Fishing notebook

 

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BEST BET

Captain Bob LeMay reported the late night tarpon action in Biscayne Bay has been excellent. The tarpon are less than 50 pounds but have been responding well to artificial flies, especially on the outgoing tides between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Captain Wayne Conn from the Reward Fleet out of Miami Beach Marina reported catches of large vermillion snappers are being caught on cut bait on the sandy bottom in depths from 180 feet of water out to 300 feet of water offshore of Government Cut.

Miami-dade/broward

Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported action from sailfish offshore of Government Cut. The sailfish have been eating live threadfin herring fished under a kite. Thomas reported the catch of some gaffer size dolphins 10 miles offshore.

KEYS

Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported daytime bottom fishing trips are producing decent catches of mutton and yellowtail snappers. Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported during the last windy and wet weather they had, big bull and cow dolphins went on a feeding spree. Most of the action took place in the blue water way offshore where birds and floating debris was found.

TREASURE COAST

Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported brown algae has been a hindrance in the Indian River Lagoon. In areas that the algae is not present over slot size sea trout have been exploding on top water baits early in the morning. Later in the day sea trout, redfish and snook can be found hiding under docks that have deep water nearby.

FLORIDA BAY

Dan Eng of Plantation wanted to catch redfish for his birthday. Fishing out of Flamingo in Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters, Eng landed a 26-inch redfish and released lots of sharks and a 50-pound tarpon. The entire action came off of free lined live pinfish.

SOUTHWEST COAST

Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported a good bet this time of the year is fishing for red and gag grouper offshore of Marco Island.

FRESHWATER

Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee has reported that largemouth bass are very active at first light. Schools of shad are holding along the outside grass lines and casting spinner baits and fast moving lures is attracting the quick strikes from the bass.

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.

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

    OUTDOORS

    Outdoors feature: Goliath groupers make recovery but harvest remains on hold

    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.

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 <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.

    Diving

    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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