Juno Bait's "Weekend Fishing Outlook"
For Weekend of 5/12-5/14/2023
OFFSHORE- Another nice week of mixed bag action offshore this week. Dolphin reports were a little better this week, with some nice gaffers being caught. Strong east winds should help push some dolphin in a little closer this weekend as well. Trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid is a good bet for the dolphin. Try to find productive areas (weedlines, debris, current rips, etc) to concentrate on in place of simply trolling around. Blackfin Tuna action remains very good in 200-300' of water up and down the line, including a nice number of twenty plus pound fish. Trolling small feathers and small daisy chains will work well on the smaller tuna; but try and get down deeper for the bigger fish. A vertical jig dropped 100-150' down and ripped back up is a great way to entice a bite out of bigger fish. If vertical jigging isn't in your bag of tricks; try putting a live bait 30-60' below the surface for the bigger tuna. Kingfish action remains very good along the 120' ledge. Early morning and late afternoon will be the times to go for the kingfish. A free-lined throat hooked sardine is a killer way to go for the kingfish. Some nice snapper reports again this week. Those big mutton snapper love to hangout under the kingfish (who are quite sloppy eaters) school and wait for the scraps to fall down to them.
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains the best bet inshore right now. The snook are hungry and ready to eat as they start to move towards the inlets. Look for the snook to be most active at night, especially on outgoing tide. Cleaner ocean water on the incoming tide makes them harder to trick; but a little color to it on outgoing tide is often all it takes. Only a few more weeks to inviter a slot home for dinner...time to get after them while you can! A flair hawk jig or NLBN Swimbait remain solid lure choices, especially when your trying to get a bigger bite. Mangrove snapper reports remain pretty good inshore, and should only improve with warming weather. Small live pilchards or live shrimp are the best bet for the mangrove snapper.
SURF/PIER- Fishing slowed down just a bit this week along the beach and on the pier; but overall remains pretty good. Pompano season has almost come to an end; but still a few fish around for those putting the time in. The best pompano bite has been very early morning and the last half hour or so of daylight: Calm clear conditions will limit the bite to those short couple of windows. Stronger east winds in the forecast for the weekend could fire up a little late season flurry on the pomps. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good Spanish Mackerel bite this week. White crappie jigs remain the go to lure of choice for the macs. With sloppier conditions in play for the weekend; a small diamond jig or Gotcha may play a little better. Still a few kingfish around the pier late in the afternoon. A Rapala X-Rap, Yo-Zuri LC Minnow, or similar style swimming plug is the way to go for the kingfish. Still a little day to day on the snook, but they do continue to hold in better numbers at the pier.
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRI...E winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Period 5 seconds. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms.
SAT...E winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to around 25 kt along the coast to E 15 to 20 kt in the Gulf Stream. Seas 3 to 4 ft, occasionally to 5 ft. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. A chance of showers.
SUN...E winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Intracoastal waters light chop. A slight chance of tstms in the morning. A chance of showers. A chance of tstms.
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