OFFSHORE- Fishing remained good offshore this week; with a nice mixed bag assortment. Best action on pretty much all species will be in 90-300' of water. While you may hear of a few dolphin out deeper (and with the exception of swordfish and golden tiles), a large part of the action will be in or around the edge at 150'. Sailfish action remained fair to good, with most boats at least seeing a fish or two. Numbers on the sails seemed to be a little better down to the south (Lake Worth Pier to Boynton Inlet); but still a fair amount of fish from Palm Beach up to Jupiter. The trolling boats up north (Like Fort Pierce and north) continue to pick away at the sails as well. In other words the sailfish are scattered up and down the line; get lucky and land on the right pod or good general area and you may really be able to bang out the releases quick. With a cold front pushing through this weekend; conditions look ideal for a great sailfish bite...fingers crossed it goes off! Mixed in with the sails have been a fair number of dolphin, a few cobia, good number of kings, and some nice Blackfin tuna. Live baits (goggle eyes and small blue runners) under the kite are a great way to go for all of the above species. Threadfins, pilchards, or sardines (any of them you can find or buy right now) all make good choices for the flatlines. Snapper fishing has been fair on the bottom. The usual assortment of mutton and yellowtails have made up most of the catch. Out deep the swordfish bite has been good when the weather allows. Season is back open for golden tiles; been some good ones around when the weather allows. Squid is always a top bait choice for the tilefish. But those willing to crank a lot can catch some nice tiles on slow pitch jigs (Check the pic below from Captain Jeff www.gofishjupiter.com of a really nice Golden Tile on JYG Pro Stryke!)
INSHORE- Inshore reports were a bit slower this week, but still some fish around. Pompano reports inshore seemed to slow (or maybe people stopped talking!) in the river. A cold front into the weekend will likely get them biting again. A brightly colored Doc's Goofy Jig is a great way to go for the pomps. In addition it will also entice strikes out of jacks, ladyfish, and honestly just about anything else around! Sheepshead action improved drastically in Palm Beach and to a lesser extent Jupiter Inlets this week. Live shrimp remain a solid bait choice for the sheepshead. A few weeks away from snook season opening back up. Catch and release action on the snook has been a bit slow. It takes a little more work, finesse, and time to get them to bite with cooler water temps. Pay extra attention to tides and keep the baits on the smaller side for the best action with the snook. Doesn't mean the snook won't bite a bigger bait or lure this time of year; you just have to be much more patient and expect fewer bites.
SURF/PIER- It wasn't a record setting week along the beach this week; but fishing overall was decent. Some big schools of big bluefish around the past few days. Best action on the bluefish has been late afternoon. GT Ice Creams, diamond jigs, and loud noisy poppers have all been good lure choices. Watching a big bluefish come up and smash a topwater is about as cool as it gets. Just be ready to get those blues in quick; the sharks are around and making quick work of any blues stretched out for an extended period of time. They don't exactly leave these days; but it's about time to really start seeing the numbers of blacktip/spinner sharks blow up over the next few weeks. Targeting the sharks with topwaters is another really good adrenaline rush! Best acton on them will be early morning and late afternoon. Pompano reports were a little slim this week. A few pomps around, but didn't hear of any big numbers to speak of. Spanish Mackerel action is good at Peck's Lake (Conditions will likely change that going into the weekend) with plenty of limits coming up. A Gulfstream Flash Minnow or Clark Squid spoon are both great lure choices for the Macs.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...Winds W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
SAT...N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts to around 30 kt. Along the coast, seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. In the Gulf Stream, seas 5 to 7 ft, occasionally to 9 ft building to 6 to 9 ft, occasionally to 11 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUN...NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt along the coast to NE 15 to 20 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 5 to 8 ft, occasionally to 10 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
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It's a lot of cranking when you drop a jig over 600' down...of course with results like this it's worth it!