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,
OFFSHORE- Reports of good dolphin fishing have been trickling in throughout the morning. The hot depth seems to be around 200'. Look for good quality water, edges, debris, and bait to find the mahi-mahi. Trolling or livebaiting will catch the dolphin, with some of the larger fish coming on livebaits. Still a few sailfish hanging around late into the season. Expect the sail bite to slow down as the season winds down. KIngfish are biting good, especially with live sardines. The king bite seems to be best between 100-120' from the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Snapper reports were few and far between this week. Cobia reports have slowed, but still a fair number of them being caught.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good over the past week. The jig bite at night around the bridges on an outgoing tide has been good. Bright colored jigs are the ticket in dirty water; a pink or white jig is a good choice in clearer water. A few nice spotted seatrout are still being caught around Munyon Island. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp, or Vudu shrimp are all good choices on the Munyon Island flats.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action has been very good over the past week, with Juno PIer finally producing some nice pompano catches. Bait has been better than the Doc's Goofy Jigs, with clams and sandfleas being the hot baits. Yellow has been the best color for the fish that are being caught on Goofy JIgs. Spanish Mackerel have been hanging around Juno PIer and Jupiter Inlet. Lots of jacks being caught around Jupiter Inlet.
Good Luck Everyone,
OFFSHORE- Saturday was a little bit bumpy offshore, but today should be a little nicer. Dolphin were scattered, but around, yesterday with a good number of boats seeing at least a couple. Trolling ballyhoo, squid, or strips was working; while some of the bigger dolphin were caught by those fishing live baits under the kite. Cobia action has slowed over the weekend, but a few were caught yesterday. Snapper reports were a bit quiet yesterday.
SURF/PIER- The big news yesterday was a pretty good bite of pompano at the Juno PIer. A few may have been caught on Goofy Jigs, but bait (clams, sandfleas, shrimp, and fishbites) produced the most fish. Spanish mackerel and small snook have also been hanging around the pier. Jupiter Inlet is seeing good numbers of jacks, with a few snook mixed in.
Enjoy the beautiful Sunday
The weekend is almost upon us, spring training is in full swing, spring break is all but here for Palm Beach County schools, and the south FLorida weather is GREAT! LIfe is good...time to go fishing!
OFFSHORE- The big news offshore this week was the arrival of the COBIA! Good numbers of Cobia were caught from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet along the 120' ledge. The Cobia are following the bull sharks, so actually landing one can prove tough. A live bait fished down deep, or even a knocker rig with a dead sardine is a good way to find the cobia. Kingfish action continues to improve in 90-120' of water, with live sardines being the bait of choice. Again, the sharks are thick; so do what you can to get the kings in quick. Dolphin fishing improved late this week with the North wind, as did late season sailfish action. South current, and dirty water, early in the week slowed the snapper bite to a near standstill. Looks rough for Friday and Saturday, but Sunday on look like some nice days for a run offshore. Fishing should be good after this late season front!
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to improve see Capt. Eric's report (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/2/post/2014/03/fishing-report-31314.html) for a quick rundown on the snook fishing lately. Other notable news inshore has been good numbers of black drum and a few sheepshead. LIve shrimp, peeled frozen shrimp, clams, sandfleas, or even fishbites are a good bait choice for these crustacean eating fools.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action remains up and down, but the last few days have seen a few silver bullets around. Surf fishing with bait (sorry to all the jigging fans), clams, sandfleas, and fishbites, has been the ticket for the pompano lately. Our friend Pompano Rich (http://www.pompanorich.com/) had a few good pompano catches this week. AND, had a cool double header with a nice pompano on one hook and a redfish on the other! Lots of spinner sharks around for thoser that dig fun light tackle shark action!
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Good Luck This Weekend,
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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Lots of stuff going on this long weekend...Valentines Day, Miami Boat Show, Presidents Day Monday, and I'm sure a host of other things. The weather looks like it is going to try and cooperate, and overall it should be a nice weekend for some fishing!
OFFSHORE- The fishing was a little on the slow side most of the week. Friday and Saturday look to be on the rougher side, but Sunday as of now looks like ideal conditions. Sunday, as of now, has lighter NE winds and 2-3' seas in the forecast. The sailfish and dolphin, which bit good last weekend, all but vanished for the most part this week. The best news was the showing of some BIG kingfish. Kings in the fifty pound range were caught north of Palm Beach Inlet. Fishing live goggle eyes and blue runners seemed to produce the most bites from the kingfish. Snapper fishing remained fair most of the week. Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/) caught a few snapper on his afternoon trip Thursday, but they did have to deal with an almost 4 knot current. Don't forget grouper season is currently closed. It hurts to let a big fat keeper grouper go, but the fine for getting caught with a grouper out of season will hurt even more. While the fishing was slow this week, I fully expect this weekend to produce some nice fishing!
INSHORE- Snook fishing improved a little this week. The full moon will have the snook bite slower during the day, but the night bite should be good. Bridges with deeper channels and strong current will be the spots to fish. The snook are not clicked over into spring mode yet, so they are moving a little slow. Fish your jigs and swimbaits slower and near the bottom for the best results. The flats around Munyon Island were still holding some fish this week. Scattered snook, trout, jacks, and ladyfish made up the bulk of the action. Topwater lures early in the morning and DOA shrimp during the day are great bait choices. Flats fishing reports up north (Ft. PIerce especially) have been very good for anybody looking to make the drive.
SURF/PIER- Large schools of glass minnows invaded the surf from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlets this week. WIth the massive schools of baits came a whole host of fish. Loads of Jacks, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, scattered snook, and Spinner Sharks came in with the Glass Minnows. Small spoons and Gotcha lures are great choices for the bluefish, mackerel, and jacks. Best baits for the spinner sharks are live baits or fresh chunks of bait. (For an exciting charter consider going kite fishing for spinner sharks. Crazy bites on top, and the acrobatics of the spinners on light tackle make them great fun. Our friend Capt. James http://fishcastings.com/ is great at catching the spinner sharks along the beach)
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
Fishing reports have been scattered over the past few days, but sounds like the fishing is a little better today. Listening to the VHF this morning, and it sounds like the Sailfish Marina charter boats are catching a few sailfish this morning. The Dodge Wall to just north of Palm Beach Inlet in 120-200' of water seem to be holding a few sailfish. All the bites today are coming on live bait (goggle eyes and blue runners).
Out a little deeper the small blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna made a brief showing this morning. Trolling small jethead lures and tuna feathers are the best bet for the little tuna.
Full Weekend Fishing Forecast coming up in a few days.
Almost through another work week, time to start making those weekend fishing plans!
OFFSHORE- Sailfish action remained fair this week for those spending the time fishing live bait this week. Early this week saw a few more fish than the later part of the week; but this cool front should have them fired up again for the weekend. Finding bait offshore has been the major key to seeing the most sails; so keep an eye out for flying fish and bait balls on the sounder. A few nice dolphin have been mixed in with the sailfish in the 150-300' depth range. Trolling a spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and other small lures in the 200-300" range should raise some dolphin and small blackfin tuna. Some kingfish reported in the 100' range over the past week as well. Snapper fishing is still very good for January. Lost Tree to Jupiter Inlet, in 90-100', seems to be holding a nice mixed bag of assorted snapper.
INSHORE- Snook season opens February 1st, and that will no doubt be the main game in town on the inshore fishing side of things. Fishing deeper bridges with good current flow is a good starting point for bagging a slot size snook. During the day look for snook to be hanging out on shallow flats with a dark bottom, or in areas that are getting a lot of sunshine. Live shrimp, or good shrimp imitations like the DOA Shrimp, are a great bait choice for snook this time of year.
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 nor