The Short Version: Fishing was really good this week...GO if you have a chance!
OFFSHORE- Good springtime fishing offshore this week. Fair number of dolphin and blackfin tuna around, primarily in 220-400' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets. Trolling squid, bonita strips, and small feathers is a good bet for both the dolphin and the blackfins. Sailfish are still biting pretty good in 150-250' of water this week on live baits. The bigger dolphin will also be mixed in with the sails. A small goggle eye, blue runner, pilchard, or sardine will be the top live baits. KIngfish are scattered along the 120' ledge in good numbers, and are biting sardines on a knocker rig well. A fair number of cobia along the 120' ledge. Bottom fishing has been good this week, with a nice mix of snapper around. Overall, just a lot of good fishing opportunities offshore right now.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been very good inshore this week. A fair number of springtime mullet and also a decent number of pilchards have the snook fired up; along with a decent number of bigger jacks and a few tarpon. Look for the best action to be at sunrise, sunset, and on good moving tides. The Loxahatchee River and ICW are both holding a good number of snook. The bridge snook bite has also popped off pretty good this week. Flair Hawk Jigs and swimbaits have been the ticket at night for the snook.
SURF/PIER- The beach absolutely fired off this week in a big way! Pompano showed back up in good numbers and ready to bite. Best fishing for the pompano has bounced around from south of the Juno Beach Pier to north of the Jupiter Inlet. Good numbers of the Pompano though seems to be in/around the Jupiter Reef Club. Fishing from the beach for the pompano has been best with sandfleas, FishBites, and Fish Gum. From the Juno Beach Pier or the boat the same baits will work well, and Doc's Goofy Jigs are also catching the pompano well. This week also saw the arrival of some large schools of glass minnows. The minnows have the Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Jacks, Snook, and the Blacktip Sharks fired up. Small swimming plugs, small spoons, and metal jigs (Keep them small to resemble glass minnows) are the ticket around the minnow schools. The Sharks have been biting topwater poppers really good. Watching a shark blow up a topwater is super cool to see!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SATURDAY...South southeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to south 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms . Showers likely in the afternoon.
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