South Florida fishing report



IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported the Spanish mackerel fishing around Sprigger Bank at times has been as good as it gets. Anchoring and chumming in 10 feet of water and fishing with live shrimp and jigs are getting the job done. Mangrove snapper fishing in Florida Bay has been good. Fishing near Flamingo has only been fair, and the offshore boats at Islamorada are finding king mackerel fishing good one day but slow the next. Deep-water bottom fishing when the currents aren’t too strong has been good for tilefish, rose porgies and snowy grouper.

During an offshore fishing outing out of Deering Bay with captain Jason Spiewak, first mate Josef Mysorewala landed a blue marlin. Also on the boat Knot 4 Play were owner Sid Bocner, Scott Molk, captain Tony Mason of Pembroke Pines, Ryan Wolf of Parkland and Adam Levit of Winter Park. Mysorewala pitched a live goggle eye jack at a sea turtle that was sunning itself on the surface in 350 feet of water. Seconds later the spinning rod and reel started screaming. Twenty minutes later after a spectacular battle Mysorewala landed and released the marlin. Besides the marlin the group landed 10 dolphin from 28 inches to 15 pounds. Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Seas II out of Bayside Marina reported finding small kingfish a few sailfish along the outside of the outer reef, and on the bottom in 500 to 800 feet of water tilefish have been available in decent numbers.

During the annual Swamp Guide Ball fishing tournament held in Islamorada, 112 anglers on 56 boats caught and released a total of 172 redfish, snook and bonefish. At the end of the tournament, Richard Oliver of Miami had the most redfish with 12, Robert Collins of Islamorada had the most snook with seven, and A.J. Juliano, 16, of Key Largo had the most bonefish with one. Dave Denkert of Tavernier and Steve Stanley of St. Petersburg took the Team Grand Champion award with 1,000 points. Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported deep-water bottom fishing in 400 to 550 feet of water has produced great catches of blue line tilefish, yellow edge grouper, vermillion snappers and porgies. In deeper waters snowy groupers, queen snappers and a sickle pomfrett have been caught.

Dr. Randy Wong of Washington and his nephew Sebastian Rodriguez of Miami fished with captain Cliff Bud of SeaCretspot Guide service out of Jupiter. During their offshore trip the pair landed cobia, snapper, bluerunners and Spanish mackerel before hooking and losing three monster fish on bluefin tuna tackle The last last fish ripped line off the reel at an estimated 30 mph before Bud used a small knife to cut the line when he feared the rod and reel might get pulled from the anglers hand when the reel spool emptied. Bud suspects the large fish was either a large tiger or great white shark. A great white had been reported heading into the Jupiter area.

Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin charters reported seeing but not hooking large tarpon in Whitewater Bay and along the coast near Cape Sable. During his recent charters he has had action from Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish with most of the action taking place out in the open waters of the Gulf.

Captain Chris McCubbin of Naples Inshore Fishing charters reported his anglers were catching snook, redfish, sea trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, goliath groupers and jacks in the deeper creeks on the incoming tides. All of the fish were caught on jigs tipped with shrimp.

Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported with warmer conditions the largemouth bass fishing got better. The bass are eating live wild shiners, speed worms, top-water plugs and plastic worms. The north shore and Kings Bar are holding plenty of bass. Speckled perch are holding in the shallow waters in heavy cover in the area of Indian Prairie and the Pierce Canal. The speck’s are eating jigs and minnows.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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    Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps’ Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported snook are feeding on a good moving outgoing tide around the outside barrier islands. Live baits such as the pilchards, pinfish and threadfin herring and the DOA Terrorize soft plastics have been producing some of the best snook bites. Sea trout are feeding over grass in 3-5 feet of water. The redfish have been feeding along the oyster bars on the incoming tides. Popping corks with shrimp or pilchards have been getting a lot of the redfish strikes. Big tarpon are still around, holding in the open outside bays and flats, and have been feeding best during early mornings. Live baits such as small ladyfish, large threadfin herring, pinfish and mullet have been getting the most tarpon strikes.

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    Make plans to catch fish in the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament, held Thursday through Sunday in Islamorada. TV personality George Poveromo will host. Entry fee is $100 per boat. A kickoff party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Worldwide Sportsman. For more information, visit www.funaments.com.

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