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The game offshore this weekend goes to sailfish, snappers, and gaffers. Sailfish are strong just in time for the Dust ‘Em Off Tournament, with releases in the double digits off of Palm Beach. Kite fishing with live goggle-eyes or blue runners in 100-300’ should entice a few sails. While dolphin schoolies are abundant, a few gaffers have been chasing ballyhoo and bonita strips in the 150-600’ range. Trolling with small feathers during lowlight should help you catch a few football-sized blackfin tuna, and the smaller ones can be used to catch wahoo. If you're thinking of heading to the Bahamas for the first time, read "How to Cross From Florida to the Bahamas By Boat".

Large mutton snapper have been pretty hot lately, with plenty of yellowtail action on

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Sailfish are biting from Stuart to Boca in the 150-300’ range, with a few boats releasing 10+ sails. Try kite fishing with hearty live baits like goggle-eyes or blue runners. Trolling with small feathers during lowlight should help you catch a few football-sized blackfin tuna, and the smaller ones can be used to catch wahoo, which has been hot due to this mild cold front, especially in the Bahamas. If you're thinking of heading to the Bahamas for the first time, read "How to Cross From Florida to the Bahamas By Boat".

Fair numbers of snapper have been prevalent around 100’ off of Jupiter, with a few cobia here and there as well.

The cold front has slowed snook down a bit, but mullet are still running. Live mullet or top water plugs at low-lighted

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Photo Credit: @SouthFlorida_Sailfishing

A few sailfish have been chasing flying fish relatively early in the season. Saturday or Sunday’s forecast of north winds may contribute to the bite a little, and a good bet at getting them to eat would be kite fishing with a hearty bait like goggle-eyes or blue runners in 200-400’ of water. Small dolphin have been pretty consistent offshore, as well as football-sized blackfin tuna. Target both by trolling with small-skirted bonita strips at depths of 120-500’.

Kingfish and large mutton snapper have been eating sardines near 120 – 200’, and yellowtail snapper has been showing up in strong numbers.

Inshore, the mullet run is still hot, and snook, jacks, tarpon, ladyfish, and redfish aren’t far behind

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Pictured: Shannon Discount & Capt. Michael O'Conner of Boatsitters

Offshore, football-sized blackfin tuna have been pretty easy to get ahold of in about 200-400’ of water. You can use small daisy chains or troll with feathers, but quite a few have been caught trolling with small-skirted bonita strips as well. We had a lot of success with neon green and white skirts this week, but colors are a game that changes by the minute, so try a few different ones and switch the rest out as you go if your target fish is tending to a particular color. Dolphin have been in the same areas as blackfin, and wahoo have been non-existent. On the first cold front that rolls through, we’ll have our local favorite Junkanoo Lures ready. Regardless of our lack of cold

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Grouper caught on a dead sardine bottom fishing for snapper, Photo Courtesy of Reel Intense Fishing

With the mullet run being the highlight of the past couple of weeks, most fishing has been geared toward snook, large tarpon, and amberjack chasing schools through inlets, inshore, on the beach, and at the Juno Pier. Your trustiest bait is live mullet itself, which can be found during low light periods of the day away from boat traffic. If you’re looking for a little more fun in exchange for less reliability, using top water plugs creates some exciting action as snook will strike these much harder, sometimes becoming airborne exploding on the surface.

Reef anglers should be catching some kingfish and snapper this time of year, but this week has

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Blackfin Tuna Photo Courtesy Rip Raft Fishing

Dolphin and blackfin tuna have been the most common catches this week, with the usual trolling with ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid between 500’ and 1000’ around large weedlines for your best chance at putting some mahi filets on the table. Trolling with small feathers around 300’ during cooler times of the day like morning and late afternoon is your best chance at tuna. As usual, kingfish are scattered around the 120’ ledge. Juno Bait has had reports of a few yellowtail snapper showing up as well.

 

The mullet run has definitely been churning up waters from Hobe Sound to Palm Beach Inlet, with large tarpon, snook, and jacks putting on a show for anglers and beachgoers alike. Now that it’s

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Fishing this week is slow and the seas may be a bit rougher than usual from the hurricane up in the Carolinas, but if you’re heading out you may be able to snag a few small mahi trolling with bonita strips, ballyhoo, or squid. At the 120’ ledge, kingfish have been consistent, and mutton snapper have been gobbling up sardines if bottom fishing is your method of choice.

Quite a few schools of mullet have been starting to show up, which is great news for snook fishing at night inshore, but we still have a few weeks to go until the mullet run heats up. Juno Bait shop recommends Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, DOA Bait Busters, and Rapala X-Raps, with live finger mullet being the number one choice for snook!

If diving is more your style, lobster has been

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Fishing has been slow this week, especially offshore. A few anglers have scored some dolphin around 400’, but they were lucky enough to find the perfect weedline with a decent school hanging around. Kingfish and snapper have been as scattered as ever, but for those really craving smoked fish dip, the best bet is at the 120’ ledge as usual.

The mullet run still hasn't shown up to turn up the heat on snook fishing, but until then it has still been pretty exceptional during low lighted days and at night. Juno Bait shop recommends SpoolTeks, flairhawks, and Yo-Zuri Mag Darters to lure in snook this weekend. Try for them near bridges, at Juno Pier, or Jupiter Inlet with live croakers. A few tarpon have been hanging out at Palm Beach Inlet, but nothing

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Pictured: Snook Caught by Michael O'Connor

The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the first weekend of snook season! Oh yeah, and it also happens to be Labor Day weekend. Not only do you have three full days to take home your snook-a-day bag limit, but you also have the notion of the “hard workers holiday” to validate your much-needed R&R time.

The name of the game is snook this weekend, but make sure you know the regulations and have your permit, because FWC will surely be out in full force. While the mullet run hasn’t completely caught fire yet, catch and release snook fishing has been plentiful lately, with the Palm Beach Inlet, Juno Pier, Jupiter Inlet, and Loxahatchee River churning with keepers ready to be your catch of

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Two words sum up the fishing forecast this weekend: Full Moon. Stronger currents around big tides from the full moon turn on the feeding switch for most fish in South Florida, so you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you turn down fishing this weekend.

The wahoo bite has been well-documented to peak before and after a full moon, so local favorite Junkanoo Lures has barely been able to keep up with orders, and says you should see a lot of zigzag high-speed trolling going on offshore during the outgoing tide. Black/Purple and Black/Red color combos are recommended by Juno Bait Shop during lowlight periods, while Blue/White and Pink/White should be good when the sun is higher. Try for wahoo at 120-300’ in the morning and head out a little deeper

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