OFFSHORE- Should be a very fishy weekend offshore; and for this time of year it's a favorable weekend. Sailfish action remains very good up and down the line in 130-200' of water. Sailfish bite seems pretty consistent from Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet; with the biggest concentration of fish moving north and south depending on conditions. Mixed in wit the sailfish have been a pretty good number of dolphin. Most of the bigger dolphin this week have been caught on live baits (goggle eyes and blue runners below the kite), but trolling strips and squid will also work for the dolphin. Seem to be a fair number of wahoo around this week, along with a fair scattering of kingfish. Smaller Blackfin tuna have also began to make a spring showing. Bottom reports were a bit slower this week, but still a good number of snapper around. Hoping those cobia show up one of these days...maybe it'll be this weekend!
INSHORE- Inshore fishing overall was pretty good this week. A few days in a row of warmer weather had the snook biting a little bit better; and that looks to continue into the weekend. The Loxahatchee River snook seemed to come alive a bit this week; and a fair number of small tarpon were also cruising around. Live mullet is the bait of choice for both; and in fact may prove more challenging to find than the snook or tarpon. Sheepshead action remains good inshore; with Palm Beach inlet really being the best spot for them. Live shrimp is the best bait for the sheepshead. A few inshore pompano reports this week. Take lots of Goofy Jigs when you go looking for them...the ladyfish will be in the same areas in big numbers as well, and they are great at swiping jigs. Small jacks are also likely to invade the party as well.
SURF/PIER- Pompano reports were spotty this week, with fish seeming to be scattered up and down the beach. Most anglers putting time in on the beach were rewarded with a fish or two; and those in just the right lucky spot managed a few limits. Sandfleas remain very hard to come by; with shrimp, clams, FishBites, and FishGum remaining the baits of choice. If your on the Juno Beach Pier or along the Bech in the boat looking for the pomps a Doc's Goofy Jig will, as always, be the lure you want tied on the line! The Juno Beach Pier has had a great croaker and whiting bite this week. Shrimp (both live and frozen will work) is the top bait choice for them. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a fair number of Spanish Macs around; with a white crappie jig being the bait of choice for them. Bluefish reports have steadily improved over the past few weeks. Cut bait (sardines and mullet) is the way to go for the blues. Lowlight periods of the day generally speaking will be best for the blues. Shark reports slowed the past week with rougher weather; but as it calms down a bit this weekend they will no doubt make their presence known!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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