Fishing Report: Redfish are best bet in Florida Bay

 

BEST BET

Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported having some of the best tailing redfish action he has seen in years over the flats in Florida Bay. At times he has come across schools of redfish that numbered close to 100. Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfishing has been hot during the early mornings around the mangrove shorelines. Shrimp-tipped jigs have been the top redfish baits this week. Plenty of mangrove snapper can be caught along the mangrove islands and oyster bars where they are attacking shrimp-tipped jigs.

MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD

Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters out of Miami reported tarpon are still available along the outside shorelines from Key Biscayne south to Ocean Reef. The tarpon are eating live mullet, shrimp, crabs and flies. Bonefishing has been good on the flats of South Biscayne on the outing going tides. Captain Gil Gutierrez of Luck Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported offshore fishing off of Miami has been producing sporadic catches of sailfish and dolphins, some real nice kingfish and lots of bonito. On the bottom there have been large mutton snapper available as well as large amberjacks. All of the fish are eating large live baits. Late-afternoon and nighttime tarpon fishing along the beaches from Haulover Inlet south to Government Cut has been good. The tarpon are eating live mullet and crabs.

KEYS

Captain Kristian Demblans of REEL G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported dolphin have been around in good numbers 15 miles offshore. The dolphin are eating rigged ballyhoo. Blackfin tuna are biting trolled small squids and feathers around the offshore humps. The deep dropping for tilefish and snowy groupers has been good. IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported the guides fishing in the area of Schooner Bank have been killing the sea trout and mangrove snapper. These fish are eating pilchards and small live pinfish or chunks of pinfish. There are plenty of ladyfish and jacks in the area to keep your rods bending plus some large tarpon.

TREASURE COAST

Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported recent rains have hampered fishing this week but there are sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, loads of mangrove snapper and sheepshead to be caught over the grass flats and along the rocky shorelines. Nighttime catch and release snook fishing has been excellent along the jetties of the ocean inlets.

FLORIDA BAY

Captain Bob LeMay reported working the backcountry creeks and rivers his clients are limiting out on mangrove snapper to 18 inches. After that,he is finding plenty of tarpon up to 100 pounds plus some large black drum that have taken an artificial fly. There have been plenty of snook for catch and release as well as redfish and sea trout on almost every trip. Dr. Mark Feldman of Plantation and his son Ariel of New York fished out front of Flamingo with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and released 10 snook to 9 pounds, two redfish to 10 pounds, sea trout to 21 inches, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, sharks and snapper. They each lost a tarpon estimated at 60 pounds apiece. All of the fish went after live and dead pinfish.

SOUTHWEST COAST

Captain Pete Rapps’ of Captain Rapps’ Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported the snook fishing around the outside islands has been very good. Live baits and surface lures are getting the snook bites. Sea trout are plentiful around the outside bars and grass flats. Redfish are biting along the mangrove shorelines. Live shrimp under a popping cork are getting both the reds and trout. There are some nice tripleail holding close to many of the markers and the offshore structures are holding permits that will eagerly eat a live crab.

FRESHWATER

Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported it’s all about getting out early on the Lake before the thunderstorms start to build. During the mornings, lots of largemouth bass are biting along the outside edges of the grass lines near Indiana Prairie. Spinnerbaits, swim jigs and swimming soft plastics are getting nailed by largemouth bass. There are also a lot of small bass in the area of Henry Creek. The fly rodders are having a ball with these bass as well as with the bluegills.

Capt. Alan Sherman

shermana@bellsouth.net

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