Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported along the beaches schools of glass minnows have attracted a lot of attention from bonito, jacks, small Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. In the inlet on the incoming tides snook for catch and release have been caught as big as 45 pounds. On the outgoing tides redfish are feeding on crabs, and permits more than 20 pounds are being caught in numbers.
Captain Bob LeMay reported late trips in Biscayne Bay have resulted in many hookups and a few releases from small tarpon hooked and caught on fly tackle next to bridge pilings. Captain Paul Roydhouse from Catch My Drift party boat out of Fort Lauderdale reported day trips offshore of Port Everglades are producing plenty of bonito a few nice kingfish, an occasional wahoo and at times schools of small dolphin have surrounded the boat. Best action has been in 160 feet of water. During night trips on the reef, plenty of mangrove, yellowtail and a few mutton snapper are being caught when the currents are not too strong. Captain Gil Guitierrez from Lucky Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone Point reported having great action from mutton snapper in the 6- to 10-pound range and a few large amberjacks fishing live baits on deep ledges and over artificial wrecks off of Miami.
Captain Chris Johnson from SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported offshore anglers trolling Billy baits are doing well on blackfin tuna and dolphins on the Humps during day trips. At night, the mangrove snapper continue to provide bottom fishermen with limit catches. Yellowtail and mutton snapper are adding to the reef action. Captain Richard Stanczyk from RJS Charters out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported having plenty of action in Florida Bay. On the Gulf wrecks and rock piles plenty of large goliath grouper and small permits are biting.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported schools of Atlantic pogies are attracting attention from large cobias, big jacks, tarpon, large redfish, sharks and kingfish to 30 pounds just outside the beaches. Offshore anglers are doing well on dolphin, kingfish, bonito and blackfin tuna. At times, cooler water has moved in and large manta rays can be spotted just off the beach with large cobias following them.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding snook, redfish, small tarpon and sharks on the shallow flats of Florida Bay. The same fish are being caught in the channels and runoffs, as well as along the islands on the higher tides. Live pinfish and jigs tipped with Gulp baits are producing most of the strikes. Captain Neal Baron reported finding all the sea trout and mangrove snapper action he wanted over the deeper grass flats in Florida Bay. Cut pinfish was the bait of choice for snappers and sea trout.
Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported plenty of shiners and threadfin herring are on the beaches and near the offshore reefs. Along the beaches snook, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish and mackerel are working the baitfish schools. Offshore over the wrecks snapper, grouper, jacks, mackerel and sharks are in good numbers. Over the grass flats plenty of sea trout and a few large pompano are available. Jeff Voight Lloyd Dyer Butch Rickey
Captain Alan Zaremba reported slow fishing in the local canals because of hot temperatures. Nicole Mejia from the Sawgrass Recreation Park reported freshwater anglers are doing well on largemouth bass and lots of panfish on the west side of Route 27 where the spillways are open and creating a lot of water movement. Live shiners, soft plastics and Rapala floating minnows are catching the bass.
Capt. Alan Sherman