Fishing report

South Florida Fishing Report: Feb. 19, 2014


Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT marina in Keystone Point reported the key to having a successful day offshore of Miami is to fish the surface, mid-level and bottom throughout the day. Using this technique his clients have caught a few sailfish, kingfish, bonitos and dolphins on the surface and at mid-levels and snapper, a mix of jacks and groupers for catch and release on the bottom.


Captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service reported finding hungry schools of bonefish as well as tailing bonefish, small tarpon, sharks and barracudas along the western shorelines of South Biscayne Bay. Best action has been early in the morning on an incoming tide. Live shrimp has been the top bait. … Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT marina in Keystone Point reported tarpon to 75 pounds are eating large live shrimp at night at Government Cut. One of their tarpon was eaten by a large shark as it was being brought to the boat.


Captain Rick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported that captain John Johansen has been targeting the offshore patch reefs with shrimp and cut bait and having plenty of action from an assortment of snappers, groupers, bar jacks, hogfish, porgies and mackerel. … Captain Richard Burson of R U Fishing Yet? Charters out of Key Largo reported tarpon are in his area, redfish and snook are biting in the deeper channels of Florida Bay, and the snapper bite is on fire in the channels close to Key Largo. … Captain Dexter Simmons of Key West Fly Fishing Charters reported that when the weather has been warm, large tarpon can be found in the Gulf and Atlantic Basins. … During the 33rd Annual Bartenders Sailfish Open in Islamorada, Renee Barlie, Diane Harbough, Ramanda Bannenberg and captain Nick Stanczyk and mate Charlie Scoble on the Bn’M from Dillions Pub and Grill took the $1,000 first-place prize with two sailfish releases on time. During the tournament 22 sailfish were hooked and 13 were released. The first-place angler award went to the Esperanza with angler Amanda Blamowski and mates Jay Sullivan and Mike Kozma.


Captain Cliff Bud of Seacretspot Guide Service out of Jupiter reported offshore he is having action from sailfish, smoker kingfish, sharks, cobia and dolphins. Inshore the Spanish mackerel action has been red hot. Along the beaches and inshore the pompano have finally arrived. … Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported there has been a lot of action in the St. Lucie River.


Captain Bob LeMay reported the tarpon fishing was red hot when the weather was warm in Whitewater Bay, Shark River and along the coast north of Little Sable Creek. Small sharks and some large sawfish have also been in the same areas. … Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported that while working the inside shorelines with top water plugs, his clients have had steady action from snook and redfish.


Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps’ Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported large sheepshead, large goliath grouper and black drum have been biting live shrimp over offshore rocky structures and river mouths. In the back bays plenty of sea trout are eating soft plastics and live shrimp under a float. Along the coast and in the river mouths Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish and bonnet head sharks are providing plenty of action.


Alan Zaremba reported the freshwater bite continues to be good. Peacock bass are eating Jungle jigs, floating Rapala lures and flies. The best canals for the peacock bass have been the C-8 and the C-2 canals. Largemouth bass are biting in the Miami canal along Alligator Alley and in the L-6 and L-35B canals. The largemouth bass have been biting floating Rapala’s.

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    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


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    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

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    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

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