South Florida fishing report




Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported he had great bonefish action this past week in South Biscayne Bay. On the higher stages of the tide tailing and waking fish can be seen as they work the shallow western shoreline flats in the morning. On the outgoing tides, the Oceanside flats near and around Elliot Key are also holding good numbers of bonefish. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Fishing Charters reported having nonstop Spanish mackerel action in 20 feet of water offshore of Key Biscayne.


Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service said Bonefishing has been great along the western South Biscayne Bay shorelines. Large live shrimp has been the ticket to get the bonefish to strike. Martin Engels and Sam Giller of Miami fished the finger channels and patch reefs off Key Biscayne with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught 11 gag, black and red groupers to 7 pounds, 14 mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snappers to 3 pounds, porgies, grunts and 23 Spanish mackerel all on live pilchards. Captain Jimbo Thomas from the Thomas Flyer charter boat out of Bayside Marina reported offshore fishing has been fair. Sailfish, kingfish and dolphins to 17 pounds are being caught near the surface;on the bottom: mostly amberjacks and almoco jacks.


Captain Rick Kilgore out of Islamorada reported his anglers are catching mangrove snappers, jack crevalles, sheepshead, snook and baby tarpon in the Islamorada backcountry. During the Islamorada Sailfly Championship, 17 sailfish were hooked and four were billed and released. Team Challenger II with captain Rob Dixon of Islamorada, Brian Devires and Jessie Lebeouf took the win. Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported his clients are limiting out on mangrove snappers to 4 pounds. Fishing outside of the reef is producing large blackfin tuna and some big kingfish. Captain Bruce Anderson of Captain Easy Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported fishing offshore outside of the reef is producing some great catches of big kingfish, sailfish, dolphins, blackfin tuna, wahoo and African pompano.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St Lucie reported the best bite is taking place in the St Lucie River, where his clients are catching sheepshead, black drum and redfish. Most of the action is taking place along the docks and rocky structure.


Captain Richard Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported steady action in the creeks and rivers of Flamingo. Fishing live shrimp on or near the bottom continues to produce steady action from black drum, sheepshead, redfish and a few snook.


Captain Todd Geroy of Naples said colder water has pushed a lot of fish into the rivers and back bays. Fishing with a 1/4-ounce jig head and half a shrimp near the bottom is providing action from black drum to 12 pounds, sheepshead and mangrove snapper, redfish, flounder, jacks, pompano, gag groupers and sea trout.


Alan Zaremba reported cooler water has slowed the urban canal bite but the Miami Canal and C-6 canal are providing plenty of action from largemouth bass to 3 pounds. The bass are eating Rapala floating minnows, Pop R’s and Gambler ribbon tailed worms. Jim Crego from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade said spawning largemouth bass can be caught in the weedy grass lines of the lake.

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