OFFSHORE- Good dolphin reports for those making it out over the past week. The best depth has continued to bounce around, but 250-600' seems to be producing pretty consistent results. Most of the dolphin have been in open water or on current rips in small packs. Floating debris will hold them as well; but for the most part it will be smaller packs of fish and not large schools. Average size remains 3-6lbs for the most part, with a few solid gaffers in the mix as well. Trolling small ballyhoo, bonita strips and squid is a great way to go for the dolphin. Still a pretty decent pick of sailfish around, and conditions do look good for them to bite this weekend. Wahoo reports continue to come in pretty good; with a big bonita strip fished behind a planer still being the top bait choice. Bottom fishing reports remain very good as well. Won't be the most ideal bottom fishing conditions this weekend, but those pushing through should find a good mixed bag of mutton and yellowtail snapper around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now. The Loxahatchee continues to hold a good number of snook, with fair action during the day and at night depending on how you target them. During the day (early morning, late afternoon, and overcast times will be best) look for the snook to be keyed in on mullet and ready to blast a topwater plug. Boat docks and seawalls that have good current flow and provide natural ambush points will be the best areas to target. Mullet schools up on top with fish busting through them will also be a dead giveaway to the snook's location. At night the snook will be largely around the bridges. Flair hawk jigs and topwater plugs continue to be the top two producing lure choices for the snook. In addition to the snook; mullet schools have also attracted some tarpon, jacks, and big ladyfish to move inshore. Fishing live mullet on the edge, or under a school is a good way to go for lots of action.
SURF/PIER- A little hit or miss on the beach this week, with varying water and surf conditions, but still a good number of fish around. Mullet schools have not been quite as consistent as last week, but still a good number of them around. A good number of tarpon following the mullet schools, along with some bruiser jacks and still a good number of snook. A few bluefish starting to show up, which will inevitably begin to chase the snook out. Looks like it gets a little sloppy going into the weekend, which may make the beach a little tough to fish. On the flip side it could really fire the fishing up, making the Juno Beach Pier a good option. Each week a few more pompano show up. While it isn't springtime numbers by any means; the fall run(generally late September through October) can produce some good numbers of pompano. A bright colored Doc's Goofy jig fished on the pier his a great way to go for the pompano, and will also draw strikes from good mixed bag of jacks, ladyfish, and bluefish.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...N NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
SAT...N NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. N NE swell 4 ft increasing to 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
SUN...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. N NE swell 4 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
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From left to right...Fishing so good even the fish are smiling (picture courtesy of the Solomon family), Summer maybe winding down but is it ever not really tank top season in South Florida?, and Chris Lowe (IG @chris_lowe2424) putting his new reel to work with some early season pompano!