OFFSHORE- Good fishing towards the end of the week. Sailfish action seemed to perk up (still not big numbers, but improving) this week with the cold front. Pretty consistent action on the sailfish from the Juno Beach Pier up to the Loran Tower in 150-200' of water. Good number of dolphin mixed in with the sails as well this week. A lot of the dolphin are in the 5-10lb range, with a few over 20lbs in the mix. The dolphin are happy to eat those expensive goggle eyes and blue runners; but trolling some small to medium sized ballyhoo should also work pretty well. Bonita strips and squid also remain a good option for the dolphin. Scattering of kingfish, and maybe a wahoo or two, along the 120' ledge. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slower this week (Largely due to the weather), but should improve into the weekend.
INSHORE- Snook season opened on the slow side this week (Not surprising considering we saw our hardest front of the winter pass through). Still a few snook around to be caught, just takes a little extra work to get em! The shrimp jig remains a top choice for them at night around the bridges. Present it properly (Swimming slowly with the tide or hopped off the bottom) with the current and the most stubborn of snook can't help but take a swipe at it. Sheepeshead and black drum action remains pretty good in the ICW, and has been very good as you get up towards Stuart. Scattering of pompano action inshore this week, but again better up to the north for the most part.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier saw some pretty good action over the past few days. Some big schools of jacks pushing through, and for the most part have been fairly willing to jump on a popper or GT Ice Cream in quick order. Spanish mackerel continue to bite pretty good, along with a fair number of bluefish. Pompano action remains a bit inconsistent, but enough around to make it worth trying for them. It's super early in the season, but a dead sardine on the bottom could get you a snook bite or two as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to south 5 to 15 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely.
SUNDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots along the coast to west southwest 5 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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