Nick Conomos from Angling’s Fishing Pier off of Commercial Boulevard reported pompano are being caught on sand fleas and jigs early in the morning. Spanish mackerel are being caught throughout the day by fishermen using jigs with strips. Plenty of yellow jacks are being caught on jigs and shrimp and at night plenty of bluefish and some large sharks are available.
Captain Richard McIntyre from the charter boat Lady Mitchel out of Haulover Marina had a banner day offshore of Haulover Inlet. His clients landed 10 wahoo, four dolphins, two skip jack tuna and four almoco jacks that were caught during an eight-hour charter. Mike and Dave Heithaus of Cooper City teamed up to tag and release an 80-pound white marlin plus five sailfish during a day trip with captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer’s Dusky fishing charters. The fish ate live threadfin herring under a kite in 150 feet of water offshore of Key Biscayne. During the Bimini Big Game Wahoo Smackdown II Tournament, top honors and largest wahoo went to team Fishin A Loan out of Daytona Beach with anglers Frank Roach, Kevin Marsh, Billy Thomas and Dillon Kemp. The team landed 334.7 pounds of wahoo plus the largest wahoo, a 96.7 pounder.
Captain Jason Long of Best Bet Sportfishing Charters out of Marathon reported fishing for sharks up to 300 pounds has been excellent on the Atlantic and Gulf sides. Reef fishing in 50 to 80 feet of water is producing limit catches of flag yellowtail and large cero mackerel. Kingfishing in Hawks Channel has picked up with some smoker-sized kings being caught on live goggle eye jacks. During the 2013 Backcountry Fly Championship out of the Lorelei Marina in Islamorada Grand Champion honors went to the team members Rick Moeller and captain Mark Gilman, both of Islamorada. The team scored 111 points and had the largest snook 29.5 inches and largest redfish 27 inches of the two-day fly tournament.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported with colder water temperatures fishing in the St. Lucie River for redfish and snook continues to be good with the best action coming off of soft plastics pitched under docks. Pompano fishing has picked up around the inside bars. Doc’s Goofy jigs are getting the pompano. Captain Kevin Drennan out of Stuart reported with the arrival of schools of threadfin herring that have been holding offshore of the Holiday Inn he has been able to turn the herring into catches of sailfish, dolphins, barracudas, sharks and cobia. Best offshore action is coming in depths from 100 to 200 feet of water offshore of the St. Lucie Inlet.
Robert Berg, his wife Jill and daughter Zoe fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught more than 60 fish that included sea trout, redfish, black drum, snapper, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. All of the fish were caught on Hookup lure jigs and shrimp under Cajun Thunder float. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported finding a lot of tripletail and some big cobias offshore of Flamingo plus redfish up to 27 inches along the Florida Bay islands.
Captain Terry Pitz out of Pine Island Sound reported plenty of redfish are biting on the moving tides. Look for schooling reds over the grass flats, next to the oyster bars and along the mangrove shorelines. Live whitebait has been getting a lot of the redfish bites. Sea trout have been thick over the grass flats and sandy holes in three to five feet of water. Snook fishing continues to be good with fish holding in the creek mouths, passes, canals and pot holes. Whitebait, chunks of ladyfish, flies and jigs are getting the snook strikes.
Nicole Mejia from the Sawgrass Recreation Park reported water levels are naturally falling and bass fishermen have landed limit catches working the canals with soft plastics, hard plastics and live shiners. Pan fishing has also been good in the canals. Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported warmer water temperatures have triggered a better largemouth bass bite around Grassy Key and Henry Creek. With this past week’s full moon expect the bass to be spawning over the flats.
Capt. Alan Sherman