OFFSHORE: Offshore fishing was good this week, with a nice variety of species being caught. Sailfish are hanging around in 150-250' of water from Lake Worth to Jupiter Inlet in small pods. Don't expect double digit days on the sails, but those putting the time in are raising a few sailfish daily. Dolphin are mixed in with the sailfish in fair numbers as well. Look for the dolphin action to be best in 200-300' of water. Live baits under the kites will provide the best chance at bigger dolphin, while trolling and covering water will provide more bites. Ballyhoo, bonita strips, and trolling squid are all great bait choices for the dolphin right now. A few wahoo were caught this week from 150-200' of water out of Jupiter. Keep the baits down a little deeper for the best chance at a wahoo. Some nice blackfin tuna caught this week in the same area as the wahoo and dolphin. The kingfish are still scattered out in 90-130' from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. Live baits down deep, or an old school sardine knocker rig should work to get some kingfish bites. Cobia are starting to show in 100-120' of water as well. Banded rudder fish schools are starting to show up in their springtime spots. Snapper reports remained strong (especially for this time of year) this week out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets.
INSHORE: Snook fishing improved this week with the nice weather. The bridges are producing a good number of snook bites on outgoing tide. Live shrimp, flair hawk style snook jigs, and small/medium size swim baits are great snook choices right now. The Loxahatchee River is also holding a fair number of snook right now. Look for the snook to be laid yup around boat docks and seawalls. Good number of jacks moving around the river and ICW right now. Nothing like having a big jack crush a topwater plug walked slowly along a calm seawall as the sun comes up, catch em while they are around! Still a nice mixed bag of species around the Hobe Sound Flats. Some sheepshead hanging around bridges and seawalls. A few tarpon being caught in the Palm Beach Inlet.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing has remained good this week, with the stretch of beach from the Juno Pier to Jupiter Inlet producing a fair number of pomps. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites remain the top producing baits for the pompano. Lots of sharks around, with the best bite late in the afternoon. A fresh chunk of bait is the best bet for the sharks. Scattered bluefish up and down the beach. Spanish mackerel action has remained very good up towards Peck's Lake. Croaker and whiting are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough. The first schools of tarpon were saw along the beach this week. A handful of snook hanging around in the surf right now.
NOAA Marine Forecast:
FRIDAY...WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 3 SECONDS INCREASING TO 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. NORTH NORTHEAST SWELL AROUND 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
Beautiful batch of fresh ballyhoo in-stock. "Local Vibes" benefit for our friend Allen this Saturday from 2-8pm at the Love Street beach. Live music, lots of great raffles, and good time...don't miss it (NOTE: We are closing at 5pm this Saturday only so we can make the party too!).
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