OFFSHORE- Sailfish bite remained good to great this week depending on the time and place. Still quite a few boats getting multiple chances; with ten chances not out of the question. A few good mahi mixed in with the sails. South winds in the forecast should help blow in a good number of dolphin this weekend as well. Live goggle eyes under the kite remain the bait of choice for both. Blackfin tuna action remains very good. Small live baits are working well for the tuna, as are slim vertical jigs. Big news this week was the cobia showing up in good numbers around the rudder fish schools. It takes picking through the rudder fish and dealing with some sharks; but definitely a good number of cobia around. Sardines are a tough bait to beat when it comes to the cobia. Snapper fishing has been pretty consistent this week as well. 90-100' of water is a pretty good depth to look for the snapper in.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains strong inshore right now. The Loxahatchee River continues to hold a nice number of snook during the day. Fishing live mullet around docks and seawalls with light to medium current flow is great way to go. The snook are fired up enough to eat a topwater early and late in the day as well. Just don't be surprised if a big jack decides to swipe your topwater before a snook gets to it. Tarpon fishing remains pretty good in the Palm Beach Inlet. The south jetty has had a jig bite at night for the tarpon. They are also biting live shrimp well around the Sailfish club.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very strong this week along the beach. Catch reports bounced around a bit, with fishing showing up south of the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet. The slime grass blew in for a day or two; but seems to have cleared up for the most part at time of writing. Sandfleas(If your lucky enough to find some), clams, shrimp, Fishbites, and Fishgum have all been popular bait choices. Best bite is early in the morning, with another little push of fish generally late in the afternoon. Good numbers of late season bluefish around this week as well. There blues could be found scattered along the beach, and holding in good numbers at the Juno Beach Pier as well. Silver spoon, loud noisy poppers, Rapala X-Raps, and cut bait have all been working well for the blues. Croakers have been around in good numbers in the first trough, and are biting fresh shrimp well. Starting to see a few more snook showing up in the surf as well these days. Overall, a nice mix bag of springtime surf action!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...West winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming north northwest in the evening. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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