OFFSHORE- This week has seen a wide range of weather conditions; and with it a wide range of fishing reports. Sailfish action had slowed back down with less than ideal conditions; but expect the passing front to get them surfing back down the waves this weekend. Live goggle eyes under the kite and sardines or threadfins on the flatlines will no doubt be a solid choice for the sailfish. Look for the sailfish to be in 120-250' of water, with the stretch from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet being as good of place as any to put them out and try. Dolphin reports remain very strong in 200-450' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Trolling Ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips have all been good bait choices for the dolphin. Blackfin Tuna continue to bite well in 150-250' of water from the Breakers to Palm Beach Inlet. Cobia reports continue to improve along the 120' ledge; and snapper reports are holding fairly consistent as well. Sardines will be a great bait choice for both.
INSHORE- Inshore fishing remains a bit tough; as we are out of summer time patterns, but not yet into the true winter swing of things. Snook fishing has remained good, but it's a time investment for sure right now. It's swinging into true flair hawk/jig season for the snook, and the tide has to be right for them. If it's not the tide window they like...they just aren't going to want to bite. The tricky part comes in figuring out which tide it is that they will bite on. Could be incoming (first or last) or outgoing...and it varies by spot; hence the time investment! Gotta keep going and keep casting to figure it out. The flats around Hobe Sound (Mile Marker 40) continue to produce a nice mix of species, and remain one of your better bets around on the inshore side of things.
SURF/PIER- Surf action remains very good, with the usual fall/winter species hanging around in good numbers. Bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish will provide the most action; especially during lowlight periods of the day. Doesn't seem to have been any really true "hotspots" lately along the beach; instead its been more a luck of the draw on finding them. Before lugging everything down to the beach take a look from the boardwalk for birds diving, baitfish, deeper troughs, and other fishy looking signs...it'll help cut down on a lot of unproductive water. Pompano action has been fair; but they have not been around in the same numbers that a few weeks ago saw. The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce some very nice sized Spanish Mackerel (especially early in the morning), with swimming plugs and the bobber rig continuing to be top producers. The blacktips and spinner sharks are starting to show with a little more regularity; and have been fairly willing to crush a loud topwater plug or fresh chunk of bait.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional to 9 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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