OFFSHORE- Another tough(ish) week offshore for the most part. Weather conditions improved; but we are no doubt battling through the summer doldrums. A handful of lucky boats did find some dolphin out deep. 650-900' seemed to be the range on the dolphin; with the odds being about 1 in 5 boats finding them. Still a few sailfish out in 250-400' of water, but that bite has slowed as well. The kingfish pushed back in very nicely to the 120' ledge. A few kings biting in the morning, but the best bite has been late in the afternoon. A wahoo or two mixed in with the kings, along with a few blackfin tuna. A few mutton snapper coming up off the bottom to eat kingfish baits as well. Speaking of muttons, bottom fishing was a little better this week. Still a lot of current, but some soild mutton reports despite it. Sardines and squid remain the top bait choices on the bottom.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. A good number of snook in the Loxahatchee River right now, as well as in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet. Live mullet is always a go to bait for the snook; while a topwater plug will get some great blowups early and late in the day. Expect a few jacks and a tarpon or two to be mixed in with the snook as well. Lowlight periods (early morning or late afternoon) will no doubt be the best bet; but don't overlook mid day tide changes in certain situations as well. Mangrove snapper reports slowed a bit inshore, but still a handful around for sure.
SURF/PIER- This week saw a few days of less seaweed along the beach, and dare I say was actually quite fishable. Catch and release snook fishing has been solid, with both numbers of fish around and good size ones as well. Plenty of snook in both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets, the Juno Beach Pier continues to produce good numbers, and solid numbers of fish moving along the beach as well. Hard to beat a live croaker or sandperch for snook, but in most cases a live pilchard or sardine will do the job as well. A lot of tarpon reports coming in this week. A good number of blue runners at the Juno Beach Pier, along with a few bonita and Spanish Mackerel. It's early for sure, but did hear a pompano report or two already come in this week.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SAT...E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SAT NIGHT THROUGH MON...E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and tstms, then a slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning. A chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
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Mark Tamim with a nice sailfish caught out of Stuart last weekend!