Ryan Bolash from Anglin’s Fishing Pier off of Commercial Boulevard reported good numbers of pompano have been biting best in the mornings on live sand fleas and jigs. Throughout the day bluefish to 10 pounds, small Spanish mackerel and jacks are eating jigs and spoons and a few mutton snappers have been caught on the bottom using cut bait. Vernell Williams from the Deerfield Beach Pier reported pompano are being caught on live shrimp and jigs throughout the day. Pier fishermen are also catching mackerel and bluerunners.
Captain John Baker from the charterboat Blue Waters II out of Miamarina reported fishing live threadfin herring fished under a kite just outside the outer reef his anglers have had steady action from large kingfish, bonitos and a few sailfish. Captain Wayne Conn from the Reward Fishing Fleet out of Miami Beach Marina reported having a field day on bluefish in the 8- to 15-pound range in 30 feet of water offshore of Miami Beach. Besides the bluefish that were heading north his anglers are catching dolphins, kingfish and sailfish outside the outer reef during day trips and lots of yellowtail snappers on the reefs at night. Captain Mo Estevez of Miami Bonefishng.com reported bonefish and permits are eating shrimp and crabs on the shallow oceanside flats in South Biscayne Bay.
Captain Bob Fernicola of Backcountry/Ocean Charters out of Key Largo reported working the shallow patch reefs offshore his anglers are having steady action from mangrove, mutton and yellowtails snappers. Joining in on the catch has been hogfish, mackerel, jacks and porgies. Working outside the dropoff his anglers have had amberjacks, black grouper for catch and release and a nice wahoo. During the Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff, Walt Moss of California fished with captain Paul D’Antoni on the Seize the Day and released four tarpon and a permit to take the top tournament honors. John Condon from Ireland fished offshore of Key West over an artificial wreck in high seas with captain Dock Murdock of King Bird charters out of Key West. Using live baits fished deep, Condon hooked up with a large fish and after a long battle the fish easily came to boat side. To their dismay all that was left of the fish, which was a blackfin tuna, was the dorsal fins and the head that weighed 18 pounds. The fish was estimated to be close to 50 pounds and might have been a world record.
Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported trolling rigged ballyhoo along the edge of weedlines offshore. His anglers have been catching plenty of dolphins. Spanish mackerel have been biting south of the inlet. In the surf whiting and bluefish are feeding on glass minnow schools. On the inside, plenty of ladyfish, jacks and bluerunners are eating jigs tipped with shrimp.
Captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service reported working the Florida Bay shorelines toward the Keys. His anglers had action from tarpon, sharks and redfish to 32 inches. Anthony Riveron, his son Joseph and grandson Alex — all from the Miami area — fished Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and released more than 20 snook, redfish and sea trout to 27 inches. All of the fish were caught on hookup lures tipped with shrimp and Cajun Thunders and live shrimp.
Captain Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters out of Fort Myers reported the backcountry action has picked up. Working the mangrove shorelines his clients have been catching a good number of slot-size redfish, sea trout, mangrove snappers and flounder. On the outside over the grass flats plenty of sea trout are available. Over the near shore reefs when the winds have allowed big sea trout, grouper, sharks and Spanish mackerel are biting.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported bluegills and shellcrackers are holding along the weedy areas as they approach their bedding season. Fishing red worms, crickets and grass shrimp under a float along the weedlines is getting limit catches. Indian Prairie canal, J&S canal, Grassy Island, Eagle Bay and Kings Bar have been good areas to target for the panfish. Locals Gil Muratori and his wife Mary fished out of Holiday Park and released more than 100 largemouth bass, Oscars, warmouth and bluegills during a four-hour fishing day.
Capt. Alan Sherman