Almost through another work week, time to start making those weekend fishing plans!
OFFSHORE- Sailfish action remained fair this week for those spending the time fishing live bait this week. Early this week saw a few more fish than the later part of the week; but this cool front should have them fired up again for the weekend. Finding bait offshore has been the major key to seeing the most sails; so keep an eye out for flying fish and bait balls on the sounder. A few nice dolphin have been mixed in with the sailfish in the 150-300' depth range. Trolling a spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and other small lures in the 200-300" range should raise some dolphin and small blackfin tuna. Some kingfish reported in the 100' range over the past week as well. Snapper fishing is still very good for January. Lost Tree to Jupiter Inlet, in 90-100', seems to be holding a nice mixed bag of assorted snapper.
INSHORE- Snook season opens February 1st, and that will no doubt be the main game in town on the inshore fishing side of things. Fishing deeper bridges with good current flow is a good starting point for bagging a slot size snook. During the day look for snook to be hanging out on shallow flats with a dark bottom, or in areas that are getting a lot of sunshine. Live shrimp, or good shrimp imitations like the DOA Shrimp, are a great bait choice for snook this time of year.
Surf/Pier- Surf fishing remains a bit off for the season, but a mixed bag of fish are being caught by those putting the time in. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, jacks, and spinner sharks are scattered up and down the beach. Tossing a large silver spoon or big popping plug is a good way to find them. Pompano are still not here n big numbers. If pompano is the desired species...head nor