Fishing notebook


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Good to go:</span> Ryan Bancroft of Weston measures one of the lobsters he caught in the waters of Biscayne Bay near Fishermen’s Channel in July 2013.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Saving the day:</span> John Long releases a tarpon caught on fly rod by Sue Cocking off the Marquesas Keys.

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    Tarpon make for nice backup plan

    Captain John Long and I zipped west in his skiff from Key West to the Marquesas Keys on Wednesday, filled with anticipation of permit. A few days earlier, anglers competing in the three-day Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament had released 15 on fly and the winner, Nathaniel Linville, had five releases. That might not sound like much to a non-fly angler, but it’s huge. And on the previous day, Long and a friend had no less than 40 shots at permit on the flats west of Key West. They hooked two and lost them.

Shane Hutto of Orlando holds up a large red snapper he caught off Port Canaveral with Cop Out Charters.

    Final red snapper of the season ready to be snapped up

    Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.

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