OFFSHORE- Sailfish action slowed a bit this week; but still a decent numbers of them around. Didn't have a lot of boats getting double digit chances on the sails, but a handful was pretty common for those putting in the time. Northerly winds in the forecast this weekend should help push a few more in our general direction. Best bite on the sailfish has bounced around a bit from Palm Beach up to Stuart. Hard to beat the 130-220' depth range for the most part for the sails. A few dolphin mixed in with the sails, but not in big numbers. The average size of the dolphin though tends to run a little bigger this time of year. Sounds like a few more Blackfin Tuna showed up this week as well. A scattering of kingfish along the 120' ledge, along with a wahoo or two. It's about time for the cobia to show up in pretty good numbers offshore...hasn't happened yet, but a few short ones were caught this week. Snapper fishing was good this week. Mutton snapper were the main catch, with a few mangroves and vermilion around depending on the depth. Out deeper, like the 600-750' range, the tilefish have been biting good this week.
INSHORE- Cold water has the snook fishing on the slower side. Trick is to either find the snook over a dark bottom laying in the sun, or targeting them on an early incoming tide (when warmer ocean water pushes inshore) depending on the spot. It's the time of year when snook are keyed in on shrimp, especially at night around the bridges, so keep that in mind. The sheepshead bite has been very good over the past few weeks. Palm Beach (Lake Worth) inlet is always a great spot for the sheepshead. Live shrimp on a jighead, or basic bottom rig will generally do the trick. Bridges in the ICW and the Loxahatchee River are also holding the sheepshead. Palm Beach Inlet has also had a pretty good jack bite going on; with plenty of bruisers around to really test your tackle!
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing fired off really good over the past weekend. It slowed a bit during the week, but overall remains very good. Bait availability (mainly Sandfleas) remains a bit of an issue for pompano. Luckily clams, shrimp, FishBites, and FishGum are available and will all get the pomps to bite. Typically speaking best bite on the pompano will be early morning and late afternoon. An incoming tide is also a good time to fish on the beach. A decent scattering of bluefish and jacks on the beach this week. A GT Ice Cream, noisy topwater popper, or silver spoon should work to get the bite on them. Again, early morning and late afternoon will be the best bet for the blues and jacks. The Juno Beach pier has had a few snook around. The water is cold and the snook are moving slow...dead bait on the bottom is the best bet for them. Spanish Mackerel have been in and out at the Juno Beach Pier. A white crappie jig is hard to beat for the Macs. This historically is the weekend that the Spinner(Blacktip) Sharks show up in full force along the beach...time to get the big topwater ready. Nothing like watching the sharks blow up on a popper as the sun is coming up!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers.
SUNDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 20 knots. Along the coast, seas around 2 feet. In the Gulf Stream, seas around 2 feet building to 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
Thanks For Reading,
Jeff with a great Golden Tile on the Slow Pitch Jig!