OFFSHORE- It's been a busy week at the shop (just finding a few minutes to get this report written has been tough) and a busy week offshore! Spring time fishing in South Florida is setting in, and the action has been good. Dolphin have been around in fair numbers, though they refuse to lock onto any one depth. Reports of dolphin in 80 to over 600 feet of water have trickled in this week. Trolling ballyhoo to cover water and keeping an eye out for the usual "fishy" dolphin signs (rips, weed lines, color changes, etc) is the key for catching a few dolphin these days. In closer to the 120' ledge a good number of wahoo have been caught over the past week, and that should improve this weekend with the full moon on Saturday. Keeping a bait down in the trolling spread could definitely lead to a wahoo this weekend. Kingfish have been scattered in 90-120' of water out of Jupiter Inlet this week, as have a good number of cobia. Drifting dead sardines on a knocker rig is a good bet for both the kings and cobia. Bottom fishing improved this week with better water conditions and current. The drift boats reported catching some nice mutton snapper and good size yellowtail snapper this week. Sardine and squid remain the top baits for snapper (We are also stocking Northern Mackerel in the shop and they also make good bottom baits). Lots of good action offshore right now, go if you get a chance!
INSHORE- Snook action is very good, and should only get better as the fish start to really break out of their winter funk. All the usual snook spots are really starting to fire up. The flats around Munyan Island and MaCarthur State Park have been producing good numbers of snook, jacks, and even a few redfish and tarpon. Live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and Vudu Shrimp are all good choices for working the flats these days. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon the fish will also fire up on topwater plugs. Starting to hear some mangrove snapper reports inshore as well, which means springtime is upon us!
SURF/PIER- Bluefish have re-invaded the surf in big numbers over the past week (Easter weekend often marks the tail end of the bluefish in south Florida, and can bring some of the biggest blues of the season as well). Cut bait on a bottom rig or a large silver spoon is a good choice for the bluefish. A loud noisy popping plug will also get the blues attention! Pompano action remains strong, with fish biting clams and sand fleas very well early and late in the day. Plenty of sharks around if your looking for something bigger to pull on.
BAIT REPORT- Good numbers of small blue runners around the rock piles, and fairly willing to bite larger sabiki rigs. Scattered reports of some greenies(threadfins) showing up along the beach and around Juno Beach Pier this week.
SHOP UPDATE- Hope everyone has a great Easter Weekend! We will be open 6AM-12PM on Easter Sunday...and then off to track down some Easter Eggs!
Thannks For Reading,
Freight Train Fishing Update- It was a busy week fishing wise for us, and we were lucky enough to get out quite a bit. Had some good snapper fishing, caught some nice cobia (Pictured), and a mixed bag of stuff fishing inshore this week. Sorry for the quick report, trying to send it in from the water...uh oh FISH ON!
Capt. Eric (http://www.freighttrainfishing.com)