OFFSHORE- Been a big boat kind of week for the most part, and the weekend weather forecast is not the most promising for the small boat crowd. Sailfish action was good this week, and the conditions are right for a good bite Friday and Saturday. Boats fishing out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlets have been seeing some sails anywhere from 90-300' of water. Look for the sails to be relating to color changes, current rips, or large areas of bait. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a fair number of dolphin, including some nice size gaffers. Don't be afraid to fish a wire trace on your livebaits as the kingfish, and a handful of wahoo, are around. To really cover all your bases keep a bait down deep to pick up a cobia. Most of the kings are in the 8-15lb range with a smoker or two around as well. Bottom fishing was fair this week, especially given the weather conditions. Some mutton and yellowtail snapper were caught by those spending some time with baits on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was a little slower this week, but still enough around to keep things interesting. If your snook fishing during the day look for them to be on dark mudflats, around docks, and along seawalls. Snook don't like the cold, so look for areas with lots of sun that warm up quickly and the snook won't be far away. At night look for the snook to be around bridges with deeper water and good current. LIve shrimp, or realistic shrimp lures, are a good choice for the snook in cold conditions. A few pompano have been caught in the Loxahatchee River this week on Doc's Goofy Jigs. The colder weather may help push some more pompano into the river or ICW this weekend. Lots of jacks around inshore right now to keep the rods bent.
SURF/PIER- Lots of good action in the surf this week. Pompano fishing was very good early in the week, and a few fish will no doubt be caught into the weekend. Bluefish invaded the Juno Beach Pier in big numbers this week. Spoons, diamond jigs, gotcha plugs, and X-Raps will all work on the bluefish, as will a chunk of bait on a bottom rig. Spanish mackerel moved down the beach in big numbers. Spinner and blacktip sharks have been around in good numbers. Lots of good surf action right now, get em while they're here!
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