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For the longest time it was so windy that most fishermen stayed on land and talked about fishing their favorite places.
Then on Wednesday, the winds slowed and the seas calmed down. Thank goodness. Most anglers who ventured offshore caught their limit of small 4- to 6-pound kingfish above the ledge straight out-side the inlet.
Weather permitting, the kings should be around for a while. Jupiter drift boats that target kingfish typically use the classic three hook rig with or without some weight, depending on the drift speed.
A mono leader of about 80- pound test will get more bites than a wire leader although you may have some cut-off.
As for the bait of choice this time of year, frozen sardines work just fine. When hooking 4rdines on the three hooks, make sure the bait doesn't spin by checking it in the water before deploying it.
Also the pompailo fishing has been good some days on the beaches from Marcinski Road north to the south end of Jupiter Island. Store-bought pompano rigs work well when baited with either mole crabs or live shrimp.
Most of the fish are about 1 to 2 pounds but on Wednesday, we caught a 3-pou der on live shrimp.
Pier anglers catching whiting, croakers, some mackeral
Reports of scattered dolphin and kingfish are coming in from up and down the coast. There were some nice mackeral catches at the Juno Pier and some good redfish catches on the Treasure Coast.
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