OFFSHORE- Nice mixed bag early springtime action offshore this week. The sailfish bite remains good up and down the line. Not huge numbers on the sailfish; but very consistent action day in day out on them. Dolphin fishing remains good, with some nice 15-20lb fish around. A lot of the best action has been in 200-300' of water for the dolphin; but that has bounced around widely depending on the conditions. Blackfin tuna reports are also very good in the same 200-300' depth range. Vertical jigs and live sardines (which have started to show up!) fished twenty to thirty feet below the surface are the way to go for the blackfins (especially the bigger blackfin!). Scattered cobia along the 120' ledge from the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet; with some good snapper action mixed in as well. Sardines remain the bait of choice for the cobia and snapper.
INSHORE- A little slower on the inshore reports this week. Snook fishing remains good, and should only continuer to improve as the water warms up. It's kind of hard to believe; but we aren't that far away from the snook starting to head towards the inlets in good numbers. Before they do that though they tend to go on a feeding frenzy. Look for the snook to start biting the bigger baits (Flairhawks, NLBN's, Hogy Swimbaits, Etc) better than shrimp jigs and smaller wintertime lures. Day or night the key to snook fishing is using the tide to your advantage. Snook are lazy and want to lay nose into the current and wait for baits to come to them. Present baits and lures that way and snook fishing gets a whole lot easier! Some big springtime jacks cruising seawalls inshore right now, along with an occasional tarpon or two as well.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remains very good right now! Although action slowed a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday on the pomps; overall it remains very strong both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. The usual assortment of sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites continue to be the top bait choices; while Doc's Goofy Jigs remain the top lure choice. The bite seems to be best first thing in the morning and then again later afternoon (Like 4-6, not as much at sunset); and then off and on throughout the day depending on tides. The sharks (mainly blacktips) are also a fan of the pompano and hanging out close by...In other words REEL FASTER!!! The Juno Beach Pier has also had some nice schools of big jacks cruising through; with a GT Ice Cream or diamond jig being a top lure choice. No cobia reports to speak of from the pier this week; but they could come cruising by just about anytime.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 30 kt. Seas 5 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SAT...S SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
SUN...NW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming NE in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
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