Fishing report


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Captain John Barker of Blue Waters Charters reported finding plenty of action for his clients fishing in 140 feet of water offshore of Government Cut. Using live bluerunners and threadfin herring his clients caught big kingfish, dolphins and blackfin tuna on the surface baits and large mutton snappers on the bottom baits. … Fishing on the Dream Catcher with captain Steven Lamp out of Key West, Rick Berry of Key Largo Rods and a few friends fished the Dry Tortugas area and had plenty of action from blackfin tuna and bonitos that ate bucktail jigs and Mirrolures cast around the sterns of shrimp boats. The tunas were up to 26 pounds. The group also had a nice catch of red groupers to 12 pounds that ate jigs tipped with bonito strips.


Locals Tamray Kam, Tim Brown and captain Freddy David fished aboard the Frick & Frack offshore of Miami Beach and caught and released two sailfish with one being 98 pounds. Their total catch included limit catches of kingfish to 35 pounds, cobia, two blackfin tuna and a red grouper. All of the fish were caught on free-lined threadfin herring fished in 125 feet of water. … Joe Ferguson of California, Juan Moil and Many Ocaranza of Mexico teamed up to catch a 400-pound swordfish with captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters.

Keys reported large dolphins showed up this past week in depths between 500 and 900 feet of water. Some of the biggest dolphins were being followed by frigate birds. A few blue marlin and swordfish were being caught offshore and the blackfin tuna bite is on over the Humps. On the reefs the yellowtail snapper bite is hot and quite a few large mutton snappers are biting ballyhoo plugs.

Treasure Coast

Captain Charlie Johnson of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported sea trout continue to be the hot fish this week with many of the trout measuring up to 30 inches. The big trout are holding in depths of four feet of water where there are grass patches and big white sand holes. The trout are eating DOA shrimp. Redfish action picked up this week with reds being caught up tight to the mangroves and from under docks.

Florida Bay

Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported snook fishing in Florida Bay is about to get into full swing. With clean water along the coast sight fishing snook with top water plugs will get hot. Redfish continue to be available on top of the shallow flats of Florida Bay. … Jerry Chaves of Aventura fished with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters along the coast from Shark River to East Cape and released 10 snook to 9 pounds and a large slot-size redfish.

Southwest Coast

Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding the fishing inside and outside of Chokoloskee to be very challenging with the recent strong winds and heavy rains. While some anglers found sea trout, redfish and snook, most anglers have been struggling to get a solid bite. Big schools of threadfin herring are holding along the outside shorelines but not much seems to be feeding on them at this time.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge reported this past new moon phase moved the bluegill onto their spawning beds and large numbers of these panfish were caught on crickets, red worms and grass shrimp. Good areas to look for the panfish are the Harney Pond Canal, Indian Prairie Canal and the Kissimmee River. Largemouth bass are eating top water plugs and spinner baits worked around the submerged vegetation. The bass have been holding in Kings Bar, the Harney Pond and Horse Island.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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Shane Hutto of Orlando holds up a large red snapper he caught off Port Canaveral with Cop Out Charters.

    Final red snapper of the season ready to be snapped up

    Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.

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