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OFFSHORE- No reports to speak of this week offshore wise. Weather for the most part has kept everybody at home.Expect the sailfish reports to start coming in tomorrow though for surer! Bluewater Movement's "Operation Sailfish" will have the best sailfish teams in the world around...and they are going to find the fish somewhere! Some north wind in the forecast for tomorrow could hopefully get them up and excited a little bit. Mixed in with the sails should be a dolphin or two. You don't typically see big numbers of dolphin this time of year, but the ones you do see tend to be on the bigger side. Still some good wahoo reports coming in the 150-250' range from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet. The Nomad DTX minnow continues to produce the wahoo bites. Snapper fishing remains good for this time of year. Sardines will be the bait of choice for the snapper. A few cobia around on the bottom as well.
INSHORE- Inshore reports remained very similar to last week. Best bet inshore right now is going to be the sheepshead. Palm Beach Inlet is pretty good for the sheepshead right now, as are some of the local bridges. Live shrimp, Sandfleas, and fiddler crabs (good luck tracking down the last two!) are all good bait choices for the sheepshead. Catch and release snook fishing remains fair. Look for the snook to be feeding on outgoing tide around the bridges at night. Live shrimp floated through the shadow line is a dynamite way to go for the snook this time of year. Hobe Sound Flats have had some fish around this week; with jacks, ladyfish, sheepshead, occasional trout and pompano, and small snook all being possible. The Loxghatchee River was pretty good last week with some good sheepshead, and a few triple tail reports. Live Shrimp will be a good bait option for both.
SURF/PIER- Another slow week on the beach. Rough conditions and dirty water brought fishing reports pretty much to a grinding halt. Conditions over the weekend unfortunately aren't looking a whole lot better. Saturday looks like it may end up being ok; but hard to say how the water will look. If it clears up a few fish may show up. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few fish in the rough stuff this wee; including the stray winter snook or two. If the water stays on the cleaner side we could see a little push of pompano this weekend, but I'm not holding my breath on that one! A handful of bluefish around. A loud noisy topwater popper, silver spoon, or cut mullet is a good bait choice for the blues. About time for the better numbers of Blacktip Sharks to start showing up.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 20 knots along the coast to northwest 15 to 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Along the coast, gusts up to 30 knots. In the Gulf Stream, gusts up to 35 knots in the morning. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional to 10 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...West southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. East swell 3 feet becoming south southeast 4 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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