OFFSHORE- Very small weather windows to get offshore have kept reports to a minimum. Sailfish have still been around in fair numbers. A good push of springtime dolphin came through this week; with some solid 15-20lbers being caught. Most of the dolphin were caught right along the 120' ledge. Drifting and chumming with sardines worked well; as did trolling bonita strips and squid. The springtime Kingfish run has kicked off in full swing. A handful of cobia caught along the 120' ledge. Blackfin tuna have been biting well in 200-300' of water. Snapper reports were fair this week.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was good agin this week. Warming weather and some wind definitely doesn't hurt the snook fishing! A good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River and north in the ICW. Live mullet fished around boat docks and seawalls will be the best bet for the snook during the day. At night the snook have been around the bridges in good numbers. A flair hawk or swimbait is a solid choice for the snook. Look for a good moving tide and the snook should be around. A few more mangrove snapper reports coming in. Small pilchards and live shrimp are a good choice for the mangrove snapper.
SURF/PIER- Strong east winds in the forecast will likely make surf fishing very tough this weekend. Seaweed has been thick in the surf this week; and based on the forecast it doesn't look like it will clean up all that much. Pompano fishing has been good this week, with some good numbers of fish definitely still around. Sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and FishBites remain the bait of choice for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier has had some good action over the past week as well. Schools of big jacks have been cruising through in good numbers. A GT Ice Cream or diamond jig has worked well to get them to bite. Late season springtime bluefish are still around the pier in good numbers. A diamond jig or swimming plug has been working well for the blues. A few kingfish at the end of the pier. The big news though has been a good number of cobia at the pier. Most of the cobia have been caught on bottom baits, but if the water clears up sight fishing may come into play.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 10 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. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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