OFFSHORE- Nice looking weather forecast for the weekend should make for a good fishing weekend. Light east/northeast winds should help get the dolphin in a little closer. While a decent run offshore may still be required, don't be surprised to hear of some good dolphin catches in 300-500' of water. The usual dolphin trolling spread should do the trick around weed lines, floating debris, or current rips. Keep some cut bait ready in case you stumble across some tripletail floating along weed lines or around floating debris. A chunk of sardine sinking slowly past a tripletail usually doesn't go too deep before being picked up. In a little closer it is about time for the schools of blackfin tuna to start showing up in 200-300' of water. Small trolling feathers and daisy chains are the ticket for catching the tasty little tuna! Troll quick and keep an eye out for the blackfin coming out of the water chasing minnows. Finding the schools of blackfin tuna is also a good area to spend some time targeting wahoo. With the next full moon only a week away, don't be surprised to hear about some good wahoo catches this weekend. High speed trolling will no doubt produce some wahoo, as will pulling natural baits (split tail mullet or horse ballyhoo are good choices) behind a trolling sinker or planer. In along the 120' ledge kingfish action has been good. Drifting with live sardines, or dead sardines on a knocker rig, is a good bet for the kingfish. Best bite has been in the morning, but a few kings are being caught in the afternoon as well. Snapper fishing remains fair along the bottom, with some good yellowtail reports coming in. Look for the snapper to be hanging out under the kingfish schools looking for an easy meal.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the best game in town on the inshore front. Getting close to snook season. soon enough those lucky enough to find a slot size fish will be able to invite them home for dinner. Look for the snook to bite best on an outgoing tide around bridges, boat docks, and seawalls. It won't be long before the finger mullet start showing up inshore and really get the fishing fired up. Mangrove snapper have been biting at area bridges at night, as have a few sheepshead and black drum.
SURF/PIER- Rumor has it some good size mullet schools have been spotted up the coast headed south. It won't be long before the surf fishing really starts to get going. Until the mullet start to show for us locally, it is still summertime beach fishing patterns. The snook are around in good numbers, and feeding well during lowlight periods of the day. A few tarpon are hanging around as well. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good number of snook, blue runners, and a few bonita chasing baits around. Scattered reports of whiting and croaker in the first trough up and down the beach.
SHOP UPDATE- The 4" Spooltek is now in-stock! Also have the new Diamond Illusion Braid in. Hopefully getting a new batch of moisture wicking Juno Bait shirts in the is weekend as well!
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT:
The kids are back in school, and the ocean is a little quieter these days during the week. Makes for a great time of year to take a trip offshore! Been catching a good number of sailfish this week on live bait. Kingfish action has been good. Summertime fishing patterns are slowly starting to give way to early fall fishing patterns, so anyone interested in getting in on the great action along the ledge (bonita, sharks, runners, etc...) should get on it now!