OFFSHORE- Reports were a bit slow this week offshore; largely due to the large swell early in the week (and also it's just that time of year...). Not much doing on the dolphin as the gulfstream pushed way offshore and weedlines/debris were harder to find. East winds and calmer conditions into the weekend should help improve the dolphin fishing though into the weekend. The backside of the full moon did produce a few wahoo bites in 150-300' of water. Best bite on the wahoo was early in the morning, but a few were caught late in the afternoon as well. Nomad DTX minnow or a planer with a big bonita strip continue to produce the best results on the wahoo. The small fall blackfin tuna are showing up in 200-300' of water. Small trolling feathers or very small daisy chains are a great choice for the little football sized tuna. Bottom fishing reports, though slightly limited, were pretty good this week. Some nice sized mutton snappers around along with some very nice yellowtails. Sardines, bonita chunks, and squid remain the best bait choice on the bottom.
INSHORE- Snook fishing popped off pretty good this week. The finger mullet started to show up inshore in fair numbers, and the snook (along with tarpon, jacks, and ladyfish for that matter) are tagging along with them. Look for the best action to be at night as the mullet move more comfortably under the cover of darkness. Moving water (incoming or outgoing) is key, and it's kind of a guessing game on where when the mullet will come through. Topwater plugs (like a Yo-Zuri Topknock), swimmning plugs (Rapala X-Rap), or swimbait (3 and 5" NLBN) are all great lure choices for the snook. Fish the baits with the current, and focus on ambush spots and current breaks. If you find yourself fishing in the middle of big mullet schools; focus on fishing the outside edges or underneath the school. At that point it's all about making the bait look different (IE a injured baitfish on the edge of the school).
SURF/PIER- Swells at the first part of the week somewhat limited surf reports; but it's looking pretty good coming into the weekend! Plus...the mullet run is basically here! Reports of big (we are talking BIG schools) mullet schools were coming in from Jensen Beach this week with tarpon and big snook in them. Everything looks right for them to be in our area (or at very least only a short drive north) over the weekend. Expect the tarpon, snook, jacks, big ladyfish, and a whole bunch of others around the mullet schools. No bluefish reports yet, but they will likely not be far behind now as well, same with the sharks. A handful of pompano reports as well coming in. It's a bit on the early side for the pomps, but not by much. It may still feel like summer outside...but we are no doubt on our way to fall fishing!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
SAT...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A chance of tstms . Showers likely in the afternoon
SUN...E NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A chance of tstms . Showers likely in the afternoon.
Thanks For Reading,
Ricky (IG @pickle_ricky14) cashing in on snook season! The 8" NLBN getting the job done