OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing remains good; just have to go looking for them. The mahi-mahi bite has bounced all over the place depth wise, and this week was no different. Dolphin reports came in from 150-1500' of water; but east winds the last few days should help blow them in a little closer. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid has been the best bet for the dolphin. Small jet-head style lures that can be pulled a little quicker to cover more water are also effective for the dolphin. Keep the pitch rods and chunk baits ready. For the most part the dolphin are schooled up in fair numbers; more than likely a hooked fish has some close by. The full moon will have the wahoo crowd out in full force. A few wahoo have been caught this week; and it should be ideal conditions for wahoo trolling this weekend. Look for the high speed bite to be good early in the morning in 100-250' of water. Dark color lures will be the ticket in low light conditions. If high speed trolling is not your thing; a split tail mullet is as good (or maybe better) alternative. Fish the mullet (or horse ballyhoo) behind a planer or inline trolling sinker. A black/red or black/purple skirt ilander is not a bad idea to add on to a mullet either. As the sun gets up a little higher look for the wahoo to bite better in 200-400' of water. Low light conditions are best for the wahoo; and if your near a inlet try and fish around the outgoing tide. Kingfish are scattered up and down the 120' ledge. Size has varied from day to day with one day producing snake kings and the next day all the fish are over twenty pounds. Live sardines remain the bait of choice for the kings. Snapper fishing remains day to day. With the full moon; look for the snapper to bite best at night.
INSHORE: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town on the inshore side of things right now. Most of the snook are in or around the inlets right now. Bridges near the inlets are a great option right now; especially on outgoing tide. Flair hawks, big swim baits, and large live baits are the ticket for getting the biggest bites right now. Mangrove snapper are also hanging around area bridges at night. Live shrimp and small pilchards are top baits for the mangroves right now. Other inshore action is a bit slow. Look for all inshore fishing to be best during low light periods of the day or even at night.
SURF/PIER: Great snook fishing along the beach, in the inlets, and on Juno Beach Pier right now. Live sand perch and croakers are the baits of choice right now. Look for the snook to be most active early and late in the day. Surf anglers will find luck throwing plugs before the sun comes up. Large swim baits (like the holy pro paddle tail or Spooltek) are good choices to throw in the dark. Still some tarpon moving along the surf, as well as some good size jacks. Sandperch are in the surf in fair numbers, with small pieces of fresh shrimp being the bait of choice for them. Definitely try and get out early or late in the day for best results.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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