Captain Scott Yetter of Sight Fish Charters out of Little Torch Key reported a good amount of large tarpon have shown up in the channels and in the basins in Key West. On the flats and around the islands, baby tarpon, bonefish and permits have been biting. On the Gulf side, big schools of hungry bluefish have been providing hot action for his fly fishermen. Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters broke his new boat in the other night by catching and releasing seven tarpon at Government Cut.
Local anglers Marjorie Adis, Lisa Powell and Jim Stewart of Philadelphia fished Biscayne Bay and the patch reefs offshore of Key Biscayne and caught 12 species of fish. Part of the catch included sea trout, Spanish and king mackerel, mangrove, snappers and bluerunners. All of the fish were caught on live pilchards, Rapala Twitchin Raps and Hookup Lures tipped with gulp baits. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing charters was their guide. Captain Jay Cohen of Spellbound Charters out of Haulover Marina reported fishing the bottom in depths of 300 to 700 feet of water offshore of Haulover Inlet recently has produced catches of genuine red snappers to 20 pounds, yelloweye and vermilion snappers tilefish and mako sharks. Dr. Barry Katzen of Coral Gables and Marvin Davidson of Weston fished with captain Steve Amarant of Davie in 260 feet of water offshore of Miami Beach and caught sailfish to 60 pounds, dolphins, bonitos and a 15-pound red grouper. The group fished with live goggle eye jacks and pilchards on 12-pound line.
Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported his best yellowtail catches are coming west of Marathon. Besides the yellowtails his clients are catching mackerel, kingfish and porgies. Fishermen using cut squid and shrimp are catching a fair amount of hogfish. Captain Nick Stanzcyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported offshore catches have been spotty. Some of the boats have had a few sailfish, blackfin tuna and dolphins. Bottom fishermen are catching an assortment of snappers and cero mackerel fishing the patch reefs. Daytime swordfish has been good offshore of Islamorada.
Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported beach fishermen are catching whiting and pompano. Jetty fishermen have been catching snook, sheepshead, black drum, small flounder and bluefish. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported bluefish are biting almost anything shiny and pompano are going for sand fleas and Doc’s Goofy jigs in the St. Lucie River. Sheepshead and black drum are eating small pieces of shrimp fished next to bridges, dock pilings and in the channels. Quite a few 15-inch mutton snappers are being caught on the bottom in the turning basin. Redfish are being caught along the mangrove shorelines.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported seeing lots of big tarpon in the area of Ponce Bay. Fishing live baits around dead trees along the shorelines from Little Sable Creek to Shark River, his clients have had steady action from redfish, snook and sea trout. Chumming shorelines with live baits in Whitewater Bay has produced some good catch-and-release snook action.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catching The Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfish are feeding along the mangrove shorelines and oyster bars on the high tides. Cut ladyfish and shrimp tipped jigs are getting many of the redfish bites. Look for snook for catch and release around floating docks and along the beaches. Plenty of sea trout can be caught over the grass flats in two-to-five feet of water. The sea trout are eating live shrimp and strips of ladyfish fished under a floating cork.
Mark Escobar of BJ’s Bait and Tackle in Plantation reported with dropping water levels largemouth bass fishing continues to get better in the Alligator Alley, Holey Land and Holiday Park and Sawgrass Recreation Park canals. Bass in the one-to-seven-pound range are being caught in the cover using top water baits, flukes, swim baits, frogs, live shiners and soft plastic worms in the seven-to-10-inch lengths.
Capt. Alan Sherman