Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point Marina reported large amounts of Sargasso weeds in the Gulf Stream continue to attract large numbers of dolphins. Most of the dolphins have been schoolies but a few have been more than 30 pounds. The dolphins have been in depths from 400 feet of water out as far as 18 miles.
Matt Angerer of Miami caught and released an estimated 200 pound blue marlin. The marlin ate a Mold Craft Chugger head with a rigged ballyhoo 10 miles offshore of Key Biscayne. Angerer was aboard the charter boat Hot Shot out of Dinner Key Marina and the captain was Sig Ozols with mate Andre Nido. Captain Rick Brady of Marlin My Darlin charters out of Fort Lauderdale reported dolphins have been available out in 800 feet of water offshore of Port Everglades. Working the outer reef line, his clients are having good action from large kingfish, blackfin tuna and plenty of bonitos. Fishing the shallow water wrecks has produced some nice mutton snapper and an assortment of jacks.
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Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon has been concentrating on the strong mangrove and mutton snapper bite. The snappers are feeding over patch reefs and along the deeper drop-offs and eating cut ballyhoo and pilchards. On the Gulf side, the shark fishing has been exceptional with bull, blacktip and lemon sharks eating almost every barracuda chunk that hits the water. Captain Kristian Demblans of REEL G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported dolphins continue to be caught in good numbers offshore of Key Largo. Blackfin tuna have been very active around the Humps. Trolling small squids and small feathers way behind the boat has been the trick in getting the tuna bites.
Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported Spanish sardines are holding offshore around the Bull Shark Barge and the Sandpile. Cobia, bonito, kingfish and sharks are being caught over the Sandpile and the Barge. South of the St. Lucie Inlet in 70 feet of water, plenty of lane and vermillion snappers plus trigger fish and porgies are biting cut baits fished on the bottom. Offshore in the blue water along weed lines, dolphins to 30 pounds are being caught along with a few white marlin.
Mike Edwards of Miami and his fishing buddy John Roberts of Plant City fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. Using Hookup lure vjig heads and Cajun thunder floats with live pinfish resulted in 18 snook and redfish, seven sea trout to 23 inches, eight snappers to 16 inches, jacks, a jumped tarpon plus a few sharks. Captain Jim Hale of Florida Sportfishing Charters reported early slick calm mornings are producing some hot sight-fishing tarpon action on the shallow flats of Florida Bay.
Captain Todd Geroy out of Naples reported guides in his area are catching over 30 snook a day and up to 30 pounds fishing the beaches, downed trees and around the creek mouths and passes. Live pinfish and white bait have been getting plenty of strikes as well as the DOA lures. Tarpon have been feeding along the beaches early and late in the day. Live crabs, mullet, ladyfish and threadfin herring are getting the tarpon strikes. Plenty of blacktip, bull and lemon sharks are available in the back bays. Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfish action has been good along the deeper shaded mangrove shorelines. Sea trout and plenty of ladyfish are biting over the grass flats. Almost all of the passes are holding good numbers of snapper, silver trout, ladyfish and pompano. Bouncing shrimp tipped jigs over the bottom is getting the strikes.
During a two-day charter with guide Jim Anson, Chuck Price and his son Jordan, both from Atlanta, caught and released 90 peacock and largemouth bass using live shiners for bait in a freshwater lake near the Falls Shopping Center. Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported some of the best peacock bass fishing has been in the C-4 and C-100 canals. The best baits have been the AZ Jungle jigs, Wicked Strike baits and Road Runner jigs.
Capt. Alan Sherman