Fishing report

Fishing report


Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported bonefishing on the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne Bay has been outstanding. The bonefish have been feeding on large live shrimp. … Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Charters out of TNT Marina reported sailfishing has been good just outside the reef offshore of Miami. Beside the sailfish his anglers are catching Spanish mackerel, kingfish, blackfin tuna and dolphins in depths from 40 feet to 80 feet of water on the surface. Mutton snappers to 13 pounds and groupers are biting live baits fished on the bottom of deeper ledges and wrecks.


Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Marina reported offshore of Haulover the sailfish bite has been strong when there is a good north current. Dolphins, wahoo to 35 pounds and small blackfin tuna have been biting offshore as well. On a recent swordfish trip his client landed a swordfish over 250 pounds. … Captain Paul Roydhouse of out of Fort Lauderdale reported nighttime bottom fishing has been very good for large mangrove snappers, small yellowtail snappers plus a few cobia and groupers. … During the Operation Sailfish Tournament and the first leg of the Quest for Crest Sailfish Series team Miss Annie took top honors with 17 sailfish releases. The tournament was held out of the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island and had 44 boats participating and 369 sailfish releases. Karim Sabet of Miami and Ron Winward of Cape May and his son Chris of Nashville fished with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters in Biscayne Bay and caught and released six Spanish mackerel, 10 bluefish, jacks, bluerunners and a half-dozen sea trout to 18 inches using live pilchards for bait.


Captain Chris Garcia of Fish Key West Florida Fishing Charters reported on recent offshore charters his clients have had quite a few sailfish, plenty of blackfin tuna, a few wahoo, dolphins and a small tiger shark. The fish were caught on live threadfin herring. On the bottom mutton snappers to 20 pounds are being caught. All of the action has come in depths from 130 to 180 feet of water on the Atlantic side. … Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported offshore charters are producing steady catches of sailfish, kingfish and blackfin tuna on the surface and nice catches of yellowtail snappers plus a few cobias off the bottom.


Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported sailfish are biting in 80 feet of water. Dolphins are scattered from 80 feet out. Snappers, porgies and trigger fish have been biting on the reefs and wrecks south of the inlet. Plenty of three- to four-pound Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught in Peck’s Lake. In the rivers lots of ribbonfish, jacks, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and a few pompano are being caught.


Captain Rick Stanczyk of Bud N Mary’s Marina reported finding a lot of slot size redfish and a few large snook in the creeks near Cape Sable. The snook and reds ate live shrimp and pilchards fished on a jig head. … Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported small tarpon fishing has been good in the backcountry. Out front of Flamingo redfishing has been good on the shallow flats.


Captain Pete Rapp’s of Captain Rapp’s Charters out of Chokoloskee reported nice size sea trout are biting on the outside and in the backcountry rivers. Big numbers of sheepshead are biting shrimp in the deep pockets of the river mouths. In the river mouths and along the coast Spanish mackerel, tripletail, snappers, jacks, sharks and ladyfish are biting live shrimp on jigs and under floats.


Alan Zaremba reported lower water levels in some of the canals in the Everglades Conservation Areas are holding large numbers of small largemouth bass. His clients have had 100 fish days working the canals in the Holley Land on floating Rapala’s. … Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen’s Guide Service out of Buckhead Ridge reported big numbers of largemouth bass are being had by anglers working the heavy cover areas of the Lake. The bass are striking live wild shiners Skinny Dippers, plastic frogs and surface plugs. Speckled perch fishing continues to get better each week. Live minnows and jigs are both working well on the specks.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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