OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing has been good for some and spotty for others this week. While a few dolphin have been caught inside of 500', the bulk of the catch has been coming at 700' or deeper. It's all about finding good looking water, rips, defined weed lines, or floating debris for the dolphin. Trolling small jet-head lures, squid, or bonita strips is a great choice for the dolphin; as is chumming and chunking in productive looking water. Keep an eye out for tripletail floating in the same areas. Typically a chunk of sardine or squid sinking by a lazy tripletail will not be turned down. In a little closer (200-350' of water), blackfin tuna action has been good over the past week. Small tuna feathers, Billy Baits, or a small daisy chain is a great choice for the little blackfin. Keep a big lure (preferably in blackfin like colors) way out the back in your blackfin tuna spread for a wahoo out snacking on the tasty little tunas. In on the edge the bonita are still around, but not in full on summertime numbers. Kingfish action has remained good in 90-120' of water. Drifting live baits is a good bet for the kings, as is trolling baits down a little deeper on planers or inline trolling sinkers. Mixed in with the kings have been a decent number of sailfish. Snapper fishing has remained good this week, with a scattering of nice mutton and yellowtail snappers being caught.
INSHORE- The mullet have not invaded the inshore waters yet, but the first push of them is happening. This is a prime time to try and get a keeper snook. The small pods of mullet get the snook fired up on bigger baits, but don't provide the endless buffet and impossible task of getting bit in the middle of a million mullet that the larger schools bring. Ideal lures will be big swim baits, flair hawk style jigs, and lipped plugs. Look for the snook to bite especially well at night around bridges with good current. Outgoing tide typically brings slightly dirtier water and this is usually an easier time to trick a linesider into biting. Other inshore action is a little slow. Still a few mangrove snapper around inshore. The tarpon that follow the mullet have not pushed in yet, but the resident tarpon are starting to move out of the river and ICW to meet the oncoming mullet.
SURF/PIER- Snook fishing remains strong along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier, especially during low light periods of the day. The mullet run has not fully kicked off yet, so most of the baits the snook are eating are on the smaller side. Any pods of mullet that are moving down usually get the snook's attention. The early pods of mullet have had a fair number of tarpon, big jacks, and shark with them. Try fishing the edges of the mullet schools for best luck. The Juno Beach Pier has been catching a few jacks and a fair number of blue runners. Surf fishing should really improve over the next few weeks, stay tuned for updates!
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Been another good week of fishing, with some cool stuff going on. Snook fishing has been good, with a few different ways to catch them all being in play. The mullet are starting to cruise down the beach, and that will provide a lot of neat fishing opportunities. This is a great time of year to split a trip inshore/offshore. Night snook trips available for those looking to beat the late summer heat. Give me a call about different trip options.