South Florida fishing report: April 16, 2014



Kim Mills of the Kelley Fleet reported all of their day boats have had catches of sailfish, dolphins, blackfin tuna, bonitos and cobia. All of the catches were made outside the outer reef. Captain Wayne Conn from the party boat Reward out of Miami Beach Marina reported on a recent night bottom fishing trip his 40 customers landed close to 400 yellowtail, mangrove and mutton snappers.


Fishing offshore of Miami on the charter boat Weez in the Keys with captain Chris Zielinski, 8-year-old Trey Steward of Miami caught and released an estimated 75 pound sailfish. The catch was made with live bait in 150 feet of water offshore of Miami. Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer reported offshore fishing outside of Miami Beach has been pretty good. On recent trips his clients have had up to eight sailfish, dolphins to 20 pounds, blackfin tuna to 25 pounds, loads of bonitos and kingfish to 20 pounds. Almost all of the action has come off of live pilchards and threadfin herring. During a The Ladies Lets Go Fishing Club excursion on the Lady Pamela and the Lady Pamela II out of Ft. Lauderdale, the ladies fished offshore of Port Everglades and caught king mackerel, loads of bonitos, dolphins, blackfin tuna, blue runners, mutton snappers, trigger fish and squirrel fish.


Dan Finstad and his son Paul from Michigan fished at night with captain Chuck Brodzki out of Lower Matecumbe Key and released six tarpon in the 50 to 100 pound class. Two of the six releases came when both father and son hooked up at the same time. All of the fish were caught on live mullet in the “Monster Alley” in Matecumbe Bight. Captain Bill Hauck from the Sea King party boat out of Marathon reported bottom fishing for large mutton snappers has taken a turn for the better. On recent daytime trips mutton snappers to 18 pounds are being caught. Some large yellowtail snappers and groupers for catch and release were also part of the daytime catches.


Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported when the winds have been down a lot of quality fish have been coming over the rail at the Sebastian Inlet. On the incoming tides pompano are being caught on shrimp and clams. Plenty of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and black drum are being caught on live shrimp and cut baits. Redfish, snook and some large jacks are being caught on jumbo live shrimp, mullet, pinfish and jigs. Freddy Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported when the weather cooperates offshore dolphins to 30 pounds are being caught in 200 feet of water, cobia are still around, kingfish are in 80 feet of water and permits and tarpon are in the Power Plant area.


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported catching plenty of sea trout and large ladyfish over the grass flats of Florida Bay using soft plastics, live pinfish and Rapala Twitchin Raps. In the channels of Florida Bay using cut ladyfish and pinfish for bait his clients had slot size redfish and snook. Local anglers Pete Silot and his wife Sue fished some of the Florida bay channels with cut pinfish and had 13 mangrove snappers in the 12-0 to 15-inch range.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Backcountry Charter’s out of Fort Myers reported you needed some patience this past week to score on some quality fish. Slot size sea trout were biting shrimp under a popping cork over grass flats in 2 to 5 feet of water. Using chunks of ladyfish around the mangrove islands and oyster bars on the high tides was producing slot size redfish. Casting jigs tipped with shrimp in the passes is producing catches of silver trout, jacks, ladyfish and sharks.


Doctors PiYi Fan and David Clive both of Massachusetts fished with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters out of Holiday Park and caught and released over 50 fish using Rapala floating minnows and soft plastics for bait. Their catch included largemouth and peacock bass to two pounds, two pickerel, mud fish and lots of panfish. Sam Oliver of Maryland fished the L-35 canal and released 35 peacock bass to 4.5 pounds using Clouser Minnows for bait. Oliver’s guide was Alan Zaremba.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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