Snook fishing has been the best fishing inshore lately. The season closes tomorrow (June 1) so from here on out, Snook fishing will be 100% catch and release, which is still a ton of fun. The snook have been actively feeding at night on the bridges and in dock lights, especially during the first part of the outgoing tide. Look for the shrimp to be feeding mostly on smaller baits right now, but a large presentation is tough to swing by a big one without going unnoticed. Inshore Snapper fishing is getting better and better with little live baits like pilchards doing some damage.
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) fishing reports seemed to slow down this week, but a few quality fish still being reported. The fish were caught trolling and reports are saying various depths, anywhere between 300-1500’ of water has been the range of the Dolphin this week. Troll a variety of different baits and different sized lures behind the boat in order to cover some water and locate the hungry Dolphin. A variety of species have been reported all from the same depth range, which has caused the offshore fishing to be very productive this week. Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Cobia, Bonita and a few others have all been coming from around 120-250’. The deep side of the 120’ ledge is a great place to start searching for any and all of these species this week. Snapper fishing has been good in 60-90’ of water with dead or live sardines, threadfins and squid currently being prime choices for bottom bait.
What is being caught in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach? Surprisingly, there are still a pretty good number of Pompano being caught around the Juno Pier and beach. It is pretty late for them by tradition, but a few keepers in the morning are keeping the surf guys busy. The Pompano on the pier are being caught on Goofy Jigs while sand fleas, clams and FishBites work well on the beach. Snook are now being reported from the pier and beaches as well, but no real hot action yet to speak of. Low light conditions and live baits on bottom have been the key for catching Snook at Juno Pier right now. The Snook have also been hanging around the beach trough as well. Look for sight fishing opportunities in the late afternoon along the surf to get even better in coming weeks. High tide will give you the best chances of crossing paths with some big Snook. Most of the Snook reports this week have come from Jupiter Inlet and a number coming in from Palm Beach Inlet as well. They are really starting to stack up in the inlet in preparation for their summer spawn. Live croakers are the best bait right now for catching Snook in the inlets because they are known to feast on Snook eggs. Putting a live Croaker right in the face of a spawning Snook is a great way to get thumped in the Inlets and on the Pier alike.