OFFSHORE- It took a little while, but it looks like the cold fronts are going to start rolling through; and that should help set up the winter time fishing patterns a little better. Sailfish action was good from Palm Beach Inlet to Jupiter Inlet last week with the mild front, and then slowed as the week went on. Teams fishing the Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament this week, have for the most part been choosing to make long runs up the line and look for the sails while trolling dredges and small naked ballyhoo. Livebait teams staying closer to home have found a few sailfish in 120-160' of water from the Juno Beach Pier up to the Jupiter Inlet. Dolphin fishing was very good last weekend, and a few have hung around into the later part of the week. Look for most of the dolphin catches to be in the same zone as the sailfish (150-300'). Kingfish remain broken up in small schools north of Jupiter Inlet. Bottom fishing remains fair, with some decent snapper catches for those really putting the time in. A mix of yellowtails, mangrove, lane, and a few muttons (along with all the usual reef species) have made up the bulk of the bottom catch.
INSHORE- Reports from the grassflats in Hobe Sound (Mile Marker 40-44) improved this week. A few pompano, jacks, and ladyfish were caught by those throwing goofy jigs in 3-5' of water. Scattered(very scattered) seatrout catches were made on live shrimp. A few snook are hanging on the east side of the Intracoastal around the docks up that way as well. No reports to really speak of from Munyan Island but the fishing should improve with each front. Sheepshead and blackdrum have been biting at night around area bridges. Fresh curt shrimp is hard to beat for catching the drum and sheepshead. Snook season will be reopening here very soon. Snook reports have been a little sparse, but those who have been fishing are having good luck using live shrimp and shrimp jigs.
SURF/PIER- Local surf fishing has remained a bit slow, but it did show some signs of improvement with last weeks mild front. Croaker, and a few whiting, continue to bite well in the first trough. Small pieces of shrimp and fishbites are both good bait choices for them. Scattered spanish mackerel have been around the pier. Crappie jigs Gotcha Lures, and the "bobber rig" w/ a clark or squid spoon are all good choices for the macs. Schools of jacks are cruising the beach and make for good action, especially when targeted with light tackle. Bluefish are around, but not in huge numbers. Fishing cutbait at dawn and dusk seems to be the best bet for the blues right now. A really nice permit was caught at the Juno Beach Pier last weekend, and the conditions are right for some more to show up. We have some nice blue crabs for sale, if your looking to soak a permit bait for a while.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- Despite promising looking conditions offshore, the bite was a little tough. A few dolphin and scattered sails were the main action, and did hear of some nice blackfin tuna up to the north. Spanish Mackerel action remains good at Peck's Lake. Lots of fun(especially on light tackle), great for kids, and usually fairly easy to get them fired up with some chum and glass minnows. Plus with all the mackerel hanging around the bigger fish are not far behind. Lots of big sharks and goliath grouper around for those looking for a real fight!