Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported offshore fishing has been slow but along the beaches lots of bluefish, mackerel, pompano, croakers and whiting are being caught. … Inlet fishing is tough because of the pumping of freshwater. … Lots of redfish and sea trout are being caught over the shallow flats in the Indian River. … During the day, pompano and black drum can be caught off the bridges and at night using red tail hawk jigs plenty of snook are being caught.
Lester Wenger of Lester’s Live Bait out of Haulover Inlet reported along the beaches of Miami Beach there have been scattered schools of mackerel and small jacks. … Offshore of the outer reef a few kingfish in the 12-to-18 pound range are biting live free lined pilchards and on the bottom decent size mutton snappers are biting in depths over 100 feet of water. … Captain Mo Estevez of Miami Bonefishng.com out of Miami reported he has been working the western shallow flats of South Bay and having plenty of action from schooling bonefish. … Live shrimp and small jigs are getting the bonefish strikes. … Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Marina reported during daytime swordfish charters his clients have hooked up to six swordfish out in 1,800 to 2,200 feet of water off of Haulover Inlet. Nighttime swordfishing was slow. Closer to the reef his clients have had sailfish and a few dolphins.
Captain Brian Cone from the charter boat Contagious out of Islamorada reported loads of baitfish like pilchards and ballyhoo are in the area and attracting blackfin tuna on the Humps and sailfish and dolphins are showering the baitfish schools outside the reef. Deep dropping on the bottom is producing yellow eye snappers and porgies. … Fishing with captain Matt Lofton in Key Largo, Mary and Gil Muratori caught black and gag groupers, mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers, mackerel, bluerunners, grunts and porgies. All of the action came off of patch reefs in 12 to 15 feet of water while using cut pilchards for bait.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported Spanish mackerel, jacks and flounder have been biting around the inlets. … Sea trout are hot on the flats near Middle Cove and Queen’s Cove. … Pompano are being caught over the deeper cuts and flats in the River. Snook fishing has been good at night along the jetties, docks and bridges. … The DOA Terror Eyz and feathers are getting most of the snook bites. … Captain Nathaniel Lemmon out of Edgewater reported flounder, jack crevalles and bluefish are thick in the ICW and adjacent creeks.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters had Charlie Fancher and Bob Wegner of Miami and went five for 25 on small tarpon in the backcountry out of Flamingo. … The group also had action from redfish and snook. … Terry Sandercock from Delaware fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and released sharks to 100 pounds on 10 pound line. … Sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, tripletail also made up the remainder of the days’ catch.
Captain Matt Hoover of Night Flight Charters out of Marco Island reported baitfish schools are all over the outside points and small to medium size snook and loads of redfish are feeding on them. … Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps Fishing Charters out of Chokoloskee reported the near coastal waters are full of mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish. … Along the islands tailing redfish are available and will eat Berkley Gulp baits. Snook have moved into the backwaters and are feeding on live pilchards.
Jessica Baker from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported large largemouth bass are eating wild shiners fished along the weedlines. … Flipping jigs with skirts into the heavy cover on stout tackle is also producing some lunker bass. Best areas have been around Pelican Bay, Kreamer and Torrey islands. … During two days at C-15 and C-4 canals with guide Alan Zaremba, Jim Gildea of Boston caught and released 82 peacock bass and 75 largemouth bass on floating Rapalas and soft plastics.