Kim Mills from the Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported on the party boat Mucho K a catch of about 150 snappers, mostly yellowtails, that were caught by 34 anglers offshore of Haulover Inlet at night. Captain Kenny Krawczynski and mate Paul Preston made up the crew that night. During a recent day charter on board the Atlantis party boat with captain Jamie Owens and mate Mike Ferrio, the Broward Chapter of Ladies Lets Go Fishing caught a bunch of vermillion snappers, dolphins and kingfish.
Jim Leljedal, former head public information officer for Broward County Sheriff’s Department, fished aboard the Sticks And Stones out of Pompano Beach in 300 feet with a live goggle eye jack on the bottom and landed a 70-pound warsaw grouper. Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported landing three genuine red snappers up to 17 pounds in state waters offshore of Key Biscayne, plus a gray grouper and kingfish. Fishing on the Knot Nancy with captain Dave Kostyo out of Haulover Inlet, local anglers Tony Greaton, Brian Pike, Andy Stein Sr. and 4-year-old Andrew Stein Jr. teamed up to land 26 dolphin to 8 pounds and release another 10 that came from several dolphin schools that were holding along a grassy area in 1,300 feet.
Captain Bob Fernicola of Backcountry/Ocean Characters out of Key Largo reported his clients have done well on heavy-lifter-sized dolphins working the blue-green waters inside the Gulf Stream’s edge. Most of the fish came from trolling rigged baits and feathers. A few blackfin tuna hit the trollers as well. On the bottom over the reefs, a good amount of mutton, mangrove and nice-sized yellowtail snappers were eating live and dead baits. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported a catch of 14 black groupers, 33 mutton snappers and flag yellowtails up to 5 pounds on a recent weekend outing. Mangrove snappers are spawning at night over many of the deeper reefs.
Tom Turlowski of Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle reported 1- to 3-pound Spanish mackerel have been biting all day at the inlet. Spoons, jigs and live greenies have been the preferred baits. Along with the mackerel, large redfish, lots of small- to medium-sized snook, flounder, snapper and big permits are being caught off the jetties. Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported offshore anglers fishing in depths from 20 to 40 feet are catching permits. Out in depths from 80 to 125 feet, cobia, kingfish, a few sailfish and dolphins in the 10- to 12-pound range are being caught on live baits and on trolled baits.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding plenty of redfish and some big snook up on the flats and in the channels of Florida Bay. These fish were eating chunks of ladyfish and live pinfish fished under a float and on the bottom. Plenty of big sharks and some tarpon were holding on the outside of the beaches where live mullet and pinfish resulted in many hookups. Plenty of medium-sized sea trout were holding on the deeper grass flats of Middle Ground and First National Bank.
Captain Butch Rickey of BarHopp ’R’ Kayak Fishing out of Pine Island Sound reported working the back waters of a busy Estero Bay with artificial lures resulted in action from snook, redfish, sea trout, jacks and ladyfish.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge reported getting out at first light has been the difference between catching and just fishing on Lake Okeechobee. With water temperatures quickly rising, the best largemouth bass action has taken place just after sunrise. Schools of bass have been chasing schools of shad along the deeper grass lines and have been responding to spinner baits, skinny dippers and other fast-moving artificial lures. Later in the day, look for blue gills in the canals where grass shrimp, crickets and red worms might get you a quick limit as the full moon approaches.
Capt. Alan Sherman