Beautiful Memorial Day weekend coming up, should be a great weekend for some fishing. Nice weather forecast, calm ocean, and a three day weekend...doesn't get a whole lot better than that!
OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week has re-fired up the dolphin bite! Dolphin fishing has been very good in 200-400' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Good number of small schoolie dolphin, in the 3-10lb range, around; with some nice 15lb plus fish in the mix as well. Trolling lures to cover some water, running and gunning to debris, or drifting and chumming should all produce a few dolphin bites over the weekend. Blackfin tuna are also being caught in the 200-400' range. Trolling small lures is the key for getting the blackfin. SIze wise a lot of the blackfin are really small, with a few nicer fish in the mix as well. The kingfish bite on the 120' ledge remains good during low light periods of the day. Drifting live sardines is the key for catching the kings right now. A triple hook rig on heavy flurocarbon or single hook wire rig is a good choice for the kingfish. Most kingfish bites will be 10-15 feet below the surface so throat hook the baits, or add a small sinker to get them suspended a little bit. A few cobia showed back up, mostly mixed in with the kings, this week. Snapper fishing has been consistent, with some nice muttons showing up.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was very good this week. Same deal...top of the outgoing tide around bridges at night is the ticket for the most snook bites. Still a fair number of mullet around this week, so snook should be willing to bite the bigger baits and lures. Snook fishing around the inlets is improving as well. Flats fishing around Munyon Island has slowed down drastically as water temps continue to rise. Still a few scattered snook and jacks hanging around on the flats. Scattered reports of black drum and sheepshead came in this week.
SURF/PIER- Still a small scattering of leftover pompano hanging around the Juno Pier and beach. Clams seemed to be a good bait this week, as well as Doc's Goofy Jigs early in the morning. The PIer also had a few kingfish and bonito around. A size 14 Rapala X-Rap has been a good choice for the kings and bonito. Snook are hanging around the pier. They are biting, when you can catch a bait. Live whiting and croakers are top baits right now, but they have been tough to come by the last few days. Schools of tarpon are starting to cruise the beach early in the morning.
BAIT REPORT- Bait(Mainly sardines) has been good north of Jupiter Inlet. They are biting the sabiki pretty good, but lots of critters in with them; be sure to bring extra sabiki rigs. The bait south of Palm Beach INlet is still around, but seems to have thinned out a little over what it was.
We will try to keep you updated on any good reports we hear over this long weekend.
Thanks to all of our veterans and active duty military on this Memorial Day Weekend!