OFFSHORE- Nicer weather early in the week allowed more people to get offshore; and the reports overall were pretty good. Sailfish action remains consistent; with pretty much everybody putting the kites up seeing at least a few fish, and quite a few boats getting five or more bites. Not exactly ideal sailfish conditions for the weekend; but Sunday looks like it could possibly be good for the sails. The West Palm Beach Fishing Club "Silver Sailfish Derby" is next week; so expect more than a few boats to really start poking around over the next few days. Live goggle eyes and small blue runners under the kite will be the top bait choice for the sails, while threadfins are a great choice on the flatlines. Good scattering of kingfish along the 120' ledge. Most of the kings have been in the 5-10lb range, with a handful of bigger ones around as well. The full moon did produce a few wahoo to end the year(Our friend Peyton with a nice one pictured below!) Blackfin Tuna action, including some really good sized ones, has been very good this week. Action on the Blackfins has been better north of Jupiter Inlet; but still some to the south as well. Bottom fishing has been pretty good again this week. A good mixture of mutton snapper, yellowtails, porgies, and throwback groupers coming up off the bottom. Sardines and squid remain the baits of choice on the bottom right now.
INSHORE- A mixture of inshore action this week. Cooler air temps did seem to bring a nice little push of sheepshead and occasional black drum inshore. Little better fishing up to the north(Stuart and north), but the ICW in Jupiter and Loxahatchee River did also have a few fish around. A live shrimp on a light jighead or simple fish finder rig is the best option for the tricky bait stealers. Boat docks and seawalls with some barnacle growth are good areas to start the search for the sheepshead; especially when they have dark bottom and close proximity to deeper water. Mixed in with the sheepshead will likely be a few mangrove snapper, big sand perch, and ever present catfish. The Loxahatchee River did have a few pompano around this week, with a 3/8 Pink Doc's Goofy Jig being a top lure choice. Catch and release snook fishing was fair this week. Not a wide open bite on the snook; but those putting in the time have been catching a few. The shrimp jig (or a 3" NLBN) bite has been pretty good at night; with outgoing tide being the best bet in most cases.
SURF/PIER- The first part of the week saw some pretty nice weather; and with it came a good mixed bag of action along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Pompano reports improved, with a decent scattering of fish being caught up and down the beach. It didn't seem that any location in particular was red hot for the pomps; more of a scattered pick as they moved up and down the beach. On the beach sand fleas, clams, and FishBites remain the bait of choice. Not many pompano at the pier this week, although a handful did come up on bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs. Spanish Mackerel action has also improved this week. The Macs have been biting up north at Peck's Lake and also decently at the Juno Beach Pier. On the Juno Beach Pier a white crappie jig or small diamond jig will be excellent lure choices. Very good croaker/whiting bite one day at the Pier this week, with live shrimp being the top bait choice. Some big bluefish around the past week as well. The sharks have the bluefish only feeding selectively; so it has been talking a little work to get the bites out of them. About time for topwater shark action to really get going...won't be long at all now!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...Along the coast, E winds 10 to 15 kt becoming 20 to 25 kt. In the Gulf Stream, E winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 30 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SAT...Winds S SW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts to around 35 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft, occasionally to 9 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of tstms. Showers likely.
SUN...W NW winds 10 to 15 kt becoming N NW. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely in the morning. A slight chance of tstms. A chance of showers.
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Our friend Peyton (IG @thep3yton) with a nice wahoo to wrap up 2023!!!