South Florida fishing report




Captain Dennis Forgione from the charter boat Free Spool out of Haulover Marina reported before the gale force winds of this past week his clients scored big while fishing the bottom and on the surface offshore of Haulover Inlet. Fishing some of the wrecks his clients had large mutton snappers and black groupers that ate large live pilchards fished on the bottom. Fishing outside of 100 feet of water his clients had sailfish, kingfish to 40 pounds, blackfin and skip jack tuna, bonitos and a limit of 30 heavy lifter dolphins.


Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters reported during his offshore fishing charters off of Miami his clients have had good action on sailfish, cero and Spanish mackerel on the surface and an assortment of bottom fish like snappers, groupers and jacks while fishing some of the deeper wrecks. Stewart Sherman of Boca Raton and his brother Alan of Hollywood, and Zachary and Alan Sherman of North Miami fished North Bay with winds up to gale force and caught close to 100 Spanish, cero and small king mackerel plus bluerunners, jacks, ladyfish, sea trout and mangrove and mutton snappers. All of the fish were caught on free lined live pilchards and pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Captain Ariel Cabrera reported flats fishing in South Biscayne Bay have been good. Bonefish, permits and mutton snappers are going for small crabs. Snapper and grouper are biting live baits in the Finger Channels of South Bay.


Captain Bob Fernicola of Backcountry/Ocean Charters out of Key Largo reported since Everglades National Park has reopened he has had no trouble leading his clients to special catches of slot size snook and redfish plus lots of sea trout, snapper, jacks and ladyfish. All of these fish are being found in the creeks, channels and on the flats of Florida Bay. On the Atlantic side bottom fishing in 18 to 25 feet of water has been very good for mangrove, yellowtail, and mutton and hog snappers. IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported offshore fishing has been good for kingfish, dolphins and lots of small to medium size blackfin tuna. Most of the top water action has been just outside the outer reef and the tunas have been feeding over the Humps.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported because of the high winds this past week not many fishermen were on the water. Before the winds picked up all of the ocean inlets and beaches were packed with lots of baitfish. Feeding on these baitfish were Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, pompano, whiting, snook, tarpon and sharks. In the Rivers pompano are being caught around the sandy bars on Doc’s Goofy jigs and sea trout and redfish could be caught in good numbers over the grass flats and along the mangrove shorelines.


Captain Bob LeMay ran through Whitewater Bay to get to the outside shorelines where he found big schools of white bait that were being terrorized by hungry redfish and snook. Fishing the white bait on a 1/4-ounce jig head his clients all scored Back Country Slams by catching snook, redfish and sea trout.


Captain Terry Pitz of Fishing Southwest Florida Charters out of Pine Island Sound reported lots of snook have made it into the back country where they are holding over the back country flats, creek mouths, pot holes, canals, passes and points. These snook can easily be caught with live white baits and shrimp, jigs and bucktails. The best action has been on a good outgoing tide. Redfish seem to be almost everywhere especially if you are working the mangrove shorelines and creek mouths. Plenty of spotted seas trout are available over the grass flats, in the passes and in sand holes. Along the beaches Spanish mackerel, bluefish, lots of jacks and ladyfish plus tripletail and cobia are being caught around large baitfish schools.


Jim Crego out of Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported largemouth bass to nine pounds are being caught along the cattails in the Dynamite Holes, in and around Pelican Bay and around Grassy key. The best baits have been blue shads, dark soft plastics and crank baits. Speckled perch are starting to show up in the canals and in the deeper holes of the Lake. Alan Zaremba reported having good action from largemouth and peacock bass in the C-4 canal.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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