OFFSHORE- The sailfish bit pretty good over the past day or two in 130-200' of water; and with a front blowing through late in the weekend they will likely chew very well again! Won't be nice offshore, but that northeast wind will most likely get them going. Live gogs remain the bait of choice, but don't overlook threads or sardines if you can find them. Springtime Blackfin Tuna are making a nice showing this week. Trolling small feathers will work for the tunas; as will a well presented slow pitch jig. A few dolphin around this week, but no big numbers to speak of. Kingfish have been scattered along the 120' ledge in fair numbers. The kings have been biting best first thing in the morning. A few wahoo around as well. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slow this week (largely due to the weather). Overall we are moving into that springtime pattern of fishing of lots of options...lets just hope the March Wind machine turns off every now and then to let everyone get out!
INSHORE- The snook bite inshore improved a bit this week. It isn't full on springtime feeding frenzy yet; but the snook are coming back to life a bit (in other words...they will muster up enough energy to take a swipe or two at a topwater plug these days!). It will sound a bit like a broken record but: The Loxahatchee River has been good during the day, while the bridges are holding a fair number of snook at night. The water is still a bit on the cool side, so the snook are not on a heavy all day chew. It's important to fish the best parts of the tide (you need moving water...they don't want to work too hard yet) for the best results. The river has also had a fair number of tarpon around, along with a few jacks. The sheepshead bite slowed down a bit this week, but still a few around for sure. Palm Beach Inlet is holding the big jacks nicely as well right now.
SURF/PIER- The pompano fishing fired off really good over the past few days; with some of the best numbers of the season coming in. While the Juno Beach Pier has had a handful of pompano (caught mainly on Doc's Goofy Jigs); a bulk of the pompano have come from the beach between the pier and Jupiter Inlet. The numbers have been good, and the average fish size has also been good as well. It's the usual baits (FishBites, FishGum, Sandfleas, Clams, and Shrimp) that are doing the trick on the pomps. Best bite has been early morning and late afternoon. Good numbers of croaker and whiting mixed in with the pompano; both of which will eat the same baits. The croaker and whiting continue to bite very well at the Juno Beach Pier as well. If your targeting the croaker and whiting specifically it's hard to beat fresh shrimp for bait. Bluefish bite has been pretty solid over the past few days as well. While the bluefish will bite silver spoons and topwater lures; it has been hard to beat cut mullet and sardines for them. A few snook are being caught at the Pier on dead bait still: And reports of some active feeding snook at Jupiter Inlet are coming in as well. Rough weather slowed shark reports down a bit; but still a good number around from the sounds of things!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Along the coast, southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west in the evening. In the Gulf Stream, southwest winds 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots along the coast. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Northeast winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 8 to 10 feet with occasional seas to 13 feet. North swell 3 to 4 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas.
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