The last few weeks had the feeling of late spring/early summer, but it looks like we get at least one more little shot of south Florida "winter" this weekend. A large cool/cold front will push through late Friday/early Saturday and will bring with it breezy conditions. Should produce some good sail fishing for those willing to go in less than ideal conditions. Look for the sailfish to be anywhere from 100-300' of water out of both Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlet. Mixed in with the sails should be some dolphin, including some some good size ones. This week was a little slower on the dolphin, but those putting in the time were able to find a few in 200-400' of water. Springtime species are around; with some cobia, kingfish, and blacken tuna all being caught this week in 100-200' of water. South tide and green water later this week had the snapper fishing a little off. Persistent bottom fishermen did catch some yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton snapper. As soon as good north current and clean water sets back in look for the snapper fishing to really fire up. Capt. Eric and I are working on a new snapper video as we roll into the spring/summer snapper season. If your interested in learning more about bottom fishing(especially Palm Beach County stye snapper fishing) it will hopefully help you put a few more snapper in the boat.INSHORE-
Snook fishing has been good this week both during the day and at night. Look for the snook to be eating mullet along seawalls and around docks during the day, and feeding around bridges and dock lights at night. Around bridges a flair hawk or swim bait is a good choice for the snook; and small jigs, shrimp, and even flies are great choices around dock lights. Outgoing tide is your best bet, but if the water remains a bit cloudy they will bite on incoming tide as well. MacArthur State Park is still holding some fish for those getting out and wading or fishing in the kayak. The footbridge has some nice sheepshead and a few drum hanging around the pilings, usually willing to eat a live shrimp. The flats are still holding a handful of trout, and even a stray redfish or two. Could be a good weekend for the spillways depending on how much rain the cold front brings.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remained very good this week. Early morning and late afternoon remain the best time for the pompano. No real hotspot to speak of, as the pomps have been caught up and down the line in fair numbers. On the beach the best bait remains a split between sand fleas and clams. The Juno Beach Pier has been catching a fair number of pompano as well, with the afternoon bite on Doc's Goofy Jigs being very good the last few days. Croaker and whiting are still being caught in the first trough on small pieces of cut shrimp. A few rumors of some tarpon cruising the beach, as well as some bruiser schools of jacks. The Pier is already holding a fair number of snook , with cut sardines being the bait of choice for the snook right now.
Good Luck This Weekend Everyone!
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FREIGHT TRAIN FISHING REPORT- It was a busy week, and I was lucky enough to get out quite a few times. We were lucky enough to score a ere ally nice blackfin tuna early in the week. Caught on a blue runner on the deep side of the 120' ledge. Been catching some kingfish and snapper as well this week. Some really nice yellowtail snapper late in the afternoon. Late afternoon/evening trips are a great way to go as we creep towards summertime conditions. Plenty of big sharks around to pull on if your looking to catch something REALLY BIG! This weekend may be a little rough, so I expect that I will have a snook report or two for you next week.