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OFFSHORE- Reports remained a bit slow offshore this week. Sailfish action was a bit slow, but as we move in to tournament season more and more will start to be caught. The West Palm Beach Fishing Club Silver Sailfish Derby kicked off today and at time of writing the fleet has about 80 releases on day one. It's not epic numbers, but it's not bad considering the way fishing has been. Look for numbers to be a little better tomorrow as weather gets a little more ideal for the sailfish. Bite has bounced around a bit on the sails, but just to the north of Jupiter Inlet seems to be holding a fair number of fish. Best depth has bounced between about 150-250' of water. Goggle eyes, blue runners, thread fins, and sardines are all top bait choices for the sails. Current rips, color changes, and large areas of bait are all good areas to start the search for the sails. Dolphin will be mixed in the same areas as the sailfish; and the same live baits intended for sails will get the attention of hungry dolphin. A few kingfish scattered along the 120' ledge. Live baits will work for the kings, as will drifting a dead sardine on a knocker rig. Bottom fishing has been fair this week. A few good mutton snapper being caught, along with some nice yellowtail snapper. About time for a few cobia to start showing up.
INSHORE- Sheepshead fishing has been good inshore. A small jighead with a live shrimp is a solid way to go for the sheepshead. Lake Worth/Palm Beach Inlet is a good spot to look for the sheepshead. As are local bridges and boat docks; especially ones that have access to deep water and barnacles growing on them. Catch and release snook fishing has been fair inshore. Some big snook layer up under boat docks in the Loxahatchee River. A live mullet is hard to beat for the snook. The shrimp jig bite has been fair at night around the bridges for the snook. Outgoing tide will be the best, but don't overlook incoming tide if the water is a little dirty.
SURF/PIER- A big swell and dirty water has kept reports to the minimum this week. Pompano reports remain very slim. Those putting in the time on the beach are finding a stray pomp or two. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites are all good baits to try for the pompano. Bluefish numbers have increased slightly. A loud noisy topwater popper is a great lure choice for the blues. Spanish Mackerel action has been good up towards Peck's Lake. Clark Spoons, Gotcha Lures, and crappie jigs are all good lure choices for the Macs. A couple box of glass minnows will go a long way in getting the Macs fired up. About time to start seeing bigger numbers of Blacktip Sharks showing up.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north northeast. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of rain.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers.
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