South Florida fishing report




Fishing outside of 100 feet offshore of Haulover Inlet during an all-day fishing trip aboard the party boat Mucho K with captain Bobby Probst, his clients had 15 bonitos, two tunas, two dolphins to 12 pounds, five kingfish to 20 pounds and five mutton snappers to 12 pounds. All the fish were caught on jigs and fresh ballyhoo and Spanish sardines. Captain Steven Tejara of Knot Tight Charters reported the tarpon fishing is red hot in Florida Bay near Flamingo, and there are many redfish on the flats.


Local anglers Gerard Marcy and Etienne Peters fished aboard the Frick and Frack with captain Freddie David and released 17 out of 25 sailfish. They also had a limit of kingfish to 42 pounds, bonitos and schoolie dolphins. The action was offshore of Miami Beach, and live threadfin herring was the hot bait. Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters reported fishing offshore of Miami has been awesome. His clients have had steady action from sailfish, kingfish to 36 pounds, blackfin tuna and bonitos on the surface. His anglers have had mutton and vermillion snappers while working the bottom. During night charters his anglers are having plenty of action from tarpon, jacks and ladyfish.


IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported when the wind has allowed, offshore anglers working the areas of the Humps are catching large amberjack, blackfin tuna and dolphins. Along the outer reef line sailfish are being caught along with some nice kingfish. On the bottom, mutton and yellowtail snappers and some grouper for catch and release are being caught. In Florida Bay, any channel that has a good tidal flow is holding tarpon. The tarpon are feeding on live crabs, pinfish, ladyfish and mullet. Captain Rick Stanczyk out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina reported all of their tarpon guides are catching tarpon on all of their charters. Some of the guides are fishing three and four charters.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported higher water levels in the Indian River Lagoon have scattered the schools of redfish. These redfish are now feeding on fiddler crabs along the shorelines. Large sea trout are eating surface lures and soft plastics over the flats. Large schools of Atlantic menhaden are attracting large tarpon along the beaches. Bluefish, jacks and ladyfish are plentiful in the Indian River and plenty of mangrove snappers are biting near hard bottom structure.


Arnold Sherman and his son Mitchell, both from Maryland, Stewart Sherman from Jupiter and Alan Sherman of Miami Shores teamed up to catch 22 snook and redfish to 26 inches plus tarpon and sea trout fishing the shorelines north of Shark River. The guys had three Backcountry Slams. Most of the fish were caught using Cajun Thunders and live baits. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported having plenty of action from tarpon, tripletail and cobia along the boundary markers in Florida Bay and redfish and snook along the mangrove shorelines.


Captain Scott Hughes of Backwater Charters out of Fort Myers reported tarpon fishing is picking up in his area every day. Snook and redfish action over the flats has been red hot. The snook are eating live baits in the areas of Charlotte Harbor and Pine island and the redfish are going for live and dead baits as well as an assortment of artificial lures. Cobias have been available for sight fishing along the beaches and bars and lots of sharks are available just outside the beaches.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported the blue gill fishing is taking off in the Lake. With this weekend’s full moon, expect the panfish to on the beds in areas like J&S, Grassy Key, Kings Bar and Buckhead Ridge. Live grass shrimp are the top bait for the panfish, but crickets and red worms are also working. Gary Hamilton of Delaware fished three days with captain Alan Zaremba in the L-35 and L-67 canals and caught 550 largemouth bass, 49 peacock bass, 12 pickerel, five bowfins, and panfish. The fish were caught on floating Rapala Minnows and twist tail grubs.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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