Weekend Fishing Outlook (4/22-4/24/2016)

OFFSHORE:  The big news this week was the awesome dolphin fishing!  Best action was out of Jupiter Inlet in 120-200' of water, but pretty much anywhere outside of 100' of water from Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet produced a few dolphin bites.  Most of the fish have been in the 5-10lb range, with a fair number of fifteen plus pounders being caught as well.  Trolling and covering some water seems to be producing the best luck on the dolphin.  Bonita strips and squid are great trolling bait choices right now.  The slightly smaller size of the baits makes it easier for a smaller fish to grab and get the hook; but the smaller bait doesn't deter a big slammer from crashing the party.  Most of the fish will be in small 10-15 fish packs so be sure to have the pitch rods ready when bringing hooked fish in.  If trolling isn't your thing, don't be afraid to set up a drift and chum letting the fish come to you  A block of chum and occasional shot of menhaden oil can get the dolphin coming to you in a hurry.  Still a good number of banded rudder fish and cobia around up off Jupiter Inlet.  Scattered reports of a few wahoo being caught, and with the full moon on Friday don't be surprised to hear of a decent number of hoo's around this weekend.  Some nice blackfin tuna are mixed in with the dolphin.  Ocean conditions were not ideal for bottom fishing this week, which has kept the snapper reports to a minimum.  Overall very good springtime fishing offshore right now, if you can go this weekend...YOU SHOULD!

INSHORE:  The big snook and jacks continue to attack the springtime mullet moving through the ICW and Loxahatchee River.  This is a great time to go snook fishing.  Warming temperatures and a gradual move towards the inlets have the snook thinking about one thing...EATING!  Don't be afraid to fish some big baits for the snook right now, thew will eat them!  Swimbaits, flair hawk style jigs, big swimming plugs, and large live mullet are all good choices for the snook right now.  At the same time, the snook will also attack live shrimp with a vengeance around dock lights and bridge shadow lines as well.  No wrong way to target them, you just have to go try!  Other inshore action has been spotty.  A few reports from the Hobe Sound Flats have some fish moving around early and late in the day; same with the Munyon Island Flats.  A little early for good numbers of mangrove snapper inshore...but a few are already being caught.

SURF/PIER:  Rough conditions kept reports to a minimum this week, but with slightly calming conditions and good wind direction we should see a great pompano bite this week.  Areas to the south (Lake Worth Pier in particular) are producing great pompano catches; and those fish are headed north. Look for low light periods of the day to produce the best its on the pompano. Sandfleas and clams will remain the top producing bait for the pompano.  Still a few scattered bluefish hanging around, with Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island producing some good action on the blues.  Lake Worth Pier has seen a lot of cobia over the past week...with any luck a few of those will slide up towards Juno Beach Pier!

NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO SOUTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THEGULF STREAM. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT...SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH THE NIGHT.
SATURDAY...WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS TO 5 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. SATURDAY NIGHT...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

Thanks For Reading
Good Luck This Weekend!
Todd

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