OFFSHORE- Good springtime fishing this week offshore. Still a fair number of sailfish around in 150-250' of water (look for them to start sliding a little deeper as the bonito start to fill in). Live baits under the kite will still be the best bet for the sailfish; but as we move on into the spring make sure to also keep at least one bait down deep. That deep bait will often times attract a sailfish bite on calmer days, and also its a great way to get a bite from a nice blackfin tuna or wahoo. Goggle eyes and small blue runners are still good bait options, but if you have the chance to get some smaller baits (cigar minnows, sardines, pilchards, or threadfins) don't pass it up. Those smaller baits really start to dominate moving forward. Fair dolphin fishing this week, with luck seeming to play the biggest part in it. Kingfish continue to fill in very nicely along the 120' ledge. Live baits are always good for the kingfish, but if you want to keep it simple don't overlook a triple hooked sardine with small flashy skirt in front of it. Bottom fishing reports seemed to pick up as we moved later into the week. Some really good yellowtails around, along with a handful of mutton snapper. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. The Loxahatchee RIver has been holding a fair number of snook, as has the ICW up to the north. Warming weather has the snook active as they start to beef up before spawning season. Large swimbaits, flairhawk jigs, and swimming plugs will all be good choices for snook if your fishing at night. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon a topwater (like the Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil) fished along seawalls and boat docks is a good choice for the snook. During the day it's going to be hard to beat a live mullet for the snook. Jacks are still cruising around inshore as well looking for mullet along seawalls. A small scattering of tarpon are still up in the upper parts of the Loxahatchee. A little early still, but the mangrove snapper are slowly starting to show up a little more and more inshore.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good this week. Good numbers of pompano remain scattered up and down the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier as well. The best bait choices for the pompano remain sandfleas, clams, shrimp, FishBites, and FIshGum; while on the Juno Beach Pier Doc's Goofy Jigs(In bright colors) continue to produce. Best best for the pomps will to be fish first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. The middle of the day can produce some bites, but stick to lowlight periods to optimize your chances. The Juno Beach PIer also continues to produce a good number of Spanish Mackerel. White crappie jigs remain the lure of choice for the macs. Still a few late season bluefish around, but that does seem to be coming to a close. The glass minnow schools aren't as thick as last week, but still some good ones along the beach. Jacks, Mackerel, Bluefish, snook, and tarpon could all be around any remaining schools.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south 5 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
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