South Florida Fishing report



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Henry Caimotto of the Snook Nook Bait & Tackle in Jensen Beach reported that along the beaches bluefish in the 6- to 10-pound range are eating cut bait. Offshore in depths from 150 to 250 feet of water dolphin in the 20- to 50-pound range are biting trolled ballyhoo. Inside of that depth sailfish, blackfin tuna and bonitos are plentiful on the bottom lane, and mutton snappers and some groupers are being caught. In the Indian River big snook are eating jigs and live baits at almost every bridge. Best action has been at night.

Miami-Dade/ Broward

Captain Bouncer Smith Of Bouncers Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported that despite zero current outside the reef offshore of Government Cut, his clients landed five cobias, four gray groupers two big mutton snappers, kingfish and bonitos. Most of the action took place over artificial reefs with live baits. … Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishHeadquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported that during day trips fishing between 100 to 200 feet of water offshore of Port Everglades, his clients have been doing well on kingfish, blackfin tuna and a few sailfish on the top and some nice snappers and a few groupers.


Fishing 13 miles offshore of the middle Keys, Nick Milbery of Davie hooked and landed a 55-pound bull dolphin. Milbery was fishing with his dad Jack. The huge dolphin ate a trolled homemade squid. … Captain Wayne Gilbert Jr. of Fish Florida Bay Charters out of Islamorada reported he has been having good success using live mullet on the tarpon during the outgoing tides and with the moon being in his favor for the next few weeks, he expects a great tarpon bite to take place on the outgoing tides. … Captain Steve Hancock of Fly and Spin Fishing Charters out of Sugarloaf Key reported plenty of tarpon are being caught on both natural baits and fly. The tarpon can be found on both the Atlantic and Gulf sides.

Treasure Coast

Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported sea trout have been the main focus this week with plenty of trout measuring more than 20 inches. Look for the big trout in two feet of water where there are big sandy holes around grass. Casting DOA lures and Deadly Combos or live baits will get you into the fish. Redfish have been holding close to the mangroves and snook are feeding next to the docks.

Florida Bay

Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported that due to lots of rain and west winds, fishing in Florida Bay has been tough. When the winds are down plenty of sea trout are biting along the deeper sides of the grass flats. Lots of ladyfish, jacks and some nice snappers are being caught in the same areas. Live shrimp under a float and soft plastics on a jig are getting the strikes. Along the islands there have been some redfish and snook and offshore tripletail have been available.

Southwest Coast

Captain Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters out of Fort Myers reported tarpon have moved into the back waters of Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound and along the beaches, where they are feeding on white bait and mullet. Snook are moving into the passes where they will spawn and can be chummed up and caught on white baits. Redfish are pushing up onto the shallow grass flats with the best action taking place in the morning using gold spoons. Sea trout can be found along the deeper edges of the grass flats in three to four feet of water. Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks seem to be everywhere from the beaches out into the open water of the Gulf and will eat anything that moves fast


Alan Zaremba of World Peacock Bass Fishing Charters reported with recent rains that water levels are raising in the canals of the Everglades Conservation Areas. Not as many largemouth bass are being caught but the size of the bass has increased. Soft plastics and floating Rapala minnows are catching the bass. In the urban canals plenty peacock bass are being caught on artificial lures.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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