Captain Matt Bellinger of Bamboo Charters out of Islamorada reported the tarpon season is in full swing. The tarpon are feeding on medium-size blue crabs fished under a float. The best action has been along many of the Keys bridges and in the nearby channels. Captain Jason Long of Best Bet Fishing Charters out of Marathon reported hot dolphins action offshore of Marathon. Reef fishing is producing some nice catches of yellowtail snappers and catch-and-release groupers.
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Captain Andy Roydhouse of Fishing Headquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported while kite fishing for sailfish and shark fishing on the bottom with a double-hooked, 10-pound butterflied bonito in 350 feet of water offshore of Port Everglades, Tim Kennedy of North Dakota hooked a huge hammerhead shark and a large dusky shark on the same rig. After a long struggle using a Penn 80 International reel, Kennedy was able to bring both sharks to boat side for the incredible catch and release. Kennedy fished aboard the charter boat Out of the Blue with captain Paul Paolucci and mate Brett Magers. Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Market Place reported having catches of dolphins in 700 feet of water, sailfish, blackfin tuna, amberjacks, barracudas and a few kingfish outside the reef last week offshore of Miami.
Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported Key Largo offshore fishing captains have been catching a lot of large amberjacks over the Humps and wrecks. Dolphins continue to be in the area and a few wahoo and kingfish were caught last week. Reef-bottom fishermen are doing well on yellowtail and mutton snappers, and deep dropping in depths of 600 feet or more is producing catches of snowy groupers. Captain Chris Johnson from SeaSquraed Charters out of Marathon reported having three generations of the Hussey family aboard the charter boat Wayne’s World. Fishing the reefs offshore of Marathon, the three anglers caught a bunch of yellowtail and mutton snappers, hogfish and two big sharks.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported fishing in the St Lucie River is producing pompano, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, sea trout, redfish, big jacks and snook. The majority of the fish are being caught near the ocean inlets but many are also biting over the grass flats, along sea walls, under docks and around rocky shorelines. Redfish are biting best along the deeper mangrove shorelines, and snook are biting best at night along the bridge shadow lines. Live shrimp on jig heads, DOA shrimp and Deadly Combos are the best baits.
Sarasota anglers Kimberly Anne Hoffman and Mike Erzinger fished Florida Bay with captain David Accursio of Draggin it Out Charters, and caught and released sea trout, snook, snapper, jacks, ladyfish and tripletail. Hoffman landed the most impressive catch of the day — a huge 7 1/2 pound, 28 1/2 inch sea trout. All of the fish were caught on soft plastics. Captain Bob LeMay reported finding snook, tarpon of all sizes, redfish, snapper and sea trout during most of his recent charters out of Flamingo. LeMay has been concentrating his efforts along the shorelines, points and small creeks and rivers in the area of Shark River.
Fishing out of the Port of the Islands in his custom Gheenoe, North Miami resident Jeff Davis caught snook to 33 inches, sea trout and Spanish mackerel. Davis was casting a white bucktail jig tipped with shrimp on 12 pound tackle. Captain Terry Pitz of Southwest Florida Fishing Charters reported snook fishing has definitely turned on in his area. Pitz is finding snook around mouth creeks, passes, canals, points and in pot holes. The snook have been eating white bait, shrimp, pinfish, cut ladyfish and artificial lures.
Alan Zaremba of Worldwide Sport Fishing Inc. reported his clients have been scoring big on sight-fished peacock bass in the urban canals. Casting Urban Jungle jigs and Amazon Jungle jigs at peacock bass that are stationed along the canal banks, his clients have caught and released as many as 46 peacock bass to six pounds during full-day charters. Some of the best canals this past week have been the E-4, C-100, C-4, C-8, C-9 and L-35A canals.
Capt. Alan Sherman