Tom Turloski from the Sebastian Bait and Tackle at Sebastian Inlet reported there have been a lot of bonitos to be caught when the glass minnow schools have been around. Finger mullet and larger silver mullet are starting to move into the Inlet attracting large snook and plenty of slot-size redfish. A lot of mutton snappers to 10pounds were caught on the bottom when waters were stirred up by Isaac. Plenty of jacks, bluerunners and mangrove snappers are being caught daily.
Captain Ariel Cabrera reported working the shallow flats of South Biscayne Bay from Key Biscayne south to Card Sound has been producing early morning catches of bonefish and permits. The Oceanside flats and the western shorelines are where the fish have been. He is using live shrimp for the bonefish and live silver-dollar-size blue crabs for the permits. Thunderstorms are making late-afternoon fishing tough in the bay. Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported daytrips are producing a few kingfish and bonitos on the surface, and mutton snappers and legal-size red groupers on the bottom. On night trips, mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are being caught along with a lot of ribbon fish and a few red groupers to 9 pounds.
Captain Chris Johnson from SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported offshore the yellowtail and mutton snapper fishing continues to be hot in 60 to 80 feet of water. Small dolphins are still thick offshore. Lots of mangrove snappers are moving back into the grass flats of Florida Bay. Plenty of sharks are waiting for anyone that wants a big tug and a bent rod in their hands and can be chummed up easily in Florida Bay. IslamoradaSportfishing.com reported good catches of dolphins in the 3- to 18-pound range can be found offshore, blackfin tuna are holding around the Humps and in the bay around the Yacht Channel, anglers casting jigs and live baits will find jacks, ladyfish, pompano and sea trout.
Captain Michael Savedow of Edgewater River Guide out of Edgewater reported that with school starting recently, the Lagoon is seeing less boat traffic and the redfish and sea trout are biting hard on the grass flats, in the slough holes and along the flats edges. Live bait and cut mullet is getting the job done.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported his clients have been catching and releasing close to 50 snook and redfish casting live pinfish, soft plastics and Rapala Twitchin Raps along the edges of the shallow flats and into pot holes in Florida Bay. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported finding snook, redfish juvenile tarpon, sharks and trout along the west coast of Everglades National Park. Using live pinfish and pilchards under a popping cork, plugs and soft plastics has been getting the job done. Captain Neil Baron of Miami reported finding plenty of legal-size sea trout and mangrove snappers to 13inches over the grass flats near First National Park.
Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps Fishing Charters out of Chokoloskee reported with temperatures hitting 93 degrees by early afternoon early mornings and late afternoon trips have been the best for catching snook, sea trout, redfish and sharks. Working the near shore and outside flats in 3-to-5 feet of water with live pilchards, threadfin herring or finger mullet, you can expect plenty of snook action. Sea trout are biting on the incoming tides in the same areas as the snook but the trout are going for a 3/8-ounce bucktail jig with flash. Redfish are feeding on the incoming tides and can be caught on live baitfish fished under a floating cork near the oyster bars and near shore flats. Plenty of sharks are holding around the passes.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported that recent rain from Isaac raised water levels by 2 feet and he thinks if these levels are maintained through the fall and winter, largemouth bass fishing will be as good as it ever has been on Lake Okeechobee.
Capt. Alan Sherman