OFFSHORE- Weather report has bounced around a bit; but it looks like the later part of the weekend will end up being fishable. Pretty good dolphin reports before the weather turned on us this week. A bulk of the dolphin came in 300-500' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to just north of Jupiter Inlet. Trolling small ballyhoo and bonita strips seemed to be as good of method as any for picking up the dolphin. Most of the dolphin are in the 5-10lb range, with a handful of bigger gaffers in the mix as well. Pretty good fall blackfin reports in 300' of water as well; with a mid size vertical jig working great on the tuna. Small trolling feathers are also a good choice for the blackfin. A handful of wahoo around as well. No snapper reports to speak of, but it is likely that the big muttons will be in feeding heavily on the shallow reef.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very very good inshore right now. Lots of mullet inshore (mostly smaller finger mullet) and the snook are close behind; as are a good number of mid sized tarpon and jacks. During the day look for mullet schools to be in protected coves and areas without a huge amount of boat traffic. At night those schools will be more prone to move more freely up on the surface. Look for the snook and tarpon to be staged at likely ambush spots (Seawalls, bridges, boat docks, etc), waiting for the tide to push the mullet to them. Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil and Mag Darters are two great lure choices right now for fishing around the mullet schools. Snapper fishing remains very strong in Jupiter Inlet right now. It's primarily mangrove snapper, but could still be a few mutton snapper around from the storm.
SURF/PIER- Before the wind started blowing we had been seeing a nice push of mullet. Keep your fingers crossed that they didn't all get pushed past us too quick. It doesn't seem like that is the case though; and hopefully as the surf lays down the good tarpon and snook fishing continues along the beach. Best action has been early in the morning and then late again in the afternoon; with some mid day pop offs as well. A live mullet fished on the edge or under the schools is a good way to go. For Lures the 8" NLBN Straight Tail has been the number one lure of choice. The only problem with the NLBN is...the bluefish are showing up and making quick work of the soft plastics! The Juno Beach Pier (not sure at time of writing; but hoping will reopen Friday) has had a solid Spanish Mackerel bite. A few pompano starting to show up as well.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...W SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft, occasionally to 9 ft. Period 10 seconds. N swell 3 to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop.
SAT...N winds 5 to 10 kt becoming NE in the evening. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
SUN...N NW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming NE in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
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Great wahoo caught last weekend by Trish Brown off of Juno.