OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast coming up, and some decent fishing should have you feeling pretty excited about a trip offshore this weekend. Not much to report on the dolphin this week but a few have been caught by those putting some time in and covering some water. The best action offshore right now is (for the most part) inside of 200' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. The kingfish showed up in big numbers this week (as did the commercial fishing fleet) off of Jupiter Inlet. Drifting live sardines and threadfin herring is the ticket for catching the kings right now, but in a pinch or as a backup a dead sardine on a knocker rig will usually get the job done. Look for the kings to be scattered from 120-80' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. While drifting for kingfish don't be surprised if a late season sailfish, big blackfin tuna, cobia, or mutton snapper joins the party. They all for the most part will be in the same depths and areas this time of year. (If your not sure about the best way to present your live baits while drifting the edge swing by the shop and we'll be happy to show you some of the more effective methods.) Snapper fishing was good this week, and will only get better with the arrival of the kingfish. As we have mentioned before in the fishing report, big mutton snapper love to hang out under kingfish schools and pick up the falling scraps. Summertime bonita, this year they showed up full grown, are also starting to fill back in along the edge in good numbers.
INSHORE- Snook fishing will once again be the highlight of the Juno/Jupiter/North Palm inshore fishing scene this weekend. The last trickles of the springtime mullet still haver the snook fired up, and they are fired up as they begin to creep towards the inlets. Look for the snook to bite best at night or during low light periods of the day, and don't be afraid to throw bigger baits right now. Mullet, swimbaits, and flair hawks are all great bait choices right now for the snook. Inshore snapper fishing is getting a little better, with a few reports of mangrove and lane snapper coming in.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing was good again this week, with a strong bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Calm clear water had the bite tough during the middle of the day. Clams, sand fleas, shrimp, and fishbites all remain good bait choices for the pompano; as do Doc's Goofy jigs if your fishing from the Juno Beach Pier or boat. A few snook are moving to the inlets and along the beach, and are willing to bite Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Crystal minnows early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. The last trickle of bluefish has pretty much pushed through, but you may see a few stragglers over the next few weeks. Lots of big jacks cruising the beach right now, and they are a lot of fun to target with big topwater plugs. The Jupiter Inlet is heating up with a few snook, big jacks, and cuber snapper hanging around the rocks.
BAIT REPORT- The bait situation is improving, but is still a little scattered and moving around. Best bet for the bait is to get on them early, be patient, and pick away at them. Sardines are slowly filling into thee usual bait spots, but remain the most scattered. Threadfins (Greenies) are around in little better numbers, but also continue to move around a lot. Still seeing some decent schools of silver mullet moving along the beaches.
SHOP UPDATE- Juno Bait will definitely be having a "Memorial Day Moving Sale"...details coming soon!
More details on our move over the next few weeks. Moving days will be the last weekend in May, and we will be closed for just the first few days of June. As the plan becomes more finalized we will let you know.
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Good Luck This Weekend,
FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- Been a good week! Nice to see some big kingfish showing up. Still catching some sailfish. Good snapper action along the Jupiter reefs. Bait is coming back. Snook are biting inshore. Here's a couple pics from this week.