South Florida fishing report


Tom Turowski from Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported huge schools of finger and black mullet have moved into the inlet. All size redfish, snook, bluefish and some Spanish mackerel are feeding on the mullet schools. … There have been a lot of mangrove snapper along the rocks, and some big sharks are in the area. … The redfish have been feeding more in the daytime, and the snook are feeding at night. A lot of pompano are being caught near the surf, but almost all are undersized.


Captain Rick Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported seeing clouds of finger mullet in the marina. … Offshore of Government Cut, his clients are doing well on black grouper that are eating trolled plugs over the offshore reefs. … Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer’s Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported doing well on swordfish to 300 pounds. The action has been during the daytime out in 1,700 feet of water offshore of Government Cut. … Locals Valerio Forte and his daughter, Mikayla, fished North Biscayne Bay with live baits fished under a Cajun Thunder float and with Rapala No. 8 X Raps and caught more than 40 fish in four hours. Their catch included Spanish mackerel, jacks, bluerunners, mangrove snappers, skip jacks and lizardfish.


Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported offshore fishing for blackfin tuna, wahoo and dolphins has been good but requires a bit of searching to find the fish. … Deep dropping has produced good catches of vermillion and yellow eye snappers. Swordfish has been good way offshore, and on the reef yellowtail snappers are responding to cut bait and lots of chumming. … Captain William Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported lots of bait has moved into his area. All-day bottom fishing trips are producing some large yellowtail snapper, more mutton snapper and some skinny black grouper.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported the Indian River Lagoon is loaded with mullet, pogies, threadfin herring and bay anchovies. … Along the beaches, snook, tarpon, kingfish, cobia, large jacks, oversized redfish and sharks are feeding the larger baits as they head south. Spanish mackerel and bluefish are feeding on the bay anchovies or glass minnow schools. … In the inlets, flounder, snook, jacks and redfish are being caught in good numbers. In the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons, high water has allowed anglers to access waters not reachable during the summer. Sea trout, redfish and snook have been caught in good numbers in these areas by anglers casting DOA shrimp.


Captain Dave Winetraub of Aventura took a Bus Man’s Holiday and fished with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters in Florida Bay out of Flamingo. Using live pinfish, Hookup lures, Gulp shrimp and Cajun Thunder floats with live mojarras, the anglers had steady action from redfish, tarpon, snook and sharks. … Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters participated in the Take Stock in Children Tournament out of Key Largo. Hobales concentrated his effort in the eastern Florida Bay where his teammates each scored Grand Slams. They had sea trout to 26 inches, redfish to 27.5 inches and snook to 34 inches. Tarpon were also caught but were not included in the tournament. They fished with live pilchards and Rapala Skitter Walks.


Captain Todd Geroy out of Naples reported finding lots of redfish in the 23- to 25-inch range and snook to 32 inches fishing the beaches, creek mouths and into the rivers. There have been quite a few baby and juvenile tarpon in the 12- to 30-pound range biting, and this gives his anglers many shots at a Grand Slam.


Alan Zaremba reported mixing it up in the C-1, C-100 and L-30 canals and having action from grass carp on fly to 18 pounds, peacock bass to six pounds and largemouth bass to three pounds. … The peacock bass ate Amazon jigs, floating Rapala’s and Clouser Minnows, and the largemouth bass ate Rapala floating minnows and Baby Torpedos. … Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported the lake’s water level is at 16 feet. … Bluegill fly fisherman are catching plenty of fish using rubber-legged spiders and small poppers. The panfish are holding under scattered underwater grass.

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    Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps’ Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported snook are feeding on a good moving outgoing tide around the outside barrier islands. Live baits such as the pilchards, pinfish and threadfin herring and the DOA Terrorize soft plastics have been producing some of the best snook bites. Sea trout are feeding over grass in 3-5 feet of water. The redfish have been feeding along the oyster bars on the incoming tides. Popping corks with shrimp or pilchards have been getting a lot of the redfish strikes. Big tarpon are still around, holding in the open outside bays and flats, and have been feeding best during early mornings. Live baits such as small ladyfish, large threadfin herring, pinfish and mullet have been getting the most tarpon strikes.

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