OFFSHORE: Kingfish action remains very good from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlets right now in 100-200' of water. Live sardines(If you can find any) are top bait choice, but the kings will also bite a dead sardine on a knocker rig as well. Mixed in with the kings in that 100-200' range have been some blackfin tuna, cobia, and a handful of wahoo . Also, beginning to show up are a lot of bonita. Yes, the bonita can be annoying; but they do help attract a lot of other fish. It's just a tiny bit early, but the full moon this weekend could have the wahoo snapping. Wouldn't be the worst weekend to give the wahoo troll a try. A bonita strip or rigged split tail mullet on a planer or behind a inline trolling sinker is a great choice for the wahoo. Dolphin fishing was a bit slower this week, but east winds in the forecast could help push some of those fish inshore. Bottom fishing reports were good this week with some solid yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, and even a handful of grouper being caught. Sardines remain the bait of choice for bottom fishing.
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore, and with just a few weeks left in the season now is the time to get after them. Fishing the bridges at night with a Flair Hawk Jig or bigger Swimbait is a solid choice, especially if your looking to catch a slot size snook. Those looking to find numbers of snook should target docklights with small jigs and live shrimp. Good reports of some big jacks cruising ICW and Loxahatchee River seawalls early in the morning. A loud topwater lure or big live mullet is the way to go for the jacks. Scattered reports of tarpon in Palm Beach Inlet right now. A few more reports coming in on the Mangrove snapper in inshore spots as well.
SURF/PIER: The Juno Beach Pier (Despite the "T" being closed) has been producing a pretty fair amount of fish this week. Some solid Spanish Mackerel along with a few scattered Kingfish coming over the rails. The "Bobber Rig" has been producing a fair amount of bites, as has the crappie jig on calmer days. The Snook bite slowed a bit at the pier, but a few are still being caught on dead sardines and live baits. It's not uncommon for the snook to bite very on and off like this early in the season at the pier. Jupiter Inlet is also beginning to hold a fair number of snook as well. Live croakers are the best bet for the snook in and around Jupiter Inlet. Pompano reports didn't completely dry up, but they were much slower this week. Best reports on the pompano continue to come from north of Jupiter Inlet, with Hobe Sound being a good starting spot. Some decent schools of tarpon being spotted moving north along the beaches over the past week or so, especially early in the morning.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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