OFFSHORE- Another slightly slower week of reports offshore, due in no small part to less than ideal conditions offshore for most of the week. Those that did make it out are starting to see a fair number of sailfish around. The usual depth range of 120-200' seems to be holding the sailfish, and you can't go wrong looking for them from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Of course they don't have fences to keep them in; so don't be afraid to look farther north or south if conditions don't look right. Color changes, current rips, temp changes, and large areas of bait are all key signs to look for when deciding where to put the baits out at. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners fished under the kite will be top choices. If you can find any smaller baits (sardines, threadfins, or pilchards) reserve them for the flatlines. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a decent number of dolphin as well. For the most part the dolphin will be in smaller 2-5 fish packs, and not big schools. The nice thing about the late fall/early winter dolphin is they tend to average a little better size than summertime schoolies. Should be a pick of kingfish along the 120' ledge, and possibly a wahoo or two in the mix as well. No bottom fishing reports to speak of this week, and doesn't look like we will see a big change in that either coming into the weekend.
INSHORE- Snook fishing will remain the main game in town on the inshore side of things. The late season mullet are still rolling around inshore a bit and the snook are keyed in on them nicely. Fish docks and seawalls with good current flow for best luck with the snook. Also, look for the snook to be active around the bridges at night, especially on a good outgoing tide. If the flair hawk isn't getting bites, consider giving the shrimp jig a shot as well...it's about that time! The spillways have been open, and the snook bite remains pretty good at most of them. A flair hawk or heavy swimbait is a good choice for the spillway. Should be a few tarpon around with the snook, as well as some jacks. Flats action (Hobe Sound and McArthur) are still a bit slow, need some cool fronts to help fire that up!
SURF/PIER- Bluefish have started to show up in pretty good numbers, and will provide the most action for those trying the surf or pier this weekend. GT Ice Cream, "Pelicans", Spoons, and cut mullet will be the best bet for the bluefish. Look for lowlight periods to be the best for the blues. No great pompano reports this week, but a few are around. FishBites remain the bait of choice for the pompano, outfishing even sandfleas and clams. Sharks made a very nice showing along the beach this week, and provide a lot of drag pulling fun for those looking to pull on something a little bigger!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 9 seconds becoming 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of light showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of light showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...Northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Northeast swell 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of light showers in the morning, then chance of light showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
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