OFFSHORE- Sailfish bite was good this week. Only two boats chose to fish the first day of the Sailfish Gold Cup; catching 11 and 6 respectively. Expect the sailfish numbers on Thursday to be good as a bulk of the field gets after it! The Gold cup draws both live and dead bait anglers; so expect somebody to catch them somewhere tomorrow! Good dolphin fishing last weekend in 300-500' of water. It wasn't hug numbers of fish; but the average size was 18-12lbs. Trolling ballyhoo was the ticket last weekend on the dolphin. Wahoo reports were good last weekend; both on this side and in the Bahamas. Wahoo catches reported on all the usual suspects; DTX Minnows, Sea-witch/Bonita Strip combo, and Split Tail Mullets. Bottom fishing reports were fair last weekend; but slowed as the ocean built early into the week. No reports yet; but expect the cobia t start showing up just about any time.
INSHORE- Slightly slower fishing inshore this week. Cooler weather has the snook bite slowed down. Those really putting in the time have been catching a few snook at night around the bridges; but it remains a slow pick. A shrimp jig remains the top lure choice for the snook right now. A few pompano reports out of the Loxahatchee River again this week, but not in solid numbers. The pompano bite on the Sailfish Flats in Stuart remains good. Sheepshead action in Palm Beach Inlet remains good. A small to medium size live shrimp is the bait of choice for the sheepshead.
SURF/PIER- Early in the week saw some wild big bluefish action! The Juno Beach Pier had the best action on the blues; with some blues also coming out of the surf as well. Large good casting lures (Diamond Jigs, Yo-Zuri Monster Shot, and similar) have been the way to go for the blues. A chunk of sardine or mullet will also get bit as well by the blues. Rough surf in the middle of the week slowed fishing way down, and unfortunately it stays on the rough side into the weekend. Hopefully the water clears up a bit and the bluefish will likely show back up. Lots of bull sharks around the bluefish schools, but surprisingly not many blacktip/spinners. The spinner sharks are no doubt waiting for the pompano to show up. No pompano reports top speak of; but it is about time for them to start showing up. Next few weeks will likely see the start of the spring run of pompano. Before the water got too dirty the whiting and croaker were biting good. Small pieces of fresh shrimp remains the bait of choice for the whiting and croaker.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Period 10 seconds. NE swell 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SAT THROUGH SUN...S SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt along the coast to S SE 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 25 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. E swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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Regular readers maybe wondering why the report is coming a day early this week? The family and I are headed to Quebec tomorrow: We have to go cheer on Fisher's Hockey team as they play in PeeWee Quebec (One of the largest 12U tournaments in the world!). Likely won't be a report next week...well maybe a Ice fishing report...but I'll se what I can do!
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Our friend Mac with a nice wahoo out of Boynton last weekend! Chomped a Sea-witch/Strip combo behind the planer.