OFFSHORE: Good looking forecast for the upcoming weekend; with conditions being right for the dolphin to bite good. Look for a decent dolphin bite between 150-300' of water out of Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets. Trolling the usual dolphin spread (ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and small jet head lures) should raise some dolphin; as will drifting and chumming along the deep side of the 120' ledge. Sailfish season is tapering down, but those putting in the time are still raising some fish. Goggle eyes and bluer runners under the kite will still be the most effective way to go, but don't overlook the smaller baits on a flatline this time of year as well. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' edge, with Jupiter holding a few more fish than Palm Beach. Drifting with sardines on a knocker rig is a good way to go about getting some king bites. Mixed in with the kingfish have been a few very nice cobia, and the occasional blackfin tuna as well. Snapper fishing remains good along the bottom, with some nice mutton snapper being caught over the past week. Springtime fishing is setting in, one of the best times of year for great mixed bag action. Be sure to get offshore if you have chance!
INSHORE: Snook fishing continues to improve, and conditions look right for some decent fishing this weekend as well. Best bet for the snook is to throw jigs, swim baits, and swimming plugs around the bridges at night. Cast up current and work the baits back to hungry snook laid up along shadow lines and other ambush points looking for any easy passing meals. The Munyon Island flats are still holding a nice little variety of life these days. Working a small topwater lure around the mangroves and small channels in the flats has been producing some snook, jacks, ladyfish, and even a few spotted seatrout still. Low light periods of the day will provide the most action. The Loxahatchee River has been on the slow side, but a few snook are hanging around the seawalls and boat docks. Scattered reports of a few sheepshead still coming in from area bridges as well.
SURF/PIER: Pompano remains the target species for most fishing along the beach these days. Sandfleas and clams remain the popular bait choices for the pomps. Whiting and croaker are hanging out in the first trough and more than willing to grab small pieces of fresh cut shrimp. Bluefish action (presumably some of the last of the season) was fair this week along the beach early in the morning. Starting to hear of some snook cruising the beach as well already. Shark fishing slowed, but key spots are still holding fair numbers of blacktips.
NOAA MARINE FORECAST:
FRIDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SATURDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 3 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SHOP UPDATES: EASTER SUNDAY HOURS 6AM-12PM.
Beautiful batch of live pinfish came back in today. Great looking baits! Fathom Offshore gear now in-stock! Mad Hueys gear arriving any day. Lots of good stuff in-store right now to come check out!
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Juno Beach Charter Fishing Update:
Springtime is coming, and with it comes some really cool fishing opportunities. For the next couple months I will be offering a really cool six hour afternoon live bait fishing trip. It will be a 2-8pm trip where we go and catch live baits, set up a drift on the edge, and present live baits to a whole assorted list of species. The late afternoon trip can produce kingfish dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mutton snapper, and grouper. Great way to spend the afternoon. Trip is $550, and we can comfortably fish with 4-6n people.