OFFSHORE- Summertime fishing patterns are definitely fully setting in offshore. Dolphin reports are fair; but for the most part very scattered. No hot depth on the dolphin. More of a "catch me if you can" deal; with the fish scattered from 300' to over 1000' of water. Look for the dolphin to be around well formed weedlines, defined current rips, or areas with lots of bait around. Trolling bonita strips and squid is a solid choice for the dolphin right now. Smaller schoolie size fish can eat a squid or strip a little easier than a ballyhoo, and a big dolphin will rarely turn down the bite size snack. Just inside of the dolphin have been a fair number of Blackfin Tuna. A small trolling feather or daisy chain is a great choice for the Blackfin, especially early and late in the day. More consistent, almost guaranteed, action is stacking up along the 120' ledge. Kingfish are here in great numbers from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet along the 120' ledge. The best bite on the kings is typically early morning and then again as the sun goes down. Live baits fished on a mono leader with double or triple hooks is the absolute best bet for the kings. Mixed in with the kings have been a solid number of bonita, a few wahoo, stray cobia or two, and plenty of sharks. The bottom fishing has been a bit off this week with some mixed up current and cold water on the bottom.
INSHORE- The water inshore is HOT right now, and the fish are lazy to say the least. Catch and release snook fishing is pretty good right now, but it for the most part is happening at night or extreme lowlight periods of the day. The mangrove snapper are getting a little more aggressive inshore, but they too will be best at night. Live shrimp small live pilchards, or sardine chunks are all good bait choices for the snapper. Other inshore reports are slow at best.
SURF/PIER- Summer surf fishing patterns kinda kicked in this week. A fair number of tarpon are making their way north along the beach right now. Tough to get a chance at the tarpon from shore; but those on the pier or in a boat are definitely seeing a good number of fish (Getting a bite is another story). Big schools of jacks are also pushing around along the beach. Again it will be primarily the pier and boat guys getting a chance at the big jacks. Catch and release snook fishing is good along the beach and in the inlets right now. Fair number of croaker and whiting along the beach in the first trough right now. Small pieces of shrimp will be best for them.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers . Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South winds around 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.
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