Christmas Eve- Open 6AM-12PM
OFFSHORE- The weather hasn't allowed for a whole lot of fishing; but a few boats have managed to sneak out for a look around. Sailfish bite has not really fired off yet; but has been enough fish around to make putting the kites up worth it. Conditions look awesome for the sailfish to pop off on Christmas Day. Wouldn't be surprised if somebody racks up double digit releases on Sunday or Monday. Expect some big dolphin to be mixed in with the sailfish. Best depth will likely be 120-200' of water. Keep an eye out for rips and color changes as well. Live goggle eyes or blue runners under the kite and smaller baits (Pilchards, threads, sardines) on the flats is always a good way to go. If kite fishing isn't your thing, trolling small ballyhoo and bonita strips should also raise some fish. Bottom fishing reports remain good. A nice mixture of snapper and still a good amount of red grouper around as well.
INSHORE- A cold front blowing through Friday afternoon is going to mix the inshore fishing up a bit. Ahead of the front catch and release snook fishing has been pretty good. Best action has been a little further up the river and/or ICW (Incoming ocean water has been pretty gross and has the bite slowed down). Hard front this weekend will slow the snook fishing down though for sure. Sheepshead reports picked up a lot this week. A pretty good number of them around Palm Beach Inlet, along with quite a few around area bridges as well. Live shrimp is a good bait choice for the sheepshead. Expect a black drum or two to be mixed in with them as well. Good pompano reports coming out of Stuart Sailfish flats this past week.
SURF/PIER- Pompano reports improved a bit this week along the beach; and a hard front this weekend will likely push more down our way. The usual assortment of baits (Sandfleas, Clams, Shrimp, Fishbites) should produce a few bites out of the pompano. Bluefish action picked up a bit this week as well. Cut mullet and sardines are working for the bluefish as are spoons and poppers. Spanish Mackerel action is still a bit slow; but has slowly started to pick up as well. Pretty decent reports on the blacktip sharks for those looking for something a little bigger to pull on.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...W winds 10 to 15 kt becoming N NW. Seas 2 to 3 ft along the coast and 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft in the Gulf Stream. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...N NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft along the coast and 6 to 7 ft, occasionally to 9 ft in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUN AND SUN NIGHT...N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft along the coast and 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
MON...N NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers.
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