OFFSHORE: Nice looking forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend should make for a busy weekend offshore. Dolphin fishing was slow this week, but east/southeast winds in the forecast should help push some fins up the coast. It's pretty much abodes guess on best depth for the dolphin right now; as it could be anywhere from 200-1500' this time of year. Look for something to attract the dolphin (weedlines, current rips, color changes, and large concentrations of bait) before putting out the trolling spread; and don't be afraid to pick them up and try a new area if the one your in doesn't produce semi quickly. Trolling squid, bonita strips, and ballyhoo are all good baits for the dolphin right now. Blackfin tuna action slowed a little this week, but still a fair number hanging around. Try trolling some small squid skirts or jet heads to find the blackfin. Once you find them, put the live baits out to find the bigger ones. The 120' ledge is filled up with life right now. Lots of sharks, bonita, kingfish, and a stray cobia and wahoo around to keep things interesting. A live throat hooked sardine is a great way to go for all around action. Bottom fishing remains very good. Some solid mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper are being caught out of both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets in 60-90' of water. Lots of sharks around so get them in quick!
INSHORE: Snook season is winding down, and now is the time to try and catch that last slot fish or two for the season. Snook action has been good around Jupiter Inlet and local bridges over the past week. Look for the snook to bite best at night on the outgoing tides. Flairhawk style jigs and swim baits remain solid choices for the snook right now. If the nighttime thing isn't for you, try the inlet during the day with live bait. The first part of the outgoing tide tends to be a good, but the incoming tide can work as well. Live sardines ands croakers tend to be good baits in the inlet. The Juno Beach Pier also has a fair number of snook hanging around if you can't find them in the inlet or bridges. Some nice jacks cruising the seawalls early in the morning, and provide some great excitement on topwater. Other inshore action remains spotty at best.
SURF/PIER: Still a small handful of pompano being caught north of Jupiter Inlet, though it looks like pompano season is pretty much winding down. Lots of bait along the beach and around the Juno Beach Pier right now has the snook, jacks, and blacktop sharks fired up pretty good. Look for the fish to feed best during low light periods. Croaker are biting well in the first trough. Small live shrimp or fresh cut shrimp is the bait of choice for the croakers.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY...EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
SUNDAY...SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING EAST NORTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
MONDAY...ALONG THE COAST...VARIABLE WINDS 5 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING EAST 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. IN THE GULF STREAM...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.