OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept a lot of boats at the dock, but weather conditions look very favorable for some fishing this weekend! Dolphin are still biting out deep, with some good catches being reported in 600-800' of water. Depending on the wind, bait, boat traffic, etc the dolphin may be in closer or out a little farther. The easterly winds should have blown them in closer, but where they end up is anybody's guess! The usual tactics should get a few dolphin bites this weekend. Just outside the bonita schools have been a few very nice blackfin tuna. Trolling small feathers, daisy chains, or drifting livebaits will produce some tuna bites in 200-300' of water. The summertime bonita are here in full force right now along the 120' ledge. The bonita may be a pain sometimes, but they bring with them a whole host of other bigger predators and gamefish. Blue marlin, big sharks, and monster wahoo are all here also to gorge themselves on the bonita. It takes some patience, or luck, to target these monsters; but pulling a small live bonita on heavy tackle can lead to some amazing bites. Just inside of the bonita, the kingfish are around in fair numbers. Fishing them very early, or late in the day is the key for getting the most kingfish bites (and avoiding a few of the bonita bites). Snapper fishing is very good in along the reef. Yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton snapper are all being caught. Sardines and squid continue to produce the most bites from the snapper.
INSHORE- Unfortunately, not a lot to report on the inshore side of things this week. Snook fishing is still very good, just remember they have to go back now. Catch and release only for a few months. The bridges at night are loaded up with snook right now. Just be sure to handle the big spawning females with a little extra care right now! Other action inshore is hit or miss as the water temps continue to rise. Try fishing first thing in the morning, late in the afternoon, or even at night for best luck inshore right now. Scattered reports of inshore mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and black drum continue to trickle in. Also, some reports of big jacks cruising the seawalls looking for mullet to chase down.
SURF/PIER- Whiting and croaker are still hanging out in the first trough. Small pieces of cut shrimp, squid, and fishbites are good choices for the croakers. Lurking just behind the croakers will be some monster snook. Summertime beach patterns for snook are setting in, and now is a great time to try and catch a monster snook along the beach (More info coming on beach snook fishing soon!). Other surf action remains hit or miss at best. Scattered schools of big jacks and tarpon have been around. Some resident spanish macs around the Juno Beach Pier.
Good Luck This Weekend!
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