OFFSHORE- This week saw pretty standard summertime fishing patterns offshore. Dolphin fishing remains fair; with the biggest part of the equation being finding them. With what looks to be some east wind in the forecast, long long runs offshore may not be as necessary as in weeks past. Don't be surprised to see some decent catches come in 300-500' of water, as opposed to outside of 1000' like most recent catches. With a majority of the fish being on the smaller side, try trolling some smaller baits (a squid or bonita strip is a awesome choice!) for best results. As always, keep an eye out for floating debris, current rips, and areas holding a good amount of bait for best results. A handful of wahoo hanging around those dolphin, so have a bait or jig ready to shoot down deep. In closer to the 120' ledge kingfish remain scattered up and down the line. It's not big numbers of kings, but enough around to keep things interesting. Sardines on a knocker rig is a great choice for targeting the kingfish. Also productive will be trolling a deep diving plug like a Nomad DTX Minnow or Rapala X-Rap Magnum. The 120' ledge i filled up with a good amount of life right now. Bonita, sharks, big blue runners, and a host of others are all hanging out around the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing remains very good. The current has been light so keep the weights to a minimum and leaders on the smaller side. Sardines remain a top bait choice for bottom fishing.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the best bet on the inshore side of things. With inlet snook fishing still good, a few early season trickles of mullet coming in, and enough rain to open up some spillways...you have a wide variety of snook fishing options ahead! The spillways have been producing a good number of fish when they are open. A flair hawk jig or SpoolTek have both been working good when the spillways are flowing. The snook have also been stacked up around the bridges as well. Look for the outgoing tide at night to be the best bet for the snook. For all around action it's hard to beat a shrimp imitating lure floated through the shadow line. For bigger snook a flair hawk or swimbait presented right along the bottom is a good bet. Mixed in with the snook have been a handful of tarpon and a few jacks. As we start to see more mullet flow through in the coming weeks, expect to see a real boost in inshore activity!
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier had a few kingfish around this week, along with a decent number of bonita. A diamond jig or good casting swimming plug (X-Rap, SP Minnow, or Yo-Zuri Long Cast) are good lure options. A few Spanish Mackerel around the Pier, but not in the numbers that the past few weeks saw. While snook fishing has not been red hot at the pier, a decent number are still being caught. Snook fishing along the beach remains good, especially early in the morning. Best bet has been small lures in the 3-4" range resembling pilchards. Good numbers of small baits around, and that is what the snook have been keyed in on. Up to the nort,h the glass minnow schools are attracting a lot of attention from sharks, tarpon, snook, Spanish Mackerel, and even a early season bluefish or two. No set spot for the glass minnow schools, just have to go looking for them. Could be a handful of pompano around this weekend with some east winds in the forecast.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers . Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...East winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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