Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported all-day dolphin trips are producing lots of dolphins. The fish have been all different sizes and eating live baits. Most of the action is taking place in 900 feet of water along weed patches and weed lines. Nighttime bottom-fishing trips are producing decent snapper catches.
Captain Ralph Mayan from Sea Cross Charters out of Haulover Marian reported the dolphin bite has been excellent eight to 12 miles offshore of Miami. The dolphins have been feeding along huge weed lines and have ranged in size from undersize fish to double digit size fish. Along the reef, wahoo, kingfish and bonitos have been bending angler’s fishing rods. Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishHeadquarters Charters out of Fort Lauderdale reported the drift boats are catching mangrove and yellowtail snappers on the bottom and kingfish, blackfin tuna, an occasional sailfish and dolphins in 110 to 120 feet of water offshore of Port Everglades.
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Captain Lee Daniel Kerbel of Inner Circle Sportfishing Charters out of Key West reported hot conditions have been hampering the day bite but his clients are still getting plenty of action. Fishing the deeper wrecks on the bottom he has been having good action from big amberjacks, mutton snappers and true genuine red snappers. Along the edge there are blackfin tuna, a few sailfish and some nice wahoo. Live cigar minnows have been the top baits. Fishing out of Islamorada on Tred Barta’s Makaira, a 26-foot Andros, the fishing team of captain William Chapman, Dr. Jeff Bennett and Richard Logan hooked and fought a swordfish 28 miles offshore while deep dropping for swordfish. The fish fought the team for three and a half hours before being gaffed and brought in for weighing. That swordfish weighed in at 412 pounds. Captain Barta manned the helm from his wheelchair during the entire battle.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported inlet fishing has been on the slow side this past week. A few catch and release snook, a few big Spanish mackerel and loads of baitfish. The highlight of the week was the limit catches of mangrove snappers that are coming off the north jetty. Captain Scott Collins of Getting Lucky Sportfishing out of Jupiter reported offshore kingfishing has been great in 90 to 115 feet of water. Dolphin fishing has been good and bottom fishing is producing steady catches of mutton, yellowtail, mangrove and vermillion snappers.
Scott Brooks of New York and his fishing buddy Mark Harris of Connecticut fished Florida Bay and Whitewater Bay out of Flamingo for two and half days. During their time on the water, they caught and released 10 species that included redfish to 17 pounds, snook to 26 inches, tripletail, sharks to 100 pounds and snappers. Brooks jumped a tarpon as well. Their catch was made while fly fishing and spin fishing using live baitfish. Their guide was captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters.
Captain Todd Geroy out of Naples reported his son, captain Ben Geroy, has been leading his clients to some impressive catches. Pompano are in the outside passes and can be caught on jigs and mangrove snappers are almost everywhere. For action his clients have been having a catching and releasing baby tarpon in the five- to 25-pound range. These fish have been in the creeks, along mangrove shorelines and in some deep holes. The tarpon have been eating soft plastics, plugs and flies. Redfish are starting to show up again in his area. There are plenty of snook around the passes but bottlenose dolphins are waiting for the anglers to release the snook so they can get an easy meal.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing reported fishing the C-1, C-4, C-60 and L-30 canals his clients have had action from peacock bass, a large variety of cichlids and grass carp to 17 pounds. The carp are eating berry flies and dough balls. The urban canals are producing the peacock bass, cichlids and grass carp. The canals in the Everglades continue to produce some nice size largemouth bass but with rising water levels the numbers have come down. The top baits this week were Pop R’s, Clouser Minnows and top water hard plastics.
Capt. Alan Sherman