Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported when the weather allows fishing off the Sebastian Inlet has been very good. Recently lots of black drum were being caught on clams and dead shrimp. Flounder to eight pounds are being caught in the inlet by anglers using finger mullet. Plenty of jacks and at times a lot of snook and redfish are being caught on mullet and shrimp. Also a few bluefish, large Spanish mackerel, sharks and tarpon have been available as well.
Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported offshore fishing has been a challenge but if you mix it up there are quality fish to be caught off of Miami Beach. On recent trips his anglers have had black and gag grouper, mutton snappers, almoco jacks, schoolie dolphins, kingfish to 18 pounds and sailfish. Corey and Debbie Ho of New Jersey fished with captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters in South Bay and caught and released a 10.5 pound bonefish and then landed a bunch of slot size sea trout using live shrimp and soft plastics for bait. Ron Dilbert of Hallandale fished aboard the Get Em with captain Alan Sherman in Biscayne Bay and caught over two dozen Spanish and small king mackerel, bluefish, jacks, bluerunners and a nine pound gag grouper. All of the fish were caught on live pilchards and Rapala X Raps. During the Wahoo Smackdown III Tournament held in Bimini Team Brizzio was the top team with a 51.6 pound wahoo and a total catch of 103.8 pounds of wahoo. Captain Edward Garcia guided the team to their win. Thirty boats and 175 anglers landed nearly 2000 pounds of wahoo during the tournament.
Captain Tec Benbow of Skins and Fins Fishing Charters and Guides out of Islamorada reported Spanish mackerel fishing has taken off in the Gulf waters. Snook and redfish are biting in the channels and along the mangrove shorelines of Florida Bay and plenty of sea trout are available over the grass flats. Captain Bill Hauck on the party boat Sea king out of Marathon reported bottom fishing trips have produced some nice catches of red grouper recently and to take advantage of the grouper bite he is running a special trip this Saturday from 6 a.m. till 4 p.m. When offshore waters are not clear the flag yellowtail snapper bite has been good.
Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported there continues to be a good tarpon bite along the offshore beaches. Schools of glass minnows and mullet are keeping the tarpon, little tunny, jacks and Spanish mackerel to his area. Flounder continue to be caught near shore on jigs and mud minnows. Snook and redfish are being caught in good numbers in the inlets.
Captain Bob LeMay reported fishing with artificial baits along the outside shorelines from Shark River north to produced only a few fish but when they switched to white baits the action got red hot. Fishing the live baits around creek mouths and mangrove tree lined shorelines on the outgoing tides produced multiple catches of redfish, snook and sea trout. They had redfish to 16 pounds, snook to 20 pounds and slot size sea trout.
Locals Russel Firtel, Michael Sherman, Drew Davis and Abie Raymond fished out of Chokoloskee for two days and caught over 200 fish. Some of the fifteen species they caught were Goliath and gag groupers, snook, cobia, pompano, redfish and a 22 pound kingfish that ate a live bluerunner fished under a kite. Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone fishing charters out of Fort Myers reported despite high winds the waters in her area are fairly clear. Fishing with free lined shrimp and shrimp on a jig plenty of trout can be found in the grassy areas. Sheepshead are biting in the channels and passes. Permits are eating free lined shrimp in the outside passes. Flounder to 18 inches are being caught over sandy bottoms. Snook and redfish continue to be landed on live baits fished around mangrove shorelines.
During two days of fishing the C-8, L-6 and L-36 canals George Verrusio of Indiana caught 24 peacock bass to five pounds, two snook, and 78 largemouth bass. He was casting floating and suspended Rapala plugs. His guide was Alan Zaremba.