South Florida fishing report: April 9, 2014



Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported that nighttime tarpon fishing has been very good at Government Cut. Offshore fishing is providing steady action from sailfish, dolphins, bonitos, and kingfish to 30 pounds and a few blackfin tuna. Wreck fishing offshore of Miami is producing cobias to 80 pounds, mutton snappers, African pompano and amberjacks.


Captain Howard Albert of Fintastic Charters out of Haulover Marina reported the catch of a 56-pound bull dolphin and 48-pound cow dolphin. The dolphins were caught on live threadfin herring.in 1,000 feet of water. The dolphins were encountered while his clients were catching deep-water black bellied rose fish. … Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters out of Miami reported that bonefishing in South Bay was slow, but the fish they were hooking were large. Lots of large sea trout are being caught using soft plastics for bait and tarpon fishing has been good around Key Biscayne.


Captain Bob Fernicola of Backcountry/Ocean Charters out of Key Largo reported that he has had to mix things up to keep it interesting by fishing in Florida Bay for snook, redfish, snapper and big sea trout and then fishing offshore for an assortment of snappers, hogfish, porgies, mackerel, grouper and kingfish over the patch reefs. … Captain Mark Schmidt of Sundancer Charters out of Murray’s Marina in Key West reported that when the winds have slowed there have been plenty of sailfish and dolphins offshore. On the reef yellowtails are biting cut bait on the bottom. The rock piles are loaded with mangrove and mutton snappers and red groupers.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported that he found the inshore fishing to be challenging with the recent changing weather. On windy days his clients have had steady action from large sea trout and on the calmer days the redfish have been biting. Some of his best fishing has been in the St. Johns River where his clients have had up to 100 largemouth bass using surface lures in just a half day of fishing. … Andy Baron of Deerfield Beach reported having a lot of action from large pompano while fishing the surf off of the Deerfield fishing pier. The pompano were eating live sand fleas and Doc’s Goofy jigs.


Locals Anthony Riveron and his son Joseph fished Florida Bay in Flamingo with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught over a dozen mangrove snappers to 12 inches, 15 sea trout to 22 inches, ladyfish and jacks whiles casting 1/4-ounce Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp bait and with Rapala Twitchin Raps. The father and son duo also released redfish and snook to 24 inches and a bunch of sharks that ate live shrimp and live pinfish.


Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported the near shore wrecks and rock piles are producing some nice sheepshead up close to the rocks. Around the rocks in the sand flounder, small gag grouper, large sea trout and snook were eating threadfin herring chunks. Schools of small baitfish have been attracting the attention of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, cobia and tarpon.


Jim Crego of Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported before this week’s cold front came barreling in largemouth bass to six pounds were being caught on the calm sides of Pelican Bay, Long Point and Ritta Island. Most of the bass are being caught along the weed lines by fishermen using live wild shiners, soft plastics and Rapala floating minnows. … Fishing in the L-36 canal with guide Alan Zaremba, Daryl Leonard, his wife Rebecca and 8-year-old son Daryl Jr. caught 25 largemouth bass to three pounds using floating Rapala minnows.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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