OFFSHORE- Sailfish action remained fair this week for those spending the time offshore. Early this week saw a few more fish than the later part of the week; but this coming cool front should have them fired up for the weekend. Finding bait offshore has been the major key to seeing the most sails; so keep an eye out for flying fish and bait balls on the sounder. A few nice dolphin have been mixed in with the sailfish in the 150-300' depth range. Trolling a spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and other small lures in the 200-300" range should raise some dolphin and maybe a small blackfin tuna. Some kingfish reported in the 100' range over the past week. A very good number of cobia around over the past week in 90-130' of water. Snapper fishing is still very good for January. Lost Tree to Jupiter Inlet, in 90-100' of water, seems to be holding a nice mixed bag of assorted snapper.
INSHORE- Snook season opens February 1st, and that will no doubt be the main game in town on the inshore fishing side of things. Fishing deeper bridges with good current flow is a good starting point for bagging a slot size snook. During the day look for snook to be hanging out on shallow flats with a dark bottom, or in areas that are getting a lot of sunshine. Live shrimp, or good shrimp imitations like the DOA Shrimp, and Shrimp Jigs are a great bait/lure choice for snook this time of year. Sheepshead action has also been very good inshore as of late.
Surf/Pier- Surf fishing remains a bit off for the season, but a mixed bag of fish are being caught by those putting the time in. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, jacks, and spinner sharks are scattered up and down the beach. Tossing a large silver spoon or big popping plug is a good way to find them. Pompano action improved this week, with some catches coming both north and south of Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas and clams remain the top bait choice for the pomps. The bluefish were around in better numbers this week, which is an encouraging sign. Spinner sharks are around in solid numbers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of light showers in the morning, then chance of light showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...West southwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Light showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...North winds 5 to 15 knots along the coast to north northwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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