OFFSHORE- Fishing has been good offshore again this week. Best action has, for the most part, remained in 120-300' of water. Springtime fishing is in full effect with a good assortment of species around. Kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia, and sailfish have provided most of the action offshore. Live baiting with pilchards, threadfin, and sardines (all of which have been pretty readily available on local bait spots) is going to provide the most action along the edge right now. Drifting with dead baits (threadfins, sardines, and ballyhoo) will also produce good results as well. Best action will be early morning and late afternoon. Backside of the full moon will hopefully provide some good wahoo action this weekend. Dolphin fishing was a bit slower this week, but still a fair number of them around. Just takes some looking to find them right now. Out deeper the tilefish action has been good this week; with squid being the bait of choice for them. Inside the 120' ledge snapper fishing remains good on the bottom. Been some really nice mutton snapper caught over the past week. Sardines (preferably fresh caught ones) will be the best bait on the bottom, but bonita strips will also get some solid bites.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good this week, with some good numbers of fish pushing towards the inlets. The bridges are producing a pretty good bite at night, especially on an outgoing tide. With very clear water around this week, the later part of the outgoing tide will provide a little dirtier water and easier chance to trick the snook. The tarpon have also been around in good numbers. Flair hawk jigs (especially the new Justice Jigs we have in-stock) and SpoolTek's remain a solid choice at the bridge. Mangrove snapper are showing up inshore in better numbers over the past week. Live shrimp and small live pilchards will be the best bait for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Still not much access on the beach locally, but up the coast surf fishing has been good. Solid pompano bite starting at Hutchison Island and north over the past week. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites will be the best bait for the pomps. Some big jacks cruising the beach this week. Good number of tarpon moving north over the past week. Should be about time for the early season snook to start showing up along the beach as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SATURDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east northeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. .
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.
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