South Florida fishing report



Lester Wenger of Lester’s Live Bait out of Haulover reported schools of black mullet are sliding south along the South Florida coastline. At times lots of jack crevalles, a few shark, tarpon, large barracudas and snook have been seen crashing into these mullet schools. Offshore there have been small to legal size kingfish in 120 feet of water. Lots of small bonitos and a few blackfin tuna can be chummed to the surface with live pilchards and dolphins from under size to more than 20 pounds have been chasing baitfish schools in depths from 40 feet out to 950 feet of water.


Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported sea trout action has been excellent on the grass flats around Key Biscayne. The trout are eating Gulp shrimp fished under a popping cork. On the Oceanside grass flats, bonefish and permits have been active on the high tides. Most of these fish have been mudding. … Ralph Moule of Hollywood fished with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters in North Biscayne Bay and had nonstop action from jack crevalles in the one to eight pound range. Besides the jacks they released, a 31-inch cobia and a 30-pound tarpon. … Fishing offshore earlier in the day they released more than a dozen bonitos and landed a nice blackfin tuna. All of the action was on live pilchards and finger mullet. … Captain Dennis Forgione of Free Spool Charters out of Haulover Marina reported there has been some nice weedlines outside of 900 feet of water and dolphins are feeding along these weedlines as they head south for the winter.


IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported the charter business in the Keys has been slow but a few captains have ventured offshore and caught dolphins and blackfin tuna. Most of the action has taken place near the Humps. … On the reef kingfish, bonitos and a few blackfin tuna and sailfish are being caught near the surface and mutton and yellowtail snappers are coming off the bottom. … With all of the waters of Everglades National Park closed backcountry guides are fishing the Florida Bay channels for mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers or fishing out in the open Gulf for tripletail, cobia and Spanish mackerel.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported big schools of finger mullet have been holding around the Port Canaveral jetties where snook, redfish, jacks, ladyfish and bluefish have been feeding. … In the Mosquito Coast Lagoon big breeder redfish and large black drum are being caught and released using DOA Bait Busters, live shrimp and crab. … Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported finding plenty of sea trout and snook on the flats. The trout and snook were eating DOA Combos. Most of the fish are in four feet of water. There are plenty of bluefish, jacks and ladyfish in the Fort Pierce Turning Basin.


Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Fishing out of Fort Myers reported concentrating on the waters outside of Everglades National Park is resulting in action from redfish, sheepshead, sea trout, flounder, mangrove snapper and black drum. The redfish can be found around the outside channels, oyster bars and along the edges of the mangrove islands and have been eating live shrimp fished under a popping cork. … Sheepshead is moving back into the shallower waters and can be caught on small pieces of shrimp and small hooks. … Sea trout are in the mouths of the passes and can be caught on jigs tipped with shrimp and shrimp under a popping cork. … Flounder are eating slow retrieved jigs tipped with shrimp. Mangrove snapper and black drum are eating shrimp fished along the deeper mangrove shorelines.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported live wild golden shiners are getting the bigger bass along the North Shores of the Lake. … Water levels are up to 16 plus feet and the bass are holding in depths of four feet of water along the weed lines. … Other areas to look for largemouth bass are J&S on the east side of the Lake, Grassy Island and Eagle Bay. Pan fishing has tapered off a little but speckled perch fishing should take off once water temperatures start to drop.

Capt. Alan Sherman


Read more Outdoors stories from the Miami Herald

Greg Shaughnessy, left, and Dillon Justice show off a large snook they caught and released using a SpoolTek lure in Jupiter Inlet.


    New SpoolTek lure catches monster snook in dark of night

    There’s an oft-repeated bromide that nothing good happens after 2 a.m., but that’s not necessarily true when it comes to snook fishing. Snook angler extraordinaire/fishing tackle maker Dave Justice insisted that that’s when he, his son Dillon, 18, employee Greg Shaughnessy and I should test his latest innovation, the SpoolTek, for catching huge linesiders in Jupiter Inlet.

  • Fishing Report

    South Florida fishing report: Aug. 20, 2014

    Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Miamarina at Bayside reported that large schoolie dolphins have been pretty thick along a giant weedline that has been located between 20 and 25 miles offshore of Miami.

  • South Florida outdoors notebook: Aug. 20, 2014

    Bassbusters Florida will hold silver and gold division team tournaments Saturday and Sunday out of Roland Martin’s Marine Center in Clewiston. Register at 5 a.m. both days. Weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call Chris Fickey at 941-232-9539.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category