OFFSHORE- The moon will be getting a little bigger each nigh; and with it the wahoo bite should continue to improve on a daily basis. Look for the wahoo to bite best early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon along the 120' ledge from Jupiter to Palm Beach Inlets. During the brighter parts of the day look for the wahoo to slide out slightly deeper, with 200-500' being good depths to pick up a mid-day hoo. The usual tricks for wahoo (high speeding, split-tails down deep, deep live baits) are all viable options right now. With any luck the weed will not be too bad this weekend and trolling spreads will stay clear. Dolphin rate being caught, but you have to be prepared to go find them. Southwest winds will most likely have the dolphin further offshore, so don't be afraid to take a trip way offshore. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid are all good bait choices for the dolphin. Lots of action along the 120' ledge right now. The bulk of the action is from sharks and bonita, but other surprise species will keep you guessing whats on the end of the line. Blackfin tuna, wahoo, kingfish, amberjack, and kingfish will all be in the mix with the bonita and sharks. Live sardines are a great all around choice for constant action, and a block of chum or few handfuls of chunk baits is enough to really fire the action up all around the boat. Snapper fishing remains good on the bottom, just reel fast to get them past the sharks!
INSHORE- The ICW and Loxahatchee River are filled up with big snook right now Low rainfall has kept the spillways closed, and the fish are a little more scattered out than they can be this time of year. As usual low light periods or night will be best for the snook, with moving water being a must. Tide direction is not overly important, but an outgoing tide typically brings a little dirtier water and makes the snook a little easier to trick. A handful of tarpon are in the Loxahatchee river right now, and are easiest to find rolling early in the morning. Scattering of mangrove snapper action around the bridges at night. Small live pilchards are awesome baits to get the snapper biting.
SURF/PIER- Lots of good snook action along the beach right now, including some REALLY big fish. Live croakers are snook candy and will usually not be turned down by a cruising fish. Those looking to trick a snook on artificial lures will be well served with X-Raps, Yo-Zuri Crystal minnows, Vudu Mullet, and small white jerk baits and jigs. Cast more parallel to the beach than straight out, and be sure to keep an eye out for cruising snook. Nothing like sight casting a 15lb snook in crystal clear water and watching her eat! Croakers, whiting, and sand perch are biting in the first trough on small live shrimp. A few passing tarpon are still being seen along the beach. In addition to the above listed species, the Juno Beach fishing pier is also seeing a fair number of bonita and a few nice spanish mackerel.
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING- Look for Captain Eric's report (and hopefully some cool pics and videos) in the next day or so. He's been busy fishing and has some cool stuff going on right now. More info in the next day or two!