OFFSHORE- Weather early this week kept reports a bit slim; but things are looking up nicely for the weekend! Dolphin reports remain fair, with fish scattered it seems from 300-600' of water. South winds should help get some more dolphin pointed north. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid should all work well for the dolphin. If you find good floating debris; drifting and chunking will also work well for the dolphin. Could be a few wahoo lurking around the same areas as the dolphin, so keep a deep jig ready. Best action this week remains Blackfin Tuna. 200-300' of water is the best depth range for the Blackfin Tuna. Vertical jigs have been good for the tuna. Putting live baits (live sardines are the top choice!) 20-30' below the surface is a great way to go for the bigger Blackfin Tuna. Kingfish bite slowed a bit along the 120' ledge; but still a decent pick on them. Cold water has the bottom fishing slowed down pretty good. As the water warms back up, and the current slows down a bit the bottom fishing should heat back up nicely. About time to start getting some bigger mutton snapper reports coming in.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains god inshore right now. Last weekend to invite one home for dinner before the season closes. The Loxahatchee River has been holding a few snook. Bridges closer to the inlet are also producing well. Outgoing tide tends to be the best bet for the snook; but if the water is moving you have a chance at them. Live mullet is the best bait in the river. Flair Hawk bite has been good at night. Mangrove snapper bite has been improving inshore. Small live pilchards and live shrimp are top bait choice for the mangroves. A few big jacks and a stray tarpon or two cruising around inshore as well.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing has really been heating up at the Juno Beach Pier and in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet. Live baits (Croakers, pilchards, grunts, etc...) will be the best bait choice for the snook. Look for outgoing tide to be the best bet in the inlets. At the Pier the snook will bite best early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The Juno Beach Pier continues to have some big jacks cruising through. A diamond jig or swimming plug (Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnow or Rapala X-Rap) is a great way to go for the jacks. The same lures will work if a stray kingfish should come cruising by. Been a fair number of moonfish around the Pier and Jupiter Inlet. Small crappie jigs or large sabiki rigs tend to be the best bet for them. A few mangrove snapper around this week. Croakers have been biting very good in the surf. Live shrimp remains the bait of choice for the croaker.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms . Showers likely.
Thanks For Reading,
Marc and family with a nice Jack caught from the Juno Beach Pier!