Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.
Captain Jimbo Thomas of Thomas Flyer Charters out of Miamarina at Bayside reported before the recent strong winds that dolphins were available 15 miles offshore. With the winds and seas coming down, the dolphins should be available under birds again. Some decent-sized wahoos are biting in between the outer reef and where the dolphins have been. The wahoo have hit trolled feathers with bonito strips. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo charters reported snook fishing in Government Cut at night has been very good. The snook are eating live baits and soft plastics fished near the bottom.
Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing out of Islamorada reported before the windy weather that the Humps were producing excellent catches of blackfin tuna and an assortment of jacks. Further offshore in the blue water, dolphins were available in decent numbers. Captain Kristian Demblans of Reel G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported that nighttime snapper fishing on the reefs offshore of Key Largo continues to be very good. The snappers are eating cut bait fished near the bottom.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie is anxiously awaiting the annual fall mullet run that will be taking place soon along the southeast coast. Once the mullet schools enter the St. Lucie River, the fishing for large sea trout, jacks, snook, redfish and many other river predators will go ballistic. Snook, tarpon, redfish, jacks and bluefish will be feeding around the inlets and along the beaches. In the river up on the flats, the early morning bite will be exciting as snook, redfish and jacks crash into the mullet schools.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters fished the Pace Spartans Annual Fishing Tournament out of La Siesta Resort in Islamorada. His fishermen were his son James and local friend Mitch Martinez. Hobales ran from Islamorada to Florida Bay near Flamingo and caught and released 10 lemon sharks, redfish, snappers, jacks, sea trout and snook up to 27.5 inches. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters took a day off and fished with his son Zachary and local friend Russell Firtel out of Flamingo. Using live pinfish and finger mullet fished under a Cajun Thunder float and Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp, they released snook to 26 inches, redfish to 24 inches and lost a nice tarpon after a few jumps.
Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported with water temperatures reaching 90 degrees. Some of the best fishing has been in the rivers and deeper creeks where the fishing for mangrove snappers, a few sea trout, flounder and redfish has been excellent. Fishing with shrimp, cut ladyfish and soft plastics on the bottom is how these were being caught. Over the flats and next to the small mangrove islands, redfish and sea trout can be found.
Captain Pat Stevens from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported that early mornings have been the best time to target largemouth bass. Fishing the outer edges of the weedlines with Zara Spooks and Rattle Traps before the sun gets up high is the key to the best bass fishing. Good areas to fish for the bass have been west of Ritta Island and around the rocks at Pahokee. Catfishing has been very good in the deep cuts and holes in the Lake.