OFFSHORE: Less than ideal weather forecast coming up just in time for the weekend. Fishing this week has been pretty good offshore, with decent mixed bag action for a good assortment of species. Dolphin fishing was good for some, decent for others, and downright lousy for the rest. Dolphin have been caught this week in 200-800' of water; mostly by trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid. A few little blackfin tuna have been mixed in with the dolphin. A small daisy chain is never a bad idea to have in the trolling spread to pick up a tuna or even the dolphin. The kingfish showed up in little better numbers this week from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet in 90-150' of water. Sardines will be the top bait choice for the kingfish. A small scattering of cobia are being caught on the bottom, but not super numbers by any stretch. Snapper fishing remains fair. Also, when the weather allows; yellowfin tuna fishing has been very good as of late in the Bahamas.
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains good inshore right now, and the weather looks good for the to bite again this weekend. The snook are starting to point their noses towards the inlet; so keep that in mind when picking out spots. Bridges near the inlets are really starting to produce some fair numbers of snook, especially on the outgoing tide. Flair hawk jigs, spooltek swimbaits, and shrimp jigs remain great lure choices for the snook. A live mullet is the top bait choice; especially when presented along a seawall or under boat dock during the day. A few bruiser jacks are mixed in with the snook, and maybe a tarpon around from spot to spot. Mangrove snapper action continues to improve in inshore areas, especially around some of the bridges at night. Live shrimp, or small pilchards if you can catch them, are top bait choices.
SURF/PIER: Pompano fishing remains very good, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Sandfleas, clams, and shrimp are the top producing baits for the pompano; while a Doc's goofy jig is the top lure. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier has had a great spanish mackerel bite over the past few days. The crappie jig, Rapala X-Rap, and bobber rig with a clark spoon have all been good choices for the mackerel. Look for lowlight periods of the day to produce best fr the macks. Snook action has begin to improve along the beach and at the pier. A few tarpons and some big jacks cruising around as well.
NOAA Marine Weather:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 9 seconds becoming 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional to 9 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds around 15 knots along the coast to east 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms.
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