OFFSHORE- As far as winter weather weekends go...this one coming up isn't looking too bad! It's not super flat summer calm conditions, but definitely very doable compared to past weekends. Fishing reports to start off the week have been slim (For once the wind and rough stuff came early in the week!). The sailfish bite remains steady, with a chance or two per boat being the norm. As I write the report 16 boats fishing the first day of the Bucc (buccaneercup.com) have released about 35 sails. A few of the boats are trolling up north and a few live baiting locally: Overall though the numbers show if you get the baits in the water up and down the line you have a good chance to see a sail. With Southeast winds the forecast it is likely that we could see a decent number of dolphin; along with some more Blackfin Tuna. Look for 150-300' of water to remain a pretty effective depth range to target. While you may find some fish out deeper; for the most part the deep side of the edge is a good place to start. Kingfish remind scattered along the 120' ledge in good numbers. A cobia or two have also been lurking around the same areas. Bottom fishing reports were slim this week, but as conditions improve expect things to get much better.
INSHORE- Some pretty good sheepshead reports coming out of Palm Beach Inlet. Small to medium sized live shrimp remain a top bait choice for the sheepshead. With a smaller shrimp they don't have as much of a chance to nibble it off; they just have to go ahead and eat it. Jupiter has been holding a few sheepshead as well, just not in the snake kind of numbers. Inshore pompano reports were slow this week in Jupiter; with a few still being caught inshore in Stuart. Snook season opens back up a week from today. It's been a little slow on the snook, but warmer temps this weekend (ahead of a cold front coming early next week) will likely have them biting a little better. The shrimp jig bite remains good at night around the bridges for the snook.
SURF/PIER- Overall the surf fishing has been good this week. Early in the week with the wind blowing like crazy, the big bluefish came through the Juno Beach Pier and proceeded to just chew their faces off! Any swimming plug, topwater, spoon, diamond jig, GT Ice Cream, etc that hit the water was promptly destroyed by a hungry bluefish. Unfortunately it was a small window that only lasted a day. Southeast winds have (likely) pushed them up north. When the wind comes around and blows north look for some of them to end up back here again. Still a decent pick on the pier of smaller bluefish, jacks, and the occasional Spanish Mackerel as the week has gone on. Pompano reports were a bit slow this week, but a few were caught locally. With ocean conditions calming into the weekend (and some really nice looking water on the beach right now) look for the pompano to make a little showing. Plenty of spinner sharks along the beach right now as well. Yes the sharks are a pain in the butt...BUT watching a spinner blow a topwater into the air is pretty entertaining. A pretty solid pick of whiting and croakers along the
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SAT...S SE winds 15 to 20 kt along the coast to S SE 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUN...SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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While I don't write a lot about it, I love bass fishing: And winter time in south Florida can lead to some great fishing! (Side note...Maybe I'll start adding a freshwater section every few weeks). Here's our buddy Rich (IG @rtfishhead) with a couple nice ones from a Lake O tournament recently.