OFFSHORE: Sailfish bite was pretty good this week, with a lot of boats getting a good number of shots. 180-350' seemed to be about the right area for the sails this week. Live gogs, small blue runners, and thread fins or sardines are all good bait choices for the sailfish, The same baits will also catch the fair number of dolphin that have been around in the same areas. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, and bonita strips is also a good bet for the dolphin. Don't expect huge numbers of dolphin, but the ones around should be a little better size wise. Kingfish should start schooling up in bigger number pretty much anyway. A few wahoo have been being caught, but more luck than anything for catching one of those right now. Cobia are being caught in 100-120' of water. Sardines are a solid bait choice for the cobia. Snapper fishing remains pretty good on the bottom. A fair number of yellowtail, mutton, and a few mangroves being caught on sardines.
INSHORE: No huge changes in the inshore report. Snook fishing remains good, and continuing warmer weather will further heat up the snook bite. The snook are being caught under boat docks and along seawalls during the day, and around the bridges at night. Larger swim baits and jigs remain a good lure choice for the snook at night. Outgoing tide seems to be producing the best number of bites. Pretty good number of jacks cruising around inshore for those looking for action. Sheepshead and black drum action has slowed a bit; but the slack is starting to be taken up by increasing numbers of mangrove snapper. Tarpon have been hanging around Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers.
SURF/PIER: Pompano bite was pretty good again this week. Sandfleas and clams are the top bait choices for the pompano. Expect the best pompano bite early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. Whiting and some croaker are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough. The bluefish have largely moved up the coast, but a few are still hanging around. Again lowlight periods will be best for the bluefish. It's a bit early, but a few snook are starting to show up in the surf. The Juno Beach Pier is also starting to produce some snook as well. Dead sardine chunks fished very patiently on the bottom is a good choice for the snook right now. Still a few spinner/blacktip sharks around as well. Best bet for the sharks will to be fish lowlight periods of the day or even at night.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers .
SATURDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to south 15 to 20 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning...then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...West winds around 10 knots becoming north northeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
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