Captain Todd G. Geroy out of Naples reported now is the time to get that Backcountry Grand Slam. During recent charters, Geroy’s clients have had snook and tarpon to 40 inches and plenty of slot-size redfish. There have been large schools of redfish feeding along mangrove shorelines, snook in the passes and plenty of hungry tarpon in the creeks. The fish are eating natural baits and a wide variety of artificial lures.
Captain Andy Roydhouse of Fishing Headquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported his offshore boats are catching kingfish, large barracudas, bonitos and an occasional large wahoo while fishing the outer edge of the outside reef line. Best depths have been from 80 to 200 feet of water and the fish have been deep. The drift boats fishing the bottom are catching mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers plus some nice cobia. Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters reported the dolphin fishing had been outstanding offshore of Miami, with dolphins to 40 pounds being caught. The dolphin fishing has tapered off a little because of the big weed lines moving further offshore. Bottom fishing on the outside reefs has been good, with mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snappers being caught on live and dead baits.
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IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported the boats fishing the offshore Humps are doing well on blackfin tuna that have averaged between 15 and over 20 pounds. Dolphin fishing has been spotty. Deepwater bottom fishing has produced some nice catches of vermillion snappers. Reef fishing for yellowtail snappers has been good, but the big sharks are getting many of the hooked fish. The inside fishing has been decent for a variety of snappers, sea trout, jacks and ladyfish. There are still some tarpon around but these fish have been finicky. Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported the dolphins are still out there but boats have to travel more than 30 miles out to get to them. Captain George Clark fished the backcountry and had a good catch of redfish, snook and four tarpon.
Captain Scott Collins of Getting Lucky Fishing charters out of Jupiter reported they had been finding plenty of dolphins in 80 to 180 feet of water offshore of Jupiter Inlet. Along with the dolphins were kingfish, a few sailfish and skip jack tuna. On the bottom his clients were catching good numbers of mutton, yellowtail and vermillion snappers plus some nice cobia. Nedra Maxwell from the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen were catching slot-size redfish, snook, jack crevalles and limits of mangrove snappers. One day the north jetty is hot and the next day its the south jetty. There is still plenty of bait around the inlet.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding snook and redfish along the mangrove shorelines north of the Flamingo boat ramp. Big schools of pilchards and pinfish were hiding in the shallow grass flats out front of the Flamingo boat ramp and can easily be caught with chum and a small cast net. Snook and redfish were holding in the channels that have shallow flats on each side of the channel. These fish are eating jig heads tipped with Gulp soft plastics. Snook that are hiding under mangroves along the outside islands can be chummed into a feeding mood with live pilchards. These snook then can be caught on live baits fished under a float, free lined or with an assortment of hard and soft plastic baits. Plenty of sharks are feeding on chunks of ladyfish in almost all of the Florida Bay channels.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Backcountry Fishing charters out of Fort Myers reported the outside passes are producing catches of pompano, Spanish mackerel, whiting and small sharks. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads is working in these passes. Some of the deeper cuts are producing big mangrove snappers. The back bay oyster bars and mangrove islands are holding decent-size redfish, snapper and snook. Sea trout are holding over the deeper grass flats that have some tidal flow. Popping corks with live shrimp and soft plastics bounced off the bottom are getting the trout bites.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Inc. reported peacock bass fishing was great this past week in the urban canals. The Peacock bass were chasing down the top water plugs and fast moving crank baits.
Capt. Alan Sherman