Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported that when the offshore current hasn’t been flying, his daytime customers have been catching quite a few mutton and vermillion snappers on the bottom and a few kingfish and dolphins on the surface. Captain Kenny Krawczynski from the party boat Mucho K has had limit catches of snappers while fishing cut bait over the reefs offshore of Haulover Inlet at night.
Captain Paul Roydhouse from fishingheadquarters.com reported the catch of a giant bluefin tuna that was caught on the private boat Kaydiddle. The tuna was spotted swimming along the Bahamas bank outside of Bimini and was enticed by a well-placed trolling lure. Capt. Rod Roydhouse was manning the tuna rod and fought the estimated 750- to 850-pound tuna for three hours before boating the beast. The fish bottomed out the scales at Cat Cay. The tuna was filleted and given to almost all of the Bahamian residents on the island. Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer reported a solid run of schoolie-size dolphins offshore of Miami. The dolphins have been found under large mats of Sargasso weed and under birds where they have been eager to eat chunk and live baits. A few dolphins to 18 pounds have also been landed. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported permits have been active on the western shoreline flats of South Bay. The permits are eating silver-dollar-sized crabs. On the Oceanside flats, tarpon continue to be encountered as they migrate south.
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Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported that nighttime mangrove snapper fishing has turned on over the reefs and during day trips his clients are catching mutton and yellowtail snappers, plus a few large black groupers. Captain Chris Johnson from SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported his clients have had great catches of snappers while fishing the Atlantic side reefs. Some of the mutton snappers have weighed in at 18 pounds, and a lot of smaller mangrove and yellowtail snappers have come over the rail as well. A few dolphins have been encountered while snapper fishing.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported the best fishing has been early in the day before the thunderstorms arrive. Over the grass flats in three to six feet of water, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish and bonnethead sharks can be caught with DOA shrimp, Deadly Combos and live baits. Redfish have thinned out but are still being caught along the mangrove shorelines. Catch-and-release snook fishing has been best at night around the ocean inlet jetties. Offshore dolphins are biting trolled baits in 150 to 180 feet of water and on the bottom mutton snappers and groupers are biting over the wrecks.
Pat Sunman of Miami fished in Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught slot-size redfish, released plenty of snook and landed sea trout to 22 inches, tripletail and a limit of mangrove snappers to 16 inches. The fish were caught on live finger mullet fished under a Cajun Thunder float. During two days of line and hook testing in Flamingo, Mustad representatives Magnus Gunnarsson, Nils Folmer and Reid Mckinstry, all out of Miami, caught sea trout, redfish, tarpon, barracudas and had some shots at schools of small permits. Captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service was their guide.
Captain Butch Rickey of BarHopp’R Kayak Fishing charters out of Fort Myers reported his clients had good action working the areas around Wulfert Keys and Buck Keys from snook for catch and release to 30 inches, slot-size redfish, sea trout, goliath groupers and plenty of catfish. The best baits were jigs, spoons and top water plugs.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass reported high water in the canals has hampered fishing, but his clients have had plenty of action fishing the L-38 canal for largemouth bass to four pounds and Florida gar. The top baits were Baby Torpedoes and floating Rapala’s. Fishing the C-1 and E-4 canals, his clients caught peacock bass to 3 1/2 pounds. Best baits for the peacocks were Clouser Minnows and AZ jigs.
Capt. Alan Sherman