Weekend Fishing Outlook (9/23-9/25/2016)

OFFSHORE:  The offshore bite hasn't been red hot, but action is consistent enough to make it worth going.  Dolphin fishing has been fair, with the bulk of the fish not requiring a super long run offshore; instead look for the dolphin in 200-400' of water.  Trolling a assorted spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good way to target the dolphin.  Keep a small feather or two in the mix for the blackfin tuna that are hanging around.  The blackfin will be in the same depth range of 200-300' of water.  Small tuna feathers, bonita strips, and small metal jet heads are all good choices for the tuna right now.  The tuna will be most active early in the morning and then again late in the day.  A few wahoo have been hanging around the blackfin; though generally speaking the September full moon was a little lackluster on the hoo's.  Kingfish remain scattered along the ledge.  Snapper fishing remains pretty good in 60-890' of water, with sardines remaining the bait of choice.

INSHORE:  Snook fishing remains hot inshore, with lots of fish following the mullet schools.  Lowlight periods or nighttime has been the best for the snook.  Live mullet is the top bait choice right now, while larger mullet like lures and swim baits are the way to go for artificial lures.  The bridges are holding a lot of snook at night, with the outgoing tide being the best.  The small juvenile tarpon are following the finger mullet schools as are some big jacks.  Look for the bait schools...the predators surely aren't going to be far behind.

SURF/PIER:  The mullet run continues in full effect, with lots lots of predators in tow.  The tarpon and sharks are putting on a good show, while some big snook are not far behind either.  Jacks, bluefish, spanish mackerel, and others are also in the mix with the mullet.  A few pompano are starting to be caught along the beach.  The Juno Beach Pier has had a mixed bag of spanish mackerel, snook, jacks, and even a few nice kingfish.  Forecast looks like we may see a little swell this weekend, and that could really help fire up the fishing.

NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH NORTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 11 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...MAINLY IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY...SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. .SATURDAY NIGHT...SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS.SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

SUNDAY...WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH NORTHEAST IN THE MORNING...THEN BECOMING EAST SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS SMOOTH. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

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