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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    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.


    Outdoors feature: Goliath groupers make recovery but harvest remains on hold

    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.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


    Sailboat finds new life in final resting place

    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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