OFFSHORE: Springtime fishing has been pretty good this week, with a nice variety of species around. Dolphin fishing has been fair, and the weather report looks like it should be a good weekend for some nice dolphin catches. This time of year is kinda anybody's guess on where the dolphin will bite best, but for the most part should be inside of 400' of water. Don't expect big schools of dolphin, but the average size will be good. Trolling a good assortment of baits and covering water will produce some dolphin bites, as will setting up a good drift and chumming heavily. Sailfish are not here in wintertime numbers, but enough are still hanging around to have a good shot at getting a release or two daily. Live baits under the kite is a great way to target both the sails and dolphin this time of year. Up off jupiter the banded rudder fish are around in good numbers, and with them are lots of sharks and cobia. A big live pinfish or grunt fished in the 100-150' range is a good way to get a cobia bite right now. Scattered kingfish hanging out in 80-110' of water out of Jupiter Inlet. Drifting sardines (especially live ones if you can catch them) is a great way to get some king bites. No reports of blackfin tunas in any big numbers, but they shouldn't be long in showing up. Lots of sharks and bonitas hanging around the ledge already. Snapper fishing has been hit or miss over the past week. Some nice mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper if you land on the right spot, and maybe a cobia bite as well. Lots of good stuff going on offshore right now, well worth going if the weather allows!
INSHORE: Springtime mullet run kicked into high gear over the past few days. Though not quite like the fall mullet run, the springtime push is very fun to fish. Don't expect to see the same massive schools of fish lazily milling around endlessly, instead expect bigger mullet moving mostly at night. The snook and big jacks are keyed in on bigger mullet right now so don't be afraid to throw bigger baits right now. A Heddon Super Spook walked along a seawall, Flair Hawk or SpoolTek fished slowly along the bottom at bridges with deeper channels, or flatlined mullet under boat docks is a great way to go right now for a BIG snook bite. Other inshore action has been a little slow. Some scattered reports of a few mangrove snapper biting in the ICW around boat docks on live shrimp.
SURF/PIER: Pompano remains the target species of most this week along the beach. It's the usual deal for the pompano right now. Fish low light periods of the day for the best results. Shrimp, sand fleas, clams, and FishBItes are all good bait choices for the pompano right now. The Juno Beach pier has also been producing some pompano, especially early in the morning, on the above mentioned baits as well as Doc's Goofy Jigs. The croakers are still hanging out in close, and are very willing to bite small pieces of cut shrimp. Though it's a little early for the snook to show in big numbers, a fair number are already hanging around the Juno Beach Pier. The snook have been willing to bite live shrimp and chunks of dead sardines pretty well. The sharks have thinned out along the beach, but a few key spots are still holding good numbers of blacktips. A medium size chunk of fresh bait is the way to go for the sharks right now. Still some scattered bluefish hanging around over the past few days.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...ALONG THE COAST...WEST NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. IN THE GULF STREAM...NORTH NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING WEST NORTHWEST AROUND 5 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET ALONG THE COAST AND 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 8 FEET IN THE GULF STREAM. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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