OFFSHORE: Looks like a late season front is going to make for another sloppy ocean weekend. While it won't be ideal boating conditions, it should help fire back up the dolphin bite. The dolphin bit good early in the week, but slowed towards the mid part of the week. Look for a stiff southeast wind on Friday to get another good push of fish moving north, and east northeast winds after that to help keep them in closer to shore. Shouldn't be any need for a run way offshore to find the dolphin, instead look for them to be in 200-400' of water. Trolling will work to find the dolphin, as will setting up a drift with some chum and a menhaden oil slick and letting them come to you. Don't expect massive schools of dolphin, instead look for the fish to be in small 2-10 fish packs. The average size of the fish tends to be a little bigger right now, and it is not uncommon to see a handful of twenty plus pounders (not the"20lbers" your buddy catches that wouldn't even go 10lbs) swim by the boat right now. Sailfish action has slowed way down, but this late season weather will no doubt fire up a little bit of a bite. Cobia fishing has been great from the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet in 120-150' of water. Sardines, pinfish, and goggle eyes are good choices to get a cobia bite right now. Snapper fishing has been fair, with some good days and some very slow days. Overall good action offshore right now definitely worth going if you have a chance or the weather allows!
INSHORE: Good amount of bigger springtime mullet pushing around in the ICW and Loxahatchee River right now. These aren't September finger mullet, but instead full grown 10" plus baits. They don't get a lot of bites, but the ones you do get tend to be BIG! For a snook or jack (the most likely players inshore right now) to get a 12" mullet they have to be about full grown too! Best action will be during low light periods of the day or at night. If that doesn't work in your schedule look for the snook to be tucked under docks with good shade. Still a little life around the Munyon Island and Hobe Sound grass flats these days, but action has slowed considerably. Get after it early or late for best results.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing remained the best bet again this week, and the weekend forecast has it looking like they will keep on biting. Sandfleas and clams remain the top producing baits. Best time to catch them has bounced around all over the clock, but low light periods (especially in cleaner water situations) will ultimately produce the most bites. Looks like it could be a pretty rough one this weekend, so don't put the spider sinkers up just yet, Still a fair number of bluefish hanging around. Every time it looks like the blues may slide out of town, they pop back in just to swipe a few more lures. A little early four big numbers of snook, but a few have been moving along the beach and hanging out at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SHOWERS LIKELY AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO NORTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 10 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. NORTHEAST SWELL 3 TO 4 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 10 FEET. NORTHEAST SWELL 3 TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
MONDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 10 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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