Captain Rick Thomas from the Thomas Flyer Charter boat out of Bayside Marina reported offshore fishing from Government Cut south to Pacific Light has been good especially when there has been a good north current. Dolphins have been feeding along the Gulfstream’s edge, large kingfish are eating ballyhoo, live baits and vertical jigs just outside the reef, sailfish are migrating through the area and an assortment of jacks are holding over the deep-water artificial wrecks.
Captain Mo Estevez of MiamiBonefishng.com reported finding plenty of bonefish on the western shoreline flats south of Black Point and along the Oceanside flats near Elliot Key. Quite a few permits have been working these same flats. Large live shrimp and crabs have been the top bonefish and permit baits. Tarpon fishing during the day and night has been very good. Live crabs, mullet and shrimp have been the top baits this week for the tarpon. Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer Dusky Charters out of Miami Beach Marina had 12-year-old Frates Newsom, of Texas, onboard and Newsom released a large-roe laden sailfish, 200-pound hammerhead shark, 15-pound jack crevalle offshore of Government Cut and lost a large tarpon in Government Cut. Local angler Hershell Gill fished aboard the RUFFIAN 15 miles east of Fowey Light and landed a 59-pound dolphin. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding hungry tarpon in Haulover Inlet and in Biscayne Bay. His clients have had solid hook ups and releases using Rapala Twitchin Raps, soft plastics and live mullet.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported the beaches along Port Canaveral have been alive with weakfish and bluefish. Whiting, pompano, sheepshead and black drum are holding along the surf side of the jetties. The hot baits have been clams, shrimp and cut bait. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported large spawning sea trout to 29 inches have been biting DOA lures over the grass flats and redfish can be found next to docks, along the mangrove shorelines and along the drop offs of sandbars. Snook fishing at night has been good along the inlet jetties on the outgoing tides.
Alejandro Bonet and Anna Maria Gonzalez of Miami fished the backcountry out of Flamingo and caught snook, redfish, sea trout, snappers and a sawfish. Gonzalez caught her first snook and redfish, and Bonet caught his first sawfish. They both had backcountry slams. Alan Sherman All of the fish ate live shrimp and finger mullet fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Captain Pete Silot reported catching his limit of mangrove snappers to four pounds using live pinfish fished on the bottom in the area of Oxfoot Bank. In the same area, tarpon could be seen busting baits and rolling.
Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Charters out of Fort Myers reported working murky waters in the Marco Island area. Her fishermen are catching sand trout, sugar trout and sea trout plus sheepshead and snapper using live shrimp fished under a popping cork over grass flats in three to six feet of water. Redfish, snook and lots of snappers are eating shrimp fished on jigs and under a floating cork along the mangrove shorelines. In the passes, jigs tipped with a piece of fresh shrimp are catching pompano.
Captain Pat Stevens out of Slim’s Fishing Camp on Belle Glade reported plenty of largemouth bass are being caught on shiners in the areas of Tree and Ritta Islands. Speckled perch are eating live crickets along the grassy banks. Norm Ennis of Texas fished with Alan Zaremba in the C-4 canal and released 28 peacock bass to four pounds using Road Runner jigs.