by Darcie Arahill, Contributing Writer
With summer on our minds, it is hard to believe we are half way thru 2019! The water temperatures will be gradually rising another two degrees to an average of 82.6⁰F. During this month, wind speeds should become consistent with calm to moderate easterly breezes most of the time. Anglers, please be sure to take heed of Mother Nature and pay attention to afternoon thunderstorms. Late afternoon thunderstorms build and creep up on you quickly if you’re not paying attention. I would suggest getting an early start if you decide to head offshore to find dolphin. If you are the first to find an offshore weedline, it can make a huge difference as to what lands in your fish box at the end of the day.
Bottom dwellers such as groupers, yellowtails, mangroves, and muttons will continue to be plentiful. Blackfin tuna ranging from 20 to 30 pounds are in our area too, confirmed by numerous local fishing reports. Sailfish are also a likely catch, which are still around in smaller resident numbers. Bonito will make a grand appearance this month and will be thick in numbers around the reef in 80 to 150 feet of water all the way from Boynton Beach to the Juno ledges. This is a great fish to fight on light tackle. They are loads of fun for the kids to catch and provide great excitement for a family outing offshore.
Throughout the month of June, we should continue to have a substantial and constant bite offshore. The dolphin bite should continue to be red hot during the month from Boca Raton, Palm Beach, and Jupiter. If you’re on the hunt for that elusive, hefty bull dolphin here is a MUST read tip for you! Birds are an important factor when you’re offshore; most of the time they are over bait, debris, and pelagics. Lone frigates are often found following sizable pelagic fish that pushed bait to the surface. However, if the birds are facing into the direction of the current and hovering over a small area, they are over large dolphins. This is because larger dolphin face into the current preying on bait and small fish moving with the stream. But if the birds are circling and moving upstream with the current, they are over schoolies. Small dolphins feed and move with the current because they are not strong enough to fight the stream. This method works very well and 9 out of 10 times you will know what you’re dealing with before you get to them!
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