Fishing out of Bimini, captain Jimbo Thomas, friends and family fished aboard the Thomas Flyer north of Great Isaac’s in 2,500 feet of water and caught seven yellowfin tuna up to 50 pounds, blackfin tuna up to 38 pounds and dolphins up to 30 pounds. Thomas reported that dolphin were actually a nuisance because they were stealing many of their live baits that were intended for the tuna.
Lawrence Shurupoff of Boca Raton and Samuel Digirolamo of Missouri fished Biscayne Bay with captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service and released two bonefish up to eight pounds. The bonefish ate live shrimp. Locals Gary Lawson and his crew from Boat Center Boats fished offshore of Key Biscayne with captain Quinton Deterle of Cutting Edge Charters out of Crandon Park Marina and caught 12 dolphin, four wahoo, a blackfin tuna and released five sailfish. Captain Wayne Conn of the Reward Fleet out of Bayside Marina reported large blackfin tuna have showed up offshore of Miami Beach, especially late in the afternoon. Conn also said his customers have been trolling large Rapala plugs along the reefs in 40 to 80 feet of water and catching and releasing more gag and black groupers than he has seen in the past 40 years.
Captain Bill Hauck of the Sea King party boat out of Marathon reported crystal-clear water has forced him to fish outside of 100 feet of where his clients have had steady action from large flag yellowtail, large mangrove snappers, mutton snapper and quite a few groupers. A few kingfish, dolphin, sailfish and blackfin tuna have been caught as well. During the 20th annual Big Pine and Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament, Shane Curry of Key West caught a 42.6-pound dolphin to take first place. Curry fished with captain Randy Sterling on the Reel Conch. Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported its fleet of charter boats has been slaying the dolphin. The best action is coming under flocks of diving birds from the Gulf Stream’s edge out to 800 feet of water.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported getting out before the rains start has been the key to some great big sea trout action in the St. Lucie River. Casting the DOA Airhead top-water lure over shallow grass flats in the mornings has resulted in some explosive strikes and large trout. Redfish are being targeted under docks and along the mangroves. Snook fishing has been great around the bridges and jetties. Fishing along the beaches, where baitfish schools congregate, is producing plenty of action from jacks, bluefish, snook, ladyfish and mackerel.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported tarpon have been active along the coast from East Cape north to Lostman’s River. On the calmest days, tarpon can be seen free jumping and crashing baitfish on the surface. Snook are positioning themselves along the beaches and points as they prepare to spawn. Large bull sharks are stalking these snook, as are bottlenose dolphins. Redfish are working many of the tree-lined shorelines.
Captain Terry Pitz of Fishing Southwest Fishing Charters out of St. James City on Pine Island Sound reported tarpon have moved into the Pine Island Sound area with some of the fish being close to 200 pounds. These tarpon will eat flies, live baits and artificial lures. Snook for catch and release has been on fire in the creek mouths, passes, canals, potholes and on the points. White bait, shrimp, chunks of ladyfish and artificial lures are catching the snook.
Alan Zaremba reported largemouth bass have been active in the L-30 canal and peacock bass are being caught in the C-8, C-100 and C- 2 canals. Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service in Buck Head Ridge reported a good early morning bite from largemouth bass. Working the J&S fish camp lakeside area to Indian Creek near shad schools is producing plenty of bass action. Capt. Alan Sherman