OFFSHORE- Should be a very fishy weekend offshore! Looks like we get a little bit of all wind directions over the next few days, but thankfully doesn't look like it blows all that hard. Sailfish bite has been pretty good; and the north wind should help get them up on the surface and fired up. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners under the kite will be top bait choices for the sails; with a flatline pilchard or sardine also getting plenty of attention. Biggest problem with getting a sail bite the next few days will be getting through the Mahi. Dolphin bite has been absolutely crazy over the past few days. So many dolphin around (nice problem to have right!?!?) that getting out a full kite spread has been difficult! Best bite seems to be in the 150-300' range depending on conditions and location. The same live baits for the sailfish will attract the dolphin, as will trolling bonita strips and squid. Snapper fishing remains solid on the bottom, a good number of cobia starting to get in the mix with the snapper as well. 90-100' of water seems to be the best depth for the bottom, with sardines remaining the bait of choice. Bonita chunks have also been producing well on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains strong inshore. As the fronts start to roll through the snook pattern begins to change, but fishing for them remains strong if you dial it in. The Flair Hawk bite remains good for the snook; with the shrimp jig bite starting to fire off (More hand poured shrimp jigs in-stock very soon I promise!). Outgoing tide remains best, but incoming has also had a decent bite in dirty water situations. The bite during the day for the snook has started to slow, but still some around in the Loxhatchee River and ICW feeding on the resident mullet. At night those fish are keyed in on shrimp under docklights. Winter time shrimp season is upon us on inshore wise. Sheepshead, black drum, ladyfish, and others are starting to take up the usual winter time homes inshore. Good numbers of jacks around Palm Beach Inlet over the past week.
SURF/PIER- Looks like we could be in for some great surf and pier action this weekend. Ocean should start to calm down, and if the water clears up a little it should be lights out. Under similar conditions early in the week the Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish bit really good. The Bobber Rig w/ a Clark Spoon has been a top lure choice. Got-cha lures have also been a great choice for the Macs. Pompano fishing has been solid, and should only improve over the weekend. Fishbites and FishGum have been great bait choices for the pomps; while a Doc's Goofy Jig will be the best lure choice. Sharks remain around in big numbers for those looking for somebody to pull on something bigger along the beach. Should be a lot of action along the beach this weekend...get after it!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 9 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...North winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds around 5 knots becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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