OFFSHORE- Not a lot of boats making it out over the past few days; those that did have found a really good dolphin bite going on out there. Biggest key will be finding clean water, so don't be afraid to keep going till you find clean blue water. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and small jethead lures will work well. Lots of debris floating around, so setting up and chumming will also work as well. Take some bigger live baits with you to flip at any bigger fish that come swimming by, cut squid and threadfins will generally speaking work well on the smaller fish. Don't be surprised to find some sailfish and wahoo in the same areas as the dolphin (Especially if you find the blue water in 500-800' range). Snapper fishing should also be on fire this weekend if the water isn't too dirty in 60-100'. Look for the mutton snapper, and possibly some grouper, biting good after the storm.
INSHORE- After months of writing less than ideal reports inshore...things are changing! The mullet are starting to show up inshore, and the fish are taking notice big time! Snook, tarpon, jacks, and even the occasional redfish or two are around and actively feeding. Look for the fish to be in and around the mullet schools, which typically are easier to find during lowlight periods of the day or at night. If your using live mullet fish them on the outside edges of the school for best luck. Lots of different lures work well; Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri 3DS minnows, Daiwa SP Minnow, and a bunch of other ones will all get the job done. If you don't find any schools of mullet, try areas with lots of good current flow and ambush points for predators to use. In addition to the mullet coming inshore, snapper fishing will also be very good this week following the storm. Lots of mangrove snapper around inshore right now! Live shrimp is a solid bait choice for the inshore snapper.
SURF/PIER- Water has been a bit dirty on the beach, but the fish are around. Fishing will only improve as the water continues to clear. At the time of writing the Juno Beach Pier is closed, but should re-open within the next few days. The mullet are starting to come down the beach and the predators are close behind. The early season mullet run is the best for snook and tarpon, before the masses of bluefish really crash the party. A wide variety of different swimming plugs will work well along the beach right now (YouTube Video to follow very shortly behind this report). Lowlight periods of the day will be best for finding the most actively feeding fish along the beach. In addition to the snook and tarpon; sharks, jacks, bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel will all be in and around the mullet schools. Lots of good action right now...get after it!!!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...South southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Period 8 seconds. Slight chance of showers.
SATURDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
SUNDAY...South southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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