South Florida fishing report: April 30, 2014



Captain Chris Gauntlet from the Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported daytrips have produced a mixed catch of small blackfin tuna, large kingfish and dolphins. The surface fish have been eating vertical jigs and jigs tipped with ballyhoo. On the bottom an assortment of jacks are being caught plus some golden tilefish. On night bottom fishing trips, lots of yellowtail snappers are coming over the rail.


Captain Ralph Mayans on the charter boat Sea Cross out of Haulover Marina reported way offshore dolphins and wahoo are being caught under birds and under floating debris. Cobias and dolphins are also following large sea turtles. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported the tarpon are on their southward migration and can be sight fished with live crabs, large shrimp and artificial lures. The best action has been south of Key Biscayne. Estevez suggest anglers anchor in 4 to 7 feet of water and wait for the tarpon to come to them.


Using 20 pound spin tackle and live blue crabs for bait anglers, Greg Nacron of Boca Raton and Hal Levenberg of Miami released five jumbo tarpon at night near the Channel 2 bridge. Brian Stolzenberg and his son Jake, both of New Jersey, released three tarpon to 100 pounds fishing the Long Key Bridge at night. All of these tarpon catches were made with captain Chuck Brodzki out of Islamorada. Captain Steve Hancock of Fly and Spin Fishing Charters out of Sugarloaf Key reported large tarpon continue to move into the Key West area. The tarpon are being caught on both spin and fly tackle. Bonefish, barracudas, sharks, jacks and some redfish are being caught on the bayside flats.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported fishing offshore Patrick Air Force Base he had action from tripletail, very large kingfish and large cobias. The kingfish and cobias were caught using live menhaden and many of the cobias they caught were following large rays. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported redfish are available in good numbers along the outer edges of the St. Lucie River shallow flats. The redfish are going after gold spoons. Snook fishing has been good during early mornings and early evenings along the mangroves, docks and under the bridges. The snook are going for DOA shrimp.


Mike Dmytriw of Miami Lakes fished Florida Bay with captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service and released four redfish to 32 inches, had shots at permits, bonefish and tarpon. Captain Bob LeMay reported having some great action on sea trout in Whitewater Bay. Out along the shorelines near Shark River his clients had good action on slot size snook, an undersized cobia and medium size tarpon. Most of the fish ate small skimmer jigs tipped with a Gulp curly tail and on cut ladyfish.


Captain Terry Pitz of Fishing Southwest Florida Charters out of Pine Island Sound reported seeing more and more large tarpon moving into his area. Snook are moving into their spring locations. The snook are along the coastal beaches, in the creek mouths, passes, canals and pot holes on the grass flats. White bait has been the top bait but large shrimp, flies and jigs are getting the snook bites as well. Redfishing has picked up with fish to 30 inches being caught. Best baits have been soft plastics and cut chunks of ladyfish. The reds have been on the flats and along the outer edges of the oyster bars and along the mangrove shorelines. A moving tide is when the reds have been most active. Plenty of jacks, cobia, triple tail, pompano, grouper, sharks and mackerel can be found offshore over hard bottom.


Nine-year-old Julia Kenter and her grandfather Wes Winters of New York fished with captain Jim Anson for three days and caught 150 fish in the local west Miami canals. Included in their catch was largemouth and peacock bass to over three pounds. They were fishing with 2 to 20 pound tackle and used live baits and artificial lures. David Castlen of Stuart and his grandchildren Nahriah, age 7, and Jaden, age 5, fished a half day in the L-38 canal and caught 30 largemouth bass eight chain pickerel, oscars and sunfish using floating Rapala’s. Their guide was Alan Zaremba.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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