South Florida fishing report


Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported a run of 1- to 3-pound mackerel that was taking place along the beaches near Haulover Inlet. Along with the mackerel were lots of bluerunners and a few large kingfish that could be seen sky rocketing on baitfish.


Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported if you are lucky enough to be on the water during an early morning low tide between the rain storms and when the water gets slick, calm tailing bonefish can be seen and caught along the western shorelines of South Biscayne Bay. His clients are catching a lot of sea trout using Gulp shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float over grass flats in 3 to 6 feet of water. Local Alex Hershey, 7, caught and released a large grass carp that ate his dough ball. Bobby Hershey, 11, aided in the landing and release of the large carp in their family’s backyard lake. Shane Cromie traveled all the way from Australia to catch a daytime swordfish. Fishing with captain Dean Panos on the Double D based out of Keystone Marina, Cromie landed a 400-pound swordfish that ate a rigged squid in 1,700 feet of water offshore of Hollywood. The fish was manually reeled in.


Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported baitfish schools have returned to his area sparking a good bottom fish bite on the reefs. Fishing the deeper reefs has produced some hot yellowtail and mutton snapper action plus some nice black groupers. Captain Steven Lamp of Dream Catchers Charters out of Key West reported shallow water flats fishing has been very good with plenty of shots at tarpon, bonefish and permits. Offshore boats are finding sailfish and dolphins in 240 feet of water. Kingfish to 35 pounds are being caught on the reef. Yellowtail fishing has been very good and at times the tails are eating plugs. Mutton snappers are being caught on the deeper reefs. During the Islamorada Invitational Fall Bonefish Tournament, the team of Islamorada residents Paul Nute and Bou Bosso took the Grand Champion award.


Mike Scheele from the Juno Fishing Pier reported tons of baitfish settled in around the pier, and the fishing for snook, mackerel, bluefish, bonitos, jacks and ladyfish has been awesome. There also have been a few nice kingfish caught recently. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported recent rains have made things tough in the St. Lucie River. One bright spot is at the Ft. Pierce Inlet, where lots of jacks, mackerel, bluerunners and an assortment of other predators are being caught. Plenty of bait is around and attracting some large tarpon. Under the mullet schools on the east side of the river, redfish, large sea trout and hungry snook are feeding.


Captain Bob LeMay reported doing some scouting in the backcountry of Flamingo. In Whitewater Bay, he found hungry snook that eagerly ate his top-water baits. Once out along the coast, he found more snook, with some being quite large, and big schools of small baitfish. LeMay also saw small schools of finger mullet and a lot of laid-up tarpon in the 30- to over-100-pound range. LeMay had action from grouper and said a lot of sharks were in the area as well.


Because of recent heavy rain and thunderstorms, captain Dave Hanson of FishBuster Charters out of Bonita Beach has been targeting the outside shorelines and the back bays of Estero Bay, where his clients have had no trouble getting action from slot-size redfish. Included in his recent catches have been lots of Spanish mackerel, snapper, snook, jacks, sheepshead and some goliath groupers to 100 pounds. Most of the fish are eating live shrimp.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge reported most of the largemouth bass have moved way up into the heavy grass on his side of the Lake. Bass fishermen are throwing plastics, flipping craws and tubes, and with 10-inch senko worms. Lots of bass are holding along the outside grass lines on the east side of the Lake. Blue gills are being caught in big numbers on red worms and crickets. The panfish are scattered in areas of weed cover.

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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.


    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.

 <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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