Fishing report


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported fishing out front of Flamingo has been red hot. In the channels snook, tarpon and sharks are eating chunks of ladyfish, live mullet and pinfish. On top of the flats where there are visible mullet muds, large groups of big redfish can be found. The reds are eating pinfish, chunks of ladyfish and weedless soft plastics. Sea trout are holding around First National Bank and Middle Ground.


Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported finding tarpon and mutton snapper in the South Bay creeks. The tarpon are eating jerk baits and the snapper are eating live shrimp. Look for permit and bonefish tailing along the western shoreline flats on the early morning low tide. With shrimp sizes being small, use small blue crabs for the permit and bonefish. … Captain Quinton Dieterle from the charter boat Cutting Edged out of Crandon Park Marina reported fishing offshore of Key Biscayne in 120 feet of water with live baits has been producing steady catches of kingfish, dolphins and sailfish. … Captain Ralph Mayans from the charter boat Sea Cross out of Haulover Marina reported fishing 340-feet deep in blue-green waters offshore of Haulover Inlet with trolled ballyhoo on the surface and baits deeper has produced good catches of dolphins and wahoo.


Captain Steve Hancock of Fly and Spin Fishing Charters out of Sugarloaf Key reported tarpon are moving through the backcountry and along the oceanside and are being caught on both flies and live baits. Permit and a few bonefish are available on the shallow flats and plenty of jacks, barracuda and sharks are keeping his clients busy. … reported dolphins are available 18 miles offshore. Look for the dolphin under birds, along scattered weedlines and under floating debris. … Captain Larry Wren’s First Choice took top honors during the Inaugural Ladies Dolphin Tournament of the Florida Keys. Anglers Kimberly Furness of Iowa and Casey Jeffries of Key Largo landed three dolphins totaling 74.1 pounds to seal the victory. … Rand Holstead of Texas released 13 tarpon to take the overall champion title during the 39th Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament that was held out of Islamorada. Holstead was guided by local captain Brian Helms and released 13 tarpon during the five-day tournament.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported sea trout continue to be the top fish in the St. Lucie River. Casting soft plastics has resulted in plenty of fish. Best areas to try have been around Harbor Branch, Queens Cove and Bear Point. In the inlets and along the beaches, big spawning snook are available for catch and release.


Captain Bob LeMay reported finding a good number of large spawning snook for catch and release along the outer shorelines from Shark River to Lostman’s River. Casting jigs, flies and natural baits in these areas has produced tarpon, jacks, snapper, ladyfish, sharks, tripletail, sawfish and some large redfish.

Southwest Coast

Captain Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters out of Fort Myers reported the backcountry shallow flats are producing a mix of sea trout, ladyfish and mackerel. Along the beaches spawning snook are available for catch and release. Redfish are tailing on the outside flats. When the weather allows, the outside waters of the Gulf of Mexico is the place to be for action.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge reported high water levels have scattered the bass in Lake Okeechobee. Hitting the water early has been the easiest way to find schooling bass. These fish are eating shad that have been holding along the Kissimmee grass and weedlines. Using fast-moving baits that imitate a fleeing shad has been key to getting these bass to strike. … With high water in the local freshwater canal systems, Alan Zaremba reported finding largemouth and peacocks bass has been challenging. Some of his best action has come in small remote areas that have a good current flow. The L-30 canal and the C-100 have been the most productive bass spots recently.

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