OFFSHORE- Sailfish bite remains fair offshore, with conditions looking really good for them coming into the weekend. It was this weekend last year (But with a stronger front) that the first big body of fish showed up...will history repeat itself??? Sailfish bite has kind of jumped up and down the line; so keep an eye out for good conditions and one ear on the radio. Should be some big dolphin mixed in with the sailfish, along with the occasional cobia. A fair scattering of kingfish in along the 120' ledge, including some really big ones. Bottom fishing was pretty good early in the week, with some nice mutton reports coming in.
INSHORE- Snook season opens back up next week...good weekend to do a little scouting for them. Overall sbook fishing has been a bit slow, but those putting in the time have been finding a few in the usual wintertime hangouts. The shrimp jig bite is still on at night. Look for slightly cloudy water and fair tide movement (generally outgoing) for best luck on the snook. A handfukl of inshore pompano reports coming in from Hobe Sound and Lake Worth. A bright colored Doc's Goofy Jig is the best bet for the pomps. Small jacks, blue runners, and ladyfish will also jump all over a Doc's Goofy Jig. Sheepshead reports slowed a bit this week, but still a decent number around. Shrimp and sandfleas remain the best bet for the sheepshead.
SURF/PIER- Somewhat slow fishing this week both on the beach and at the pier. A slow pick of pompano being caught, but no numbers to speak of. From the beach its been Fishbites, sandfleas, and clams. From the Juno Beach Pier the same baits will work well, as will the Doc's Goofy Jig. Some good schools of jacks cruising the beach along Singer Island and Palm Beach Inlet. Look for the jacks to be most active early morning and late afternoon. The tarpon have also been hanging around Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers. No bluefish or Mackerel action to speak of this week; hopefully the front this weekend helps get some pointed in our direction.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...N NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft along the coast and 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft in the Gulf Stream. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SAT...E NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUN...E winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers, mainly in the morning.
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