Capt. Alan Sherman’s South Florida Fishing Report



Lester Wenger of Lester’s live bait out of Haulover inlet reported dolphin fishing was very good over the weekend. Most of the dolphins were in the heavy lifter sizes with some fish going over 20 pounds. The best dolphin action was taking place in depths from 200 to 400 feet of water and as far offshore as 800 feet. Quite a few small blackfin tuna were biting on the overcast days, a few kingfish were on the reef, cobias were biting over the wrecks and sailfish are starting to show in good numbers.


Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishHeadquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported last week’s big winds sparked some incredible fishing offshore of Port Everglades. Lots of large schoolie dolphins were being followed by birds and he found that trolling ballyhoo and feathers were the birds were meant steady dolphin action. Closer to the reef sailfish are available and dropping live baits on some of the deeper wrecks has produced gag groupers to 30 pounds. … Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported plenty of sea trout can be caught on live shrimp, pilchards and soft plastics fished over the deeper western shoreline grass flats in South Bay. … Bonefish are also eating live large shrimp over the shallower flats. Mangrove snapper and just legal groupers are being caught in the Finger Channels.


Islamorada SportFishing.com reported there are plenty of large Cero mackerel feeding over the patch reefs in 30 to 40 feet of water. Along the Everglades National Park boundaries plenty of Spanish mackerel are biting on live shrimp and jigs. … Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing Charters reported finding a good amount of sailfish, blackfin tuna and kingfish along the outer reef drop off. … On the bottom, mutton and yellowtail snappers were eating cut ballyhoo, silver sides and pilchards.


Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported lots of dolphins are being caught in 100 feet of water. Most of these fish are in the 15- to 20-pound range. Closer to the reef sailfish and kingfish are being caught on trolled ballyhoo. … Along the beaches lots of bluefish and Spanish mackerel are available and 12- to 14-inch pompano are showing up in the surf. Clams and sand fleas are catching the pompano. … In the St. Lucie River sea trout and redfish are being caught along the mangrove shorelines. Bridge fishermen are catching lots of black drum, sheepshead, snapper and snook.


Jack Clifford of Missouri and Lucie O’Conner of Pompano Beach fished along the coast near Shark River and caught redfish, snook, sea trout, tripletail and a bunch of ladyfish and jacks. … All of the fish were caught using live pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters was their guide.


Captain Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters out of Fort Myers reported fishing the Estero Bay and near shore Gulf waters his clients are having action from a wide variety of fish. Plenty of redfish were taken this week by anglers tipping jig heads with shrimp and by fishing live pilchards under a floating cork. The redfish were holding along the island points and creek mouths. … Fishing around the oyster bars plenty of sheepshead, pompano, permits, Spanish mackerel, snook, sea trout, mangrove snapper and black drum are being caught. … Over the near shore reefs plenty of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish and a few groupers are being caught.


Mark Escobar from BJ’s Bait and Tackle located in Plantation reported water levels in the Everglades are slowing falling. With cooler water temperatures largemouth bass are feeding longer into the day. Good areas to try are Holiday Park, Alligator Alley, the Holly Land and Sawgrass Recreation Park. … Rapala floating minnows are working early in the day and 7- to 10-inch soft plastics in the June bug and red shad colors are getting a lot of strikes. … Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported the area of Grassy Island and the east side of Lake Okeechobee are producing good catches of largemouth bass. … Most of the fish are in heavy cover and flipping or pitching baits has been producing the most strikes.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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