South Florida fishing report




Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach reported that the beaches have been red hot with 100-pound tarpon, 30-pound snook and jack crevalles in the 30- to 50-pound range being caught on a wide variety of baits. The fish are following schools of glass minnows, so matching the hatch is most important. Best beach baits have been small silver spoons, Rapala silver X Raps and flies that have a lot of Mylar for flash. The best action has been north of the Saint Lucie Inlet where the water quality has been the cleanest. Offshore anglers are catching kingfish and small dolphins. Most of the action is outside of 80 feet of water.


Captain Raul Montoro of Shallow Tails Guide Service reported that now is the time to take advantage of the large permits that are moving back onto the South Biscayne Bay shallow flats after finishing their offshore spawning season. The permits will be cruising and tailing in waters less than four feet. These permits will eat silver dollar-size blue crabs, large shrimp and crab imitation flies. … Captain Dennis Forgione on the charter boat Free Spool reported plenty of dolphins from six-pound fish to 20-pound fish are being caught in 600 to 800 feet of water. The dolphins have been under birds and along weedlines. On the reef loads of bonitos and a few kingfish are being caught.


IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported blackfin tuna and schoolie-size dolphins were keeping offshore anglers busy. Most of the action took place over the Humps 12 to 16 miles offshore. Plenty of yellowtail snappers are available over the patch reefs and in depths of 60 to 90 feet of water. In the area of the Yacht Channel just outside of Everglades National Park plenty of sea trout and snappers can be caught in the channel and over the grass flats using live shrimp, pinfish, pilchards and jigs bounced over the bottom.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie suggested looking around the sandy flats for schools of redfish. Cast DOA shrimp and Cal jerk baits at these fish. Sea trout are in good supply in the Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island areas. Cast the Deadly Combos at the sea trout. In the channels, next to the bridge pilings and along the rocky shorelines plenty of mangrove snapper, black drum and sheepshead are available. These fish are eating live shrimp and small crabs.


Captain Bob LeMay reported his clients have been working the tree lined shorelines from Little Sable Creek north to the Harney River with top water Rapala Skitter Walks, jigs and flies and having great action from snook, sea trout, redfish, jack crevalles, sawfish and tripletail. This past week LeMay’s clients caught jacks to 10 pounds, tripletail to six pounds, a seven-foot sawfish, sea trout to 19 inches and slot-size snook.


Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported fishing out of Chokoloskee in the Lostman’s River area and having action from plenty of redfish and black drum. His clients were casting along the shorelines and sight fishing redfish and black drum with fly and spin tackle. Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported their best fishing is in 35 to 60 feet of water where red and gag groupers are plentiful. Dropping cut bait and live pinfish over rocky bottom is producing limit catches of grouper.


Alan Zaremba reported fishing in the urban canals has been very good recently. Working the C-100 and C-4 canals with floating Rapala’s, live shiners and Mirror Prop baits his clients are catching over 50 peacock bass in a day plus largemouth bass, Mayan cichlids, Jaguar gaupote’s and spotted tilapia. … Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported the best largemouth bass action is taking place early in the morning. Casting spinner baits with double-willow leaf blades over the weedy edges has resulted in lots of bass strikes.

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