Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported going two for three on large tarpon. The tarpon action took place late in the afternoon at Government Cut and the tarpon were caught on live crabs and shrimp. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported large schools of migrating tarpon continue to slide south along the shallow Oceanside flats from Key Biscayne south to Ocean Reef.
Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported blackfin tuna fishing has been very good offshore of Miami. For the most part the tunas are biting live baits late in the afternoon. Dolphin fishing has been fair. Bottom fishing the deeper ledges and wrecks has produced nice catches of mutton snappers and groupers. Captain John Barker of Ace Blue Waters Charters out of Miami reported having plenty of action from barracudas, kingfish, bonitos and blacktip sharks while fishing offshore of Miami Beach.
Captain Kristian Demblans of REEL G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported trolling for groupers has been excellent over the reefs. Yellowtail snapper fishing has been very good over rocky bottom in 100 feet of water. Amberjacks have been schooled up on many of the offshore reefs and dolphin fishing has been good one day and tough the next. Captain Bill Hauck from the Sea King party boat out of Marathon reported a lot of mutton snappers of all sizes have been coming over the rail on recent bottom fishing trips. Black groupers to 26 pounds have also been part of the catches along with plenty of yellowtail snappers.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast charters reported a very good early morning trout bite in the Indian River Lagoon. The trout have been eating top water lures fished over pot holes, sand bars and around the spoil islands. Big schools of glass minnows have attracted a lot attention from jacks and ladyfish and can be caught on small lures and jigs. Schools of pogies along the beaches are attracting tarpon, large jacks and sharks. Offshore anglers fishing the reefs and wrecks near 8A and Pelican Flats have been limiting out on kingfish. The kingfish are hitting slowed trolled live baits. Dolphins have been around in good numbers in the blue water.
Christine Barney, her husband Robert Gill and their 9-year-old son Ian — all of Miami — fished Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing charters and caught mangrove snappers to 14 inches, sea trout to 23 inches, jack crevalles, ladyfish, lots of catfish and sharks. All of the fish were caught using Hookup lures tipped with Gulp baits and pinfish fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Islamorada.com reported Keys guides have been concentrating on tarpon in the Florida Bay channels near Flamingo. The tarpon are eating live mullet, crabs and chunks of ladyfish fished on the bottom.
Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Fishing charters out of Marco Island reported in the back bays and along the rivers leading to open water redfish have been holding tight to the mangrove shorelines. Snook are responding to live baits pitched under the overhanging mangrove trees. Offshore of Marco Island amberjacks are holding tight to any structure in 70 feet or deeper. Red grouper are biting over shallower structure in 40 to 50 feet of water. Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported there has been a great mangrove snapper bite in the back bays and along the oyster bars.
Mark Escobar of BJ’s Bait and Tackle in Plantation reported freshwater fishing continues to be excellent in the canals from the Tamiami Trait to the Holey Lands. With dropping water levels catching over 100 fish in a day is no problem. Most of the fish are small largemouth bass, bluegills.shellcrackers, oscars, gars, mudfish and pickerel. Most of the action has come with Rapala floating minnows and soft plastic worms. Captain Pat Stevens from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported water levels continue to drop due to a draw down and speckled perch to two and a half pounds and catfish are being caught in big numbers around all of the open flood gates. The top baits for the speck’s is a live minnow and the catfish can be caught on the bottom with red worms.
Capt. Alan Sherman