South Florida fishing report




Captain Dean Panos from Double D charters out of Keystone Marina reported fishing near the Gingerbreads out of Bimini has been very good for yellowtail snappers over the reef in 60 to 100 feet of water. Deep dropping produced good catches of queen and yelloweye snappers. Blackfin and yellowfin tunas were available in the deeper water and in between Miami and Bimini large slammer size dolphins were feeding along floating debris.


Paul Ripa from Rippy’s Bait & Tackle in North Miami Beach reported the offshore day boats fishing out of Haulover are having plenty of action from a variety of large sharks. On the reef lots of bonitos are available and anglers fishing the bottom outside of 120 feet of water over sand are doing well on vermillion snappers. Nighttime bottom fishing has been good for mangrove and yellowtail snappers. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters reported finding, snook, tarpon, large sea trout, five pound jack crevalles and a few two pound Spanish mackerel in the North Biscayne Bay. These fish were eating free lined live pilchards.


Captain Richard Stanczyk of RJS Charters out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported tarpon in the 30 to 60 pound range have been biting in the channels early and late in the day. Lots of big sharks are in the area and the top bait for both species has been a free lined live mullet. Plenty of sea trout can be caught in Florida Bay using live shrimp, pinfish and soft plastics fished in three to six feet of water over grass. Captain Bob Brown of Sundance Sportfishing Charters out of Marathon reported large mutton snappers can be caught over the deeper wrecks. Large dolphins to 35 pounds are being caught in the blue water. Blackfin tuna and wahoo to 50 pounds are being caught over the West Hump. Nighttime bottom fishing has been good for yellowtail and mangrove snappers. Best depths for these snappers have been between 60 to 100 feet of water.


Captain Charlie Conners of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported tons of black run off water continues to enter the St. Lucie River making fishing very slow. Fishermen are running to Ft. Pierce where the water has been cleaner and clearer. In this area the best bite has been on the incoming tide. Sea trout to 24 inches, slot size redfish, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish have been biting top water lures DOA paddle tails and CAL grubs. Most of the action is taking place early in the day and over grass flats. Snook fishing has been good day and night in the ocean inlets and along the beaches. This is for catch and release only!


Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo charters reported plenty of sea trout and snappers are being caught in the deeper channels around Conchie Channel. Cajun Thunder floats with artificial lures or chunks of cut bait are taking many of these fish. Snook and redfish can be found along the island shorelines. Lots of big sharks and some sawfish are being caught on live mullet and chunks of ladyfish fished almost anywhere in Florida Bay.


Captain Butch Rickey of BarrHopp’R Kayak Fishing charters out of Fort Myers reported working the beach and shorelines along Blind Pass his clients have been catching snook. Redfish, snook and sea trout have been active on the shallow grass flats in Pine Island Sound. Most of the action is taking place in the mornings and the best baits have been naked bucktail jigs and soft plastics.


Captain Pat Stevens from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported largemouth bass and sunshine bass to six pounds are schooled up and chasing gizzard shad in the mornings. The bass can be found near the Airport Hole and Bear Beach Channel. Look for the birds to help you locate the schools of fish and then cast top water lures. Monster largemouth bass are available in the shallow waters. The big bass are holding in the weeds and going after plastic frogs. Big speckled perch to three pounds are going after jigs and Rattle Traps fished along the open water deep holes. Louis Cara from Sawgrass Recreation Park reported due to high water, swift currents and lots of rain very few bass fishermen are fishing his area.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


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    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


    Sailboat finds new life in final resting place

    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

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