OFFSHORE- Mixed reports offshore this week. Dolphin fishing remains pretty good, but the fish seemed a little more scattered this week. Dolphin reports seemed to bounce around from 400-1200' of water. East southeast winds should help blow the dolphin in a little closer this weekend. The usual trolling spread (bonita strips, squid, ballyhoo, etc) continues to get the job done on the dolphin. When it comes to dolphin it's more about luck and being in the right place at the right time than it is magic lures and baits. Keep your eyes open for floating debris, well formed weediness, current rips or color changes, or large schools of flying fish getting up are all great places to look for the dolphin. Blackfin tuna reports remain strong in 200-300' of water. Trolling small feathers, daisy chains, and tandem Jaw Lures remain a really good way to go for the tuna, especially in numbers. For larger tuna it's all about presenting live baits down 20-30' below the surface. The Blackfin will generally bite best very early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon as the sun goes down. Kingfish numbers remain strong along the 120' ledge. Smaller live baits (pilchards, thread fins, sardines) or dead sardines will be a good way to go for the kings...just get them in quick as the sharks have been extra brutal the last few weeks! Snapper fishing remains very good. Still getting a lot of really nice mutton reports in 80-100' of water. A sardine on a slide rig is a safe bet for the muttons. Just like the kingfish; get them snappers in quick...the sharks like them more than you do!
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing will be the best bet inshore. The snook are biting well around the bridges at night. A flair hawk jig on outgoing tide is the best bet for the snook at night. During the day look for the snook to be in the inlets or tucked up under boat docks. In the inlet live croakers and sand perch will be the top bait choices for the snook. A few big jacks still cruising around the ICW looking to blast a mullet along a seawall. Mangrove snapper reports are starting to improve on a weekly basis. Small live pilchards and shrimp are a good choice for the mangroves.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing remains a bit spotty overall. We are in that transition period between pompano season and all out summer snook. Still a few pompano around, but the numbers are way down. If your trying to get one or two more before they make their way north for the summer go early in the morning. Don't expect big numbers of pompano by any means but getting a few sandfleas out early in the morning could still get you some bites. Tarpon showed up decently along the beach last weekend, and conditions look right to see them again this weekend. Look for the tarpon to be most active, and typically easiest to spot, early in the morning. Snook season may be closed now, but catch and release action will only improve as we move farther into the summer. Small swimming plugs, swimsuits, and small jigs are a good bet for targeting snook in the surf. Croakers are biting good in the trough on small pieces of shrimp.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Slight chance of showers.
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