OFFSHORE- The past week saw quite a swing in weather offshore, and the fishing reports followed along with it. Last weekend saw a way above average wahoo bite for this time of year. Some good numbers of wahoo caught, and the average size was good as well. The usual wahoo trolling methods (trolling a strip or mullet down deep, or a swimming plug) produced bite; as did kite baits probably more meant for sailfish. Enough wahoo and kings around right now to consider adding a short wire trace to those sail baits. Sailfish bite has been pretty consistent over the past week as well. Bite has bounced up and down the line a bit, but from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet remains a solid starting point. Look for the sails to be in 120-250' of water depending on conditions. Live baits under the kite remain the top presentation method; but don't overlook those flatlines or down baits as well. Slower dolphin fishing this week; but still a few around. Snapper fishing slowed just a bit, but remains pretty good. Sardines, squid, and bonita chunks will be top bait choices for the snapper. Could see a cobia or two mixed in with the snapper.
INSHORE- Catch and release only now; but inshore snook fishing remains very good. During the day look for the snook to be tight to seawalls and under boat docks. Areas with good current flow (And current breaks) and ambush points will be ideal starting points. At night the snook have been around the bridges and under docklights. The snook have largely switched to a shrimp diet, so keep that in mind when picking lures. The sheepshead and black drum continue to show up in their usual winter time spots as well in the ICW and Loxahatcheee River. Live shrimp will be a top bait choice for both. The Hobe Sound Flats continue to come to life with cooling temps. Ladyfish, jacks, occasional pompano, small snook, possible sea trout, and a host of other are in that mile marker 40-44 range.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing was a little slower overall this week. Pompano reports fell off drastically again. Those putting in the time on the beach picked away at a few, but no big numbers this week. Bluefish remain scattered up and down the beach in fair numbers. Best bite on the bluefish has been very early morning and late afternoon. The blues are also biting well at night on cut bait. Spanish Mackerel (that had been at the Pier and scattered along the beach, but not so much anymore) are at Peck's Lake in big numbers. A little chum and some spoons is all you need for fast action on the Spanish Mackerel. Sharks have remained around in good numbers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers through the day. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Southwest winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms.
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