South Florida fishing report: May 21, 2014



Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported that there is a great dolphin bite taking place in the blue water offshore of Islamorada. Fishermen that are braving the seas are catching 15 to 30 dolphins in the three- to five-pound range, in addition to a number of gaffer-size fish. There are good numbers of blackfin tuna on the surface, and amberjack and amloco jacks on the bottom near the Humps. Out on the reef, yellowtail and mutton snappers, plus some big black groupers have been biting.


Captain Quinton Dieterle from the charter boat Cutting Edge out of Crandon Park marina reported hot sailfish and blackfin tuna action offshore of Key Biscayne. Fishing outside of the outer reef with live pilchards and threadfin herring suspended from a kite has resulted in a lot of 20-to-35-pound tunas. Local Mike Sweik fished South Biscayne Bay with captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service for two days. During the two days, Swiek hooked three tarpon, releasing one at the boat, two bonefish to 7 3/4 pounds and a bunch of sharks. Captain Rick from the charter boat Marlin My Darling out of Pompano Beach reported that schools of flying fish continue to attract large dolphins in the Gulf Stream.


Captain Chris Johnson of Sea Squared Charters out of Marathon reports that the large tarpon fishing along the Florida Keys bridges has been outstanding. The tarpon are feeding on both tides, and eating crabs and live mullet. Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported dolphins are showing up in bigger numbers, with most being schoolies, but a few larger gaffers are in the area as well. Reef fishing for yellowtail snappers continues to be very good on the reefs.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported large sea trout are hitting surface lures fished along the protected shorelines at first light. Redfish are being caught along the mangrove shorelines. Plenty of mangrove snappers can be found around structure in the rivers. Snook fishing has been good along the mangroves, sea walls and under the docks. There are still some mackerel, jacks and ladyfish in the ocean inlets. Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide service out of Stuart reported dolphins to 35 pounds are feeding in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water offshore of Stuart. Sailfish and a few cobias are biting in 100 feet of water. Big kingfish are being caught in 60 to 120 feet of water. Vermillion and lane snappers, porgies and triggerfish are being caught off the Loran Tower. In the surf, a few pompano are still being caught along with a few bonefish, jacks and ladyfish. Jigs tipped with shrimp are getting the bites in the surf.


Captain Ariel Cabrera said to look to the flats in Florida Bay, where you will find redfish, sea trout and snook waking and tailing at first light. Surface plugs and soft plastics rigged weed less will get you some red hot action in the mornings. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo charters reported finding snook and mangrove snappers around some of the Florida Bay islands. Big sawfish are biting dead baits fished over muddy shallow bottoms in Flamingo.


Captain Terry Pitz of Fishing Southwest Florida charters out of Pine Island Sound reported the tarpon are in his area and biting. The tarpon are eating live baits, plugs and flies, with the best action taking place at first light with a good moving outgoing tide. Snook are protected but available in good numbers around the passes and along the beaches. The snook are going for white baits, cut ladyfish, shrimp, flies and jigs.


Dan Dengate of Hallandale Beach, Greg Cook and his 11-year-old daughter, Amber, of Weston fished a half day in the L-38 canal and released 30 largemouth bass to four pounds, six pickerel and a bow fin using floating Rapala’s and X Raps and Gambler Craw baits. Guide Alan Zaremba led them to their catches.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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