OFFSHORE: A bit of a funky forecast for the weekend, with a fair amount of uncertainty in it. One of those weekends that could kind of go either way weather wise. Sailfish action remains pretty good with most boats getting a few shots a trip. No big concentrations of fish in the local area from the sounds of things; more a steady pick up and down the line. It does sound like you have a concentration of fish up to the north and down south as well. Dolphin fishing remains fair with some decent catches coming in 200-300' of water. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good way to go for the dolphin. While structure is important, it's more likely you'll find small pods of dolphin in open water, around current rips, or in areas with lots of bait. Be prepared to cover some water to find them; but, the plus side is when you do the average size is pretty good. Kingfish are scattered along the edge (Bigger kingfish school is up off Sebastian these days). Drifting sardines in 90-120' of water is very likely to get some king bites right now. Snapper fishing remains very good in 70-90' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Been a nice mixture of mutton, yellowtail, and mangrove snapper around. Mixed in with the snapper should be a few cobia. Lots of sharks around the 120' ledge...which is a good sign the cobia should be around as well.
INSHORE: Snook season is back open and initial reports sound promising. Takes a little work and some luck, but those putting the time are catching some snook. The bridges are producing at night, with live shrimp being a solid bait choice. Flair hawks, smaller swimbaits, and shrimp jigs will also work. Cooler weather slows the snook down, so be prepared to fish slow. Look for the outgoing tide to produce best, but incoming will work if the water is a bit dirty (which it should be). Other inshore action remains pretty good. Some sheepshead around with a few black drum mixed in. A few scattered reports of some trout and redfish on the flats around MaCarthur State Park. A few pompano are still being caught in the Loxahatchee River, and also north in the ICW towards Hobe Sound.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing improved this week. Best action on the pomps remains north of Jupiter Inlet, but a few are still being picked south of the inlet as well. Sandfleas, clams, and fish bites remain the bait of choice for the pompano. Spanish mackerel are biting well in Peck's Lake, with a pretty wide range of sizes hanging around. It's a bit earlier for the big numbers of jumbo macs to be at Peck's, but a fair number of them are starting to fill in. Shark reports are starting to come in pretty good. Don't think it's full on shark migration yet, but it does seem to be getting pretty close.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West northwest winds 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the morning.
SATURDAY...Northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to east 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers.
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