Thanksgiving Weekend Outlook (11/25-11/27/2016)

OFFSHORE-  Fishy looking weekend coming up.  The sailfish bite has been good, and should continue over the next few days.  The usual drill of live baits under the kite should raise some fish from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet; but the early part of the season has also seen a very good trolling bite for the sails.  Small naked ballyhoo are the bait of choice when it comes to trolling, while goggle eyes and small blue runners are the live baits of choice for the kite.  150-200' of water from the Juno Beach Pier to Jupiter Inlet  is a productive area to try.  Keep an eye on the current (a good north current is ideal), watch for large areas of bait, and don't be afraid to try different depths while looking for the sails.  Dolphin have been around in fair numbers this week, with 200-300' of water being a decent depth range to try for them.  A few fish have been out deeper, but east wind should help keep them in a little closer.  Drift fishing inside of the 120' ledge remains good for a nice mixed bag of species.  Snapper fishing has remained strong for this time of year, a few cobra are around, and a flatline has a fair chance of picking up a stray king or dolphin.

INSHORE-  Snook season is winding down...now is the time to get after them!   Snook fishing remains strong around the bridges at night.  Look for the outgoing tide to produce the best for the snook.  If the night time bridge fishing doesn't do it for you, try the grass flats in Home Sound or around Munyon Island for a fair chance at finding some snook.  The snook are not totally off the bigger baits, but the inevitable switch to shrimp is right around the corner.  Throw the jigs and big swimbaits while they are fired up on them.  The grass flats are also producing some spotted sea trout, jacks, and other assorted species.

SURF/PIER-  The pompano fishing has been the big news this week along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier.  The early part of the week saw some of the best pompano action we've seen in years, and the weekend forecast looks good for another push of fish.  The usual baits (sand fleas, clams, and fishbites) are producing good results.  Early morning has produced the best pompano bite.  The bluefish made a good push in this week, and have been very willing to chew on a silver spoon or cut mullet.  Again, the best bluefish bite has been early in the morning.  Spanish mackerel are starting to fill into Peck's Lake in fair numbers.  They aren't stacked extremely thick yet, but it shouldn't take long for them to fill in very thick.

NOAA MARINE WEATHER-
FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO EAST NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
SATURDAY...NORTH NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 4 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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