INSHORE- The best reports inshore continue to be from those targeting black drum and sheepshead around seawalls and boat docks in the ICW and Loxahatchee River with live shrimp. Mixed in with the drum and sheepshead will be a few snook and the occasional redfish. A basic slip rig is good for presenting the shrimp, as is a small jighead (The "yellowtail candy" jighead works very well for this). Best docks will have a fair amount of structure and some deep water either under or close to the dock. The Munyan Island and Hobe Sound flats continue to produce a few fish, with Hobe Sound probably being the little better choice of spots. No reports to speak of on pompano inshore this week, but this front could push some of them inshore. Keep an eye out for the pomps "skipping" out behind the boat wake; and keep a Doc's Goofy Jig ready in case you see some. Catch and release snook action had popped off a bit with the warm weather, but expect this cooler weather to slow them back down a bit.
SURF/PIER- The surf fishing could really benefit from a few good strong cold fronts. Reports from farther north (Fort Pierce to Vero Beach) sound very good; but our fishing has been a bit slow to start the week. Although, reports did seem to improve slightly Wednesday night after a day of north wind. Best surf reports for our more local area continue to be from Jupiter Island/Hobe Sound. Bluefish and jacks will be the most consistent; especially early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. The GT Ice Cream and "Pelicans" continue to be big producers for both. POmpano action remains a bit on the slow side overall. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a very few Spanish Mackerel, occasional Kingfish, and some Bonita (If Bonita on the pier in January doesn't make you scratch your head a bit I don't know what will!) Diamond jigs and swimming plugs (Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Mag Minnows) remain solid choices on the pier. As in the surf, the best action from the pier will be early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds around 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
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