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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 them. Live mullet or top water plugs at low-lighted times of the day near bridges, Juno Pier, Jupiter Jetty, or Palm Beach Inlet should bring you some bites during outgoing tides. The friendly guys at Juno Bait Shop should be able to fix you up with some good lures if you don’t want to mess with keeping bait alive.
The Juno Beach pier and the beach has been going off, probably due to the surf kicking up. Lots of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks, runners, pompano, jacks, and redfish have been caught one after another. Juno Bait recommends a Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Mag Darter for some solid action. Mangrove snapper have been feasting on live shrimp at the pier this week as well.
Friday, 10/19: Mostly Sunny, High of 87 degrees, East winds at 5-10 knots, 2-4’ seas, occasional 5’ at 6 second periods, Intracoastal waters a light chop.
Saturday, 10/20: Mostly Sunny, High of 88 degrees, Northeast winds at 5 knots, 2-4’ seas, occasional 5’ at 7 second periods, Intracoastal waters smooth.
Sunday, 10/21: Mostly Sunny with a 20% chance of showers, High of 85 degrees, North northeast winds at 15-20 knots, seas 2-4’, occasional 5’, Intracoastal waters choppy.
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