There have also been a good number of Tarpon feeding on the bridges at night, mostly around the incoming tide. Small, 3” soft plastics like the HyperPlastics DartSpin or a LiveTarget SlowRoll Shiner have been producing bites, but the fish are eating freelined pilchards and sardines on a 1/0-2/0 hook best. Make sure you are using light fluorocarbon leader for these Tarpon as they can be tricky to fool.
Mahi fishing was hit or miss this week. Anglers willing to put the work in and run deep where able to put fish in the boat. Weed lines were prevalent from 500’ out with most Mahi being taken where birds were working and mostly in 900’-1500’ trolling small lures. Chunking the weed lines with dead and live bait were also effective. King Mackerel are being caught in 150’-200’ either bump trolling live baits, slow trolling planers with dead bait or working jigs tipped with 6” of wire. Muttons have been caught in good numbers on the ledge in 120’ with the larger keepers caught on long leaders with whole sardines or ballyhoo. Sharks have still been tough to get through at times so beef up your tackle to pull them up as quickly as possible. New Moon is coming, and the tidal coefficient is ripe for Wahoo this weekend, in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach, peaking on Tuesday. Get out early and get your lines in before the sun comes up trolling between 90’-300’. Although we usually don’t talk about Sailfish in the summer, there has been a fair amount of Sailfish caught while trolling skirted or naked Ballyhoo in 200’-300’
Snook and tarpon fishing has been good along the beaches and on the piers this week. Bigger swimbaits will work great at night while live baits have been producing during the day. Try downsizing your presentation to something like a Vudu Shrimp or a Hyperplastic Dartspin if trying your luck on the beach or at the pier during the day. Big jacks have been spotted cruising around the surf zone and around the Juno Pier. Throw a big piece of metal like a Shimano Coltsniper jig or a big topwater lure to catch the jacks. A few early season mullet have been showing up little by little, which is a very exciting sign for the inshore guys because it means the bulk of them are not far behind.