South Florida Fishing Report: April 2, 2014




Mark Escobar of BJ’s Bait & tackle in Plantation reported dropping water levels in the Everglades Conservation areas is pushing large numbers of quality size largemouth bass into the canals. Sawgrass Recreation Park, Holiday Park, Alligator Alley and L-67 on US 41 are all producing good numbers of bass.


Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported fishing offshore of Miami Beach has been mixed. On recent charters dolphins to 30 pounds have been caught under frigate birds and along weedlines from two to eight miles offshore. Kingfish to 40 pounds are available but not in big numbers. … Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Marina expects large blackfin tunas to show up any day now offshore of Haulover Inlet. Large cobias have been found under leather back turtles. … Captain Mo Estevez of New dawn Charters out of Miami reported finding hungry 40- to 100-pound tarpon in and around Key Biscayne. The tarpon were eating large live shrimp.


Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported day bottom fishing trips are producing plenty of yellowtail snappers. … Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported finding a lot of sailfish out in 400 to 600 feet of water. Blackfin tuna are holding around many of the humps and just outside the reef. Amberjacks and large mutton snappers are being caught in good numbers over many of the deeper artificial reefs.


Captain Nathaniel Lemmon of Florida Sightfishing Charters out of the Mosquito Coast Lagoon reported he has been finding large schools of big bull reds in the lagoon with some of these fish in the 20- to 40-pound range. … Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported there is a great sea trout bite taking place over the grass flats around the inlet.


Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tides Charters reported strong winds pushed him and clients way back into the deepest parts of the Park. Using mostly fly tackle his clients caught and released snook, tarpon and largemouth bass. … Captain Jim Hale of Florida Sportfishing Charters reported on the calm days his clients are getting plenty of shots at laid up tarpon over the shallow flats of Florida Bay.


Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported that after winds died down and water temperatures rose a bit pompano were hungry and eating yellow and chartreus jigs tipped with shrimp. The pompano were being caught in the passes, over grass flats and along the outside beaches. Sea trout were going for slow retrieved baits over shallow grass flats.


Alan Zaremba reported he has been targeting the E-4, L-35, C-13 and C-8 canals for peacock bass and finding smaller fish in smaller numbers this past week. Most of the peacock bass were caught on Rooster tailed jigs, and Clouser minnows.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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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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    Make plans to catch fish in the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament, held Thursday through Sunday in Islamorada. TV personality George Poveromo will host. Entry fee is $100 per boat. A kickoff party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Worldwide Sportsman. For more information, visit www.funaments.com.

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