OFFSHORE- Overall (no doubt in part to the low pressure) fishing has been very good offshore. Springtime patterns are really getting rolling. Late season sailfish action remains very very good over the past week, with more than a few boats releasing double digit numbers. As usual, live baits under the kite will be the ticket for the sails. Best depth seems to be roughly 175-225' depending on the day and conditions. Sail bite has been good up and down the line, but they really seem to be snapping best down to the south. Good number of nice size blackfin tuna mixed in with the sailfish, along with a good number of dolphin. The dolphin seem to be in their usual smaller springtime three to five fish packs, with the average size being pretty good overall. The same live baits intended for sailfish will work well for the dolphin, as will trolling squid, bonita strips, and ballyhoo. Make sure to keep a little daisy chain in the spread as well...it's killer on the dolphin and the blackfin tuna. Snapper fishing has been good, with some solid mutton and yellowtail reports coming in. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the main game in town these days. With some big jacks and tarpon hanging around as well. We are seeing a nice push of springtime mullet pushing through, and that's what all the gamefish are keyed in on right now. Fairly tough access for the most part these days, so be prepared to get a little creative to find somewhere to fish these days. At night try big swimbaits and flair hawk jigs around the bridges. Early morning and late afternoon are great for throwing topwaters right now.
SURF/PIER- Surf and pier reports are pretty much non existent still under our current situation. If you can get the boat along the beach. Spanish Mackerel have been around, along with a few scattered pompano. Been some big schools of jacks cruising the beach as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers through the day. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
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