OFFSHORE- Good springtime fishing action this week. Dolphin fishing was good for those willing to spend some time looking for them. Calmer conditions had the dolphin spread out a bit; and reports came in on the mahi from 250-1500' water. Trolling ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips was a good bet for the dolphin. For the most part it has been smaller packs of dolphin, but the average size has been pretty good; with the overall average fish coming in between five to fifteen pounds. Most of the fish are scattered, so trolling and covering some water tends to be a little better bet right now. In closer to the ledge a few blackfin tuna and a scattering of wahoo are being reported. Not super consistent on either, but enough around to make it worth giving them a shot. Trolling small daisy chains for the blackfin tuna is a good bet, while split tail mullet fished deep in the trolling spread is a good bet for the wahoo. Inside of the 120' ledge springtime action is in full swing. Kingfish action has been really good this week. While the kings are biting throughout the day; the best action will come late in the afternoon. Live sardines(If you can find them), frozen sardines, and diamond jigs are all good bets for the kingfish. Mixed in with the kings will be a few blackfin, dolphin, wahoo, cobia, bonita, and who knows what else! Bottom fishing remains very good, and conditions look right for the snapper to keep biting this weekend. Sardines(which are slim in supply) are the bait of choice on the bottom. On the other side in the Bahamas Yellowfin Tuna reports continue to flow in from both the corner and the channel. Dolphin fishing has also been very good when the tuna aren't around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was very good again this week. The bridges are producing a good bite, especially at night. Outgoing tide tends to produce best, but some fish are coming on the incoming as well. With the snook you really are just looking for some current, slack tides are not ideal. During the day look for the snook to be tight to seawalls and under boat docks in the ICW and Loxahatchee River. Mixed in with the snook have been some bruiser jacks. Both the snook and jacks are very happy to eat a large live mullet. Mangrove snapper action continues to improve inshore. Still a fair number of tarpon anging around Lake Worth Inlet.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good both along the beach and on the pier this week. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites remain the top producing baits for the pompano right now. The early morning and late afternoon bite have been the ticket for the pompano. Keep a rod in close (first trough) for a good bite on whiting and croaker. Fresh cut shrimp is the best bet for the whiting and croaker. The Juno Beach Pier has been pretty hot with a fair Spanish Mackerel bite, a few kingfish, some bruiser jacks, and an increasing number of snook. While a few live baits are starting to show at the pier, dead sardines have been the best bet for the snook. Rapapla X-Raps, Yo-Zuri longcast, and the Shimano Colt Sniper lures have all been a good lure choice. Should hopefully continue into the weekend.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...North northwest winds around 10 knots becoming north northeast in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters light chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning.
SUNDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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