Captain Raul Montoro of Shallow Water Guides Service reported that nighttime snook and small tarpon action has been very good in Biscayne Bay. Almost all of the nighttime action has taken place around ocean inlets, under dock lights and along shadow lines next to the bay bridges. The top bait has been a Monster Bait soft plastic shrimp attached to a jig head. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported bonefish and permits have been extremely active on both tides along the Oceanside flats of South Biscayne Bay.
Captain Jay Cohen of Spellbound Charters out of Haulover Marina reported offshore boats are catching as many bonitos as they want while trolling spoons and strips along the outer reef. Kingfish in the 5- to 12-pound range are also being caught. Most of this action has been deep in the water column. In depths from 600 out to 1,200 feet of water, large schoolie-size dolphins continue to be caught. Most of the dolphin action has come from under birds and along scattered weeds.
Captain Nick Stanczyk of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported that with the windier weather, many of the offshore boats have been doing half-day anchor trips on the reef and catching quite a few mutton and yellowtail snappers and a few groupers on live and dead baits. The full day offshore fleet continues to do well on dolphins, wahoo, skipjack tuna and tripletail. The best action has been 20 or more miles offshore. The wahoo and tripletail are being caught under floating debris. Captain Steve Hancock of Fly and Spin Fishing Charters out of Sugarloaf Key reported the early morning resident tarpon fishing has been very good in his area.
Keli Johnson from the Juno Beach Park Pier reported that pier fishermen have had early morning action from large Spanish mackerel, slot-size snook and lots of bluerunners. Large schools of greenies are around the pier, but so far there aren’t any finger mullet to speak of. Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported an early fall migration of mullet has sparked some hot inlet fishing.
Captain Bob LeMay reported finding over slot size snook along the shorelines from Shark River north to Lostman’s River. The snook have been eating live and dead baits. A few decent size tripletail have also been encountered in the same areas. Locals Adam Gropper and his son Ethan and Ethan’s half-brother Johnathan fished out of Flamingo with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. During the charter, Ethan caught his first tarpon and Johnathan caught his first redfish a 26.5 inch fish. Snook, snapper, sharks and snappers were part of the catch, as well.
Captain Dave Hansen of Fishbusters Charters out of Bonito Beach reported during offshore trips his clients have had steady action from red grouper, lane snappers and small yellowtail snappers. Fishing along the beaches and inside waters has produced a lot of small snook, sheepshead and snappers.
Fishing with captain Jim Anson, 13-year-old Jaylin J. Taylor of Homestead caught and released over 40 largemouth and peacock bass while fishing a South Miami Lake. Taylor was using live shiners for bait on six pound line.