South Florida fishing report: June 4, 2014




Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters out of Miami reported big hungry migrating tarpon can be found along the Oceanside flats from the Ragged Keys south to Ocean Reef. The tarpon are eating live blue crabs. … Bonefish and permits have been feeding on the shallow Oceanside flats on the outgoing tides.


Herbert Mueller reported that during a recent Iron Man fishing charter offshore of Key Biscayne 12 anglers caught gag and snowy groupers, amberjack and almoco jacks, yellowtail, mangrove, mutton and genuine red snappers on the bottom using live and dead baits and vertical jigs. On the surface the anglers caught dolphins and a large wahoo. The action took place on the party boat Reward Won out of Bayside Marina with captain Wayne Conn in water depths between 100 and 400 feet. … Captain Dennis Forgione of Free Spools Charters out of Haulover Marina reported that large blackfin tuna and a few large kingfish have been feeding in water depths between 150 and 200 feet offshore of Miami Beach. The tuna are going after live threadfin herring, goggle eye jacks and pilchards fished from a kite.


Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported offshore dolphin fishing has been good with some very large fish up to 58 pounds being caught. Grouper fishing over the deeper reefs and wrecks has produced some nice fish. … During the Gotta Luv Them Foundation’s Second Annual Dolphin Tournament out of Bud N Mary’s Marina, 64 anglers braved strong winds blowing 25 knots per hour. At the end of the two-day tournament, boat Contagious captain Brian Cone of Islamorada and his anglers Don DeLeon of Goulds, Travis Bennett of Tavernier and mate Dan Naumoff won the GEO Group Foundation and CBT Construction first-place trophies and a check for $2,500. The group had three dolphins weighing 22.7, 24.5 and 32.9 pounds.


Nedra Maxwell of the Sebastian Inlet District reported recent high winds have hampered jetty fishermen this past week. For those that braved the winds and dirty water a few snook for catch-and-release and some redfish and large jacks were caught. … During the 38th Annual Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Tournament held out of Fort Pierce, Bob and Brian Jones took first-place honors with a 53.54-pound dolphin. The Joneses fished with captain Billy Simmons on Boat 26. … Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported that anglers fishing along the mangrove shorelines are catching nice size redfish and sea trout. Soft plastics have been working best.


Captain Bob LeMay reported that while working the back bays and creeks of Shark River, Oyster and Whitewater Bay his clients have had excellent action from tarpon in the 40- to 100-pound range. In between tarpon bites his clients caught sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, sharks and a sawfish. … Captain Jim Hale of Hurricane Sport Fishing Charters reported that — when the winds are down — fishing the shallow flats of Florida Bay with top water lures is producing catches of snook and redfish.


Jennifer Wolter of Fin Seeker Guide Adventures out of Naples reported baitfish schools have been plentiful in the areas around Keewavdin Island, Marco Pass and the south entrance to Rockery and at Gordon Pass. Feeding on these baitfish schools are large numbers of sea trout, snook and Spanish mackerel. … Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported shark fishing along the outside beaches has been excellent. Blacktip, dusky, nurse, hammerhead and bonnet head sharks can easily be chummed to the boat and then targeted with big chunks of bait for an exciting pull on your line.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported finding plenty of hungry largemouth and peacock bass and chain pickerel in the L-6 and L-30 canals. On a recent two-day charter with angler Carl Hochrein of Sebring using Pop R’s, tiny torpedoes, flappin shads and Rapala plugs Zaremba and Hochrein released an almost unbelievable 526 fish to 5 pounds. Other canals that are producing lots of largemouth and peacock bass are the L-29, L-38 and the C-9 canals.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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