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 weather kept fishing pressure very light offshore most of the week. Those who did make it out found a few scattered dolphin way offshore; with 1000-1200' of water seeming to hold a fair number of fish. Most of the dolphin caught seemed to be hanging around weedlines or current rips. The dolphin are scattered so it takes some looking to find them. Forecasted east winds may help push them a little closer in over the weekend. Wahoo reports should start to trickle back in as the moon starts to get bigger and bigger. (Two weeks away from the October full moon; which should produce some more good wahoo catches, barring no major weather changes) Scattered kingfish, and thinning numbers of bonita, are keeping things interesting along the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing has been fair in 60-90' of water. The bottom fishing has been day to day, depending largely on water quality and current. Spend some time out there with some sardines or squid on the bottom and a few snapper should join you for the boat ride home.
INSHORE- The arrival of big schools of finger mullet inshore (pretty much from Stuart all the way to Palm Beach Inlet) has the inshore fish fired up. Depending on where you find the mullet schools; snook, tarpon, redfish, spotted seatrout, jacks, and ladyfish will be taking advantage of the easy meal. Getting a bite out of the middle of what often seems like a million mullet can be tough. Try keeping your baits on the edge or underneath the school. The other trick that sometimes work is fishing something totally different around the school of mullet. Many a big snook have slurped up a DOA shrimp crawled underneath a school of mullet. Another good trick is to fish good looking ambush points(seawalls, bridges pilings and fenders, points, canal entrances, etc) where you don't see mullet schools. Many fish, snook especially, are lazy and don't want to go looking for the mullet; and prefer to stake out and wait for the tide to bring the schools to them. Live mullet, topwater plugs (Zara Spook and Rapala Skitterwalks), and Suspending Jerkbaits (Rapala X-Raps) are all good lures for this situation. Throw your bait or lures up-current and bring them back with the tide naturally for some explosive strikes!
SURF/PIER- The surf and pier fishing has been very very good this week, with all kinds of action going on. Finally seeing a good number of bigger mullet and the large predators are in them. Look for big snook, tarpon, jacks, and sharks to be around the schools of silver mullet. While they will feed on the schools all day, the best action tends to be early morning and late afternoon. School of finger mullet are still around and they too are being followed by all kinds of predators. The Juno Beach Pier is alive with fish right now. In addition to the previously mentioned species; the pier is producing good numbers of spanish mackerel, blue runners, and some bluefish and pompano as well. Beach shark fishing is heating up. Fair number of pompano for this time of year around as well.
Lots of good stuff going on, get out and take advantage of it!
Good Luck Everyone,
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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Nice looking weather coming up, college football starts, snook season opens, and a three day weekend...LIFE IS GOOD!
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept just about everybody at the dock, but it is shaping up to look like a very fishable weekend! Dolphin should make a nice showing, and the east wind may even push them in a little closer than they have been. Look for floating debris, working birds, and weedlines to hopefully find the dolphin. Trolling an assorted spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and trolling feathers is a good way to go for the dolphin. If your in 200-400' of water trolling for dolphin, consider putting a daisy chain way way back for a very good shot at blackfin tuna. The little football size blackfins are around and more than ready to bite a small trolling feather or daisy chain. The bonita, sharks, and a few kingfish are on the ledge and ready to keep the rods bent. Snapper fishing should improve as the water clears up. Look for the mutton snapper to be shallower than usual after the swell.
INSHORE- Snook season opens Monday, and the snook are around! Look for the snook to have mullet on the brain, as a few schools of finger mullet are starting to trickle down the coast. Topwater plugs (Like zara spooks) fished around mullet schools, seawalls, and other snookie hiding spots early and late in the day are a great choice this time of year. Snook are also on the bridges and blasting mullet schools at night. Fish a live mullet on the edge of the school or underneath to separate your bait from the others. Big swimbaits, flairhawk jigs, and Spooltek swimbaits are all great lure choices around the bridges as well right now. A few tarpon around, and some monster jacks cruising along ICW seawalls.
SURF/PIER- Trickles of mullet coming down the beach are a sign of very very good things to come! Look for snook, tarpon, jacks and sharks to be hanging around the mullet. A silver spoon, Rapala X-Rap, or Windcheater are all great lures to throw on the beach right now for a wide variety of species. Lots of blue runners around the pier right now. Shouldn't be long before the surf gets going with lots and lots of action!
Good Luck and enjoy the 3 day weekend everyone!
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Happy July 4th to all of our great customers. Be sure to send us your fish pictures this weekend, to be entered in the "July 4th All American Invitational Photo Tournament"!
OFFSHORE- The weather forecast is looking pretty nice for the holiday weekend ahead. Maybe a little bumpy on Friday, and then very nice for Saturday and Sunday. Dolphin bite was good again, especially early in the week. Most of the dolphin have been three to ten pound schools, with a few gaffers in the mix. Best action on the dolphin has been out deep; with the better size fish coming from depths of 1000' plus. Scattered reports of very scattered wahoo are trickling in; and should continue to improve as the full moon approaches. A few kingfish around the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing remains good; with catches of yellowtail, mangrove, and buttons all being reported. Fresh sardines, frozen sardines, and squid are all good bait choices for the snapper.
INSHORE- Snook remain the main game in town right now inshore. Lots of snook around the bridges at night. Flair hawks and swim baits are great choices for the snook right now (especially the bigger snook). Mangrove snapper are being caught around area bridges as well at night, with small pilchards being the bait of choice. A few tarpon, mostly little guys, hanging out in the Loxahatchee River right now.
Surf/PIer- Catch and release snook fishing is very good right now along the beach and inlets. Early morning, late afternoon, and night are the best time to throw lures for snook. During the day it's going to be easier to get the snook on live bait. Tarpon are cruising the beach north of Jupiter Inlet, as are a few permit.
Enjoy your Independence Day Weekend Everyone!
Good Luck and Be Safe,
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept a lot of boats at the dock, but weather conditions look very favorable for some fishing this weekend! Dolphin are still biting out deep, with some good catches being reported in 600-800' of water. Depending on the wind, bait, boat traffic, etc the dolphin may be in closer or out a little farther. The easterly winds should have blown them in closer, but where they end up is anybody's guess! The usual tactics should get a few dolphin bites this weekend. Just outside the bonita schools have been a few very nice blackfin tuna. Trolling small feathers, daisy chains, or drifting livebaits will produce some tuna bites in 200-300' of water. The summertime bonita are here in full force right now along the 120' ledge. The bonita may be a pain sometimes, but they bring with them a whole host of other bigger predators and gamefish. Blue marlin, big sharks, and monster wahoo are all here also to gorge themselves on the bonita. It takes some patience, or luck, to target these monsters; but pulling a small live bonita on heavy tackle can lead to some amazing bites. Just inside of the bonita, the kingfish are around in fair numbers. Fishing them very early, or late in the day is the key for getting the most kingfish bites (and avoiding a few of the bonita bites). Snapper fishing is very good in along the reef. Yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton snapper are all being caught. Sardines and squid continue to produce the most bites from the snapper.
INSHORE- Unfortunately, not a lot to report on the inshore side of things this week. Snook fishing is still very good, just remember they have to go back now. Catch and release only for a few months. The bridges at night are loaded up with snook right now. Just be sure to handle the big spawning females with a little extra care right now! Other action inshore is hit or miss as the water temps continue to rise. Try fishing first thing in the morning, late in the afternoon, or even at night for best luck inshore right now. Scattered reports of inshore mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and black drum continue to trickle in. Also, some reports of big jacks cruising the seawalls looking for mullet to chase down.
SURF/PIER- Whiting and croaker are still hanging out in the first trough. Small pieces of cut shrimp, squid, and fishbites are good choices for the croakers. Lurking just behind the croakers will be some monster snook. Summertime beach patterns for snook are setting in, and now is a great time to try and catch a monster snook along the beach (More info coming on beach snook fishing soon!). Other surf action remains hit or miss at best. Scattered schools of big jacks and tarpon have been around. Some resident spanish macs around the Juno Beach Pier.
Good Luck This Weekend!
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Beautiful Memorial Day weekend coming up, should be a great weekend for some fishing. Nice weather forecast, calm ocean, and a three day weekend...doesn't get a whole lot better than that!
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week has re-fired up the dolphin bite! Dolphin fishing has been very good in 200-400' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Good number of small schoolie dolphin, in the 3-10lb range, around; with some nice 15lb plus fish in the mix as well. Trolling lures to cover some water, running and gunning to debris, or drifting and chumming should all produce a few dolphin bites over the weekend. Blackfin tuna are also being caught in the 200-400' range. Trolling small lures is the key for getting the blackfin. SIze wise a lot of the blackfin are really small, with a few nicer fish in the mix as well. The kingfish bite on the 120' ledge remains good during low light periods of the day. Drifting live sardines is the key for catching the kings right now. A triple hook rig on heavy flurocarbon or single hook wire rig is a good choice for the kingfish. Most kingfish bites will be 10-15 feet below the surface so throat hook the baits, or add a small sinker to get them suspended a little bit. A few cobia showed back up, mostly mixed in with the kings, this week. Snapper fishing has been consistent, with some nice muttons showing up.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was very good this week. Same deal...top of the outgoing tide around bridges at night is the ticket for the most snook bites. Still a fair number of mullet around this week, so snook should be willing to bite the bigger baits and lures. Snook fishing around the inlets is improving as well. Flats fishing around Munyon Island has slowed down drastically as water temps continue to rise. Still a few scattered snook and jacks hanging around on the flats. Scattered reports of black drum and sheepshead came in this week.
SURF/PIER- Still a small scattering of leftover pompano hanging around the Juno Pier and beach. Clams seemed to be a good bait this week, as well as Doc's Goofy Jigs early in the morning. The PIer also had a few kingfish and bonito around. A size 14 Rapala X-Rap has been a good choice for the kings and bonito. Snook are hanging around the pier. They are biting, when you can catch a bait. Live whiting and croakers are top baits right now, but they have been tough to come by the last few days. Schools of tarpon are starting to cruise the beach early in the morning.
BAIT REPORT- Bait(Mainly sardines) has been good north of Jupiter Inlet. They are biting the sabiki pretty good, but lots of critters in with them; be sure to bring extra sabiki rigs. The bait south of Palm Beach INlet is still around, but seems to have thinned out a little over what it was.
We will try to keep you updated on any good reports we hear over this long weekend.
Thanks to all of our veterans and active duty military on this Memorial Day Weekend!
Weekend FIshing Outlook 5/9-5/11
First the Juno Bait Crew would like to say, Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the great mom's out there!!!
OFFSHORE- The southeast wind this weekend should help to stir up the dolphin fishing. 200-400' of water should produce some good dolphin catches this weekend. Trolling naked ballyhoo, squid, or bonita strips is a good way to raise some dolphin, as is setting up a drift and putting the livebaits out. In either situation, putting out a dredge is a great way to attract the attention from passing mahi. We have a few Strip Teaser style dredges in stock that are perfect for small boaters. They pack a big punch in a small package, and really have a lot of fish drawing power. Inside of 200' of water is still producing a fair number of kingfish. Drifting live sardines in 100-160' of water, from Juno to Jupiter, is the ticket for the king mackerel. Try to get out during the low light periods for the best bite on the kings. Snapper fishing has really improved over the past couple of weeks. It seems to be a day to day variety; with yellowtails biting one day, mangroves the next, and muttons the day after that. Sardines are still the best bait for the snapper. (Good news...We have some nice USA domestic sardines in stock!) Try using some fresh caught sardines to really get the snapper fired up! Nothing excites a big mutton like a fresh sardine(cut the tail off) laying down near the bottom. It's "spooling" time for all you mutton fanatics out there...time to start donating some skin off the thumbs for solid muttons!!!
INSHORE- Snook fishing was pretty good over the past week for those really spending the time out chasing them. The best bite continues to be at night. Most northern Palm Beach County bridges, that have good current, are holding snook right now. Try throwing the flair hawk, size 12 or 14 X-Rap, or DOA Baitbuster for good luck with the snook right now. The top of the outgoing tide continues to produce the most bites from the snook. Now is a great time to target the snook. They are actively feeding as they prepare to move towards the inlet to spawn. And...with a little less than a month left in the season, get your snook for the table now! Other inshore action remains spotty. Scattered reports of some jacks, spotted seatrout, and mangrove snapper are trickling in.
SURF/PIER- Pompano season is winding down, but a few are still being caught along the beach. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier has a little pompano bite early each morning, with Doc's Goofy Jigs being the lure of choice. Croaker and whiting are biting along the beach in the first trough. Small pieces of cut shrimp and fishbites are the bait of choice for the croaker and whiting. The snook have made a nice showing at the pier, and a few snook are moving along the beach as well. A live croaker or whiting is a great choice for the snook right now. Schools of scattered big jacks and tarpon have been seen cruising the beach over the past week.
BAIT REPORT- Good numbers of sardines north of Jupiter Inlet.
Good numbers of Sardines south of Palm Beach Inlet
Juno Pier-Bait is in and out, kind of day to day still.
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Easter Sunday Snookies
Weather and tides were too perfect not to throw the jig a little before work this morning (middle outgoing tide with just the right amount of wind) Caught a nice one on a white/white/blue First Light Jig a few casts in, and then as it was time to go this big girl thumped the jig at my feet. Nothing like having a snook almost jerk the rod out of your hand before your first cup of coffee! The Gulfstream Lures Skimmer Flair in Orange/Char/Blue was too tempting for her not to take a shot at! Steady retrieve about mid water column was what the snookies were looking for this morning.
Snook fishing should really start to open up over the next month, it is a great time of year to catch a big one on the jig. If you need some help with figuring the snook out on lures, consider hiring Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/) for a night. He is dialed in and has a lot of good knowledge to pass along. I had caught a few snook on flair hawks before I started fishing with him, but nothing like the numbers and size of snook I'm catching now.
Thanks to everybody for checking out the report.