OFFSHORE- Offshore fishing was good again this week. Dolphin reports remain strong, with the better catches coming deeper than 1000' for the most part. It's getting into a traditional summertime pattern for the dolphin: Find floating debris, think weed lines, current rips, or large areas of bait and the dolphin won't be far behind. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is always a good choice for the dolphin. Live baits or chunks fished in productive areas with some chum is also a good way to go for the dolphin. Blackfin Tuna bite has remained pretty solid in 250-400' off water. Live baits (sardines are hard to beat) fished 20-30' below the surface is a killer bet for the bigger blackfin. Dropping a vertical jig down 100-200' and ripping it back up is also a good way to target the tuna. Kingfish action remains strong along the 120' ledge. Best bite on the kings will be early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Summertime bonita have also filled in quite nicely over the last few weeks in and around the 120' ledge. Yes they can be a pain in the butt; but with the bonita come big wahoo, marlin, and all kinds of other big predators! Bottom fishing reports were a bit slow this week, but look for them to improve this weekend. It's about time for the big muttons to show up.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the tip game in town. With all the rain over the last week; spillway action has been very good. Lots of big fish around, and willing to eat jigs and big swimbaits. The Loxahatchee River has had good numbers of snook as well. A topwater fished along seawalls early in the morning or in overcast conditions is a killer way to go for the snook. Bridge fishing for snook has also been very good at night. Flairhawks on the outgoing tide have been getting smoked by some big fish. A few big jacks cruising through the ICW as well. Mangrove snapper reports continue to improve on a weekly basis. Live shrimp or small live pilchards will be the top bait choice for there mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Snook action is good along the beach and in the inlets right now. Lots of different ways to catch them, and lots of fish around....so take your pick and get after them! Live baits in the inlets or at the Pier will get the bites, throwing the jig at night around the inlet, or sight fishing cruising snook in the trough along the beach are all viable options right now. Generally speaking lowlight periods or night will be best for the snook; but they can be caught throughout the day on the right tidal conditions. The Juno Beach Pier has had a really good Spanish Mackerel bite, along with a handful of kingfish. Small live baits will be the best bet for the Spanish. A large swimming plug (Yo-Zuri Longcast or Rapala X-Rap) is the best bet for the kings. Big jacks continue to cruise the beach, and it is also time to see the tarpon really start pushing north in good numbers. Croakers have been biting good in the first trough.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 8 seconds becoming 3 seconds in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms . Showers likely in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Thanks For Reading,
Jonny from Colorado finding a little sanctuary in the sea!