OFFSHORE: Dolphin fishing improved this week; with some nice catches coming in 600-800' of water. Trolling bonita strips and squid in productive looking areas produced a good number of fish, including a handful big enough to need a gaff for. Running and gunning for debris and large weediness has also been a productive strategy this week. Set up on good areas with some chum and live sardines and the dolphin shouldn't be far behind. If they do show up; be sure to have a jig ready to send down a couple hundred feet to look for a lurking wahoo. Speaking of wahoo, a fair number were caught along the 120' ledge last week. Bonita strips and split tail mullet trolled down deep remains the best bet for the wahoo as of late. Fair scattering of kingfish around, along with a few fall football size Blackfin tuna showing up. Snapper fishing has been very good this week. Best depth has bounced around a bit; but 90' from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet remains a good place to start. Sardines and bonita chunks remain the best bet on the bottom. A handful of really nice muttons around this week...just reel fast to get em past the sharks!!!
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. No real mullet schools to speak of yet, but the snook are lining up in all the usual spots like it is coming fairly soon! The bridge bite continues to go off at night, especially on outgoing tide. Flair Hawk jigs have been producing well, as have swimbaits (like NLBN or 6" SpoolTek Fatty). During the day best bet for the snook has been fishing live mullet along seawalls and under boat docks. First thing in the morning or just before the sun goes down a walk the dog topwater style lure (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil or Top Knock) will also get some attention. A few jacks mixed in with the snook, along with a tarpon or two. Mangrove snapper bite remains pretty good inshore as well.
SURF/PIER: The Juno Beach Pier has been pretty good this week. Snook fishing has been hot early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Free-lining pilchards, cigar minnows, and dork jacks has been producing a few slots pretty much every day. Later in the day try fishing dead baits under the pier for good luck with the snook (It's important to remember snook, especially the big ones, are lazy and always looking for an easy meal to scoop off the bottom!) Spanish Mackerel have been in and out at the pier on a regular basis. A small freeline live bait is good for them; as is a Clark Spoon on a bobber rig. A handful of Kingfish have been taken off the end of the Pier this week on large swimming plugs (Size 14 Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast minnow are great options). No great mullet run reports in our immediate area; but it does sound like a few good schools are starting to show up to the north of us. Reports from Ft Pierce and Jensen Beach make it sound like it is starting to happen. A little north swell this weekend could definitely get them pushed in this direction!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...West northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...East northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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