OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast for the upcoming weekend and good fishing during the week has everybody ready for the weekend! The dolphin bite remains good for those covering some ground by trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid. The dolphin are swimming in as shallow as a 100’, and also being caught out past 500’; so don’t be afraid to really vary your depth while trying to hunt the mahi-mahi down. A few nice blackfin tuna have been caught in 150-250’ out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets, as have some nice wahoo. Keep at least one bait down deep while trolling for dolphin and blackfin tuna this time of year to pick up a wahoo in the same areas. In closer to the 120’ ledge from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet the usual springtime species are showing up. Cobia fishing remains good, with a few cobias being caught around wrecks and off the bottom; and other cobes being picked off the bull sharks. Kingfish are scattered off Jupiter Inlet in 80-100’ of water. Best bite for the kings is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Love or hate them the bonita are starting to show up as well. Snapper fishing continues to improve; with good reports of mangrove, yellowtail, and mutton snappers all coming in.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good this week, with some fish being caught both during the day and at night. Look for the snook to be keyed in on spring time mullet along seawalls and under boat docks in the Loxahatchee River during the day. In the dark look for them to be feeding on the outgoing tide around area bridges. This is a great time of year to be pitching a flair hawk jig or big swimbait to pick up a slot size fish as the warmer weather has them a little more aggressive. The flats around Munyon Island are producing some nice catches of mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and a few black drum using live shrimp for bait. A small scattering of redfish have been trickling through Jupiter Inlet over the past few weeks.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing has been the main game in town as far as surf fishing goes this week. The best pompano bite has been very early morning and late in the afternoon. Hot baits for the pomps remain sandfleas, clams, and fishbites. Some big schools of jacks are cruising along the beach early in the morning, and spinner sharks are still down towards Palm Beach Inlet for those looking for something big to pull on. A few snook are showing up around the Juno Beach Pier. A chunk of sardine is a good bait choice to entice a bite out of the snook. Croaker are still biting good in the first trough on small pieces of fresh shrimp.
Shop Update- We will have FRESH Ballyhoo for the weekend! New Daiwa Spinning Reels in stock. Lots of great custom built rods in the shop right now as well. Come by and check it all out!