OFFSHORE- Good fishing reports coming in from the few boats that have made it out over the past week. Less than ideal conditions have kept pretty much everybody at the dock; but a lot of fish around for those that have braved it. Good number of sailfish around, and the rough weather has them fired up and feeding on top. Best bet will be to get the kites up and keep some goggle eyes or small blue runners splashing around underneath them. This time of year pilchards, sardines, and threadfins are a must have as well; and will get gobbled up quick on the flatlines. Good numbers of dolphin mixed in with the sails, with just about all of them being big enough to need a gaff. The dolphin are eating the live baits good, and also being caught on the troll. Lots of broken up weed floating around offshore, so trolling has been a chore. In the same 150-300' range that the dolphin and sails have been the blackfin tuna are biting good as well. For the most part the tuna are going to bite best early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. Some big mutton snapper around this week as well.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good inshore. The snook are definitely in pre-spawn pattern...which means they are hungry and ready to eat! Look for the snook to be active along seawalls and under boat docks (especially those with current breaks and ambush spots) early in the morning and late in the day on moving tides. A live mullet is a good bait choice; if your into lures try a Yo-Zuri Hydro or TopKnock pencil. At night look for the bridge snook bite to be your best bet. Flair Hawk jigs and bigger swimbaits will be good lure choices for targeting them at night. Some big jacks cruising around inshore right now. Snapper reports are picking up inshore as well.
SURF/PIER- Tough fishing along the beach and at the pier this week with a mad rough ocean and lots of seaweed. The Juno Beach Pier has been producing a fair snook bite, and when conditions were a little better a few permit have been around as well. Unfortunately the conditions don't really look like they will improve much over the next few days. Jupiter Inlet will be a option to try as the snook are starting to stage for the spawn, and a fair number of snapper have been mixed in as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East northeast winds around 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SATURDAY...East northeast winds around 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to east northeast 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Northeast swell 3 feet in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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