OFFSHORE: Sailfish action has been good this week, and conditions look pretty good for a solid bite this weekend. The "Sailfish Challenge" (one of the largest sailfish tournaments around) is this Friday and Saturday out of Government Cut, Hillsboro Inlet, and Lake Worth Inlets; with the best of the best livebait teams competing over such a large area, somebody is going to find the fish! Depending on the bite and weather conditions, 150-250' of water from Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet may see a lot of kites this weekend. Goggle Eyes and blue runners will be the baits of choice for the kites, threadfins or sardines (if your lucky enough to find them) will make great flatline bait choices. It's not a small boat kinda forecast, but more than likely some sailfish will be around. Dolphin remain mixed in with the sailfish. Most of the dolphin being caught on live baits are decent size fish in the 5-15lb range. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid in 200-300' of water should raise some dolphin. The east wind, in theory, should help push them in towards the 120' ledge. Kingfish have been hanging around Jupiter in 100-130' of water over the past week. Trolling baits down deep will get some king bites, as will drifting sardines on a lightly weighted knocker rig. Some decent mutton snapper reports still floating in from the Jupiter drift boat guys, as well as a few cobia starting to show up. No real pattern to the cobia yet, more of where you find them.
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains pretty good for the guys putting the time in to really work them. With colder water temps the snook aren't going to feed all the time or over aggressively, so working with the tide and proper bait presentation is crucial. This time of year smaller snook are going to key in on shrimp; or bigger fish will be looking to eat a big bait once and not eat again for a few days. Deeper water bridges or dark mud flat bottoms will remain the best areas to look for snook right now. The sheepshead have been biting pretty good in Lake Worth/Palm Beach Inlet. Live shrimp on a bottom rig or small jig is a good bet in the inlet right now. In addition to the sheepshead; jacks, assorted snapper, and other various bottom species are all possible on shrimp right now. The Hobe Sound flats are holding a mixed bag of species still. Jacks and ladyfish will provide a bulk of the action, while a redfish or snook will sneak in the mix from time to time. Good mixture of stuff around inshore right now...just have to go look for it.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing has been good this week from the Juno Beach Pier up to Blowing Rocks Park on Jupiter Island. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites remain the bait of choice for the pompano. Best bite has been early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Bluefish are biting chunks of bait and large silver spoons early and late in the morning as well. Sharks are all over the place right now, and provide great light tackle fun for anyone looking to pull on something a little bit bigger. A fresh chunk of bait (ladyfish, jack, bluefish, etc.) is the best bet to entice a quick bite out of the sharks right now.
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 20 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 9 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS.
SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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