Sal Larusso from Juno Beach Fishing Pier reported schools of bluefish, Spanish mackerel and small kingfish are hitting at the pier. Live baits, jigs and silver spoons are getting most of the fish. At times, plenty of snook, jacks and bluerunners are biting as well. Ryan Bolash from Anglin’s Fishing Pier off Commercial Boulevard reported this week a few mackerel, bluefish, lots of bluerunners and jacks and a few mutton snappers came over the rail. Schools of Spanish sardines and a few large schools of big mullet migrated by the pier early in the week.
Captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service took a busman’s holiday with son Dan and fished South Biscayne Bay and had action from lemon sharks, barracudas, bonefish and a 37-inch redfish. All were released. After struggling for hours at night, captain Bob LeMay found a tarpon of 20 pounds and snook estimated at 44 inches for his clients in Biscayne Bay. Both fish were caught on fly tackle. Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported offshore of Miami, dolphins continue to be scattered in the blue water in 800-foot depths. Best dolphin action has come under frigate birds and next to floating debris. Blackfin tuna and bonitos can be found in 500-foot depths under birds. Along the reef, there have been a few sailfish and kingfish, a lot of bonitos and on the bottom over wrecks are amberjacks to 30 pounds.
George Poveromo from the TV show “World of Saltwater Fishing” went looking for swordfish offshore of Islamorada with captain Nick Stanczyk of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina. Fishing two days in depths of 1,500 feet, they hooked four swordfish, losing two at the boat close to 350 pounds and landing one that weighed 256 pounds and releasing another estimated at 175 pounds. … At the Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Redbone Tournament held out of Key West, angler Frank Delucas of Plantation took the Grand Champion Angler title with the release of six tarpon, five permits and a bonefish. Delucas was guided by captain Mark Krowka of Islamorada.
Captain Nathaniel Lemmon out of Edgewater reported the fall migration is just getting started in his area and redfish, sea trout and flounder fishing is about to get hot. Giant bull redfish will be available in big numbers and this is the last month that tarpon will be in the area. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported early mornings are producing nice catches of snook, redfish and sea trout on top-water baits fished along the shallows of the River north of Fort Pierce. Mullet schools are attracting large jacks, snook and tarpon along the beaches and in the inlets.
Fred Collins fished with Mark Jones, both from Pembroke Pines, in Whitewater Bay and caught 10 snook to 30inches, four redfish to 18 inches, 10 mangrove snappers and five sea trout, and jumped a 100-pound tarpon. All of the fish were hooked on live shrimp and Hookup lures and Gulp shrimp. Locals Eddie Farias and Caesar Carralero fished out of a Genoe boat in Florida Bay and caught redfish and sea trout, Ladyfish and mangrove snappers
Captain Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfishing is picking up with slot-sized fish eating chunk baits fished on the bottom next to deep tree shorelines. Sea trout are getting bigger and are over the grass flats in Estero Bay. Plenty of sharks are available along the beaches and in the Pine Island Sound. Offshore, snapper, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and redfish are being caught over the near-shore rock piles.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported the Lake’s water level is at 14 1/2 feet and rising. Largemouth bass are biting along the grassy areas and eating spinnerbaits and topwater baits early in the day and soft plastics late. Sandy Edelman of Miami fished the local South Miami canals with guide captain Jim Anson and released 15 largemouth and peacock bass using live shiners. Her best fish was an eight-pound largemouth bass.