OUTDOORS

South Florida fishing report: June 4, 2014

 

shermana@bellsouth.net

BEST BET

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.

MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD

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.

KEYS

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.

TREASURE COAST

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.

FLORIDA BAY

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.

SOUTHWEST COAST

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.

FRESHWATER

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

Read more Outdoors stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
Boaters and divers look for lobster off Cape Florida on Wednesday July 30, 2014.

    LOBSTER MINISEASON

    Ex-Penn football player dies on dive during lobster miniseason

    A Broward man lost his life diving on the first day of the lobster miniseason. He might have run out of air.

  • Fishing report

    Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported that nighttime snapper fishing on the reefs offshore of Miami has been red hot. Plenty of mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are biting cut bait over the reef in depths of 25 to 60 feet of water. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported the nighttime mangrove snapper fishing on the reef is off the chart. Nighttime snapper anglers are having no problem catching a limit of snappers, which are eating ballyhoo and threadfin herring.

  • Outdoors notebook

    Off-road vehicles such as swamp buggies, street-legal 4x4s, ATVs and UTVs will be allowed back in the Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, marking the end of the annual 60-day recreational closure to ORV access. Only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open. All secondary trails will remain closed for an additional 60 days. The closure does not affect landowners’ access to private property using permitted trails. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bicy.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category