OFFSHORE- Good fishing overall this week, and a fair forecast for the weekend should keep the fish around. Sailfish bite was good this week. Most boats targeting sails have been getting at least a few chances, and a handful of boats have seen over ten. The sailfish are scattered up and down the line (which should make for an interesting "Sailfish Challenge" 3-Inlet Tournament), with consistent catches coming between the Juno Beach Pier and Jupiter Inlet in 150-225' of water being the top depth. Very good dolphin fishing this week, and with the forecast it looks like that should continue through the weekend. Best bet for the dolphin has been 200-400' of water, but that depth could vary quite widely so don't be afraid to go look around if it's not happening in that depth range. The same live goggle eyes and blue runners that work well for the sailfish are going to be top baits for the bigger dolphin around as well. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid are also solid choices for the dolphin as well. Kingfish action has been very good again this week, with 120' being a good depth to start with for the kings. Commercial kingfish action has been very good a little farther north, so the spring run of Jupiter fish are not far away now! Cobia are around in good numbers off of Jupiter in 100-150' of water. Sardines have been the top bait choice for the cobia. Other bottom fishing has been fair this week, with some good snapper catches coming in.
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to improve with the warming weather. As the water inshore begins to warm back up a bit the snook will begin to become more and more active. Snook reports are improving at night around the bridges. Look for outgoing tide to be the best tide for the snook; with flair hawk jigs and SpoolTek swimbaits being top lure choices. Snook, mostly smaller ones, are also around the docklights in good numbers. Live Shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and Vudu Shrimp (see a pattern here...) are good choices around the docklights. Look for the snook to bite best on the top of the outgoing tide, but that may vary depending on where your fishing. Other inshore fishing reports were a bit slower this week. Has been a few jacks cruising around inshore, but no big numbers yet. Area bridges are producing a good number of sandperch on pieces of fresh shrimp. The Hobe Sound Flats in the ICW are still holding a nice assortment of fish as well.
SURF/PIER- Good pompano fishing this week north of Jupiter Inlet. Top producing baits have been sandfleas, clams, and FIshbites. The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce a few kingfish each morning, with Rapala X-Raps being a great lure choice for that. Spinner/Blacktip sharks remain around in good numbers for those looking for something a little bigger to pull on. Good numbers of bluefish and jacks scattered up and down the beach as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to southeast around 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
SUNDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
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