Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina and captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone both reported a great tarpon bite that is taking place in and around Government Cut just before dark and into the night. The tarpon are eating large live shrimp slow-drifted behind the boat. The average size of the fish has been between 40 and 100 pounds. Spanish mackerel bluefish and jacks are also in the area and eating the same live shrimp.
John Pilcher of Massachusetts fished aboard the Double D with captain Dean Panos offshore of Haulover Inlet and caught swordfish of 175 and 380 pounds. Both swordfish were caught in 1,750 feet of water using strips of bonito for bait during the daytime. Fishing with Smith offshore of Government Cut, Dan and Joani Pletcher from Pennsylvania released four sailfish and landed kingfish, bonito and dolphin. Captain Paul Roydhouse of New Lattitude Sportfishing Charters out of Fort Lauderdale reported having plenty of action from wahoo. The wahoo were eating trolled baits on the surface, baits fished deep and with high-speed trolling lures in depths from 80 to 600 feet of water. Captain Mo Estevez of Bonefishing.com reported seeing lots of finicky bonefish on the western shoreline flats south of Black Point and a few permits.
Captain Bob Brown of Sundance Sportfishing Charters out of Marathon reported fishing on the Florida Bay side is producing catches of Spanish mackerel, cobia, mangrove snapper, tripletail, bluefish, sea trout, redfish and a few large king mackerel. Most of the action has been over wrecks 12 miles offshore of Marathon. Tom Duff Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported day trips are producing plenty of groupers for catch and release, nice yellowtails when the water is dirty and porgies and mackerel during day trips. Night trips have been the best with good catches of mutton and flag yellow tails.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported kingfish have been thick along the inshore reefs and wrecks. Best areas have been A Reef, Pelican Shoals and Bethel Shoals. Fishermen working the wrecks have had good catches of cobia and amberjacks. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported with cooler water temperatures look for flounder to be holding over the sand on the backside of the jetties and on the sand flats. Sheepshead will be holding around the docks and bridges and will quickly eat a small piece of shrimp or fiddler crab. Bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel can be caught on shiny spoons in the inlets, and look for large sea trout in the pot holes in the Indian River.
Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported working the inside he found rolling tarpon and had some in the air before releasing a bunch of snook up to 18 pounds. On the days when the wind is down big redfish have been feeding on the shallowest of the Florida Bay flats.
Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps Fishing Charters out of Chokoloskee reported now is the time to get into the hot sheepshead action that is taking place around the oyster bars, mangrove shorelines, and bridges and in the backcountry bays. The sheepshead has been eating clams, oysters, crabs and shrimp fished on the bottom close to the structure.
Nicole Mejia from Sawgrass Recreation Park reported water levels are falling and small bass are congregating in the east canal. Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported the best largemouth bass action is taking place after 10 a.m. when water temperatures have come up a bit. Look for the bass to be in the open areas well back in the marsh. Best areas to fish for the bass have been Tin House Cove, Harney Pond and North Shore. Speckled perch fishing continues to be good with the best action taking place in the local canals, Harney Pond and the grass line around Bird Island.
Capt. Alan Sherman