OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing remains very scattered. No solid depth for the mahi; instead its been a scattering of reports coming in from 350-1200' of water. A few decent size fish around; but a majority of them are in the 3-6lb range. Trolling around floating debris, well formed weedlines, and defined rips and/or color changes will be the best bet for the dolphin. Small ballyhoo, bonita strips, or squid are all great trolling options right now. Keep the light rods rigged with a small jig or chunks of bait ready to pitch to schoolies if they pop up. Blackfin tuna are still biting in 250-350' of water during lowlight periods of the day. Small trolling feathers or daisy chains are good for the smaller fish; while live sardines are the ticket for bigger tuna. The summertime bonita are here in full force right now and have all but taken over the 120' ledge. In fact the bonita have taken over just about everything from 90-250' of water as of late. The good news is that wiith the bonita comes Blue Marlin, sharks, big wahoos, and all kinds of other stuff...you just have to get past the darn bonita to catch them. Snapper fishing has been a bit hit or miss. The good news is that when its good...it's been really good! On the flip side we have also had to deal with a few pretty slow days of snapper bite. Sardines remain the bait of choice on the bottom.
INSHORE: Beyond catch and release snook fishing the inshore side of things is on the slower side. The snook fishing though has been very good. The snook are stacked up in the inlets pretty good, and have also been biting around the bridges at night. Large swimbaits and flair hawks are a solid lure choice right now. Look for the snook to bite best on the outgoing tide. Mangrove snapper reports are on the uptick around the bridges. Fairly slow fishing otherwise on the inshore side of things.
SURF/PIER: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town along the beach right now. Lowlight periods of the day remain the key for getting the best snook actions. Swimming Plugs (Rapala X-Raps and Yo-Zuri Minnows) are a great lure choice early in the morning and late in the afternoon. During brighter parts of the day try small white bucktails or smaller soft plastics for better luck with the snook. A live croaker or sandperch is a good bait choice for a bigger snook. Still some schools of tarpon pushing north along the beach, though they are thinning out a bit. Mixed in with the tarpon have been some pretty good sized jack crevalles. In the first trough you can catch some croaker and sandperch on small pieces of shrimp. The JUno Beach Pier summer snook part is starting to roll along pretty good. Try a 6" SpoolTek in natural colors (Pearl, Mullet, Great Sardini) for good results on the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SATURDAY...Winds southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely in the morning. A chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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