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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File Photo: Captain Bouncer Smith catches a mackerel near Bug Light on December 15, 1997.


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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Good to go:</span> Ryan Bancroft of Weston measures one of the lobsters he caught in the waters of Biscayne Bay near Fishermen’s Channel in July 2013.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Saving the day:</span> John Long releases a tarpon caught on fly rod by Sue Cocking off the Marquesas Keys.

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    Tarpon make for nice backup plan

    Captain John Long and I zipped west in his skiff from Key West to the Marquesas Keys on Wednesday, filled with anticipation of permit. A few days earlier, anglers competing in the three-day Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament had released 15 on fly and the winner, Nathaniel Linville, had five releases. That might not sound like much to a non-fly angler, but it’s huge. And on the previous day, Long and a friend had no less than 40 shots at permit on the flats west of Key West. They hooked two and lost them.

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