OFFSHORE- Fishing slowed down a bit this week, but overall was still very good. Dolphin fishing remained very good, with most of the fish coming in 200-400' of water. Most of the dolphin have been in the 8-12 pound range, with some bigger fish in the mix as well. Trolling and covering water is the key for catching the dolphin. Still a few cobia being caught this week, but not in nearly the same numbers as the previous few weeks. 150' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet has been a good place to look for the cobia. Also in the 150-200' of water have been some nice blackfin tuna. Chumming with small livebaits early and late in the day is key to getting the blackfins fired up. Kingfish continue to show up in good numbers off Jupiter in 90-120'. Live sardines have been the best baits for the kingfish, and the best bite has been very low light periods (morning/afternoon) of the day. Bottom fishing continues to improve. Yellowtail and mutton snappers have been on the upswing over the past week. Sardines and squid continue to be the baits of choice for the snapper. It's grouper season again...good luck getting them to bite now!
INSHORE- The spring mullet run seems to be trickling through the northern Palm Beach area and the snook are responding. Big swimbaits, flairhawks, and live mullet will get those slot size(and bigger) snook going.
(Capt. Eric, of http://www.freighttrainfishing.com/, will be discussing these techniques next Wed. night at the West Palm Beach Fishing Club don't miss it!) Sandperch have been showing up in good numbers inshore. Cut shrimp and small hooks are the ticket for the sandperch. Other inshore fishing remains slow.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing slowed down this week, but still a fair number of them being caught. The early morning jig bite at the Juno Beach Pier remains fairly steady. Also cruising through the pier are some big jacks. Snook are beginning to set up their summer home at the Juno Beach Pier as well. Bait schools are in/out at the pier; and when they come in the fish have been with them for the most part. Snook are also begging to move along the beach, and a few have been caught in JUpiter Inlet. Won't be long till the snook are stacked up in the inlets