OFFSHORE- Well...after a nice little stretch of weather last weekend into the first part of the week; it looks like things go away from us again this weekend. Over the past week dolphin fishing has been pretty solid. The best dolphin reports seem to be coming in roughly 600-800' of water. Depth has varied depending on water conditions. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, or squid remains the best bet on the dolphin. Inside of 300' the sailfish have started to bite a little better. Conditions do look right for the sails to bite this weekend (the same dolphin that have been out deeper will likely be in with the sails in 120-200' of water as well). A few wahoo around the past week on the backside of the moon. Kingfish also remain scattered along the 120' ledge in decent numbers. Bottom fishing was good this week. The current was on the slower side, which had the yellowtail snapper biting good! Nice mixed bag of porgies, grunts, and the other usual suspects on the bottom as well.
INSHORE- Pretty good inshore reports despite less than overall water conditions. Snook fishing remains solid; especially with a slightly unexpected pop of mullet showing up after Nicole. The Loxahatchee River has been holding a fair number of snook, along with a few tarpon and jacks. The bridge snook bite remains good at night. With temps remaining fairly warm the snook are still biting bigger baits well; but are also responding well to smaller presentations (3" NLBN or Shrimp Jig) as well. As the water temps drop the smaller and slower the baits go the better! A scattering of sheepshead around, but no big numbers yet. Expect that to get better as the water cools off a little more.
SURF/PIER- Despite much nicer conditions along the beach this week the surf fishing remains on the slower side. The water is still an off color after the storm; which is no doubt not helping the fishing. The Juno Beach Pier is back open, with only limited reports coming through. When catfish lead off what's being caught at the pier...you know things are not great. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a few small jacks and ribbonfish around. With any luck NE winds will help get some more Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Pompano headed in our direction. Have heard a handful of rumors (We won't call them reports so much!) of some decent pompano fishing starting in Jensen Beach and headed north.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...N NE winds around 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
SAT...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUN THROUGH MON...E NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers.
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