South Florida Fishing Report: March 12, 2014



Lester Wenger of Lester’s Live Bait out of Haulover Inlet reported offshore fishermen are enjoying an early run of slammer dolphins. The dolphins have been showing up along weedlines and under frigate birds. There has been a pretty solid weedline out near 1,000 feet of water, and this has been the most productive area, although one of the party boats out of the Kelley Fleet had a large dolphin that was caught inside of 200 feet of water.



Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina reported tarpon fishing on the beaches and in the bay has been pretty steady. Glenn Cutler, his father, Ed, and Glenn’s daughters, Claire, 12, and Ellie, 10, from Broward fished in Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman and caught over 30 sea trout to 5.4 pounds, jack crevalles using live pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float and 1/4-ounce red Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp bait.


Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported his daytime customers are catching plenty of yellowtail snappers, a few mutton snappers, hogfish, and mackerel and throw back groupers. He has been fishing patch reefs in 40-to-60 feet of water. Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing out of Islamorada reported the dolphin fishing offshore of Islamorada has been very good.


Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen this week have had plenty of action from sheepshead, black drum, snook, redfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. The mackerel and bluefish are eating shiny spoons and bucktail jigs, the drum, pompano and sheepshead are eating shrimp, clams and small crabs and the snook and redfish are going for large shrimp and plugs.


Captain Charles Wright of Chokoloskee Charters in Everglades City reported fishing in Everglades National Park has been more like sightseeing than fishing. He has been seeing plenty of tarpon and snook in the back country lakes, but the fish are not feeding. Sea trout seemed to have vanished at this time.


Captain John Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Charters out of Fort Myers reported in his area the backcountry bite produced redfish, sheepshead, ladyfish, snapper and jacks. Most of the fish were eating shrimp on jigs fished next to blown down trees.


Fishing with captain Jim Anson, Darcey Brady, RJ Reynolds and Dalton Whitelaw of Gainesville fished the freshwater canals near the Falls and caught 51 peacock and largemouth bass to five pounds using live shiners for bait.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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Shane Hutto of Orlando holds up a large red snapper he caught off Port Canaveral with Cop Out Charters.

    Final red snapper of the season ready to be snapped up

    Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.

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    Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point Marina reported large amounts of Sargasso weeds in the Gulf Stream continue to attract large numbers of dolphins. Most of the dolphins have been schoolies but a few have been more than 30pounds. The dolphins have been in depths from 400 feet of water out as far as 18 miles.

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