Jessica Baker from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Meade reported largemouth bass are eating live shiners and jigs tipped with soft plastic Crawdaddies flipped into the pepper grass and Kissimmee weeds near Long Point, Pelican Bay and Kramer Island. Speckled perch are being caught on live red worms and minnows in the Rim Ditch, Airport Holes and in the Dynamite Holes in eight to 10 feet of water. Bluegills and shellcrackers are being caught in five to 10 feet of water on crickets and worms.
Captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters out of Keystone Marina reported before the stormy weather started he fished out of Bimini for two days and had 18 wahoo to 40 pounds. Closer to home, his swordfish trips produced at least one fish per trip during day and night trips. Off the reef of Miami, sailfish catches continue to pick up as packs of sailfish are said to be on their way south and could be here after the weather calms down. Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported his charters offshore of Miami are producing a wide variety of species that is common during the fall migration. Kingfish, blackfin tuna, bonitos, horse eye, amberjacks and yellow jacks, mutton snappers and groupers are being caught on his boat using live pilchards and threadfin herring.
With windy conditions expected this weekend, captain Jason Long of Best Bet Sportfishing Charters out of Marathon suggests anglers take advantage of the great bonefish action that is taking place on the calm shallow backcountry flats. Fishing near the bridges and in the protected channels with live pilchards and pinfish is a good way to catch some quality size mangrove snapper and groupers. Tarpon can be targeted with live mullet in the same areas. The shallow patch reefs will have a good amount of snappers, groupers, grunts and mackerel. IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported backcountry guides fishing the Flamingo area have had good action from redfish, snook, trout and big jack crevalles, and large tarpon are trashing mullet schools along the beaches.
Brooke Ashley from Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported anglers fishing the jetties are catching a lot of Spanish mackerel, slot-size snook, jacks, snappers, redfish and some flounder. All of the fish are feeding on the big schools of finger mullet that are migrating through the inlet.
Lucy O’Conner of Pompano Beach and Paula Thomas of Sunrise fished the backcountry of Flamingo with eight other members of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of Ladies Let’s Go Fishing on Saturday. During their outing, each lady caught redfish, sea trout, tarpon and plenty of snook to complete two Backcountry Grand Slams plus a 12-pound jack crevalle. All of the fish were caught on live pilchards and finger mullet fished free-lined, under a Back Bay float and on quarter-ounce red Hookup lures. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters was their guide.
Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported that Gulf of Mexico waters, especially from Sanibel Lighthouse flats to the beaches off of Naples, has been spectacular for Spanish mackerel, bonito, ladyfish and jacks. Fishing with live shrimp under a cork and artificial spoons that imitate the small baitfish in the area has resulted in nonstop action. When his anglers have been able to get to the offshore rock piles, they are catching plenty of grouper, snapper, pompano and a mix of reef fish. Redfish have been feeding along the mangrove shorelines on the high tides. Captain Roan zumFelde of Rz’s Fishing Extremes out of Naples reported snook fishing has been great on the outside points from Naples to Lostman’s River. Redfish have been biting better than the snook and are being found in the bights along the banks during the low incoming tide and inside bays nearest the Gulf.
Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters has been guided his clients to as many as 30 largemouth bass on fly during four-hour charters in the freshwater canals of the Everglades, and in the urban canals, his anglers have caught snook and peacock bass.
Capt. Alan Sherman