In the past two weeks of fishing offshore of Government Cut, captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer’s Dusky charters out of Miami Beach Marina reported his clients have had two big-eye thresher sharks up to 400 pounds, a 300-pound great hammerhead shark, 350-pound blue marlin, scamp grouper, amberjacks, sailfish, kingfish and a 34-pound jack crevalle.
Captain Ralph Mayans of Sea Cross Charters out of Haulover Marina reported that now is the time to get in on the catch-and-release grouper action that his clients have been having over the artificial wrecks and deep ledges offshore of Miami. His clients have had action from king mackerel, dolphins, sailfish, cobia and blackfin tuna. Jon Farris and his wife, Shirine, sons Jack, 13 and Calvin, 11, all from St. Louis, fished a half day in North Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught more than 30 Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalles and sea trout using live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float and Rapala X Raps. The group also fought an estimated 80-pound tarpon on 10-pound spin that ate a Rapala X Rap for an hour before the light line parted.
Fishing out of Key Largo in 147 feet of water for large king mackerel with live flipper bonito’s, local angler Sonny East hooked up with an estimated 700- to 800-pound bluefin tuna. After a short battle, the 20-pound sailfish outfit gave way to the monster tuna. www.IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported a pretty good amberjack and shark bite over the Islamorada Hump. Outside the reef, kingfish and a few sailfish are going for live ballyhoo and speedos. On the bottom, mutton and yellowtail snappers are biting. Sea trout are in good numbers in the open waters of Florida Bay, and a few Spanish mackerel are still available. Olga, Yuri and Maryam Negretova, and Magdy Algazaz, all from Texas, fished aboard the SeaSquared with captain Chris Johnson out of Marathon and caught more than 20 Spanish mackerel and mangrove snappers on Florida Bay’s outer edges.
Captain Charlie Conner’s of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported redfish and trout will be active on the shallow flats near Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island. Top water lures are working in the mornings and soft plastics are best later in the day. Snook fishing has been good around the inlets and will improve along the flats when the batfishes start moving into the Indian River. Fish the docks for sheepshead, snook, redfish and jacks with DOA shrimp and TerrorEyz soft plastics. Bridges in the River will continue to hold sheepshead, black drum, ladyfish, snook, jacks and bluefish.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported working the far reaches of Whitewater Bay produced a nice catch for his clients. During a full day on the water, his clients caught plenty of snook from 18-inch fish to over slot size using Rapala Twitchin Raps. Redfish, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish and mangrove snappers complimented their catch. Captain Bob LeMay reported finding redfish on the coast outside of Shark River, plenty of sea trout in the open water of Whitewater Bay and snook on the points in Whitewater and Oyster Bays.
Captain Butch Rickey of BarHopp’R’ Kayak Fishing out of Fort Myers reported that the red tide continues to have the fish in Pine Island Sound in a funk but he is still able to get enough legal and undersize sea trout to eat to make in worthwhile to fish. A few slot size redfish and plenty of ladyfish are biting, and there have been some good size schools of sheepshead cruising the flats.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported large numbers of largemouth bass are eating shiners along the grass lines near Horse Island, Grassy Island and Eagle Bay in Lake Okeechobee. The bass are eating Rattle Traps, flukes, speed worms and spinneret baits as well. Panfish have been spotty. During three days of fly fishing, Greg Mentzer of Delaware released 85 peacock bass to eight pounds using Clouser Minnows. Mentzer fished with guide Alan Zaremba in the C-100, C-4, C-1 and C-2 canals.
Capt. Alan Sherman