South Florida fishing report


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Nick Conomos from the Anglin’s Fishing pier on Commercial Blvd. reported that there is plenty of bait around the pier, and with this weekend’s weather change, he expects a good run of bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano. … Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported finding plenty of hungry tarpon, snook, redfish and tripletail in the area of the Harney River. The fish were feeding on large schools of baitfish.



Marvin Davidson of Weston and Rick Fieretag of Hutchinson Island fished out of Bimini with captain Steve Amarant of Davie and caught six wahoo to 42 pounds, bull dolphin, barracudas, red grouper to 10 pounds and more than 60 flag yellowtail snappers. … Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin’ Charters reported finding quite a few mutton snappers to 17 inches, mangrove snappers to four pounds, jacks, bluerunners and barracudas in the Finger Channels of South Biscayne Bay. All of the fish ate live pilchards and Rapala Skitter Walks. … Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported dolphins are being caught from just outside the outer reef to 1,000 feet of water. Kingfish and bonitos are being caught in 120 feet of water. Swordfishing has been good both day and night.


Captain Nick Stanczyk from Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported dolphins are being caught out past 600 feet of water and that some large blackfin tuna and skip jack tuna and big sharks are coming off the Humps. A few sailfish are starting to show up. Cero mackerel, mutton snappers and a lot of yellowtail snappers are being caught off the reefs. … Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported his bottom fishing trips are producing a steady catch of yellowtail snappers along with some big black groupers, mutton snappers and a few kingfish. … Captain Chris Johnson from the charter boat SeaSquared out of Marathon reported offshore trips are producing good catches of dolphins, blackfin tuna and skip jack tuna.

Treasure Coast

Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported the dolphin bite along offshore weedlines in 80 to 200 feet of water has been picking up daily. The fish are eating trolled ballyhoo. Plenty of blackfin tuna are biting in 120 feet of water. Along the beaches the mullet run continues and tarpon, mackerel, bluefish and jacks are feeding on these mullet. … Captain Nathaniel Lemmon of Edgewater reported big bull redfish are being caught in the Indian River near Titusville. Big sharks and tarpon are feeding around the inlets. Flounder fishing is starting to pick up in the river and plenty of sea trout are available over the grass flats in three to four feet of water.

Florida Bay

Brett Cardinal from Davie and Mike Berla from Royal Palm Beach fished along the coast of Flamingo in Everglades National Park with free lined live pilchards and caught and released 20 snook to 29 inches, 20 redfish to 28 inches, sea trout and lots of jacks and ladyfish. Their guide was captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters.

Southwest Coast

Ed and Steve Mennella and their dad, Tony, fished with captain Pete Rapp of Captain Rapp’s Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee and caught 14 slot-size redfish during a half-day charter. The reds ate finger mullet on jig heads. … Captain Bob LeMay reported that during the government shutdown, which forced the closure of some federal lands, he was taking clients to Everglades City and fishing north of the closed areas. During those trips his clients had steady action from redfish, snook, tarpon, sharks, mackerel, jacks, flounder and a nice 8-pound gag grouper.


During two days of fishing in the C-8 and C-4 canals, Jim Stockton of Ponte Vedra Beach and Gene Palatka fly-fished with Clouser Minnows and released 32 peacock bass to four pounds and one snook. … Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported plenty of largemouth bass were biting around Tin House Cove during the mornings. The bass were hitting prop baits worked over the top of hydrilla grass.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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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.

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