Fishing report


Kandi Molitor from the Juno Fishing Pier reported pier fishermen are catching pompano on sand fleas, jigs and clams; Spanish mackerel and bluefish on live greenies, spoons and jigs; look downs and snook on live shrimp; and a few cobias. … Captain Freddy David of Frick & Frack charters out of Haulover Marine Center reported that his clients fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet have had up to 17 sailfish releases in a day. Along with the sailfish there have been kingfish to 45 pounds, lots of big sharks and a few blackfin tuna.


Captain Bob LeMay reported having some red-hot tarpon action on fly in Biscayne Bay. The best action has come very late in the night around many of the bridges in the bay on an outgoing tide. … During the 3rd Annual HaHa Key Biscayne Bay Tarpon Tournament team Kinkel took the top honors. The team consisted of local anglers Tanner Hardin, Raul Gonzalez, Jess Kumkel, A.J. Sepe and Austin Tellam and fished aboard the Besty, a 20-foot Boston Whaler. … Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina reported that while fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet, his anglers are having steady action from sailfish on the top and an assortment of snappers and jacks on the bottom.


Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported his reef anchoring trips are producing lots of groupers that had to be released until Wednesday, plus plenty of yellowtail snappers. On Saturday the Sea King will run a special trip in hopes of getting his customers some grouper limits. … Captain Steve Hancock of Susquehanna Fly and Spin Guide Service out of Key West reported large migratory tarpon are here and his clients are catching them on fly and spin tackle. His clients are also having action from large permit over the flats and on some flats he is finding redfish. There have been plenty of sharks, jacks and barracudas available as well. … Arthur Katz and fishing buddy Paul Richin — both from Atlanta — fished with captain Chuck Brodzki out of Islamorada and released four tarpon to 135 pounds using live crabs for bait. All of the action was at night in the Fiesta Key area.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported that this is the time of the year to get into the hot action that is taking place just outside the beaches. Large schools of Atlantic menhaden are attracting the attention of large kingfish, giant jack crevalles, bonitos, sharks, tarpon and big redfish. In the Indian River Lagoon. Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, jack crevalles, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead and black drum are being caught on a variety of natural baits and artificial lures.


Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported tarpon have been available in good numbers from Whitewater Bay south to the Florida Keys. When weather conditions have been ideal, his clients are casting flies at laid up and cruising tarpon that have weighed more than 100 pounds. … Don and Sandy Blake of Miami fished the coast outside of Shark River with captain Alan Sherman and caught more than 20 slot- and over slot-size sea trout plus redfish, snook to 27 inches and six tripletail.


Captain Pete Rapp ’s’ of Captain Rapp’s Fishing Charters out of Chokoloskee reported spring weather conditions and rising water temperatures have sparked some hot fishing for large spawning sea trout. Sea trout to 25 inches and 5 pounds are being caught over the grass flats and along the island points in the back bays and along the coast. Redfish, snook, some tripletails, ladyfish and lots of bluefish are being caught along with the sea trout. Best baits have been a shrimp under a popping cork, Gulp baits on jig heads and on DOA jerk baits.


During two days of fishing the C-4 and C-2 canals with guide Alan Zaremba, George Verrusio of Indianapolis caught and released 41 peacock bass, Oscars and a jaguar guapote using Road Runner jigs. … Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported limit catches of big blue gills are being caught in the Kissimmee River, local canals, and in the lake. Look for the panfish along the grass cover and in open water where there is underwater vegetation. Live crickets and red worms have been the top baits for the blue gills.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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