Juno Bait's "Weekend Fishing Outlook"
For Weekend of 2/3-3/5/2023
OFFSHORE- Despite really nice weather for most of the week; the fishing was relatively slow offshore. A scattering of sailfish up and down the line; but again no big pack of fish. Those really spending the time with the kites up and the spread out are seeing a few fish from the Juno Beach Pier to north of Jupiter Inlet. Depth has bounced from 150ish-225' depending on conditions and bait. Saturday (kind of...) has good looking sailfish conditions but it won't be for those with a weak stomach. A handful of dolphin reports coming in. As is usual for this time of year it has been primarily smaller packs of better size fish around. A few were caught by those livebaiting for sailfish, and a few by those trolling strips and ballyhoo out a bit deeper. The edge of the Gulfstream has pushed in fairly close; with the hope being the dolphin fishing would be good on the edge of it. As of the time of writing I haven't heard any reports back on wether that theory worked out. Bottom fishing has been pretty good this week. Early in the week the current was ripping, but it has slowed a bit over the past few days. Some nice mutton snapper reports coming in, along with a pretty good numbers of yellowtail snapper as well. Sardines and squid remain the top two bait choices for the bottom.
INSHORE- Tough fishing inshore this week. Snook season opened back up, but snook fishing as a whole remains a bit tough locally. The shrimp jig is still producing a few bites around the bridges at night. Look for outgoing tide to be best, especially in areas that have cleaner water. That slightly dirtier water on outgoing tide is often the ticket to trick finicky snook. During the day the snook will be laid up around seawalls and boat docks with dark mud bottom. The dark bottom heats up quicker and the snook will be more active. Sheepshead fishing remains fair. Inshore reports have been a bit better than reports coming out of the inlets. Although both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlet have both been producing a few sheepshead. Live shrimp is a top bait choice for the sheepshead. Palm Beach Inlet continues to hold a pretty good number of jacks. A lot of them are in the 1-3lb range, with some bruisers mixed in as well. Also a fair number of tarpon moving around Palm Beach Inlet as well.
SURF/PIER- Fishing was pretty slow both on the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier this week. Despite nice calm conditions and good looking water the fish just didn't show in any numbers. The pier produced a handful of Spanish Mackerel on crappie jigs. A few jacks cruised through the pier as well early in the week. A lone snook or two were caught by those very patiently fishing sardine chunks under the T. Pompano fishing remains very slow locally. Better pompano reports have been coming in from up northern (Hutchison Island and Fort Pierce) beaches. Spanish Mackerel have not been holding in Peck's Lake this week. Hopefully a hard blow this weekend shakes things up a bit.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...SW winds 5 to 10 kt along the coast to SW 10 to 15 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Period 3 seconds. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
SAT...E NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts to around 40 kt. Seas 7 to 9 ft, occasionally to 11 ft along the coast and 8 to 11 ft, occasionally to 14 ft in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters very rough in exposed areas. Showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SUN...Along the coast, E SE winds 10 to 15 kt becoming S SW in the evening. In the Gulf Stream, E SE winds 15 to 20 kt becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 8 ft, occasionally to 10 ft subsiding to 4 to 6 ft, occasionally to 8 ft in the afternoon. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers through the day. A slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
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