Offshore- Another wide swing of weather this week, with some swings in the fishing as well. The best action overall remains around/along the 120’ ledge from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. It’s the usual springtime pattern with a nice mixture of fish in the mix. The kingfish, cobia, and banded rudderfish will be the main players along the ledge; with dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, bonita, and a host of others all being realistic possibilities as well. Drifting sardines is a solid choice and will work for all species listed above. Dolphin fishing has been good this week as well, with fish being caught in depths ranging from 150-800’ of water. Trolling bonita strips and squid is a solid choice for the dolphin right now. Sailfish are still around and will snap a goggle eye or blue runner under a kite for those looking to wrap up the sailfish season with a few releases. Snapper fishing has been good this week inside the 120’ ledge with some mutton and yellowtail snapper being caught. Sardines remain the absolute best bait choice along the bottom. A little bumpy forecast wise this weekend: however, those who can get out should expect some pretty good fishing.
Inshore- The springtime mullet run continues to file through and the snook and big jacks are taking advantage of the easy pickings. The spring mullet run doesn’t produce much in the way of finger mullet, and the average bait size tends to be a little larger. Not a bad thing if your looking to catch bigger fish, but don’t expect the same non-stop action that the fall mullet run can produce. Live mullet fished along seawalls and under boat docks is a solid bet. Throwing noisy topwater lures in the same areas early/late in the day for a shot at the snook and jacks if you’re not into fishing live baits. Other inshore fishing is in a bit of transition, without a lot of other action to write about.
Surf/Pier- Pompano fishing continues to fire off, and with strong south winds forecasted this weekend it could be lights out! Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites will be the bait of choice for the pompano. Early morning and late afternoon should be best for the pomps. Spanish and King Mackerel are being caught at the Juno Beach Pier in good numbers. Crappie jigs are great for the Spanish, while Rapala X-Raps are the ways to go for the kings. Snook fishing continues to improve on a nearly daily basis at the pier. Snook reports beginning to trickle in from the surf as well. A stray tarpon or two being reported along the beach as well. Good overall fishing right now along the beach…get after it!
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 7 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
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