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