OFFSHORE- Lots of good fishing offshore this week, with a pretty solid mixed bag of just about everything you'd expect this time of year. Out deep (don't stop till around 1000') the dolphin fishing remains solid. Getting reports of both scattered small packs of bigger fish, and some decent sized schools of smaller fish as well. Best bet is to try and find some floating debris, big weed-lines, or a defined current rip. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid will be a solid way to go for the dolphin. Don't be surprised to see a big blue marlin lurking around those schools of dolphin...been a few reports of them around! Solid sailfish bite going on right now in 300-400' of water. Best sail bite seems to be a little up to the north, but good numbers of fish around. Moving in a little closer the blackfin tuna continue to bite in 250-350' of water very good. Still some good sized ones around as well! A live bait (sardine is always going to be the top choice) fished 15-30' below the surface is a solid bet for the blackfin. Dropping a vertical jig a couple hundred feet down and ripping it back up will also get the blackfin's attention. The all moon this week got the wahoo fired up. Good solid reports of wahoo up and down the line. Trolling a DTX minnow, planer fishing, or live baits fished 10-20' below the surface are all good bets for the wahoo. Scattered kingfish along the 120' ledge; along with pretty much all the bonita you could ever want! Snapper reports improved this week. Some really nice muttons around, along with some good yellowtails.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing has been really good again this week. Plenty of big girls around right now, and they are hungry. In the river and ICW a topwater plug (hard to top the Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil in bronze) fished along seawalls and boat docks early in the morning is a great choice. As the sun starts to get up a live mullet will take over as the top bait. At night the snook are biting flair hawks and NLBN swimbaits really good on outgoing tide. A few big jacks and some tarpon mixed in with the snook as well. The Inlets are starting to hold really good numbers of fish, and they are biting well on moving water. Mangrove snapper reports continue to remain strong inshore for those looking to bring something home for dinner. Small live pilchards and live shrimp are good bait choices for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- So we are really settling into the summertime swing of things on the beach. In other words...pretty safe to put the pompano rods away. Catch and release snook fishing will be about the best bet along the beach right now. Lots of fish cruising the beach, hanging around the pier, and also in the inlets. A live croaker or sand perch tends to be hard for a big snook to pass up. Sightfishing cruising snook in the trough is also starting to improve as well. When it comes to catching those cruising fish keep the lures small and leader light for best luck. Some big jacks cruising the beach, and tarpon schools are really starting to push along the beach as well. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good Spanish Mackerel bite, along with a few kingfish. The Spanish will bite best on small freelanced live baits, while a Rapala X-Rap is the best bet for the kings early and late in the day. The Juno Beach Pier is also starting to produce a few mangrove snapper. Best bet on the snapper will be to fish right as the sun is coming up.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...West northwest winds around 5 knots becoming south southeast in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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