OFFSHORE- Looking like another bumpy weather forecast for the upcoming weekend. The passing cold front will bring a fair amount of wind, and should fire up the sailfish bite for the "Sailfish Challenge" this Saturday. Sailfish action remained good this week with decent numbers of fish up and down the line. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a few dolphin, including a few really nice ones. Live goggle eyes or blue runners hanging under a kite should get the sailfish and dolphins attention equally. Scattered kingfish have been just north of Jupiter Inlet in 75-90' of water. Drifting sardines or ripping the diamond jig off the bottom should get a kingfish bite. Bottom fishing was a little off this week, and no real cobia reports to speak of.
INSHORE- Snook season is back open for the Atlantic coast and those spending ample time on the water are finding a few linesiders. Look for the snook to be laid up around docks and seawalls during the day (especially those with dark mud bottom) and around bridges at night. Live shrimp, small swimbaits, and shrimp style jigs are all good choices for the snook right now. Also, if the spillways open the snook will be there. The inshore grass flats around Hobe Sound are holding a few fish. A goofy jig bounced off the bottom from Mile Marker 40-44 should find the occasional pompano, ladyfish, jack, and other assorted species.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach PIer was a little quiet this week. Scattered spanish mackerel moved through, and would normally bite a white crappie jig. Croaker bite was fair in the first trough. Small pieces of shrimp and small hooks are the ticket for the croakers. A few bluefish showed this week, and bit best in the morning and late afternoon. Cut bait (sardines and threadfins) seemed to be the ticket for the bluefish. A handful of pompano were caught from just south of the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites are all good bait choices for the pompano. Spinner and blacktip sharks are beginning to show in fair numbers along the beach.
Good Luck Everyone,