South Florida fishing report



Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishingHeadquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported during an all-day dolphin trip on the Mary B III offshore of Port Everglades and fishing depths from 100 to 600 feet of water his clients had lots of dolphins, four wahoo, more bonitos than they could count and then fished the bottom in 300 feet of water and loaded up on tilefish. On a recent night bottom fishing trip one of his anglers caught a large cubera snapper.


Captain Mo Estevez of Miami Bonefishing Charters reported finding hungry permits feeding on the western shallow flats of South Biscayne Bay. The permits were eating small blue crabs. Large jack crevalles were schooled up and chasing mullet and smaller baitfish schools in deeper water. Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Waters II out of Bayside Marina reported having non-stop action from bonitos in 100 feet of water offshore of Government Cut. The bonitos ate trolled feathers. Further offshore plenty of small dolphins are available.


Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina reported lots of blackfin and skip jack tunas are feeding on live baits over the Humps. Live chumming is the best way to get the fish feeding. Dolphins have been small and scattered. An estimated 250 to 300 pound blue marlin was caught and released on the Gone Fishin V. The marlin ate a slow trolled small tuna. Bottom fishing in 300 to 600 feet of water is producing blue line tilefish, vermillion snappers and rose porgy’s. IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported medium size tarpon are available in the channels of Florida Bay near Islamorada. Fishing live crabs on the surface and dead mullet on the bottom has been the way to go to get these tarpon on your line. Working the deeper grass flats with Jigs tipped with Gulp baits is the best way to get a limit of mangrove snappers and sea trout.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported this is the time to have some fun catching breeder size redfish in the Banana River and Indian River Lagoons. The best artificial baits for these redfish are the DOA Baitbuster with a single hook. Look for these redfish pushing wakes in the shallow flats and cast in front of the schools. Snook, tarpon, big jack crevalles, sharks and large kingfish are patrolling the beaches as they feed on schools of bait that come into their feeding range. Look for the baitfish schools and then fish with those live baits or throw large artificial lures in the area.


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported fishing the shallow flats, channels and along the tree lined islands and shorelines and having great action from ladyfish, jacks, sea trout, snook, redfish and large sharks. Tarpon could be seen rolling in many areas but would not eat their baits. Hobales used a mix of live pinfish, pilchards and Rapala Twitchin Raps to get the fish to bite.


Captain Terry Pitz of Fishing Southwest Florida Charters out of Pine Island Sound reported water from Lake Okeechobee has made water quality in the back country and sounds poor. Tarpon are less affected by this water and are in his area in good numbers. These fish have ranged in size from 40 to over 100 pounds and are responding to flies and dead baits. Snook fishing has been good around the outside points, passes and pot holes. Using white baits, cut ladyfish, flies and jigs has been getting the snook bites. Redfishing has been good along the sand and oyster bars. The redfish are going for shiners, cut baits and jigs. Large sea trout continue be caught in good numbers. Look for the trout over sand holes, grass flats, in creeks and around passes. Small pinfish, white bait and soft plastics are catching the trout.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge reported the early morning bass bite has been brief but good. Fishing the east side of the Lake around J&S bass are being caught on spinner baits early and then on soft plastics pitched into the holes of the heavy cover. The Indian Prairie area has had schooling bass feeding on shad and these bass will eat a lipless crank bait. Blue gill are being caught around the pass areas by anglers using crickets, red worms and flies.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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