OFFSHORE- After what seems like months of waiting for them; a good number of sailfish showed up last Sunday/Monday. Finally had a few of those days were double digit releases was not just possible; but pretty likely if you were in the right area and had good bait. The bite bounced up and down the line a bit; but just south of Juno Pier to just north of Jupiter Inlet in 160-250' had a very solid bite. The trolling boats out of Stuart also caught good numbers; so we finally seem to have a good body of fish around. This of course comes with a big...BUT south winds this weekend will likely slow the bite. It's anybodies guess on how/where the sails will bite this weekend; but in similar situations (south/east southeast winds after a solid frontal bite) the bite will move back up to the Loran Tower/Stuart. I would bet that the next few days with a hard north wind will see a pretty solid bite! A handful of dolphin reports this week mixed in with the sailfish. Not enough to really make targeting them worthwhile. The kingfish seem to be showing in decent numbers along the 120' ledge. They are in a typical winter pattern of slight smaller schools and spread out; but they are definitely around. Still waiting on those cobia to show up in good numbers, this would/could/should be the weekend that it happens! Sardines will be the top bait choice for the cobia. Snapper fishing remains fair; and conditions look good for them to bite this weekend.
INSHORE- Snook season opened this week on the end of our hardest cold front of the year; if you couldn't guess reports were slow. The water is COLD inshore right now and the snook are for the most part just not having it! Best bet snook fishing will be to go at night around bridges that have warmer ocean water getting to them. The snook are keyed in on shrimp so keep your baits small and moving SLOW. The snook will bite this time of year, but not if they have to spend any extra energy to chase something down. During the day the snook will be locked onto the darkest mudflats they can find that get a lot of sun. Sunning snook are super tough to trick, but if you find the right spot it can offer some good sight fishing chances. Sheepshead continue to bite well in Palm Beach Inlet on live shrimp. The Loxahatchee River has produced a few pompano and sheepshead this week as well. Palm Beach Inlet has also had a good number of jacks around.
SURF/PIER- This week saw some much better fishing along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Surf conditions early in the week made the beach tough to fish; but the pier fired off pretty good. Decent number of both Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish around early in the week, along with a decent number of pompano. The Spanish Mackerel have been biting white crappie jigs and small swimming plugs the best. The bluefish were quick to bite spoon, swimming plugs, and in lowlight conditions topwater lures. Good number of jacks cruising the beach as well. A GT Ice Cream has been a killer on the jacks! The Pompano on the pier have been biting Doc's Goofy Jigs the best. A 1/2 oz Goofy Jig in orange, yellow, or pink (with an opposing color quill/teaser) has been a good choice. From the beach the pompano have been biting the usual baits of Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites or FishGum. A handful of snook were caught at the pier this week with season opening. Best bet for the snook this time of year is a dead sardine fished on the bottom and a LOT of patience. Hard to say what will happen on the beach over the weekend...calming conditions will make it much more fishable, just hoping the south winds don't push the fish back north too fast. If Juno/Jupiter don't produce; look for the fishing to fire off in Hobe Sound or Jensen Beach. Lastly...the blacktip/spinner sharks are here!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...South southeast winds around 5 knots becoming east northeast in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east southeast in the evening. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers.
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