OFFSHORE- Another week of terrible weather has kept everybody at the dock again for the most part; and things are not looking a whole lot better headed into the Christmas Weekend. A few sailfish around for those making it out the inlet and putting the live baits out (Note...bait has been very tough; be sure to give your live bait guy a call before just heading to the inlet!). While conditions will by no means be perfect; it does look like decent sailfish conditions. Expect a few dolphin in the mix; along with some nice kings. No bottom fishing reports to speak of over the past week.
INSHORE- A bit slow inshore this week. Snook season is closed, but catch and release fishing for them remains pretty good. We have continued the trend towards smaller baits (DOA Shrimp, Thumper Shrimp, etc) around the bridges at night. Outgoing tide tends to be the best bet, but some bridges will work well on incoming depending on water conditions. The real key is you need the water to be moving for best results. Larger jigs and swimbaits are still going to get bites, they just tend to be fewer and far between. Starting to see more and more sheepshead around inshore, along with a few black drum. Boat docks, seawalls, and bridges with barnacle growth and some current will be the best bet for the sheepshead. Live shrimp is the bait of choice. A basic fish finder jig or light jighead is the best rig.
SURF/PIER- Fairly slow fishing along the beach and at the pier again this week. A few scattered pompano reports coming in. For the most part the pier has been more fishable than the beach; but the extra dedicated have picked a few from the sand. Bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs (Green was the color choice this week) continue to produce the best results from the pier on the pomps. A few Spanish Mackerel around the pier. Crappie jig remain the lure of choice for the Macs. Bluefish have also been around as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...E NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
SAT...E NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 5 seconds. NE swell 3 ft in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers, mainly in the morning.
SUN...E winds 20 to 25 kt along the coast to E 20 to 25 kt with gusts to around 25 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon. .
MON...SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers.
Christmas Eve 6am-12pm
Thanks For Reading,
As I was writing the report (Late...I Know, the day got away from me!) P-Nut found one willing to suck down the jig...