Hard to believe it's the last week of Summer Vacation for Palm Beach County Schools...get those kiddos after it this weekend before you ship em off to school on Monday!
OFFSHORE- Mixed dolphin reports this week. Still some good reports coming in from out deep (Outside of 1000'), but also fair reports coming in from 500-800' of water as well. Biggest factor in finding the dolphin has been locating larger well defined weedlines, current rips, debris, or other fish attracting stuff (Bait, color changes, etc...). Blind trolling may catch a few dolphin; but for the most part you want to be in/around fishy looking water before putting the baits out. Later summertime dolphin are almost always on/around something...finding them in open blue water is tough. In closer the wahoo bite should get going this weekend. The moon is getting bigger, and we have good tides for the next few days...it should be good. High speed trolling is still a good way to target the wahoo; however, pulling split tail mullet and bonita strips down deep maybe the even better bet these days. Early in the morning and late afternoon lok for the wahoo to be in 100-200' of water. When the sun is up a little higher try sliding out to 200-300' of water for best luck with the wahoo. Kingfish school should also be filling in on this full moon along the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing has been very good this week in 90-120' of water. We fished with Captain Howard on the Red Beard yesterday and had a nice steady pick of mutton (up to maybe6 or 7 pounds) and yellowtail snapper. The bonita schools seem to be thinning out just a bit. Still plenty of bonita around: But, the first little hints (and I do mean slight hints) of late summer fishing patterns are just barely starting to set in.
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. Only about three weeks till snook season opens and we are starting to see slight signs of the snook beginning to break out of the summertime spawning pattern. When they do some snook will end up out along the beach, others will pull back inshore. A handful of mullet are beginning to trickle through, and barring any random storms or strange weather we should be only a few weeks from the real start of the mullet run. The snook now are stilll somewhat relating to the inlet and bridges close by, but you can also start to find a few more making there way farther up the ICW and Loxahatchee River. Mangrove snapper fishing remains pretty good inshore right now. Live shrimp, small pilchards, and chunks of sardine are all good bait choices for the snapper right now.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier has had some really good fishing this week! Nice mixed bag action from small to large on the pier. Spanish Mackerel have been around in good numbers this week. While they will bite some lures; the best bet has been freelancing small live baits on a long shank hook. A unexpected push of pompano showed up at the Pier this week and they were biting Doc's Goofy Jigs very well. How long those fish will stick around is anybodies guess...but it is nice to see a few around. Catch and release snook fishing remains very good, along with a solid number of tarot hanging around as well. A handful of kingfish are biting at the pier first thing in the morning and then again right around closing time. The mangrove snapper bite has slowed down considerably from a few weeks ago, but a few are still around. Catch and release snook fishing along the beach remains strong. Still some pompano being caught north of Jupiter Inlet first thing in the morning. Overall, it's above average surf/pier fishing for August standards...get after it!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Seas less than 2 feet. Period 4 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of light showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Slight chance of light showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of light showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of light showers and thunderstorms.
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