OFFSHORE- Looks like conditions go away from us heading into the holiday weekend. Will more than likely get the fish fired up...it just won't be fun to fish in. Great looking conditions for an early season sailfish bite to pop off. Been a fair number of sailfish around, so this north wind could just get them chewing their faces off! Dolphin will also likely be on fire. Look for 200-400' of water to be a productive depth to look for a mixed bag bite on the sails and dolphin. Wahoo reports were a bit slower than expected this week (No doubt due to less than ideal conditions offshore). Those that make it out this weekend should expect some wahoo to be around on the backside of the moon. Bottom fishing reports were slow this week.
INSHORE- Good looking conditions going into opening weekend of snook season. Fishing in the wind may not be the funnest thing in the world, but man it helps to get the fish biting! Plus, this time of year the north wind is a driving force for getting the mullet moving. Look for early morning, late afternoon, and night to be best for the snook. With a rough ocean forecasted for the holiday weekend, one would expect a lot of boat traffic inshore during the day. Outgoing tide tends to be the most productive for the snook; but don't overlook incoming tide, especially when the water has some color to it. The key is just to have the tide moving. Slack tide is just hard to get much going on. Mangrove snapper action remains good inshore. Live shrimp (hopefully they start to become available again headed into the weekend) are a great bait choice for the snapper.
SURF/PIER- Snook season opens back up September 1st, and that will no doubt draw most of the fishing attention this holiday weekend. Snook reports this week have been a bit on the slow side, but conditions look right going into the weekend for them to bite good. It may get a little rough on the beach, but the Juno Beach Pier provides a good option in rougher conditions. A few days of north wind should get the first of the mullet (most likely finger mullet first) to show up and the snook will be close behind. Flair Hawks, swimbaits, and good swimming plugs are all good lure options in rougher surf. A few early early season pompano have started to show up. It's not big numbers, but a changing weather pattern this week could help bump the numbers up a bit. The Juno Beach Pier did have a handful of kingfish around this week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...Winds NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...NE winds 15 to 20 kt along the coast to N NE 15 to 20 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. N NE swell 3 ft in the morning. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SAT NIGHT THROUGH SUN NIGHT...E NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of tstms late in the evening. A chance of showers. A slight chance of tstms.
MON...E NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of tstms in the morning. A chance of showers. A chance of tstms.
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