West Palm Beach - Jupiter Off Shore Fishing Heats Up
Report Date: March 1, 2008
Spring like weather conditions encourage decent schools of Dolphin to 45lbs. The bite has been anywhere from 80 ft. out as far as you care to venture. We have concentrated our efforts in 80 - 220 ft. drifting live goggle eyes and flying the kite when conditions allow.
There were a few outings when most dolphins seemed to have lock jaw. Many more fish were seen than caught. At times would not even respond to cut bait for an enticement. At times we started off trolling artificial seeking prime conditions such as rips, edges, temperature breaks and surface debris. Find these conditions and you will most likely find dolphin.
King mackerel have made a good showing from Lost Tree village to north of Jupiter Inlet from 80 - 130 ft. We have had them attack live goggle eyes off the kite and caught many using dead sardines with a double or a triple hook rig. Put some dead baits down deep under the kings and you may be surprised with a Cobia, Grouper, Snapper or Amber Jack.
Over the last few weeks bottom fishing has taken a nose dive due to unusually cool water near the bottom.
Sailfish season is still upon us with many boats hooking up throughout the week. It seems one boat will see 3 or 4 fish while others see none and vice versa. Hammerhead sharks seem to be on the move. We have caught one and had several more put on a show chasing our baits.
Spinner sharks have finally concentrated in certain areas that make targeting them relatively easy once located. I like to drive the beach and wait to see them jumping before throwing anchor and chumming.
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