OFFSHORE- Despite fairly decent looking conditions from last weekend till this point (Thur Morning); sailfish action was fairly slow. The cold front that pushed through overnight will bring cooler temps through the weekend; and could spark a late season sailfish bite. Despite relatively slow sailfish action; other fishing offshore has been pretty good. We are rolling into March already (Hard to believe!), and the springtime action is starting to happen. Been some nice size blackfin tuna(up to 20lbs) caught on live baits intended for sails. The blackfin have come primarily in 150-250' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets. Trolling a small feather or daisy chain will no doubt gain the interest of smaller blackfin tuna as well. Lots of kingfish in 120-200' of water right now from the Juno Beach Pier to the Loran Tower. The kings are biting the same live baits for sailfish, or you can also catch them drifting sardines as well. Mixed in with the kingfish have been some monster wahoo! (Old No 7 Fishing team caught two 85lb Wahoo on Sunday during the Sailfish Challenge!). cobra are hanging along the 120' ledge in Jupiter. Not quite in the numbers we might expect for this time of year, but definitely a fair number around. Snapper reports were a bit slow this week, but still coming in fair numbers the right spot or drift. Great time of year for drifting the top of the 120' ledge with a assortment of top and bottom baits...never know what may show up these days!
INSHORE- Warmer weather over the past few weeks really had the springtime inshore fishing (Big snook and jacks) going off pretty good. This cold front will most likely slow it down a bit, but as temps rise the snook and jacks should go right back to chewing. The snook and jacks have been keyed in on springtime mullet moving along seawalls and under boat docks. While at the bridges at night, the snook remain keyed in on shrimp. Tarpon fishing back in the Loxahatchee River has been fairly good as well over the past few weeks. Handful of pompano reports still coming in from the inshore side of things. Sheepshead are biting live shrimp around the bridges and in Palm Beach Inlet pretty good.
SURF/PIER- This week saw some better surf and pier action than previous weeks. The surf saw a nice little pompano bite Monday through Wednesday from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, Clams, and FishBItes will be the bait of choice for the pomps. Get those pompano in quick...the Blacktip and Spinner Sharks won't be far behind! The Juno Beach Pier was much better this week. Better conditions brought a nice wave of jacks (Including some big ones), a few bluefish, fair number of pompano, and a scattering of Spanish Mackerel and smaller Kingfish. The pompano lit up on the Doc's Goofy Jig pretty good, while the Macs were tuned into small flashy diamond jigs and swimming plugs. Croaker have been biting shrimp in the surf very good. Fresh pieces or small live shrimp will be the bait of choice for the croakers. As mentioned above...the sharks should be around in pretty good numbers this weekend!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to north northwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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