OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing has been very good over the past week. Mostly smaller fish, with a few good ones in the mix. Depth has bounced around a bit for the dolphin, but 300-500' seems to be holding a fair share of fish. Good reports out deeper as well, and a few ones in closer. As is generally the case with the dolphin...it's mostly a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Keep the odds in your favor by trolling productive looking areas (the usual...rips, weeds, debris, areas of bait, etc) with a good assortment of ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid. Keep the baits on the smaller side for the best luck this time of year. The fall blackfin tuna (which generally starts to signal a slight decrease in the summertime bonita) are beginning to show in 200-300' of water. A small trolling feather or daisy chain remains the top choice for the small football size blackfin. Kingfish remain scattered up and down the 120' line in fair numbers. Drifting with sardines, or trolling diving plugs or bonita strips behind a planer is a good way to go for the kings. Snapper fishing remains pretty good in 80-90' of water. Sardines will remain the bait of choice for the snapper, although bonita strips are also working well.
INSHORE- The mullet are beginning to show inshore, and the fishing has begun to improve dramatically as a result. Snook, tarpon, jacks, and maybe even a few redfish are all taking advantage of the endless buffet of finger mullet flowing through. Typically the mullet come up to the surface best at night (Or during the day in low traffic areas or during overcast days), and that is when the fish tend to be the most active. Lots of good lure options for fishing inshore ariound the mullet schools. A topwater lure (Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil. Yo-Zuri Top Knoc, Rapala Skitterwalk, or Heddon Zara Spook) is a great way to excite a bite while fishing around mullet schools. Try focus on the edge of the schools for best results. Snook fishing will also be good at night around the bridges. Look for the snook to stack up around the bridge pilings and let the tide wash them a endless finger mullet buffet. A DOA Baitbuster is a great lure choice for this. With a strong swell forecasted for the end of the weekend. don't be surprised to see a lot of mullet showing up inshore.
SURF/PIER- Surf action has really fired up over the past week. The mullet are starting to show, and the predators are close behind. The early season mullet run is a great time to target snook, tarpon, and jacks. Following the later arriving mullet should be bluefish and blacktip sharks. A live mullet fished on the outside edges of the school is a great way to go. Keep the mullet close, but distanced enough that he looks like a easy target for quick results. If the tarpon are around and you can't get bit on a live mullet, trying a fresh dead one. Let it sink just on the edge of the school. A lot of times tarpon patrolling the edges will pick up the easy sinking meal as they keep the bait surrounded. For those looking to throw lures a Yo-Zuri Mag Darter, Rapala X-Rap, or large silver spoon will all be good ways to go around the mullet. The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce a good snook bite, along with a fair number of pompano and a permit or two. The pompano have been biting Doc's Goofy Jigs and Fishbites the best early this season.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...South southwest winds around 5 knots becoming south southeast in the evening. Seas around 2 feet. Intracoastal waters smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
SUNDAY...North northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas to 8 feet along the coast and 7 to 9 feet with occasional to 11 feet in the Gulf Stream. North northeast swell 3 to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
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