was producing a fair amount of action at the Pier this week.
Good Luck Everyone,
OFFSHORE- The September Full moon is on Monday, so the Wahoo fishing should be very good this weekend. High speed trolling in 150-350' of water between Palm Beach Inlet and Jupiter Inlet should produce some wahoo bites during low light periods of the day. Slow down and get the baits (especially horse ballyhoo and split tail mullet) down as deep as you can later in the day for your best shot at a wahoo. This time of year the small blackfin tuna should be showing up in 250-350' of water from Palm Beach Inlet on south (with some blackfin to the north towards Jupiter, but not as many). Trolling small daisy chain lures is a dynamite way to get the blackfin tuna fired up. Should you find big schools of blackfin tuna consider putting the wahoo lures out around them. Wahoo love to switch up their diet from bonita to blackfin tuna this time of year(and who can blame them?!?!?). Dolphin fishing remains spotty for the most part, but east winds in the forecast should help push them in a little closer to shore. Sailfish, which never really left this summer, are around and hitting kite baits in 150-300' of water depending on current and wat Snapper fishing was very good this week, with some very nice catches of mutton snapper out of Jupiter Inlet. Palm Beach(Lake Worth) Inlet was not as good for the mutton snapper, but did produce some nice yellowtail snapper catches. Sardines and squid remain the bait of choice for snapper fishing.
INSHORE- Snook season is open(until December 15th), and the linesiders are around. The finger mullet are starting to really fill in inshore good, and the snook are feeding on them. As the mullet schools get bigger and bigger, catching snook on lures gets harder and harder. A live mullet fished on the outside edge of the school or underneath is the best way to get a bite when the bait is very thick. Otherwise, consider fishing areas that snook use as ambush points when mullet schools come by. These areas (which can be docks, seawalls, bridges, etc) are great areas to throw big lures this time of year in between mullet schools. Snook will often jump all over a properly presented lure that looks like a stray or lost mullet looking for a school to join. To catch those slot size snook consider using bigger baits like flair hawk jigs, big swimbaits, or large swimming plugs. Other action inshore is starting to improve as we see a slight change in the weather. Spotted seatrout are starting to make a showing around Munyon Island. Tarpon are around inshore following the mullet schools, with some good numbers of tarpon being found in Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth.
SURF/PIER- The mullet run is starting to go off, and the predators are not far behind the mullet schools. Snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, bluefish(already!), and even an occasional redfish are taking advantage of the abundant food source. The Juno Beach Fishing PIer is producing a few keeper size snook for those spending the time looking for them. A large plug(Like Rapala X-Rap size 14) is a good choice first thing in the morning before the sun really gets up, and then live bait will be the best choice for the snook. Look for the snook to really key in on mullet as their main food source for the next few weeks. Blue runners, bluefish and ladyfish are also being caught on the pier. The "Miami Rig" or "Bobber Rig" with a clark spoon is a good choice for assorted action on the pier (Check Catch 365 section for a rundown on this rig today). A few very scattered reports of some pompano already as well. Surf fishing in general should really start to improve over the next few weeks!
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OFFSHORE- Lots of good things going on offshore these days. It's March, going into April, so the wind is blowing! Makes it tough for small boaters, but the fishing has been good when the weather allows. Still a good number of sailfish hanging along the 120 ledge from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlet. Not the same numbers of sails that the guys down south (Miami bite is on fire right now for the sailfish), but still good numbers of sailfish biting for Palm Beach springtime standards. Dolphin fishing remains very good as well. The dolphin are just following where the wind blows them, so if you want just dolphin be prepared to go looking for them. Some days the dolphin have been mixed in with the sails in 150', other days they are out past 300'. Keep the trolling spread in the water, and an eye out for fishy looking stuff (rips, weedlines, debris, bait, etc), the mahi won't be far behind. Inside of the ledge kingfish action remains good, especially if you have live sardines to offer them. Drifting dead sardines is still catching them, but not quite like the live sardines are. A few big mutton snappers have been caught over the past week as well. Look for the muttons to be hanging out underneath the kingfish schools. Kingfish are messy eaters, the snapper just sit underneath and help clean up the mess.
INSHORE- Snook fishing took a minor step back this week with the late season cold front, but didn't shut all the way off. As has been the case, fishing the snook at night around the bridges remains the best bet. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp Vudu Shrimp, and flair hawks are the top bait choices right now for the snook. Other inshore action remains spotty at best.
SURF/PIER- Pompano remained the catch of the week. Bait (Sandfleas and clams) continue to out fish the pompano jigs. Fish early and late for best results with the pompano. Spinner sharks and blacktips are moving out, with just a few lingering around If you like the light tackle shark fishing from the beach it's time to go now. They won't be around much longer. Jupiter Inlet is still producing good numbers of jacks. The jacks may not be great on the dinner table, but they pull hard!
BAIT- Sardines have not settled in solid yet, but they continue to come and go at the usual bait spots. Smaller size 4 and 6 Sabikis are the ticket for the sardines. Some days its red sabikis, other days its green sabikis; so be sure to have a few of both!
Good Luck Everyone,
This weekends weather forecast has it starting to feel like spring is here...great looking weekend for some fishing!
OFFSHORE- The sailfish remained the main game in town this week, with many boats seeing three to four sails a day. Capt. Byron Thomas (http://thomasfishingventures.com/) reported seeing good numbers of sailfish from south of PB Inlet up to Lost Tree Village in 100-160' of water, in with the sails have been scattered dolphin and kingfish. LIvebaiting with goggle eyes and blue runners along the edge is still the best bet for a good variety of action. Under the kingfish have been some nice size mutton snapper looking for an easy meal. Try sliding a sardine down to the bottom, and don't be surprised if a nice mutton snapper ends up getting invited home for dinner! Our friend Capt. Jack Porcelli (http://www.captainjacksfishingcharters.com/) had a couple of nice cobia this week as well.
Jupiter drift fishing is improving as well. Capt. Howard Tuttle (http://www.redbeardfishingcharters.com/) had a nice mixed bag this week of kingfish and snapper. The fish are around...it just takes a little work to find them.
INSHORE- Snook fishing should continue to improve this weekend as water temps continue to creep up. Dark bottom flats with good sunlight will still be key spots during the day, and deep channels with good current at night. LIve shrimp is always a good snook bait this time of year. (For those into fishing lures check out this link for good snook lure choices: http://youtu.be/E-zjCDHoGg8 from Capt. Eric at http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/) Fishing around Munyon Island slowed a little; with a few spotted seatrout and jack reports trickling in.
SURF/PIER- Spinner shark season is in full swing right now. The spinners tend to bite good, fight hard, and are loads of fun on light tackle. Capt. James Knox (http://fishcastings.com/) had five spinners this morning, including a few multiple hookups. Spanish Mackerel action at Peck's Lake remains strong, and some scattered schools of macs can be found along the beach as well. Still very scattered action on the pompano. Spending time on the beach right now and soaking bait is what it takes to catch the pomps.
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Just good word from Capt. James at http://fishcastings.com/ that the dolphin are biting good this morning. They had five nice ones off Juno Beach between 150-200' of water on live baits. The sailfish are biting again today as well, with most of the fish being caught from Jupiter Inlet and north. The kingfish remain scattered in on the shallow reefs, with some nice ones coming in as shallow as 70' of water off Palm Beach. The bigger mutton snapper seem to be hanging out a little shallow as well currently .
Not many reports on the inshore side of things this weekend. Capt. Eric at http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/ has some snook trips lined up, so hopefully we will have some new info soon on the snookies.
Enjoy whats left of the weekend everyone,
Good Thursday morning everyone! The weekend is almost upon us, time to start making those fishing plans.
Real quick note, before the fishing report. Juno Bait has "Ales For Anglers" tickets for sale. This is going to be a awesome concert/event that the Snook and Gamefish Foundation is putting on. Tickets are only $35 (Also includes a raffle ticket for the X-Fish SUP and a year long membership to SGF). This is a great chance to support an excellent cause (Eric and I strongly strongly support the work SGF/Angler Action is doing) and hear some great music. (http://alesforanglers.com/)
OFFSHORE- I've never been one to lie to anyone, and I won't start this week...fishing was BRUTAL offshore this week. Unseasonably warm weather had the sailfish bite extremely slow. It looked like Tuesday morning the sail bite was going to improve, but by the afternoon it had all but tapered off. The Bluewater Movements "Sailfish Challenge" is this weekend, and with the best sailfish teams in south Florida fishing out of three inlets, someone will find them. We will be sure to keep you updated over the next few days if we get an idea where that is! No great dolphin reports this week, a few small scattered ones in 200-300' of water. A few big kingfish are being caught from Lost Tree to just North of the Juno Beach Pier. The depth for the kings has varied, but 100-150' seems to be holding a few smokers. Bottom fishing remains good for February. Some nice assorted snapper catches coming in for the driftboats over the past week. Don't forget that grouper season is closed right now.
INSHORE- Snook season is open, and above average temperatures should have them biting good. This is the time of year to, as Capt. Eric (freighttrainfishing.weebly.com/) says "hurry up, and slow down". Slot sized snook this time of year are not going to spend a whole lot of time chasing down their meals. A good tactic for catching snook this time of year is swimming a flair hawk around deeper bridges at night. Snook are nocturnal by nature, so give up a few hours of sleep for a better chance at a big linesider. Flats fishing around Munyon Island has remained fair. Some monster jacks, a few trout, and snook can be caught in the Lake Worth Lagoon right now.
SURF/PIER- The spinner sharks and blacktip sharks have been around the past week. Fishing live or very fresh cut bait is the best chance to hook up with a shark. If your not into fishing bait, the sharks will hit a big noisy topwater lure in lowlight conditions. Bluefish have been scattered up and down the beach. Spanish Mackerel fishing has been great at Peck's Lake; and with southeast winds in the forecast it should stay that way. A little chum and/or some glass minnows will get the macks fired up. No cobia reports along the beach this week.
Good luck everyo