OFFSHORE- Dolphin reports were scattered again this week, with fish being caught from 200-2000' of water. Best bet for the dolphin right now is to get out, prepare to burn some fuel, and cover some water. Running and gunning to find fishy looking debris, rips, and weed lines is the key to finding dolphin right now. Blind trolling may produce a few bites, but it is better to wait and put the baits out once fishy looking signs are present. The kingfish bite slowed a little this week, with the best bite still coming during low light periods of the day. Wahoo reports have finally started to come in, and should only get better through the rest of the summer. High speed trolling is a great way to get wahoo bites, and helps keep the bonita bites to a minimum. Trolling with split-tail mullet on a wireline or down rigger is also a good way to find a wahoo. Bottom fishing has been very good this week, with some nice snapper catches being reported. Big amberjack have also been biting on the wrecks around Palm Beach Inlet. For those looking for a lot of action or big fish, will be happy to hear the bonita and big sharks are around in good numbers right now.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing is strong right now around the bridges at night. Scattered reports of some nice inshore mangrove snapper this week as well. The mangrove will bite live shrimp, small chunks of sardine, or small live pilchards. They can be finicky; so go light with your leader and keep terminal tackle to a minimum. Sheepshead have been around some local bridges and seawalls. Big jacks have been cruising ICW seawalls early and late in the morning.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Pier is producing some truly monster snook right now, with big croakers and sand perch being the key baits right now. The snook are biting best late in the afternoon. (Quick note, these big female snook are the future of the snook population. Be careful with them, and avoid dropping them from the pier when releasing) Still a few very late season pompano being caught these days. Resident spanish mackerel are biting at the pier from time time. Tarpon schools are moving along the beach,especially early in the morning.
Good luck this weekend, and Happy Father's Day to all the great fishing dad's we know!
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