The Web site www.TakeMeFishing.org is dedicated to families spending time outdoors, fishing together. It details more than 11,000 unique fishing spots throughout the United States.
There are several topics, ranging from learning how to fish, to the regulations for the area you plan to fish. It is a tremendous resource with an even more important message.
I had two customers come into the shop planning to fish Juno pier for the day. They asked several questions, like any good angler does when fishing an unfamiliar area, and purchased a few items that offered the best chance for a bite. The father and son who came in were 87 and 65 respectively. They have fished together since the 1950s from Hawaii to Brazil.
I hope that once I reach a milestone, such as 80, that my daughter and I have similar memories to share, but more importantly, are still making more.
Offshore report: Weather forecasts for this weekend are conflicting at this point, but there is going to be wind in the 10 to 15 knot range. It may be a good weekend to run out early and get back before the winds really kick up.
Sailfish are still in the area, but much more sporadic than in past weeks. If you get three or four hits in a day, you are doing well.
Several anglers have reported dolphin, wahoo and blackfin tuna starting at the 240-foot mark south of Lake Worth Inlet.
A few sources have reported cobia biting on bottom baits and cobia jigs from the 90-foot mark all the way to the beach buoy line. If you have to run north or south to get home, run the beach. You might just get lucky and find a 50-pound cobia dinner waiting.
Inshore report: The latest cold fronts that have come through have moved the snook back into the Intracoastal, rivers and canals. My personal bait of choice in the daytime is a Berkley Powerbait 3-inch rigged pogy. When night fishing, I prefer a DOA shrimp or a Berkley 5-inch power mullet. It is, by far, the best inshore bite right now.
Bluefish are running the beaches with 10 pounders showing up on Hobe Sound last week.
The spinner sharks are also in copious numbers along the coast, but catching them should be reserved for experienced anglers only. They are acrobatic and fun to catch on large chunks of cut mullet, but remember, they are sharks.
Pompano are still here, although it requires some hunting to find the bite. By all accounts the pompano are biting at sunrise and disappearing until the next sunrise.
Tight lines, crystal clear waters and sunny days to all.
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Rob Fielding is an addicted angler and the owner of Sharkey's Tackle in Jupiter. For more information call (561)630-3100 or e-mail Rob.Fielding@SharkeysTackle.com.