Locals Tim Nicke, Diane Deger, Gregg Deger and Christian Deger teamed up to land a 105-pound yellowfin tuna off Miami Beach. The tuna ate a live goggle eye jack fished under a kite in 180 feet of water. Captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters out of Keystone Marina led the group to their catch. Fishing between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. in North Biscayne Bay with live shrimp, locals Hal Levenberg and John Rosen caught and released four out of five tarpon that they hooked. Captain Dvae Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone guided the anglers to their catches.
Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported offshore day trips are producing a few sailfish when the current is moving north. Best action has taken place just outside the outer reef offshore of Miami. Kingfish to 40pounds are taking some top baits intended for the sailfish. A few snapper and grouper are coming off the bottom. Noah Packman, 8, needed help from his father, Marc, and his friend Sam Kresch, 9, and Sam’s dad, Michael, to bring an estimated 150-pound tarpon to boat side. The four fishermen reside in Short Hills, N.J., and fished with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. The half-day charter took place in North Biscayne Bay and produced sea trout, mackerel, jacks and bluefish. The giant tarpon was hooked on 10-pound monofilament line and ate a live pilchard fished under a Cajun thunder float. Glenn Cutler and his 11-year-old daughter, Claire, of Boca Raton fished the shallow flats south of Key Biscayne with captain Joe Gonzalez of Funnybone Charters and each landed a bonefish. The elder Cutler caught a 7-pound bonefish and Claire outdid him with her first bonefish that weighed 11pounds before being released.
Captain Bob Fernicola of Key Largo Charters reported the best action in his area has been over the patch reefs where plenty of mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are eating live and cut ballyhoo. Along with the snappers, a lot of assorted groupers for catch and release, cero and Spanish mackerel, sharks and barracudas are being caught. Local Stuart Grossman fished with captain Ralph Delph of Delph Fishing Charters out of Key West and landed a 34-pound barracuda on fly tackle that was caught 50 miles outside of Key West. Captain Richard Stanczyk out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported working the shallow flats and shorelines of Florida Bay produced about a dozen snook releases plus two dozen redfish, sea trout, jacks and ladyfish.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported clear water sight fishing for redfish and black drum should be good in the Indian River Lagoon. Along the beaches plenty of bluefish, mackerel, pompano, weakfish, black drum, whiting and sheepshead are available to surf fishermen using shrimp, clams and sand fleas. Captain Charlie Conner of Fishtales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported big flounder, redfish and bluefish can be found in the ocean inlets.
Captain Bob LeMay reported anyone interested in bringing some large slot-size sea trout home need to work the Oyster and Whitewater Bay areas with live shrimp, artificial lures and fly tackle. Along with the trout, a good number of slot-size redfish are working the points of islands and will eat a live shrimp on a jig. While fishing for the sea trout and redfish, a few nice pompano and small permits are being caught. Tarpon are in the area but not feeding because of cold water temperatures.
Captain Herb Kehoe of Finesse Charters out of Chokoloskee reported working the bars and over the grass flats with live shrimp hooked to a jig head or under a floating cork is producing a lot of action from sea trout, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, jacks and ladyfish. When the bite picks up, you can switch to a DOA shrimp under a popping cork.
Captain Alan Zaremba reported the weather recently has had the fish feeding good one day and slow the next in the freshwater canals and lakes. Recently, he has concentrated his efforts in the C-15 and E-4 canals near Lake Ida with floating Rapalas, and his clients are having steady action from largemouth and peacock bass.
Capt. Alan Sherman