OFFSHORE: Nice looking forecast for the weekend should have the ocean pretty busy with boats. Out deep dolphin fishing remains fair. No best depth to speak of over the past week for the dolphin; instead it has been a hunt and search to find them, with catches coming as shallow as 200' and also way out past 1000'. This time of year floating debris and well defined weed lines are the best bet for the dolphin (they like the shade too!), while eel defined current rips and large areas of flying fish are also good areas to try and find some dolphin. Trolling ballyhoo strips, squid, and small jet head lures is a good bet and will allow you to cover more water while looking for the phins. In the 200-300' range the blackfin tuna are still biting. Best action on the blackfin tuna is first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Trolling small daisy chains is a good way to get the smaller blackfin, while a live sardine fished on fluorocarbon leader is a good way to go for the larger fish. Areas with schools of small blackfin are an ideal area to pull the high speed trolling lures through a couple times. A Yo-Zuri Bonita (dark colored) or darker colored high speed wahoo lure is the way to go in these areas. The wahoo action should start to improve this week as we creep up on the July full moon. High speeding early or split -tails down deep on a planer or trolling sinker are a great way to go for the wahoo. In along the 120' ledge the usual summertime species are in full effect. Lots of bonita, sharks, big blue runners, and other assorted players are sure to keep the rods bent. Mixed in with the not so glamorous species will be some big kingfish, wahoo, stray cobia, dolphin, and a few stray sailfish...you just have to deal with the pick. Snapper fishing has remained good, with some nice yellowtail reports coming in. Mutton snapper fishing seems to be hit or miss.
INSHORE: Catch and release snook fishing remains the main game in town on the inshore front right now. Look for the bridges to be good at night, especially on the outgoing tide. Big baits are the way to go for big bites. If you think your bait is too big...try one just a little bigger and see what happens! Mangrove snapper are also biting around the bridges, especially at night as well. Small live pilchards and live shrimp will be the bait of choice for the snapper. Sandperch are biting small pieces of shrimp in the ICW.
SURF/PIER: Catch and release snook fishing remains very very good right now. The early morning and late afternoon bite have been best. Plastic jerk baits, Vudu Mullet, Rapala X-Raps, Yo-Zuri crystal minnows, and soft body swim baits are all catching the snook right now. From the beach look for the best action to be in the first trough, and not way out. Cast almost parallel to the shore instead of straight east for best luck. The Juno Beach Pier snook bite is hot right now. Live croakers and sand perch are solid choices for getting a big snook bite. The sand perch and croakers are biting fairly well on the Pier just before the first entrance. Try small live shrimp, small live sand fleas, and pieces of cut shrimp for best luck. A very few mangrove snapper are biting around the Pier and Jupiter Inlet, with the best time being low light periods of the day. A few tarpon milling along the beach early in the morning and also a few jacks as well. Best action will be first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Leave the surf to the sunbathers when the sun is high overheard.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING EAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH.
SATURDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH.
SUNDAY...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.