OFFSHORE- This week has been all over the place on the weather side of things. Started rough as could be, started to calm down get a couple nice calm days, and then it blows back ups in a big way for the upcoming weekend. Offshore reports remain fair, with the expected winter time species hanging around. Sailfish action remains fair, with those putting in the time getting the bites. No real sustained north winds to push a bunch of fish through, but the resident sails are keeping things interesting. Dolphin are mixed in with the sailfish, including a decent number of good size fish. Look for the best action to be in 150-225' of water for the most part. Kingfish are scattered up and down the 120' ledge, with a few wahoo in the mix as well. Bottom reports were a bit slim this week.
INSHORE- Snook reports are staring to trickle in as anglers start to do a little scouting for snook season (Season opens 2/1). Look for the snook to be laid up around boat docks, dark mudflats, and mangroves; especially those areas close to deeper water. The bridges are still producing a fair number of snook at night, especially on outgoing tide. Live shrimp, shrimp jigs, DOA Shrimp, and smaller swimbaits are all good choices for the snook right now. Inshore action around the grassflats was a little quiet this week, but those spending some time out there have found a few fish. Jacks, ladyfish, and a few smaller trout have made up the bulk of the reports coming in.
SURF/PIER- Not much to write about from the beach and pier this week, but hoping front pushing through does start to turn the page to some better action. Pompano reports remain very slim, with only a few fish around. Scattered Spanish Mackerel at the pier over the past few days, but not in very good numbers. No big numbers of bluefish, but has been a few scattered reports of them around. Do expect the blacktop and spinner sharks to be around anywhere you do find any of the above species.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Along the coast, seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet building to 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. In the Gulf Stream, seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet building to 7 to 9 feet with occasional seas to 11 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. Chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots along the coast to east southeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet along the coast and 8 to 10 feet with occasional to 13 feet in the Gulf Stream. North northeast swell 3 to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUNDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. North northeast swell 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers.
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