Had to laugh a little as I read through the marine forecast (see below)...if you have a favorite wind direction to fish on, it's a safe bet it's going to blow that way at some point weekend.
OFFSHORE- Sailfish action remained fair to good this week; with some good release numbers coming in for a few boats, and just about everybody getting at least a chance or two a trip. Live baits (goggle eyes and small blue runners) under the kite remain the top bait choice for the sailfish. Smaller baits (Pilchards, threads, or sardines if you can find them) will be top choices for the flats. The bite has bounced around up and down the line; with Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet remaining a safe starting point. Best depth remains 150-250ish' depending on current and water conditions. As always look for current rips, color changes, and large areas of bait when setting up your drifts. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a few nice dolphin and a scattered wahoo or two as well. Kingfish remind scattered along the 120' ledge in decent numbers. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slow this week, but a handful of nice muttons did come up.
INSHORE- Sheepshead action remains good in Palm Beach Inlet, and to a lesser extent in Jupiter Inlet as well. The depth of Palm Beach Inlet helps to concentrate better numbers, while they tend to spread out a bit more in Jupiter Smaller to medium live shrimp is the bait of choice of the sheepshead. In the ICW and Loxahatchee River you can pick away at sheepshead under boat docks and around pilings that have good barnacle growth. Live shrimp on a short shank jighead is a good way to go; proving a simple rig that is easy to cast. Snook season is now back open. Cooler water temps have the snook a bit on the sluggish side. Smaller profile presentations are a great way to go for the snook this time of year, especially when fishing at night. A Thumper Shrimp or 3" NLBN swimbait bounced on the bottom around bridges at night (especially on an outgoing tide) is a great way to go for getting bites. Bigger swimbaits and Flairhawk jigs will still get the bites; they just tend to be fewer and farer between (This time of year a snook's metabolism is slowed way down. It may take them a week to digest a mullet. A shrimp or smaller baitfish on the other hand is a small easy snack). Pompano reports on the Stuart Sailfish flats were good this week; local inshore pomp reports were on the slower side.
SURF/PIER- The bluefish pushed through very briefly early this week, but didn't hang around (hungry sharks tend to push things through quickly like that!). When the blues come through they have been biting GT Ice Creams, Poppers, Diamond Jigs, and swimming plugs well. Pompano reports improved a bit this week. Hasn't been big numbers of pomps around, but those putting in the time on the beach have been getting a few bites. Sandfleas, clams, and Fishbites remain the baits of choice for the pomps. The Juno Beach Pier has been holding a fair number of whiting and croaker this week. Small pieces of fresh shrimp are the top bait choice for both. Calm conditions early in the week provided a good window for catching sharks on topwater plugs; although conditions for that have gone away later in the week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E winds 5 to 10 kt becoming W NW in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 10 seconds. N NE swell 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SAT...W NW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming W SW in the afternoon, then becoming E SE in the evening. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. N NE swell 3 ft in the morning. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUN...S SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers with a chance of tstms in the afternoon.
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