OFFSHORE: Sailfish season is now upon us! The first few fronts of the season have blown past and the release flags are getting some fresh air flown over them again. Most boats flying gogs and runners under the kite(s) are getting at least a few chances a day on the sails. If you can track down any smaller baits(pilchards, sardines, or even finger mullet) keep them on the flatlines for good action as well. In addition to the sails; the dolphin, kingfish, and occasional blackfin tuna are around to pick up a flatlined live bait. The dolphin fishing was good this week as well in 300-500' of water. The dolphin are still stuck to scattered floating debris. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good way to go for the dolphin. The kingfish, and maybe a wahoo or two, remain scattered out along the 120' ledge from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Bottom fishing remains excellent with lots of snapper and grouper still being caught in 90-120' of water. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE: Snook fishing was good again this week around area bridges at night, and along seawalls and boat docks during the day. The shrimp jig is becoming a big player at the bridges at night; but the snook are still willing to bite a big swimbait or flair hawk jig as well. The jacks are cruising the ICW a little bit, and have been hanging around Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers. The bridges are starting to produce some sheepshead and black drum during the day on fresh cut shrimp.
SURF/PIER: GREAT Surf fishing right now. All of the fall/winter species are around; and have been biting well. Pompano fishing along the beach and on the Juno Beach Pier has been great as far as early season results go. Sandfleas, clams, and Doc's Goofy jigs are the bait/lure of choice for the pompano. Spanish Mackerel (including some JUMBO sized ones!) action has been red hot on the Juno Beach Pier. Gotcha Plugs, Rapala X-Raps, crappie jig, and bobber rig with a clark spoon have all been hot for the macs. Bluefish are biting silver spoons and cute bait well along the beach. Lots of good action right now along the beach...well worth going if you can; and the weather report/conditions look good for it to stay good through the weekend.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers in the morning...then a chance of showers.
SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning...then a chance of showers.
SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers. .MONDAY...East northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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