OFFSHORE: Great dolphin fishing this week for northern Palm Beach County. Lots of dolphin, ranging from very small to ten pounds or so in size, starting at around 350' of water. Most of the dolphin are being caught around weediness and floating debris. Been a good amount of weeds around, so finding the fish hasn't been too hard. Trolling small ballyhoo, squid, or bonita strips to cover some water could produce a little better quality fish, while drifting along a weed line and chunking sardines has been producing good numbers of fish. The east/southeast wind should help keep the dolphin pushed in the 250-500' range...although the way this year has went fishing wise; who really knows! In a little closer the blackfin tuna are biting small trolling feathers in 200-250' of water. Kingfish action remains pretty good along the 120' ledge, with most of the biters coming on live or dead sardines. A few wahoo were caught, and barring any crazy weather changes (i.e....those suddenly very active tropics) the wahoo fishing will most likely get very good again in the coming weeks. All signs are pointing towards a good September moon wahoo bite. Snapper fishing remains pretty good along the bottom, with a mixture of yellowtail and mutton snapper making up the bulk of the catch.
INSHORE: Starting to hear a very hushed whisper of a school or two of finger mullet around...shouldn't be long before we are swamped with them! Snook fishing remains the best inshore bet right now. Most of the snook are being caught around the inlets and bridges; with some big fish also hanging around boat docks and seawalls as well. Look for lowlight periods of the day to be best for the snook, and don't be afraid to throw some big baits at them right now. They are in the eating frame of mind and will happily scarf down some large baits or lures. Mangrove snapper are biting around the bridges as well. Small pilchards and shrimp are the baits of choice for the snapper. Look for inshore fishing to improve drastically with the arrival of the finger mullet.
SURF/PIER: Snook fishing remains very good along the beach, in the inlets, and at the Juno Beach Pier right now. Lowlight periods of the day are best, and the fish are hungry! The Juno Beach Pier has also been holding a good number of blue runners, some spanish and cero mackerel, as well as some bonita and king mackerel. The bobber rig and small spoon has been good for the runners and macs, while the "ColtSniper" from Shimano has been good for the bonita and kings. Small live pilchards on the flatline have also been good. Starting to hear of a few little schools of mullet trickling around...shouldn't be long before things really fire up along the beach!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY.
SUNDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
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