OFFSHORE- Good mixed bag action continued offshore this week. Sailfish are still around in pretty good numbers, with multiple chances still being pretty common for those putting the time in. Look for the sailfish to push a little north and out a little deeper over the next few weeks; but overall remain around in pretty good numbers. Blackfin Tuna action remains very good in 250-350' of water. The bigger tuna continue to be caught by fishing livebaits 30-50' down or on a vertical jig. Scattered dolphin bite this week, and east winds in the forecast will hopefully help push some in a little shallower over the weekend. The blackfins will come up closer to the surface to feed early and late in the day; but the higher the sun gets the deeper you want to fish. Moon is full on Friday..should be some early season wahoo around. Trolling a DTX minnow or bonita strip behind a planer remains a top tactic for the wahoo. Look for 150-300' of water to be the ideal wahoo range right now. The kingfish are here in solid numbers along the 120' ledge right now. Livebaits fished down deep or a dead sardine on a triple hooked knocker rig are a pretty safe bet for the kings. Again...sorry to sound like a broken record throughout the report...go early and late for the best luck with the kings. Snapper fishing has been decent over the past week. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. The snook are starting to move towards the inlets and they are ready to eat along the way. During the day it's going to be livebaits under boat docks and along seawalls with some current. Lowlight conditions will trigger the snook to bite a topwater fished in the same areas. At night the bridge bite has started to get going. Bigger baits (Flairhawks and bigger swimbaits) are the way to go right now. Look for the top of outgoing tide to produce the most action in most spots..of course keep in mind that certain spots will/can work better on different parts of the tide. Having some moving water though is key; slack tide rarely provides any action. Mangrove snapper reports continue to improve on a weekly basis.
SURF/PIER- Still getting a pretty fair amount of pompano reports coming in. With calmer conditions and cleaner water for the most part over the past week; the bite has moved to very early and very late in the day. High sun and clear water is not the ideal combo for a hot pomp bite. Get out before the sun comes up or the last hour or two before it goes down for best results. A little change in the wind will likely help the pompano fishing as we move into the weekend. The fishing on the Juno Beach Pier remains strong. A pretty wide assortment of species around over the past week. An early run of baitfish (primarily pilchards with a few threadfins in the mix) has brought on a nice number of Spanish Mackerel and decent number of snook. The snook will no doubt increase in numbers as we click further into May. Out on the end of the pier still a good number of big jacks cruising through, along with quite a few kingfish. The kingfish will be the most active early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. A swimming plug (Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri LC minnow) is a good choice for both the kingfish and jacks. Also seeing an early push of bonita come through the pier as well. It's a little early but a handful of mangrove snapper showing up at the pier as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...Winds E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
SAT...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
SUN...SE winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A slight chance of tstms. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
Thanks For Reading,
Bill had a great day fishing with Captain Eric of Countyline Charters (www.countylinecharters.com) earlier this week catching this nice dolphin and some solid kingfish as well!
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