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 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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