Cool breezes are in the forecast as the winter cold fronts decided to roll through South Florida and hopefully keep the fishing patterns more consistent and less scattered.
OFFSHORE- Update on the Silver Sailfish Derby that took place last week caught over a dozen sailfish in just two days and Yellowfin that was a 138 pounds! Their trick of hooking on to so many sailfish is that they chose to make longer runs up the line and look for the sails trolling with small naked ballyhoo and dredges. The teams with live bait stayed closer to home, spotting a few sailfish in 120’ – 160’ feet of water from the Jupiter Inlet to the Juno Beach Pier. The beginning of the week went well for anglers searching for sailfish however, as the week went on the warmer the days got and fishing was a bit off. There has been a lot of seaweed around which understandably means there is still plenty of dolphin present. For most of the dolphin catches, look for them in the same zones as the sailfish action (150’-300’) As of lately, the bottom fishing still remains fair if you put the time in.
INSHORE- Snook season is just around the corner! There has been lots of activity on the grassy flats of Hobe Sound especially around Mile Marker 40-44, which has definitely improved over the past week. The cold weather may have helped the jacks, ladyfish, sea trout and a few pompano get a little spunky and active on live shrimp. Blackdrum and sheepshead have been around the bridges near pilings at night.
SURF/PIER- If you want to catch Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, bluefish, croakers, permit and some whiting go to the Juno Beach Pier and throw pieces of shrimp and fish bites out for some catches. ”Crappie jigs, Gotcha lures, and the bobber rig with a clark or squid spoon are all good choices for the mackerels. Schools of Jack are cruising the beach and make for some good action, especially when targeted with light tackle. Bluefish are around but not in huge numbers. Fishing with cut bait at dawn or dusk seems to be the best bet for the blues right now.” Conditions are right for more fish to show up as the cold front is drawn out.
Enjoy your weekend fishing in South Florida!