Let's start by wishing everyone a safe and happy July 4th Weekend!
Monday July 4th Shop Hours will be 6am-3pm
OFFSHORE- Well going into the July 4th weekend I'd love to sit down and write that the fishing is absolutely on fire and the weather is going to be glassed out flat calm...but both those things wouldn't exactly be the truth. Not a terrible marine weather forecast (See below as always), but not quite what you'd expect to see for July. Fishing reports were a bit slower this week, but still some fish around for those putting in the time. Dolphin fishing remains fair to good, with most better reports coming in 800-1200' of water. This time of year you can find scattered fish on open water; but for the best luck it really comes down to finding some kind of fish attracting structure or debris. If weed lines or floating junk isn't to be found; keep a close eye out for current rips, a color change, or large areas of bait (which could be flyers up on top, or marks on the depth finder). In closer the Blackfin Tuna are still around in 200-300' of water in fair numbers. Slide in much shallower than that though and it's likely the bonita show up and eat you out of house and home! Kingfish remain scattered along the 120' ledge in fair numbers, along with the before mentioned bonita in big numbers. Snapper fishing was fair this week. A handful of good mutton snapper reports, along with some nice yellowtail snapper.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the best bet inshore wise (as it will for the rest of the summer). Same baits, times, and places for the snook as always...so I won't bore you with all the same details again this week. A few Tarpon, and an occasional jack, are mixed in with the snook in the Loxahatchee River. Mangrove snapper are biting decent in their usual summertime hangouts. Generally snapper fishing will be better at night; but some of the deeper holes and bridges can produce some bites during the day.
SURF/PIER- Surf fishing was slow this week. Snook Arte showing up along the beach in fair numbers; but large amounts of seaweed and slime grass is making fishing for them quite difficult. Unfortunately it's been hard to find any meaningful stretch of beach that isn't filled up with the gross combo! The Juno Beach Pier is a fair option though. Snook fishing remains good at the pier. Conditions and time of day will dictate the best bait option for snook on the pier, but generally speaking a live sand perch or croaker will be a good option. A few jacks cruising through, along with a tarpon or two. Fair scattering of Spanish Mackerel and Blue Runners around the pier as well. Jupiter and Lake Worth Inlet are both holding good number of snook as well. A handful of mangrove snapper around Jupiter Inlet.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
FRI NIGHT...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms after midnight.
SAT...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SAT NIGHT...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms after midnight.
SUN...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning, then a chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
Thanks For Reading,
Alex with a SICK catch...Beautiful Fireback Grouper from a recent Bahamas trip!