OFFSHORE- A tough weather week has kept most boats in the inlet this week. Those sneaking out between the crazy thunderstorms have been finding a few scattered dolphin offshore anywhere from 300' of water to past halfway to the Bahamas. A decent east/northeast breeze this weekend should help push the dolphin in a little closer to shore. We could very likely see a late season flurry of sailfish this weekend with this late season front. The kingfish continue to bite in 75-120' of water from the Juno BeachPier to Jupiter Inlet. Look for the kings to be shallow early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and closer to the 120' ledge during the middle of the day. Live sardines and thread fin herring are the key baits to get the kingfish to bite, though they will take a dead sardine or ballyhoo as well...just not as fast! Still a few cobia hanging around the ledge, though they are thinning out. Snapper fishing is good, with some really nice yellowtail and mutton snappers being caught.
INSHORE- Snook continue to feed actively at night and during lowlight periods of the day. The snook are moving towards the inlets, so target bridges and docks that they have to pass on the way to the inlets. Flairhawks, swim baits, and large diving plugs are all good choices for the snook right now. The snook remain the main game in town right now on the inshore front right now, other action is a bit spotty. Area bridges are holding a handful of mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and sand perch.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing is improving along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier, especially early in the morning. The Pier is holding a little bit of bait, and the predators are close to the bait. Schools of jacks and bluefish are pushing the bait around hard right now, so be sure to catch a few extras for the bucket while the schools are around. Pompano action slowed this week, but conditions are right for a good bite this weekend. Croakers are biting pieces of shrimp in the first trough pretty consistently.
BAIT REPORT- Bait is still on the tough side. Palm Beach Inlet is holding small schools of sardines. The Juno Beach Pier and "Green Roof" condos are also holding some sardines and greenies. North of JupiterInlet the bait situation is a little better, but not great. The baits are finicky and moving around a lot, so get on them early and be patient.
SHOP UPDATE- The lease is signed and we have keys for the new building...now the fun really starts. Plan still stands that we will be open through May in our current location and then open in our new space sometime in the first week of June. We will have more details on our "Memorial Day Moving Sale" coming soon. Lots of good stuff in the works...stay tuned!
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