Fishing report

 

BEST BET

Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported speckled perch fishing is at its peak on Lake Okeechobee. Anglers are catching their limits of large spec’s in heavy cover along the north shore using jigs and live minnows. Largemouth bass fishing has been almost as good. Live shiners are being eaten by hungry bass about as fast as you can put them in the water. Artificial lures like the senko’s, flukes and top water baits, swim baits and jigs are all catching bass. Some of the best action is coming along the grassy weedlines and in heavy cover. This past week, a 10.8-ounce largemouth was weighed in and released. That angler had 40 other bass as well.

MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD

Captain Tom Zask from Topshotfishing Charters out of Fort Lauderdale reported fishing offshore of Port Everglades has been producing steady catches of sailfish outside of 200 feet of water. Closer in kingfish to 30 pounds are being caught on live goggle eye jacks fished under a kite. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo charters reported finding all the Spanish mackerel his customers wanted just offshore of Key Biscayne in 20 feet of water. Alvisa saw two terns dive, anchor his boat in that area and started chumming with a block of frozen chum. In no time his clients were hooked up with hungry 3-pound mackerel that ate their live pilchards. Chris Tam of Canada fished in South Biscayne Bay with captain Mo Estevez and caught and released his first bonefish. Tam caught the bonefish on a live shrimp on the first of the incoming tide on an Oceanside shallow flat.

KEYS

IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported with the constant wind they have been having the offshore boats continue to do well on dolphins along the blue water edge. On the calmer days, blackfin tuna are biting over the Humps. On the outer reef sailfish, kingfish and a few nice wahoo are being caught on live ballyhoo and pilchards. On the bottom, mutton and yellowtail snappers are being caught in good numbers. The patch reefs are producing good amounts of cero mackerel, an assortment of snappers, jacks and groupers for catch and release.

TREASURE COAST

Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported on the beaches big whiting, bluefish and a few pompano are being caught on clams, cut bait and sand fleas. South of the St. Lucie Inlet in the “King Hole,” lots of Spanish mackerel are being caught on almost anything thrown in the water. In 60 feet of water, vermillion and mutton snapper are biting on the bottom, and plenty of sailfish and dolphins are providing angler’s action in 110 feet of water on trolled ballyhoo.

FLORIDA BAY

Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported finding quite a few hungry redfish high up on the shallow flats in Florida Bay. His clients fed these redfish weedless Gulp soft plastics and shrimp pattern flies. His clients also had action from large tarpon and shots at a few hungry snook up on the flats. Fishing in deeper water around the islands, his clients caught sea trout to four pounds.

SOUTHWEST COAST

Captain Todd Geroy of Naples reported finding a lot of pompano in the backcountry channels and cuts. The pompano are eating small jigs tipped with a piece of shrimp where there is a strong current next to a channel and flat. The pompano are feeding near the bottom. Quite a few sea trout are being caught while fishing for the pompano.

FRESHWATER

Alan Zaremba reported largemouth-bass fishing in the L-4 and L-6 canals has been producing up to 66 largemouth bass to six pounds during a day. The bass are eating suspended Rapala lures, Chug Bugs and Gambler Ribbon tailed worms. Peacock bass are biting in the C-100 canal. The peacock bass are eating Clouser minnows for the fly fishermen.

Capt. Alan Sherman

shermana@bellsouth.net

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