OFFSHORE- The sailfish bite was fair this week; with a decent scattering of fish from Palm Beach Inlet up to the Loran Tower. No hot spot for the sailfish, instead it was more a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and then capitalizing on the chances. A handful of boats saw close to 10 fish this week; with most on average getting three to five shots. Live goggle eyes and blue runners under the kite have been the main bait of choice for the sails. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a fair number of good size dolphin. Sounds like 180-260’ of water seems to be the main zone of travel, with some fish being caught deeper and/or shallower depending on the day’s conditions. Kingfish bite slowed a bit, but still a good number of bigger fish scattered up and down the 120’ ledge. Bottom reports were a bit slow this week; most likely due to less than ideal water conditions inside of 120’. Fair looking weekend coming up should hopefully lead to some good reports.
INSHORE- Snook season opens tonight at midnight (2/1) for the east coast, and reports sound pretty good overall. Winter snook fishing is always a little bit tougher, but those putting the time in are finding a fair number of willing fish around. The bridges will be a good starting spot, especially on an outgoing tide. A shrimp jig is a good lure choice, as is a flair hawk. The snook won’t be super active, so presentation of the lure and patience is key in getting the bites. The Hobe Sound Flats (west side of ICW between Mile Marker 40-44) continue to hold a nice mixed bag variety of species. A few spotted seatrout, occasional redfish, ladyfish, pompano, jack, and small snook are all hanging around the flats right now. Pompano action slowed a bit in the Loxahatchee River this week, but a handful of fish have been caught throughout the week on Goofy Jigs.
SURF/PIER- A large swell made fishing tough early in the week, but overall things seem to be picking up. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a fair number of bluefish, a few pompano, scattered Spanish Mackerel, some kingfish, and plenty of blacktip sharks. Fishing from the surf was a bit slower this week, but pompano reports north of Jupiter Inlet have started to improve (still a bit spotty south of Jupiter). Bluefish are biting fairly well in Hobe Sound. Plenty of sharks moving along the beach for those looking for something a little bigger to pull on! Super Bowl Weekend tends to really mark the kickoff (pun intended) of the full on spinner/blacktip migration for South Florida.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. .SATURDAY NIGHT...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to east 5 to 10 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East winds around 5 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. A chance of showers.
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