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Juno Bait's "Weekend FIshing Outlook"
For Weekend of 8/18-8/20/23
OFFSHORE- Nothing crazy to write home about offshore this week; with fairly standard summertime patterns dominating the reports. A few scattered dolphin out deep. Seemed like the shallowest reports were in 800' this week, but that could change with some stronger east winds in the forecast. In a little closer, sailfish action remains pretty good in 150-300' of water. Bonita and kingfish are around in solid numbers along the 120' ledge. A few wahoo reports this week. Was hoping to hear of a few more wahoo on the new moon, but looks like we will have to wait for the next full moon to see them really go off again. Bottom fishing has been hit or miss. Strong current and some funky water conditions have made the snapper fishing a little on the tough side. A little wind this weekend will likely help shake the fishing up a bit... we could use a little motion in the ocean!
INSHORE- Catch and release snook fishing remains the best bet inshore. While a lot of the snook are still in the inlets, a fair number have started to break off and begin pushing inshore. The Loxahatchee River has been producing a good morning topwater bite on the snook, and a few big jacks as well. The night bridge snook bite remains strong, especially on outgoing tide. The 3" NLBN swimbait has been a constant producer. Flair hawks are also getting bit well in the right situations. Mangrove snapper bite remains good at night as well around the bridges. Live pilchards or shrimp are the top bait choices for the snapper. A good number of big sand perch in the ICW as well these days.
SURF/PIER- Pretty standard summertime fishing along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. Good catch and release snook fishing remains the highlight, with some big fish around this week. A live sand perch or croaker is the way to go for the big bites. Live pilchards, smaller swimming plugs, and smaller swimbaits are the way to go for more bites from the snook, the average size will just likely be smaller. The Juno Beach Pier has had a fair number of blue runners and Spanish Mackerel around. The bobber rig w/ a Clark Spoon, crappie jig, or small live bait should get the job done. The Juno Beach Pier has also been producing a good number of mangrove snapper, especially first thing in the morning. A good scattering of croakers and a few whiting along the beach this week. Small pieces of fresh shrimp are the best way to go for them. Look for a little wind this weekend to help shake things up a bit.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...S SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas less than 2 ft. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
SAT...E SE winds 15 to 20 kt along the coast to E SE 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A chance of tstms in the morning. Showers. Tstms likely.
SUN...E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to around 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
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