OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend will no doubt make for a busy ocean the next few days. Those looking to avoid the crowds will be best advised to top the fuel tank off and take a long run offshore in search of dolphin. The best dolphin reports this week have come from way out deep, so don't plan on stopping till around 1000' of water. It's the usual dolphin game at that point; look for the fins to be on well defined weed lines, floating debris, current rips, or under working birds. The full moon this week did have the wahoo biting pretty good, and they should bite into the weekend. Look for the wahoo to be feeding around the 120' ledge from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet during low light periods of the day, and out deeper when the sun is higher up. Trolling a bait down a little deeper is a great way to entice a wahoo strike. Split tail mullet make a killer wahoo bait, and will swim well for extended periods of time. Inside of the 120' ledge a few kingfish are biting, as are a few very late season cobia. Snapper fishing has been very good, with some very nice mutton snapper being caught. Fresh sardines or bonita strips are great baits to grab a big muttons attention.
INSHORE- Good catch and release snook fishing right now in the Intracoastal and Loxahatchee river. Look for the snook to actively feed around bridge fenders and dock lights at night on an outgoing tide, and also along seawalls early in the morning. Mangrove snapper, including some really nice ones, are biting around the bridges at night on small live pilchards and shrimp. Still seeing a decent number of sheepshead and occasional black drum in the ICW around the bridges. The Loxahatchee river has a few tarpon rolling around early in the morning.
SURF/PIER- Great time of year to try and catch a big snook along the beach right now. The snook are feeding well early in the morning, and are willing to bite a large assortment of lures. The Spooltek has been the lure of choice for some monster snook early in the morning at the Juno Beach Pier this week. The Juno Beach Pier has also been catching a fair number of bonita, jacks, and stray kingfish or two. Some tarpon schools are making their way along the beach, and are up rolling mainly early in the morning. A live sardine, thread fin, or crab is a great choice to toss in front of a rolling tarpon. Hearing a few reports of some spanish mackerel on the beach north of Jupiter Inlet.
SHOP UPDATE- Lots of good stuff going on in the new shop. We have some new stuff in, new stuff on the way, and more cool stuff in the works. The bait freezers are full for the holiday weekend, and with any luck the live shrimp situation will improve over the next few days.
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