OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing was good early in the week, with a fair amount of fish in 600-900' of water. Drifting and chunking on weedlines has been effective, as has trolling a spread of the usual smaller baits (strips, squid, small jetheads). Conditions do look like they are about to totally change going into the weekend; with a run way offshore not being quite as friendly as earlier in the week. With that said, we could see a really nice sailfish bite pop off this weekend. North-Northeast winds and some swells could provide for some early (or as the case maybe this summer...late) season tailers and good kite fishing conditions. The dolphin that have been offshore will likely be in the same 200-300' range as the sailfish as well. Fair number of small blackfin tuna around this week. Small trolling feathers (Williamson Flash Feather or Tormenter Mini Tuna Dart) are a good way to go for the football sized tuna. Bottom fishing reports remain fair, with a handful of good mutton and yellowtail snapper around.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good this week; it just takes some time and effort to get them dialed in. Fishing pressure has been high, so it also takes a little creativity and/or luck to find a spot not filled up with people. Finger mullet, along with a handful of silvers, have started to push inshore in good numbers. The snook, and tarpon, will be keyed in nicely on them. Look for the best action to be during lowlight periods of the day or at night. The mullet will move more and on the surface at these times making them easier for you...and the fish to find. A live mullet fished on the outside edge of the school, or sometimes underneath is a good way go. If your throwing lures the small Yo-Zuri Mag Darter or Topknock Pencil will be a good way to go. With a building swell on the beach, it is likely that the mullet could be pushed inshore in big numbers this weekend. In other words...GO FISHING; its likely going to go off!
SURF/PIER- The mullet run has grabbed everybody's attention this week...and the fishing has been good when you find them! The early part of the mullet run attracts the most snook and tarpon so don't wait around too long to try and find them. A live mullet fished on the edge of the pods is always going to be a good choice; for lures try a good casting lure like a Yo-Zuri Longcast minnow. A building swell this weekend is going to make surf fishing tough (at least in spots), but as long as the water doesn't go to complete garbage the fish will no doubt be around. The Juno Beach Pier has been good this week with a fair number of snook, Spanish Mackerel, ladyfish, and blue runners around. The Pier has still been holding a decent amount of sabiki bait (pilchards and cigar minnows), but hard to say if that will still last through the weekend.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SAT...E NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning. A chance of tstms. Showers likely in the afternoon. .
SUN...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers and tstms.
MON...E SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. Showers with a chance of tstms.
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