On a recent fishing trip, a good friend reminded me why it is so important to get out and enjoy the ocean.
His simple statement was, "More people should concentrate on making memories versus sitting in front of the television."
I cannot remember what happened last season on any television show, but I can tell stories, for days on end, about the times my daughter and I have shared seeing a few of the amazing sights on the water. Go out and find some memories for yourself this week.
Offshore report: The preliminary swell and wind forecasts look very good for getting out this weekend. Winds should stay less than 10 knots and seas below 4 feet. The fishing throughout the region has been spotty for the past week due to the wind and surf conditions.
Activity reports are hard to come by, as most vessels have not ventured out. Those that are going out have reported a decent sailfish bite on live goggle eye and a few bites while trolling.
The kingfish, mackerel, bonito and dolphin should start feeding as the seas calm and give way to clearer conditions. A close friend was out prior to the latest cold front and reported a good snapper bite in 130 feet of water drifting over several wrecks.
The best advice I have is to set up like it is November, due to the warmer-than-usual water temperatures and be prepared to move frequently. Trolling is likely your best bet, as it will allow you to cover the most ground.
Look for birds diving on baits. This is, by far, is your best indicator of fish.
Inshore report: Fishing the beaches, jetties and piers offers Spanish mackerel, bluefish, small kingfish and the occasional cobia passing by. If you like battling big jack crevalle this is your time of year.
On Jan. 5, several schools of fish were on the beaches numbering the thousands. The jetties are also loaded with jacks, and offer a good top water bite on lures and spoons. It should also be a great weekend to enjoy the beach with smaller swells and warmer temperatures so bring the whole family.
Keep your eyes open as the bottle-nosed dolphin are in the region and offer great entertainment as they ride the waves.
Tight lines, crystal clear waters and sunny days.
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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.