Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported schools of bonefish to 10 pounds are feeding on live shrimp during the incoming tides along the western shorelines of South Bay. Permits are eating silver-dollar-sized blue crabs on the outgoing tides along the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne.
Fishing aboard the charter boat Other Woman out of Harbor Town Marina, local captain Don Scully and Mike Stasko were in 400 to 450 feet of water offshore of Hollywood and hooked a triple header on dolphins. The bull dolphin weighed 44 pounds and the two cows were 30 pounds each. Fishing in closer to the reef, the anglers added a 20 pound kingfish to their catch. All of the fish ate Islander lures and ballyhoo. Daniel Young of Miramar fished with captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service and caught and released his first bonefish in South Bay. Young had many shots at other bonefish, permits and tarpon. Robert Vales from the Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported daytime drift boats are catching a decent amount of king mackerel and a lot of bonitos. The kings and bonitos are eating drifted dead Spanish Sardines and ballyhoo in depths of 120 to 240 feet. Night trips are producing nice catches of snapper and grunts.
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IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported offshore dolphin fishing has been excellent from the Humps to 30 miles offshore. The dolphins are ranging in size from schoolies to gaffers. Reef fishing has been very good at night but very slow during the day because of very warm conditions. On the reef at night, an assortment of snappers and groupers are being caught. In Florida Bay, sea trout and mangroves snappers have been biting over the grass and in mullet muds. Small pinfish and pilchards fished on a jig head or from under a float are getting the strikes.
Fishing offshore of Fort Pierce Inlet, Hutchinson Island resident Rick Feiertag slow-trolled live sardines and caught a 7-foot sailfish, two bonitos, barracuda, a 25 pound kingfish and a 45 pound cobia. Captain Steve Amarant of Aventura was his guide. Captain Michael Savedow of Edgewater River Guide reported fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon, his clients are catching plenty of schooling redfish, and sea trout to 28 inches over the shallow flats. In the Indian River Backcountry, his clients are catching a mixed bag of speckled and silver seas trout, lots of mangrove snappers, whiting, jack crevalles and black drum.
Captain Bob Lemay reported his clients have been braving the bugs in the backcountry side of Flamingo and catching plenty of sea trout, redfish, snook for catch and release and having many shots at tarpon. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported having plenty of action from redfish and snook along the mangrove shorelines of Florida Bay. Using live mullet for bait, his anglers had almost nonstop action from four kinds of sharks and a few tarpon.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Charters out of Estero Bay reported fishing has been slow in his area except for the early mornings. Early in the day before water temperatures rise, the redfish action along the mangrove shorelines has been good. Fishing with chunks of mullet or ladyfish cast up close to the mangroves has been good for redfish on the higher stages of the tide. Snapper, silver trout and a few pompano are biting in the passes. The best bait has been a jig tipped with shrimp. Along the beaches, plenty of sharks are being caught for fun fishing.
The Lakes water level is just about 14 feet, and schools of largemouth bass are holding along the outer weed line edges and up into the weeds. The areas around Harney Pond, Point of the Reef, the north shore, the east side of Henry Creek and J&S have fish holding in the Kissimmee grass. During the morning hours, the fish are eating top water lures and weedless flukes and swim baits in the black/gold combo, crawfish and green pumpkin seed colors. Plenty of catfish are being caught in the canals and in areas that have a good current. Jeff Mervis and his son Dylan of Maryland fished the L-67A canal and caught 30 chain pickerel and 18 largemouth bass using floating Rapala minnows. Alan Zaremba guided them.
Capt. Alan Sherman