Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishHeadquarters.com reported the wrecks offshore of Port Everglades outside of 200 feet of water are producing plenty of large almoco jacks and cobias in the 40- to 50-pound range. Black and gag groupers for catch and release are also feeding over the wrecks. Live pinfish dropped to the bottom has been getting the strikes. Along the current rips, a good number of sailfish and large wahoo are available.
Ryan Bolash from Anglins Fishing Pier on Commercial Boulevard reported some large Spanish mackerel are being caught in the mornings on silver spoons and jigs. Bluefish have been hitting cut bait at night. Captain Quinton Dieterle from the charter boat Cutting Edge out of Crandon Park Marina reported when the conditions have been favorable off of Key Biscayne, the sailfish bite has been good. The best sailfish action is in 60 to 130 feet of water. Captain Jimmy Wickett of Getchasome Charters reported having local angler Tony Caroleo, who is blind, on board his boat last week. Fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet during their full day charter, Caroleo caught a 25-pound kingfish, six dolphins and bonitos offshore and then at Haulover Inlet, he released two tarpon to 60 pounds, 18 snook and two redfish to 31 inches using live shrimp. Gil Muratori fished with captain Kelly East offshore of Ocean Reef and had catches of gag, black and red groupers, yellowtail, grey and mutton snappers, and assortment of jacks, a palometa pompano and bluefish, Spanish and cero mackerel. All of the fish were caught using pilchards and squid for bait.
Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing out of Islamorada reported working the outer edge of the reef has produced daily catches of sailfish. Slow trolling ballyhoo is the key to the sailfish action. At times, the sailfish have been chasing schools of ballyhoo over the sandy bottom inshore of the reefs. Captain Bob Fernicola of Backcountry/Ocean Charters out of Key Largo reported working the patch reefs in Hawks Channel with cut bait and ballyhoo, his clients have had nice mangrove and yellowtail snappers plus many released groupers and big cero, and a few Spanish mackerel.
Captain Charlie Conner of Fishtales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported sea trout have been feeding along the deeper dropoffs next to the shallow flats of the Indian River. Redfish are being caught on the west shorelines. Black drum and sheepshead are coming off the rocks and pilings. Small snook can be found along the mangrove shorelines. Inlet fishermen are catching mackerel, bluefish and jack using shiny spoons.
Gene Armstrong, 83, and her sister Shelia Armstrong from Fort Lauderdale fished in Florida Bay out of Flamingo and caught snook to 9.5 pounds, redfish to 24 inches, sea trout to four pounds plus bluefish, jack and flounder. All of the fish were caught on live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float and Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp three-inch shrimp. Gene had a Backcountry Slam. The ladies were guided by captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. Captain Jim Hale of Hurricane Sportfishing Charters reported a lot of redfish, black drum, sheepshead and trout in the creeks north of Ponce De Leon Bay.
Captain Scott Hughes of Blackwater Charters out of Punta Gorda said his clients are catching 3- to 5-pound redfish, and slot and over slot sea trout on the flats of Pine Island and Charlotte Harbor’s east side. Pompano, flounder and sharks have been caught in the same area. Soft plastics and live shrimp have been the ticket.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported a lot of Florida mallards, teal, Fulvous ducks, ringnecks and widgeons are on the Lake — and a lot of hunters. Limits of speckled perch are being caught straight out of the Kissimmee River mouth by using jigs and live minnows.
Capt. Alan Sherman