OFFSHORE: Nice looking weather forecast for the upcoming weekend (NOAA Marine Forecast below). Sailfish action has been good the past week, with decent catches coming out of both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets. The usual deal of hanging goggle eyes under the kite in 100-200' of water should raise some sails. Look for the best bite to be around current rips, large areas of baitfish, or defined color changes. Be sure to keep a live bait down deep for any passing wahoo, kingfish, or cobia. Dolphin fishing was pretty good this week, with some nice catches coming out of Palm Beach Inlet. The dolphin seemed to be in 200-300' of water, and trolling small naked ballyhoo was the best bet. Bonita strips, trolling squid, or small lures will also catch the dolphin. No big schools of dolphin, so keep the baits in the water and cover some ground to find them. Be sure to have the pitch rods ready though, as most of the dolphin are in small packs; and typically will hang around once one is hooked. A few fair snapper reports this week, but in general didn't hear a whole lot from the bottom this week.
INSHORE- Snook season opens back up on Monday Feb 1, one more week of catch and release fishing for them. Look for the snook to around the bridges at night, and around seawalls and boat docks during the day. Live shrimp is a safe bet for the snook right now, as are small shrimp imitating lures. A fair number of jacks and ladyfish cruising around the Hobe Sound Flats right now, with the occasional pompano mixed in. A small goofy jig (now available for sale on our online store) will get the job done right now, as will live shrimp under a cork. Some good sheepshead reports coming in from the local bridges.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action improved this week, with some nice catches coming in from the Juno Beach Pier up to Jupiter Inlet. Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites remain the bait of choice for the pompano right now. Look for the pomps to bite best in the morning and afternoon. Scattered bluefish along the beach right now, with silver spoons and cut bait being the best bait. Croaker and whiting are hanging around the first trough. Small pieces of shrimp is the bait of choice for the croaker and whiting. Lots of sharks along the beach right now. A good size fresh chunk of bait should not go unnoticed long by a passing shark.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 9 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SUNDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
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