Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported there have been plenty of dolphin from 6 to 20 miles offshore of Miami this past week. The dolphin have been under birds, under floating big pieces of debris or feeding along substantial weed lines. Most of the these fish have been either small schoolies too small to keep, large schoolies in the 5- to 7-pound range or single or paired up fish more than 20 pounds. The dolphin have been hungry and eating small bluerunners Sabiki caught from under large weed patches.
Matt Tambor and his son Tyler of Miami fished offshore of Miami with captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncer’s Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina and caught three large mutton snapper and a 25-pound amberjack on the bottom, and 12 big bonitos on the surface. Captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service reported he has been finding large schools of bonefish over the shallow flats of South Biscayne Bay. Lester Wenger of Lester’s Live Bait out of Haulover reported bait fishing has been tough in the bay. Offshore, there are plenty of dolphin, bonitos and a few kingfish. Inshore, the mangrove snapper have been available in good numbers in the channels.
Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sportfishing charters out of Islamorada reported plenty of dolphin are being caught in the 5- to 10-pound range offshore of Islamorada. Most of the fish are being caught 15 or more miles offshore. Blackfin tuna are being caught over the Humps. Captain Richard Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported having a lot of action from large tarpon. The tarpon are eating live and dead mullet fished on both sides of the Keys bridges and in Florida Bay. During the two-day Islamorada Charter Boats Association’s sixth annual Dolphin Tournament, team Close Call took first place with three dolphin that weighed 95.7 pounds. The team consisted of captain Scott Stokey and anglers Randy Hamilton of Alabama and Brett Corley of Key Largo. Close Call had a 40.2-pound dolphin that gave them the heaviest dolphin award as well.
Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen were having a ball catching black drum and mangrove snapper. Big snook were being caught and released, permits were eating live crabs and Spanish mackerel were being hooked on silver spoons and then getting eaten by big barracudas. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported plenty of mangrove snapper are available in the St. Lucie River. Most of the snapper are being caught along the channel edges, over the grass flats and next to pilings. Live shrimp and small baitfish have been the best baits for the snappers.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported with the summer rains Florida Bay has had lots of mangrove snapper, sea trout, ladyfish and jack crevalles feeding over the grass flats near First National Bank, Middle Ground and around Sandy Key. Small pinfish fished under a float and Rapala SubWalks have been getting plenty of strikes. Captain Jim Hale of Florida Sportsfishing Charters reported his clients are doing well on redfish, snook and tarpon on the shallow flats of Florida Bay. Most of this action has been sight fishing.
Captain Terry Pitz of Fishing Southwest Florida fishing charters out of Pine Island Sound reported redfish to 30 inches have been active in his area this week. The reds have been biting along the mangrove shorelines on the high tides, on the bars on the incoming tides and over the flats. The redfish are eating shrimp, shiners and cut baits. Snook are available for catch and release and some large tarpon are still around. Offshore over any hard bottom pompano, permits, grouper, Spanish mackerel, jacks and sharks are being caught.
Captain Pat Steven’s from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported with all of the recent rains recently the Lakes water levels continue to rise. The best largemouth bass fishing has been during early mornings until about 10 a.m. Once the storms start to build, it’s a good idea to get off the water. Largemouth bass are holding along the weedy grass lines and continue to go after lures that resemble shad. Bluegills are still being caught on crickets and worms.
Capt. Alan Sherman