OFFSHORE- Fishing offshore last weekend and the very first part of the week before the weather blew up remained very good. Dolphin reports remained strong, with a good number of fish being caught in 300-500' of water. Trolling smaller baits remains the best way to go for the dolphin. If the weather allows this weekend (It's a solid maybe at this point) it looks like the dolphin fishing could be very good again as well. Sailfish reports remain fair to good; and conditions this weekend do look really good. A little more of a temperature drop would really help, but that north wind and swell will likely have them up top surfing waves and ready to eat. Live goggle eyes or small blue runners under the kite will be the way to go for the sails. Wahoo reports were very good as well. Best depth on the wahoo has been 200-300', with fish seemingly scattered up and down the line. Split tail mullet and bonita strips with a Sea-Witch remain a great choice for the wahoo (They don't have to always be down though...John's fish pictured below smoked a ballyhoo on top). Snapper fishing reports were a bit slower, no doubt due to the weather. With limited pressure over the past week, expect the bottom fishing to fire off as the weather improves.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. Still a surprising number of mullet moving around, and the snook are taking advantage! With temps not falling too much yet the snook's metabolism is till up pretty good and the are still chasing down the bigger baits. As water temps come down they will begin to switch over to the smaller stuff. We likely only a few weeks away from shrimp jigs being a reoccurring theme in the reports. The Loxahatchee River has been holding the best number of snook during the day. At night the bridge bite has been best, especially on outgoing tide. Starting to see a few more sheepshead and small black drum showing up inshore. Live shrimp is the best way to go for them, and can be easily presented on a jighead. Deeper holes near boat docks and bridge pilings tend to be good spots to start when looking for them.
SURF/PIER- Despite rough conditions and a lot of wind; the water continues to look very very good along the beach. It's a fishy looking blue color, and looks like we should have fish all over. Of course that 40mph+ wind blowing straight out of the east provides for a bit of a challenging cast (Morgan told me this morning..."If you could manage to get your popper out there...this weather would have the fish all riled up!" I'm inclined to believe she's right). Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and some pompano have all been around this week. As the wind calms down a bit, look for the fishing to absolutely fire off along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. I know: I said that in last weeks report and the fishing fell out to almost nothing over the weekend; but it looks to good not to go off this weekend. For the Spanish Mackerel a crappie jig, sidewinder jig, Got-Cha lure, or small swimming plug should all be good choices. For the bluefish a bigger swimming plug, spoon, or diamond jig will all be good choices. For the pompano a bright colored Doc's Goofy Jig is the lure of choice.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 5 seconds. NE swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
SAT...N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. NE swell 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SUN...N NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. N NE swell 3 ft in the morning. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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On the Left: John had a great day last week, catching four wahoo from 200-240' of water. With swimming ballyhoo on the surface catching three of the four.
On the Right: Pat with a nice wahoo caught on a split tail mullet paired with the new Gulfstream Lures "Zoom Witch" in Blue and White.