OFFSHORE- Weather again this week has kept reports a bit slow. Those that did push out this week found a fair mixed bag of action. Sailfish are still around in fair numbers, with pretty much everybody at least getting a chance or two that has been looking for them. Dolphin fishing has been decent. Not big numbers of fish, but those putting in the time have been finding a few. Trolling bonita strips and squid (which can typically be pulled a bit faster than ballyhoo) has been the best bet for the dolphin. Best depth on the dolphin has bounced between 300-500' for the most part depending on conditions. Blackfin Tuna action was a bit slower this week, but still a handful around. A vertical jig in 200-300' of water is the best bet for the Blackfin; especially the bigger ones. In along the 120' ledge the kingfish (and yes you guessed it...the Bonita) are filling in pretty nicely. The kings will typically bite best early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. If the kingfish are really fired up drifting a dead sardine on a knocker rig will do the trick. When they get picky throat hooked live bait (preferably live sardines) is the ticket. Bottom fishing reports were a bit slower this week; largely due to the weather. A few solid snapper catches for those that did make it out.
INSHORE- Not a huge amount to write about inshore this week. Snook fishing was pretty good this week. Lowlight periods and tide changes at night are the way to go for the snook. While warming temps and a general pre-spawn inclination to start eating more will have them more active: They are still lazy fish that exert as little energy as possible to eat. Keep that in mind when presenting lures and live baits to them. Use the current and wind to present baits to easy ambush points. When snook are going to eat (with very very few exceptions) they will be pointed into the current waiting for food to come to them. Been a few pretty good schools of tarpon around both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlet this week; though by most accounts they have not been interested in eating. Mangrove snapper action picked up a bit inshore as well.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. From the surf it was the usual baits (Sandfleas,clams, and Fishbites) doing most of the damage. Seemed to be a little more of a morning bite going on than the past few weeks; with fish also still being caught in the afternoon as well. From the pier bait it seems to be about a 50/50 split between bait and Doc's Goofy JIgs catching the pomps. Bright colored Goofy Jigs (Pink, Green, and Orange especially) remain the best color choice. The Juno Beach Pier has also had a solid number of jacks (Including some full grown ones!) cruising through. A GT Ice Cream or old school diamond jig remain top choices for the jacks. A few snook around the pier; and that should only improve as we move into May and more summertime patters.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...S SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of tstms. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUN...N NW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming N NE 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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