OFFSHORE- This week saw a mixed bag of weather, and fair fishing at best. Upcoming weekend forecast doesn’t look good for most. Sailfish remain scattered up and down the line. No huge numbers to speak of, but pretty consistent number of chances for just about everybody. It’s fairly safe to assume that if you put the kites up and fish from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet you will get 2-3 chances a day on the sails. Look for good north current, defined current rips or color changes, and large areas of bait (namely flying fish on top, or marks down deep on the sounder) and the numbers of sailfish should change as well. Dolphin remain mixed in with the sails in fair numbers. Ideal depth for both the sails and dolphin will be 150-250’ of water. Should be some wahoo around with the moon. Speaking of wahoo…some really sweet new colors in the DTX Minnow from Nomad lures hit this week in the shop; the wahoo should eat them up! Kingfish have been scattered along the 120’ ledge in fair numbers. Bottom fishing remained pretty strong this week, with some good numbers of mutton snapper around along with a stray cobia or two as well. Sardines remains the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook season opens on Monday, but don’t expect it to go off based on the weather report. Strong cold front will have them slowed down pretty good for sure. Shrimp jig at night around the bridges is going to be a good bet for the snook. Fish it low and slow for best results, and be prepared to work for the bites. Other inshore action was spotty this week. Some good sheepshead and black drum reports. The Hobe Sound Flats have had a nice mixed bag of species hanging around. Ladyfish, small jacks, pompano, trout, and small snook have all been on the flats between mile marker 40-44. Some pretty good reports on pompano coming out of the Sailfish Flats in Stuart. Bright colored Doc’s Goofy Jigs (3/8oz Orange, Pink, Char) will be the best bet for the pompano up that way.
SURF/PIER- Pompano reports were hit or miss this week. Definitely wasn’t as good on the pompano this week as last week. Spanish Mackerel remain scattered up and down the beach in pretty good numbers. A small diamond jig or flashy style spoon is a solid choice for the Macs. The Spanish Mackerel have filled into Peck’s Lake in good numbers over the past week. The Juno Beach Pier has had a pretty good week. Spanish Mackerel have been biting good, a fair number of bluefish mixed in, a scattering of pompano, and a good number of croakers and whiting as well. Conditions don’t look great for the weekend, but if the water doesn’t end up too muddy the fish could bite pretty good.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to
around 20 knots. Seas 7 to 9 feet with occasional seas to
11 feet. Period 9 seconds. North northeast swell 3 feet in the
SATURDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around
20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. North
northeast swell 3 feet.
SUNDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around
20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet.
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