Fishing report


Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported the snook fishing in Government Cut has been excellent. The snook were caught on threadfin herring fished near the bottom. Snook fishing in the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast are for catch and release only. reported fishermen heading into Florida Bay are limiting out on mangrove snapper and sea trout. Working the deeper grass flats and channels in Florida Bay with soft plastics and cut pieces of pinfish and pilchards is how these fish are being caught.


Alex Busto and his son Alex Jr. and friends Darryl Schober and his son Jeff, all from Orlando, fished Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman and caught and released more than 30 sea trout using live threadfin herring fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Six sea trout to 24 inches were boated for dinner that night. Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported day trips are producing a few kingfish, lots of bonito, almoco jacks and some nice vermillion snapper off the bottom. Captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service reported going five for six bonefish to eight pounds. The bonefish were caught on live shrimp over the shallow flats of South Biscayne Bay. Also caught and released were eight lemon and bonnet head sharks.


Captain Dale Bishop of Shallow Water Charters in Cudjoe Key reported his clients have done very well on small permit, bonefish and tarpon to 50 pounds. Captain Bob Fernicola of Backcountry/Offshore fishing out of Key Largo reported dolphin continue to be caught offshore from the outer reef out to over 20 miles. Inshore backcountry fishing has been excellent with large sea trout, snappers, slot size redfish, black drum, pompano, jacks, ladyfish and some snook for catch and release.


Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait & Tackle out of Jensen Beach reported the offshore cobia fishing is red hot in his area. Fishermen are catching their limits fishing live baits and artificial lures in depths from 20 feet on out. Loads of bonito are in the area and they are stealing baits intended for the cobias. Dolphin are available outside of 150 feet of water along the blue water color change. Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Bait & Tackle at Sebastian Inlet reported greenies are attracting a lot of Spanish mackerel, jacks, snapper and bonito. Large mullet schools have been moving through the inlet and snook and big redfish are feeding on the mullet. Small crabs have been floating through the inlet and large permits and big redfish are eating the crabs.


Captain Neil Baron out of Miami reported that on his way back to the Flamingo boat ramp near Murray Key he was flagged down by another boater. The boater pointed out something swimming on the surface that turned into being a nine-and-a-half foot Burmese python. The python was cast netted, boated and brought back to the boat ramp where pictures were taken. The python was handed over to a park official.

Baron reported having a good catch of mangrove snapper and slot-size sea trout that were caught over the deeper grass flats south of Sandy Key. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding snook and sea trout and plenty of sharks on the Florida Bay side of Flamingo and in the backcountry lots of small tarpon, some snook, redfish and more big sharks are available.


Captain Matt Hoover of Night Flight Fishing Charters out of Marco Island reported his clients have had great action from snook, redfish and some large sea trout. Live baits have been the key to the best fishing but plenty of quality fish are being caught on soft plastics as well. The best fishing action has been around the outside creek mouths, near downed trees and along oyster bars.


Freshwater fishing guide Alan Zaremba reported largemouth bass fishing has been good in the L-30 canal with up to 25 bass being caught and released in a day. The C-100 canal is producing catches of up to 32 peacock bass in a day. The best baits have been Clouser minnows, baby torpedo’s and live shiners.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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