OFFSHORE: Not the nicest report ever for the weekend, but certainly not the worst for this time of year. The sail fishing offshore has been on fire over the past week or so. Lots of sailfish up and down the line in 150-250' of water. While most of the sailfish are being caught on live baits locally, those trolling are also getting a few chances as well. Small ballyhoo or a bonita strip is a great way to raise a sailfish. A few decent size dolphin around, but not in any large numbers. The kingfish are starting to fill in along the 120' ledge a bit, and should continue to improve over the coming weeks. Bottom fishing reports were slim this week.
INSHORE: Cold weather should help to push some pompano into the Loxahatchee River and Hobe Sound Flats. Look for pompano to skip up behind the boat and be ready to throw Doc's Goof jigs in the vicinity. The wintertime sheepshead and black drum are filling in around local bridges, boat docks, and deep holes. Fresh shrimp is the best for them right now. Snook fishing is tough with the cold weathe. Locally it sounds like or snook have faired well, and should really start biting well as the weather warms.
SURF/PIER; The pompano bite was good early in the week, but slowed when the water got dirty again. Key to the surf fishing has been water clarity. When its good, the fishing is good! Hopefully it straightens out a bit this weekend and we could see great action for pompano, spanish mackerel, and bluefish.
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east northeast 10 to 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 9 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers. .
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
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