OFFSHORE- Looking like a pretty decent weather forecast for the weekend, and the fish have been chewing...time to take advantage of the last weekend before school starts and make a run offshore! Dolphin fishing remains good for those willing to burn the fuel and go find the fish. While a few dolphin are being caught in 300-500' of water, the best action remains out deep (1000' plus). Look for the dolphin on weed lines, current rips, floating debris, or around working birds. A trolling spread of small jet head lures, bonita strips, and trolling squid will usually get the dolphin fired up, and can all be trolled semi-quickly to cover some water. Keep some cut bait ready for when/if the schoolies pop up, and also for any tripletail that may be floating around debris or thick weed lines. It's also a good ice to have a jig to send down deep around big floating stuff. Dropping a jig a hundred feet or so down and ripping it up will often lure up big dolphin or wahoo lurking below. Still a few wahoo being caught in closer to the 120' ledge. Highspeed trolling first thing in the morning is definitely worth a shot. Kingfish showed up in pretty decent number off Jupiter over the past week. Look for the kings to be in 90-120'of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet. A live throat hooked sardine is top baits for the kings, but the will also bite a trolled bonita strip fished down a little deeper with a inline trolling sinker or planer. Snapper fishing has been decent this week, with some nice muttons being caught by those patiently fishing the slide rig and sardines. A fresh sardine with the tail cut off is surely not going to last too long on the bottom right now!
INSHORE- Lots of good snook fishing going on right now inshore. All catch and release for a few more weeks, but lots of fun for those looking to catch both quantity and quality snook. Hard to beat a flair hawk, Spooltek, or live mullet fished around the bridges at night on an outgoing tide right now. While the spawn is slowly winding down, just remember to take a little extra time and revive those big female snook, they are the future of our snook population. Still hearing some mangrove snapper reports inshore, as well as a small scattering of sheepshead and black drum.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing remains the main game in town along the beach right now. Fish low light periods for best luck, and be sure to look for schools of baitfish for even better results. Still a few tarpon cruising around, and we should see even more tarpon as the mullet begin to trickle down the beach. Glass minnow schools should start to push out along the beach anytime, and with them will be a scattering of spanish mackerel, blue runners, jacks, and other assorted predators. When that happens the "bobber rig" and a clark spoon is a safe bet for good action!
Thanks For Reading and Good Luck this Weekend,