Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina has been mixing it up recently to keep his anglers on the fish. During the daytime, he has been fishing 15 to 20 miles offshore and catching large schoolie dolphins and swordfish. At night during the full moon, his anglers enjoyed catching cubera snapper to 50 pounds fishing the bottom over wrecks and ledges south of Key Biscayne. Fishing Government Cut at night has produced large snook, ladyfish, jack crevalles and medium-size tarpon. Smith also witnessed one of the first migrating schools of mullet pass through the inlet.
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Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Fishing Charters out of TNT Marine Center said during recent dolphin charters he has traveled almost 18 miles offshore of Miami and found just scattered weeds that have had large schoolie dolphins. Fishing closer to the reef, plenty of bonitos and large sharks are available. Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported day trips have been a little slow. On the all-day dolphin trips, dolphins are being caught 15 miles offshore. When the winds have been blowing, yellowtails and mutton snappers are being caught on cut bait fished on the bottom offshore of Haulover Inlet.
Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing out of Islamorada reported schoolie dolphins continue to be abundant along current edges and floating debris offshore of Islamorada. The Humps offshore of Islamorada are producing plenty of medium-size blackfin tuna and amberjacks. Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported reef fishing has been good for flag yellowtail and large mutton snappers. Stanczyk reported there should be some nice kingfish over the offshore wrecks.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported the St. Lucie River is loaded with big schools of finger mullet. Sea trout action has picked up in the St. Lucie River. The fish are holding over the grass flats and eating top-water lures and CAL shad tails. In and around the ocean inlets jacks, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel are being caught on almost anything shiny. Snook fishing has been good around the Ocean inlets and beaches. Captain Michael Savedow of Edgewater River Guide Inc. said his anglers are catching large redfish and sea trout fishing the inside waters of the Mosquito Lagoon. The fish have been eating anything that resembles a finger mullet.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported big schools of finger mullet seem to be almost everywhere in Florida Bay. Fishing the edges of the flats in Florida Bay, he has been having hot action from snook, tarpon, redfish, jacks, ladyfish, mangrove snapper and sea trout. The majority of the fish ate live free-lined finger mullet and finger mullet fished under a float. Casting soft plastics and Rapala SubWalks and Twitchin Raps produced redfish, jacks and ladyfish.
Captain Rob Modys Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported early morning redfish action has been outstanding. The reds are going after live baits fished tight to mangroves in Estero Bay. Later in the day, the passes are producing plenty of sea trout, mangrove snappers, flounder and pompano. Casting jig heads tipped with shrimp has produced best in the passes. The Gulf wrecks, reefs and rock piles are producing nice catches of snapper, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, flounder and some big snook.
Captain Pat Stevens from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported largemouth bass have been bunching up along the outside weedlines where they appear to be preparing their beds to spawn. Good areas to try are Kramer and Ritta Islands and in Pelican Bay. Look for groups of bass and then fish top-water artificials, Rattle Traps and soft plastic paddle swim baits in the area. Most of this fishing has been during the mornings. Catfish are eating live worms fished on the bottom of canals. Speckled perch and bluegills can be found in the Rim canal and in the deeper holes using jigs and live minnows.
Capt. Alan Sherman