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 the reef as well. Mutton snappers are mixed throughout the reef. Sardines or larger live baits, such as ballyhoo or midsized pinfish, work best.
Mullet are still running with snook close behind. 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 Juno Beach pier and the beach has been pretty solid, with lots of bluefish, large mackerel, jacks, runners, pompano, jacks, and redfish. A Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Mag Darter should serve up some solid action. Mangrove snapper have been feasting on live shrimp at the pier this week as well.
Friday, 11/9: Mostly Sunny with a 20% chance of showers, High of 84 degrees, East winds at 5-10 knots, 2’ seas at 3 second periods, Intracoastal waters a light chop.
Saturday, 11/10: Mostly Sunny with a 20% chance of showers, High of 83 degrees, North winds at 5 knots becoming north northeast 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon, 2-3’ seas at 8 second periods, Intracoastal waters a light chop.
Sunday, 11/11: Partly Sunny with a 40% chance of thunderstorms, High of 83 degrees, East northeast winds at 10-15 knots, seas 2-3’ with occasional 6’, Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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This week's photo is courtesy of North Palm Beach resident Emily Schwab.
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