OFFSHORE- Looks like a nice weather forecast coming up, with southeast winds hopefully getting the springtime dolphin bite fired up! The dolphin have bit pretty good off of Jupiter Inlet the last few days and that should (at least in theory) continue through the weekend. Trolling the usual dolphin spread (ballyhoo, strips, squid, etc) in 200-400' of water from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlet is a good way to find the dolphin, as is drifting live baits from 150-250' of water. The bonita are staring to show back up, but not quite in summertime numbers yet; so drifting near the edge is still a possibility. Mixed in with the dolphin in 100-200' of water should be some kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, and a late season sailfish or two. Snapper fishing was good again this week; with some nice flag yellowtails being caught of Jupiter Inlet. Captain Howard of RedBeard Fishing Charters had a yellowtail that was over 25" long this week! Mutton snapper action seemed to be a little better from Juno Pier south this week. Sardines and squid remain the baits of choice for bottom fishing (Good News...Domestic frozen sardines are available again!)
INSHORE- Snook action continues to improve on a weekly basis. The snook are coming out of their wintertime funk, and starting to think about making their way towards the inlets. Look for the snook to be keyed in on mullet, as the springtime push of mullet continues. The Loxahatchee River continues to hold good numbers of snook, including some real big ones! Munyan Island flats continue to produce good numbers of snook and lots of jacks. The bite is best early in the morning and again late in the afternoon. Try throwing topwater plugs for explosive surface action. Starting to hear about more and more mangrove snapper inshore...summer is coming quick!
SURF/PIER- The last push of bluefish seems to be happening, and the Juno Beach Fishing Pier has been catching quite a few over the last couple days. The blues are hanging at the edge of casting distance so bring your best casting tackle and lures to have the best chance at them. The big news though again this week remains the very good pompano action. The pompano are being caught in good numbers from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Island; with clams, sand fleas, shrimp, and fishbites being the baits of choice. Look for the pompano to bite best early in the morning and then again as the sun is going down.
BAIT REPORT- The sardines are staring to slowly trickle into the usual bait spots (Juno Beach Pier excluded). The sardines are not thick yet, so get out early for the best chance at them. Some scattered schools of threadfins have been moving along the beach from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets.
FRESH WATER- Early morning and late afternoon is producing some really good bass fishing right now. The bass have (for the most part) finished spawning and they are fired up and ready to eat. Moving baits(swim baits, spinnerbaits, topwater, etc) are all getting good action now during low light periods of the day.
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Good Luck This Weekend,
FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- It was another busy week for us, and we did a little bit of different stuff this week. The snook were in the Loxahatchee River this week we found a few willing to eat live mullet during the day. The bottom fishing was good again this week with some nice snapper, though the cobia managed to elude us (or get eaten by sharks!) this week. Dolphin action has been pretty good over the past few days. Spent some time trying some different jigs and lures on the bottom with good results, info on some new stuff coming soon!
Thanks, Captain Eric