OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing was good again this week for those putting the time in to find them. Most of the dolphin are being caught in 1000-1300' of water, with a few stragglers in the 500-700' range as well. East winds in the forecast for the weekend though could really help push the dolphin in a bit closer. A majority of the dolphin seem to be in the 5-10lb range, with a few gaffers thrown in the mix to keep things exciting. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, bonita strips, and small daisy chains should work for the dolphin around well formed weedlines, rips, or larger floating debris. Setting up a drift with some chum in the same areas should also bring the dolphin to the boat. Last week saw a lot of sailfish in the 300-600' range from the Juno Beach Pier north. The summertime sailfish don't gain the attention that wintertime ones do: but they are here, and they are biting! Gogs and runners will work well, but summertime sailfish (Like most other species) love to eat live sardines right now. In closer to the ledge a few blackfins are biting in 200-300' of water. The 120' ledge is full of fish right now. Of course a lot of the fish are bonita, but they do help attract a lot of life to the area. In addition to the bonita; kingfish (in good numbers), a few wahoo, assorted jacks, sharks, and others are all hanging out along the 120' ledge right now . Drifting with live sardines is a absolutely guaranteed way to keep the rods bent right now along the ledge. Snapper fishing was good this week as well. Some nice muttons being reported in 90-120' of water. Sardines remain the bait of choice.
INSHORE- Super hot weather has the inshore fishing just about shut down these days. Lowlight periods of the day and night will produce some mangrove snapper on small live pilchards and shrimp. Sandperch will be mixed in with the snapper and are biting shrimp. The mangroves and perch are less bothered by the warmer temps than some species, but even they will bite best during lowlight. Catch and release snook fishing has been fair to good inshore. While a lot of the snook are pushed out towards the inlets, a few big resident fish remain inshore around seawalls and boat docks. Docklights will also hold a good number of snook in the 18-24" range. Water has been very clear this week so try fishing outgoing tide for best luck. Not much else to report on the inshore side of things.
SURF/PIER- Catch and release snook fishing was very good this week along the beach, on the Juno Beach Pier, and in Jupiter Inlet. The snook are super dialed in on live croakers right now; especially the larger fish. Smaller baits pilchards, greenies, and sardines will also work for the snook; but don't seem to draw the same absolutely devastating blows that croakers do. Early morning along the beach has been good for snook and jacks around glass minnow pods. A crappie jig, small paddletail, or Yo-Zuri Pin's minnow will be a good choice when fishing around the minnow pods. Best action will be the first hour or so as the sun comes up. Tarpon reports slowed a bit along the beach this week, but reports of some big cruising jacks continued to come in. Croaker and some big sandperch are biting shrimp (especially small live or pieces of fresh ones) well in the first trough. A few mangrove snapper are being caught at the Pier and Jupiter Inlet early in the morning.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Showers likely. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...Winds south southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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