OFFSHORE: Three days of north wind could really fire up a hot late season sailfish bite for the weekend. Live goggle eyes and blue runners will be the ideal bait choice for the sailfish, especially when presented below a kite. Trolling small naked ballyhoo is also a good way to go for the sailfish. Use a strip-teaser or small dredge in the trolling spread to really help raise the sailfish. In with the sailfish should be a good number of dolphin. The dolphin won't be in huge schools, but the average size should be pushing ten pounds. Look for the best action on the dolphin and sailfish to be in 150-300' of water. Kingfish action continues to improve in 100-150' of water from the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. Bottom fishing has remained very good. Good assortment of snapper being caught, banded rudder fish starting to show, and a few cobia around as well. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE: Snook fishing continues to dominate the inshore scene right now. Springtime mullet continue to push through and the snook (especially the bigger ones) are keyed in on them. The bridges are holding snook at night, especially on the outgoing tide. Flairhawk jigs and big swimbaits remain solid bait choices for the snook right now. The Loxahatchee River has been holding some large jacks and juvenile tarpon. Be prepared to cover some water to find them. Sheepshead have been biting around boat docks and bridge pilings. Look for pilings covered in barnacles to be holding the most sheepshead. Palm Beach Inlet has been holding a good number of jacks and tarpon as well. The jacks aren't overly particular about what they eat...the tarpon like live shrimp!
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing improved over the past few days, with some good catches coming from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites remain the baits of choice for the pompano. Hopefully conditions don't go away to quick and the pomps hang around for a bit. Scattered bluefish and mackerel have been hanging around, but not in huge numbers. Croakers are biting in the first trough on fresh cut shrimp. The blacktop sharks are around in good numbers and very willing to bite a fresh chunk of bait.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...North winds 15 to 20 knots along the coast to north 20 to 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional to 10 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SUNDAY...North winds around 20 knots. Along the coast, seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet building to 8 to 10 feet with occasional seas to 13 feet in the afternoon. In the Gulf Stream, seas 9 to 11 feet with occasional seas to 14 feet building to 11 to 13 feet with occasional seas to 17 feet in the afternoon. North swell 7 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.
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