OFFSHORE- Northeast wind over the past few days has been good for the offshore fishing out of Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets. East winds this weekend should help push the dolphin in a little closer as well. Dolphin have been being caught in 200-600' of water out of both inlets. Trolling a spread of small feathers, jethead lures, daisy chains, and small bonita strips has been good for getting dolphin bites and also the small blackfin tuna that have been hanging around. Scattered kingfish have been being caught around the 120' ledge. Most of the kings have been smaller fish in the 6-10lb range, with a few bigger kings in the mix. Most of the bigger kingfish seem to be a little farther north, with some nice kings coming from the Loran tower in Hobe Sound. Wahoo should make a showing this weekend following the full moon, but not in the same numbers as the last couple moons. (SIde note...The Bahamas Wahoo fishing is already firing up pretty good! Should be a good winter for them on the other side.) Sailfish action has been fair with those boats targeting them seeing at least a few fish a day, and over five bites is not a huge surprise. The sails won't be locked into the winter time 90-200' depth just yet, so don't be afraid to look for them shallower or deeper. Some big schools of mullet have been pushed offshore due to so-so water conditions along the beach. Spend some time around the mullet schools when you find them out deep...the predators won't be far behind. Snapper fishing remains good, especially on the days when the water quality is good along the reef.
INSHORE- Lots of finger mullet inshore still, and the snook and tarpon are still with them. As usual, low light periods or nighttime will be the prime time to fish around the mullet schools. Fishing in the middle of big mullet schools can be very frustrating; sometimes you have to sit back and just enjoy the show , as it will begin to taper down before too long. The flats around Hobe Sound are starting to hold some fish again, as are the flats around Munyon Island. Finger mullet will be a good bait for flats fishing right now, but don't overlook live shrimp as a great bait option as well. THe fish can only eat so many mullet before they start thinking, "okay, I think I'd like a change!"
SURF/PIER- Lots of action along the beach right now! The mullet schools are around, and the tarpon and snook have not fully left yet, although the bluefish have shown up in force so the snook will be packing it up before too long. Bluefish action is very good, and will only continue to improve with each front. Silver spoons, popping plugs, and cut bait are all great bait choices for the bluefish. Mixed in with the bluefish will be jacks and some monster ladyfish. The sharks (mainly blacktips and spinners) are beginning to show up with all the good food around. Pompano fishing is starting to fire up as well. Lots of small pompano around, with some nice keepers mixed in. Fishbites, sandfleas, and clams are all good bait choices for the pompano; as are Doc's Goofy Jigs, especially off of Juno Beach pier.
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