Fishing report


Captain Wayne Conn from the Reward Fleet out of Miami Beach Marina reported fishing offshore of Miami Beach has been very good with surface action from lots of schoolie dolphins and bonitos. On the bottom almost every day they have had legal size groupers and some big mutton snappers. Nighttime bottom fishing continues to produce five fish mangrove snapper limits.


Captain Mo Estevez of reported early morning and late afternoon bonefishing has been very good on the Oceanside flats especially if there is an incoming tide at that time. The bonefish are eating large live shrimp, flies and skimmer jigs. Permits are working the west shoreline flats on the calm morning tides and eating live silver dollar blue crabs. Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer’s Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported having action from genuine red snappers fishing the County wrecks offshore of Key Biscayne. Captain Dave Kostyo from the Knot Nancy out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported having action from blackfin tuna to 24 pounds fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet in depths from 100 to 170 feet of water. The tunas were eating only the friskiest live threadfin herrings he was using for bait.


Greg Nacron of Boca Raton fished with captain Chuck Brodzki out of Lower Matecumbe Key with live blue crabs at night on the outgoing tide and a new moon and caught and released four tarpon to over 100 pounds. Eddy Perez and his son, Vinny, of Indiana fished with captain Rob Killgore out of Islamorada and hooked an estimated 425-pound blue marlin. The leader was touched in an hour and fifteen minutes but it took another 2 hours 15 minutes to bring the fish back to the boat so pictures and the release could be made. Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing out of Islamorada reported the dolphin fishing has been great with lots of small fish around. Most of the dolphins are undersize but many are not and they have not been far offshore. Bottom fishing for yellowtail snappers on the reef has been excellent.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported snook and redfish are eating DOA shrimp fished tight to the mangroves. Sea trout are holding in the deeper parts of the grass flats. Bridges are holding snapper, drum and sheepshead and can be caught on shrimp, clams and small crabs. Along the beaches anglers are still catching bluefish, Spanish mackerel and whiting. The mackerel are eating small shiny spoons, the bluefish are eating cut bait and the whiting have been eating pieces of shrimp.


Captain Bob LeMay reported that recently he is fishing the area around the Harney River and finding over slot size redfish along the mangrove shorelines. Snook have been feeding next to the points and creek mouths and along the beaches. Large sea trout are mixed in with the snook and redfish and at times have beaten the other fish to their baits. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding sea trout over the deeper grass flats of Florida Bay and redfish and snook in the channels. The sea trout are going for soft plastics and the snook and redfish have been eating Rapala Twitchin Raps and SubWalks.


Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps Fishing Charters out of Everglades City reported snook are holding along the shorelines of Panther Key and nearby islands. The snook are eating live pilchards, surface plugs and soft plastics. Fishing with chunks of ladyfish and live ladyfish has attracted strikes from tarpon, sharks and snook. Lots of small trout are eating shrimp, top water lures and jigs fished near Tiger and Picnic Key. Redfish are feeding in this area as well. Tripletail can be found around the markers and cobias and permits are holding over offshore structure.


Jim Crego out of Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported largemouth bass to nine pounds are being caught on live shiners, spinner baits and soft plastics fished in the areas of Kramer Island, the Dynamite Holes and Norman’s Creek. The best bass action has been from sun up till around 10 a.m. Shellcrackers and brim have been biting live worms, minnows and crickets in the Rim canal, under docks and in the area of the Airport hole.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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