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Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported the dolphin fishing of Miami has been very good. Lots of weedlines and at times big mats of Sargasso weeds have been floating north with the Gulf Streams current. Plenty of schoolie-size dolphins and some heavy lifters are feeding on small jacks and baitfish that are hiding under the weeds. Look for hovering or diving birds to help you locate a school of the hungry dolphins. Closer to the reef in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water quite a few blackfin tuna, a few large kingfish, lots of bonitos, cobia and an occasional sailfish are being caught on live baits and trolled feathers.


Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported during last weeks full moon phase swordfish bit real well out in 2000 feet of water during day trips. While waiting for the swordfish to bite his clients caught plenty of heavy lifter size dolphins using live baits. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported catching mangrove snappers to 16 inches, jack crevalles to eight pounds, barracudas and a lost bluefish while fishing live baits in North Biscayne Bay. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported the tarpon fishing along the Oceanside flats has slowed down to just a few hook ups each day.


Captain Kristian Demblans of REEL G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Islamorada reported dolphin fishing has been very good in 750 feet of water 20 miles offshore of Islamorada. Wahoo were being caught under floating debris and deep dropping was producing snowy groupers. Fishing with captain Steve Huff, Heather Harkavy of Coral Springs caught and released a permit while using fly tackle. The permit ate a Chris Dean crab pattern fly on the Gulf side of Sugarloaf Key. Captain Chuck Brodzki of Islamorada fished clients Kim Love of Boca Raton and Bob Holland of Ft. Lauderdale at night next to the Seven Mile Bridge. Using 20-pound spin tackle the duo caught and released seven tarpon to 95 pounds using blue crabs for bait.


Freddy Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait & Tackle in Jensen Beach reported offshore anglers did well on wahoo during the full moon in depths from 120 to 300 feet of water. Dolphin fishing is improving. Cobias have been biting in 50 feet of water over the reefs where fishermen are catching mutton, mangrove and lane snappers. In the St. Lucie River during the early mornings nice size sea trout and redfish are hitting top water baits. Nighttime catch and release snook fishing around the bridges has been very good. Lots of tarpon are in the inlets and in the River.


Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo charters reported finding lots of snook around the outside islands for catch and release. Sea trout and snappers are biting on the flats near Conchie Channel. Captain Jim Hale of Hurricane Sport Fishing Charters reported finding plenty of large spawning snook for catch and release along the shorelines near the Harney River.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported fishing in the back bays of the Estero Bay on the higher tides around oyster bars with jigs tipped with shrimp produced plenty of action from redfish and mangrove snappers. Large sea trout are biting shrimp under a popping cork in three to five feet of water over grass. The near shore reefs are producing catches of pompano, mackerel, jacks, bluefish, snapper, sheepshead, sharks and small grouper.


Captain Pat Steven’s from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported large bass are schooling in the open water of the lake. Casting top water baits over the deep holes and along the grassy weedlines around Kramer and Rita Island is producing lots of large bass during the early mornings. Bluegills are eating crickets and live worms in the Rim Canal and in the lake where the water is clear bluegills can be sight fished with beetle spins. Speckled perch are biting next to the spill ways when the gates are open. Fishing with guide Alan Zaremba David Glabman of Miami and Michael Troner of Pinecrest caught 14 peacock bass on Clouser Minnows in the C-100.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


    Outdoors feature: Goliath groupers make recovery but harvest remains on hold

    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


    Sailboat finds new life in final resting place

    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

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