OFFSHORE- The weather kept fishing pressure very light offshore most of the week. Those who did make it out found a few scattered dolphin way offshore; with 1000-1200' of water seeming to hold a fair number of fish. Most of the dolphin caught seemed to be hanging around weedlines or current rips. The dolphin are scattered so it takes some looking to find them. Forecasted east winds may help push them a little closer in over the weekend. Wahoo reports should start to trickle back in as the moon starts to get bigger and bigger. (Two weeks away from the October full moon; which should produce some more good wahoo catches, barring no major weather changes) Scattered kingfish, and thinning numbers of bonita, are keeping things interesting along the 120' ledge. Snapper fishing has been fair in 60-90' of water. The bottom fishing has been day to day, depending largely on water quality and current. Spend some time out there with some sardines or squid on the bottom and a few snapper should join you for the boat ride home.
INSHORE- The arrival of big schools of finger mullet inshore (pretty much from Stuart all the way to Palm Beach Inlet) has the inshore fish fired up. Depending on where you find the mullet schools; snook, tarpon, redfish, spotted seatrout, jacks, and ladyfish will be taking advantage of the easy meal. Getting a bite out of the middle of what often seems like a million mullet can be tough. Try keeping your baits on the edge or underneath the school. The other trick that sometimes work is fishing something totally different around the school of mullet. Many a big snook have slurped up a DOA shrimp crawled underneath a school of mullet. Another good trick is to fish good looking ambush points(seawalls, bridges pilings and fenders, points, canal entrances, etc) where you don't see mullet schools. Many fish, snook especially, are lazy and don't want to go looking for the mullet; and prefer to stake out and wait for the tide to bring the schools to them. Live mullet, topwater plugs (Zara Spook and Rapala Skitterwalks), and Suspending Jerkbaits (Rapala X-Raps) are all good lures for this situation. Throw your bait or lures up-current and bring them back with the tide naturally for some explosive strikes!
SURF/PIER- The surf and pier fishing has been very very good this week, with all kinds of action going on. Finally seeing a good number of bigger mullet and the large predators are in them. Look for big snook, tarpon, jacks, and sharks to be around the schools of silver mullet. While they will feed on the schools all day, the best action tends to be early morning and late afternoon. School of finger mullet are still around and they too are being followed by all kinds of predators. The Juno Beach Pier is alive with fish right now. In addition to the previously mentioned species; the pier is producing good numbers of spanish mackerel, blue runners, and some bluefish and pompano as well. Beach shark fishing is heating up. Fair number of pompano for this time of year around as well.
Lots of good stuff going on, get out and take advantage of it!
Good Luck Everyone,