OFFSHORE- Sailfish action was good last weekend, and they bit well into the first part of the week. It slowed a bit over the last day or two, but they will most likely fire off at least once or twice this weekend. Won't be nice offshore, but the sails don't mind. Mixed in with the sailfish have been a handful of good sized dolphin. Springtime Blackfin tuna have started to show up in fair numbers. Most are on the smaller side, with a few ten plus pounders around to keep things interesting. Trolling small feathers is always a good choice for the blackfin, and the slow pitch jigs are also accounting for a lot of catches on them these days as well. Kingfish are around in fair numbers along the 120' ledge these days. The kings seem to be biting best first thing in the morning for an hour or two and then they are a slow pick for the rest of the day. Snapper fishing has been fair in 60-90' of water. A few cobia reports snuck in as well this past week.
INSHORE- A little stretch of warmer weather has the snook fishing improving inshore. The weather forecast(see below), along with the arrival of a few springtime mullet and other baits, as well as some better fishing reports will no doubt have the Loxahatchee River and ICW very busy this weekend. Seawalls with fair current flow are the place to start the search for the snook. A live mullet is top bait choice; while a topwater (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Rapala Skitter Walk) will also draw some jaw dropping strikes from the snook. Should be some good jacks cruising the same areas as the snook. Sheepshead action remains good in Palm Beach Inlet. Live shrimp is the bait of choice for them. They won't hang around a whole lot longer so get after them while you still can. The jacks have also been in Palm Beach Inlet in good numbers.
SURF/PIER- Not the most ideal looking conditions for the upcoming weekend; but if the water doesn't get too dirty could be some fish around. Bluefish action has been the most consistent bet this week. Cut bait (sardines or mullet) have been the bait of choice for the blues. A silver spoon or noisy topwater lure will also get the bluefish to bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon. With hard east winds in the forecast make sure you have a good casting heavy lure to stand a chance. Pompano action was shall we say "spotty" at best. Nobody seems to be catching limits regularly, but for the most part those putting in the time will find at least a pomp or two on the beach. Since sandfleas remain impossible to to find; look for shrimp, clams, and FishBItes to be the best bait choices. On the Juno Beach Pier the Doc's Goofy Jig continues to produce a handful of pompano. A fair amount of Spanish Mackerel around. As is always the case with the Macs keep your lure choices on the small side for best results.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SATURDAY...East winds around 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to east southeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
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