As I was crossing the A1A bridge this past week, I noticed a 21-foot Sea Craft motoring its' way down the Intracoastal Waterway toward the Atlantic. The winds were blowing at 25 knots out of the southeast. All that came to my mind was, "What are they thinking?"
It is very important as the March and April winds kick up, to know your boat's limitations. There are too many stories of people sinking their boats or worse. Everyone wants to get out there when the dolphin and wahoo are biting to get in on the action, but it is not worth putting your life on the line. A nice, casual ride north or south in the Intracoastal can be just as much fun and certainly is a great deal safer.
Offshore report: Hopefully, the pattern from last weekend will hold for the upcoming weekend. The weather cooperated, and several anglers reported fantastic fishing offshore. The dolphin have arrived and the early migration has produced some very good schools of fish. Small baits are what they are chasing currently. Keep that in mind when rigging up your favorite trolling outfit. A skirted ballyhoo should work just fine.
There are a number of cobia being caught by the Palm Beach drift fishing fleet showing that they are readily accessible to everyone on the water. The magic depth seems to be from 25- to 90-feet of water. Cobia jigs, live baits and even cut bait is working well.
Sailfish continue to be caught around the 300-foot mark however, most fish are hitting skirted live baits.
Inshore report: Extra large bluefish are running the beach in Palm Beach County. I have personally seen schools of 12- to 15-pound fish running the shoreline in the early morning and early evening hours.
Pompano fishing continues to be very productive along the Palm Beach County shoreline. The best bite is concentrated on days with a southeast wind given the current migratory pattern of the pompano.
Shark fishing is very active as well. The schools of spinner and blacktip sharks are following the migration of smaller species. I was even fortunate enough to hook a few blacktips the past week on top water plugs.
Tight lines, crystal clear waters and sunny skies 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.