OFFSHORE- Rough windy weather has once again kept reports down to a minimum this week; and unfortunately it doesn't look like the wind is going to let up into the weekend. The sailfish continue to bite very well, and those willing to take on the rough stuff offshore are getting a good number of bites. Good reports of multiple chances on the sailfish, with double digits not out of the question. Some big gaffer dolphin mixed in with the sailfish right along the edge as well. Live goggle eyes and blue runners are a solid choice under the kite; while pilchards, threads, and sardines are coming on strong as well. Blackfin tuna bite continues to fire off, with some really good ones in the mix. A live bait fished down a little deeper is a good way to go for the blackfin, as is a vertical jig. Best bet for the blackfin seems to remain in that 200-300' range. Kingfish are scattered along the 120' ledge in good numbers. Rough weather has for the most part kept bottom reports on the slow side.
INSHORE- Snook fishing continues to remain the best bet inshore right now. The Loxahatchee and ICW are both holding a good number of snook. It might not be the most fun to fish in, but the wind really helps fire up the snook. Wind whipped seawalls and points provides easy ambush spots for lazy snook. Live mullet fished along a seawall during the day (especially early morning and late afternoon) is a solid bet: While docelights at night is a good bet for big numbers. As always try to fish the last of the incoming or first of the outgoing for best results (which part of the tide cycle that works best is often heavily spot dependent). The bridge bite at night has also went off pretty good for the snook. A few big jacks in the mix inshore as well as a few resident tarpon. Mangrove snapper are starting to bite a little better inshore. Live shrimp is a good choice for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Despite rough nasty conditions (wind and enough seaweed to last a lifetime!) the surf and pier fishing has remained pretty good this week. Conditions aren't nice and fishing will be tough...but still a decent number of fish around. Pompano continue to bite well. Hard to say exactly how long the pompano will hang around, but best guess is we only have a few more weeks of good action before they really start booking it north for the summer. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites have all been good bait choices for the pompano. Late season bluefish continue to bite very well along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Best bite for the blues has been early morning, with a second little push of them as the sun sets in the afternoon. GT Ice Creams and Rapala X-Raps are a good bait choice for the blues. Snook action has also improved along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. Starting to see some live bait shoe up at the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Northeast winds around 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots along the coast to east northeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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