OFFSHORE- Reports were a bit slower this week, but still good action overall. Dolphin fishing remains fair; just have to get lucky and find them. Instead of trolling blindly in a set depth; look for fishy signs (bait, rips, debris, weedlines, etc) to find the dolphin. In other words: Don't run past a good looking current rip in 200', just because someone said the dolphin had been in 400'. Trolling bonita strips and squid is a good lure choice for the dolphin. Lots of life along the 120' ledge (fish could be on the shallow or deep side of the ledge depending on current and water conditions). Kingfish will be the main draw along the ledge. Drifting with live baits or dead sardines will be top choices for the kings. Backside of the full moon this weekend, so expect a few wahoo to be around. Snapper fishing remains pretty good. Sardines will be the top bait choice for the snapper.
INSHORE- Inshore fishing was a bit slow this week. Snook bite remains your best bet, with the fishing starting to stack up closer to the inlets. Bridge bite has been good at night, try a flair hawk on the outgoing tide. During the day mullet fished along seawalls and under boat docks will be your best bet for the snook. A few reports of some big jacks cruising around the ICW, also looking to blast a mullet along a seawall. The upper parts of the Loxahatchee River are holding a few small tarpon. Look for the tarpon to be up rolling earl in the morning. Inshore mangrove snapper reports are getting better by the week.
SURF/PIER- The pompano bite slowed a bit this week. Still some fish around, but it took some work to get through the seaweed. The general thought is we should see another push of pompano come through, so don't put the surf stuff away just yet! Sandfleas, clams, FishBites, and FishGum remain the top bait choices for the pompano. Those baits are also good for croaker, blue runners, and small jacks that have been mixed in. Spanish Mackerel are still hanging around the Juno Beach Pier in fair numbers, with a white crappie jig being the top lure choice. If you find the Macs somewhere along the beach try a bobber rig with a small Clark spoon for fast action. The snook are starting to show up along the beach and at the pier in a little better numbers. A small swimming plug, white skimmer style jig, or swimbait is a good choice to try and get the snook to bite. At the pier, a livebait or a dead sardine fished patiently on the bottom will be the best bet for the snook.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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