Regular report readers are going to catch on quick this week...just wasn't a whole lot going on! Hoping things shake up a little bit headed into the weekend.
OFFSHORE- The one nice thing I can say headed into the weekend (especially for this time of year!) is that the forecast is looking pretty nice. SE may not be the greatest wind direction this time of year; but its only forecasted to blow 10-15 and the ocean looks like it shouldn't be too rough for any small boaters trying to get some time offshore headed into the rougher winter days. A handful of dolphin reports, with depths bouncing around all over the place (No real rhyme or reason to any of it). Sailfish reports also were fair at best this week. Was hoping the first real front of the season fired them up; but sounds like the same steady pick. Weather didn't allow for any wahoo reports to speak of on the front side of the full moon; but do expect some to be caught as we slip to the backside of the full moon. A split tail mullet or large bonita strip with a seawitch are both great ways to go for the wahoo. No bottom reports to speak of this week, but should be decent conditions to give it a try over the weekend. Without a lot of pressure on them the last week, the snapper could be chewing.
INSHORE- Snook fishing slowed a bit this week with the front. As water temps start to creep down now the snook's metabolism slows down, and they start eating smaller baits better. Live shrimp, shrimp jig, Thumper Shrimp (Big order on the way, should be in next week), DOA Shrimp, and 3" NLBN all really turn into top baits for the snook as temps fall. That's not to say they won'y bite a jig or bigger bait still; it just means a lot more casts in between bites. Cooler temps do have the sheepshead and occasional black drum biting better inshore. Live shrimp on a jighead is one of the cleanest easiest ways to go rig wise. Try fishing around pilings and seawalls with lots of marine growth and close to deeper water for best luck.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier has had a few of just about everything this week and not a lot of any one thing! The daily report has been something to the effect of: "Well I saw a couple small jacks, one pompano, and I think a Spanish Mackerel or two come over the rail". It's been a slow pick, with a few fish around for those putting the time in. A white crappie jig remains an effective choice for all around action. For the pompano a bright colored Doc's Goofy Jig is the top lure choice. When the wind is blowing a Got-Cha plug or small diamond jig is a great way to go. Pompano reports were not much better along the beach; but those putting the hours in are finding a few. Bluefish remain scattered along the beach; but not in huge numbers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. .
SAT...SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUN...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop.
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