OFFSHORE- Rough weather this week severely limited offshore reports. Some of the bigger boats that did make it offshore picked away at the sailfish. It wasn't a red hot sail bite, but a fair number around. Based on the weather forecast, at the time of writing, it looks like the sails could snap off pretty good on Saturday. That north wind would/could/should get them up tailing in the waves. Mixed in with the sails have been a few good size dolphin. The mahi's (especially the bigger ones) are quick to eat the same live goggle eyes and small blue runners intended for sails. Hard to beat live baiting in 120-250' of water this time of year. The trolling bite can be ok, but it is really a live bait game until you get up north towards St. Luice Inlet. Out deep, before the weather went away from us, the golden tilefish and swordfish continued to bite well. No bottom reports to speak of this week. When conditions improve the snapper fishing should remain pretty good; and fully expecting to see the cobia start showing up anytime. No wahoo reports this week with the weather; but the moon looks good for them if conditions allow.
INSHORE- Very windy conditions (and an early cool snap) this week made inshore fishing tough. Snook fishing should gradually improve into the weekend with a warming trend. Snook have been biting ok at night around the bridges. Shrimp seems to be the main thing they are eating, but in the right conditions they will eat a swimbait or flair hawk. Try and time it to fish the warmest part of the tide (that takes a little work to figure out, but is a great snook fishing secret for winter fishing patterns) if possible. Sheepshead action remains pretty good inshore and in Palm Beach Inlet. Live shrimp is a solid choice for the sheepshead. A jighead or basic bottom rig is the best way to go when rigging the live shrimp.
SURF/PIER- Brutal weather conditions this week had reports a bit slow this week. The Juno Beach Pier did produce some Spanish Mackerel this week. A white crappie jig remains the top choice for the Macs. Takes a little practice to fish the crappie jig in the wind, but it is possible. A few bluefish as well at the pier this week. Sardine or mullet chunks are the best bait choice for the bluefish. The same sardines, fished very patiently on the bottom could also yield a snook bite or two (It's boring and the bites are kind of few and far between, but it defiantly does work!). Pompano reports were a bit slow this week. Hopefully a north wind on Saturday gets some pomps pushed towards us this weekend. The spinner shark migration is in full swing, but finding them in current conditions has been tough. When it calms down, it should be full on with the sharks!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...North winds 10 to 20 knots. Along the coast, seas 2 to 3 feet. In the Gulf Stream, seas 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 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. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
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Beautiful Fireback Grouper caught by our friend Colton on a Jyg Pro Slow Pitch Jig in the Bahamas recently.
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