South Florida Fishing Report: March 26, 2014



Captain Richard Burson of R U Fishing Yet Charters out of Key Largo reported the tarpon fishing in his area has been excellent. The tarpon have been holding in the Florida Bay channels and around the bridges. The tarpon are eating mullet, crabs and shrimp. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters out of Miami reported nighttime tarpon fishing has been excellent along most of the bridges from Key Biscayne north to the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Live shrimp and flies have been getting the tarpon bites.


Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters reported live chumming with pilchards in depths from 100 feet out to 300 feet of water offshore of Miami has resulted in four to 10 shots a day at sailfish. Along with the sailfish his anglers have caught kingfish and large barracudas on the surface. Over the wrecks on the bottom large mutton snappers and vermillion snappers have been landed. Some big groupers were caught and released by his clients. Fishing on Bouncers Dusky with captain Bouncer Smith out of Miami Beach Marina 9-year-old Spencer Henderson hooked and landed a 15-pound mutton snapper that ate a free lined live shrimp at the mouth of Government Cut. Also on the trip was 11-year-old brother Carter, father Chris, and grandfather Gene — who together caught four snook, jacks and grouper. Ryan Eloash of Anglin’s Fishing Pier on Commercial Boulevard reported pier fishermen have been catching a lot of bluefish and pompano.

KEYS reported offshore boats working the 409 Humps in 400-600 feet of water are doing well on blackfin tuna on the surface and rose porgies, snappers and groupers on the bottom. Dolphins have been scattered offshore. Reef fishermen are catching king mackerel and sailfish on the surface and yellowtail and large mutton snappers on the bottom. Patch reef fishermen are doing well on snapper, grouper, hogfish, porgies and mackerel. Sea trout and mangrove snappers have been plentiful over the grass flats and in the mullet muds in Florida Bay. Fishing with captain Chad Brodzki out of Islamorada, local angler Tony “Fingers” Landino released four tarpon to 90 pounds near the Lignumvitae Key. The tarpon went for free lined live crabs on spinning tackle.


Kandiss Molitor from the Juno Fishing Pier reported big pompano have been biting cut clams during the morning hours. Spanish mackerel, bluefish and lots of whiting and croakers are being caught in between the pompano bite. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported big redfish and large sea trout are being caught on soft plastics fished over the shallow flats in the Indian River Lagoon.


David Koenig and his son Corbin both from Brevard County fished in Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing charters and caught 12 species of fish. The catch included snook, lots of mangrove snappers and sea trout plus jacks, ladyfish, bluefish and sharks. The fish were caught on Hookup lures tipped with Gulp baits and live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Captain Jim Hale reported finding lots of rolling tarpon on the calm slick mornings in Florida Bay. Plenty of snook and redfish are feeding high up on the flats.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported finding a mixed bag of fish in the Estero Bay and near shore waters. Working the cleaner water areas his clients enjoyed steady action from silver trout, mackerel, whiting and small sharks. Redfish continue to be caught on high water along mangrove shorelines using live shrimp under floats.


Jim Crego from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported largemouth bass to 10 pounds are being caught on live wild shiners in the Grassy, Kramer, Ritta Island and Pelican Bay. Most of the fish are being taken out of heavy grassy cover. Plenty of speckled perch and brim are being caught in the rim canal and in the Dynamite holes. Crickets and large minnows have been the best panfish baits. Freshwater fishing guide Alan Zaremba reported plenty of peacock and largemouth bass are being caught by his clients in the C-4, C-1, C-8 and the Miami canal. Floating Rapala’s and jigs are getting most of the strikes.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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