OFFSHORE- Overall a pretty decent week offshore. Sailfish action is not red hot, but those putting in the time continue to pick away at the releases. Dolphin fishing remains good to fair in 200-400' of water. Trolling small ballyhoo and bonita strips remains a good bet for the dolphin. A few wahoo in the mix with the moon, along with a decent scattering of kingfish. Also a handful of really nice blackfin tuna around (check the pic below of a really nice one Jeff caught early in the week). Bottom fishing has been very good; with a nice mix of snapper and occasional grouper in the mix. And for those looking a little deeper, the bottom has been alive with a pretty good assortment as well. Some good tilefish and assorted other deepwater species.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has slowed a little inshore as the water begins to cool off. The snook are definitely beginning to key in better on smaller baits and shrimp (Easier for them to digest in cooler weather/water). The shrimp jig bite at night around the bridges is good; with the flairhawk and swimbait bite beginning to slow down a bit. With mixed water conditions the best bite has varied between incoming and outgoing tide. During the day the snook are laid up around boat docks and seawalls, especially in areas with dark mud bottom. A live mullet presented to them remains the best bet. A few jacks cruising the same areas as the snook. Sheepshead reports (and/or at least sightings) continue to trickle in; along with a handful of black drum.
SURF/PIER- Middle of the road fishing reports this week along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Scattered reports on the pompano up and down the line; but not red hot fishing quite yet. Those spending time on the beach are seeing a few on a fairly regular basis. Bluefish action has started to improve. Early morning and late afternoon have been the best bet for the bluefish. The Juno Beach Pier has had a few Spanish Mackerel around as well. Still mixed water conditions along the beach...find the cleaner better looking water and the fish won't be too far behind.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SAT THROUGH SUN...N NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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