South Florida fishing report




Nick Conomos from the Anglin’s Fishing Pier off of Commercial Boulevard reported Spanish mackerel to 8 1/2 pounds, lots of undersized king mackerel, bluefish to five pounds, jacks and some small pompano are being caught by pier anglers almost every day. The best baits have been pilchards, ballyhoo, cut bait and silver spoons. … Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Inlet bait and tackle shop reported big schools of finger mullet moved into the inlet sparking a red-hot bite.



Scott Jennis of Hollywood fished in 35 to 40 feet of water offshore of Hollywood Beach in his kayak and caught a Spanish mackerel, several mangrove snappers plus a six-pound mutton snapper. All of the fish ate soft plastics. … Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer’s Dusky out of Miami Beach marina reported that during recent offshore charters outside of Government Cut his clients are having action from dolphins, small blackfin tuna, sailfish, bonitos, sharks and kingfish. Fishing deeper over artificial reefs, they are catching cobia, mutton snappers, and four different types of jacks. … Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point reported his daytime swordfish charters have been producing one to two fish each trip. The swordfish have been in the 100- to 250-pound range.


During the second annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament, 30 anglers fishing aboard 22 boats in rough conditions managed to release 193 game fish during the two-day tournament. Those fish included snook, redfish, tarpon, bonefish and permits. Tavernier angler James Bokor took the Grand Champion honors with a total 1,935 points. Bokor was guided by Frank Ortiz of Key Largo. Coming in second was Samuel Rose of Miami, who fished with captain Mike Hutchisson, also of Miami. Bob Brown

Treasure coast

Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported the ocean inlets are packed with mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and jacks. Shiny lures are getting the most strikes in the inlet. Plenty of snook are biting day and night in the St. Lucie River. They are eating feather jigs, DOA Bait Busters and top-water lures. Redfish have been feeding along the mangroves and docks.

Florida Bay

Captain Gil Muratori reported that during the Tropical Anglers Fishing Club outing local anglers Dave Garcia and Bob Buzzella caught a 14-pound redfish and Bob Buzzella 24-pound redfish, respectively.

Southwest Coast

Captain Pete Rapp of Captain Rapp’s Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported that while fishing the near-coastal waters and rivers of the 1,000 Islands, his clients have had great action from slot-size redfish. The best rig for the reds has been a shrimp under a popping cork, but the reds are also eating Gulp shrimp on jig heads and live finger mullet and pilchards. Plenty of sheepshead, spotted sea trout, black drum and snook also are being caught in the same areas as the reds.


Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported speckled perch fishing is starting to pick up on the lake. The Government Cut and Taylor Creek area as well as the Kissimmee River are yielding limit catches of mostly small specks but some anglers have limits of large specks as well. All of the action has taken place after dark.

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