Offshore- Tough fishing continued for the most part this week offshore. The weather forecast (see below) is not exactly ideal; but it could turn out to be a little more fishable than it appears at first glance. Sailfish action has slowly started to improve, with a few boats starting to have multiple chances. For those not looking to make a long run up the line (or down the line) to chase the sailfish bite; the area between the Juno Beach Pier and Jupiter Inlet has been one of the more consistent spots for finding a shot or two at the sails. Depth has bounced around from 100-250' depending on water conditions and bait; so don't be afraid to move around and look for em. Live baits (preferably goggle eyes) under the kite is the way to go for the sails. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a few nice dolphin; though not in the same numbers that had been around for a few weeks. Scattered kingfish are still biting along the 120' ledge, though not in huge numbers. Mutton snapper fishing has been good, with some high quality fish around over the past week. Sardines fished on a slide rig remain the bait of choice for the mutton snapper.
NOAA MArine Forecast-
FRIDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 10 SECONDS. NORTH NORTHEAST SWELL 3 TO 4 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
SATURDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. NORTHEAST SWELL AROUND 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY...WEST NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO WEST NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SHOWERS LIKELY.
INSHORE- The fishing inshore has shown a little improvement over the past week,but still needs a few good cold fronts to really get things going. Spotted seatrout are slowly moving back into their wintertime hangouts, but not in any huge numbers. Try a live shrimp under a popping cork for best luck with the trout. Catch and release snook fishing remains fair at night around the bridges. Lots of jacks in the Loxahatchee River and Hobe Sound Flats right now. Try tossing a Zara Spook to a school of hungry jacks and not smile as three or four try to beat each other to it....bet you can't do it! Scattered reports of sheepshead, black drum, and sand perch are rolling in from those fishing around area bridges with small pieces of cut shrimp.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing has improved over the past few days, with the Juno Beach Pier starting to see some more typical "wintertime" action. Jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, and a stray mackerel or two have been caught over the past few days on the pier using gotcha lures, spoons, and weighted popping plugs. Pompano are not thick, but those putting time in on the beach have been catching a few. Sandfleas and clams being the baits of choice for the pompano. Bluefish action should improve with the changing weather conditions. Still a good number of sharks around for those looking to pull on something a little bigger from the beach.
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