Keli Johnson from the Juno Fishing Pier reported during this past week that pier anglers had good action from Spanish and king mackerel to eight pounds. Plenty of bluerunners, mutton snappers and a few large pompano have also made it over the rails. A group of disabled American veterans were treated to a day of fishing offshore on the charter boat Cutting Edge with captain Quinton Dieterle out of Crandon Park Marina and the offshore center console boat Bouncers Dusky with captain Bouncer Smith out of Miami Beach Marina and a third boat skippered by captain Alex Castelano. During the day, the veterans caught nine sailfish, one white marlin, a cobia, two black groupers, five mutton snapper, Spanish mackerel, small sharks and dolphins.
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Local John Munsey fished offshore of Haulover Inlet in 350 feet of water and hooked and landed a 55-pound wahoo. The giant wahoo ate a trolled blue and white Bahama lure with a rigged ballyhoo attached to a No.8 planner. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported finding big schools of pilchards on the Oceanside shallow flats near Key Biscayne. Fishing with live pilchards and shrimp, Estevez’s clients caught large mangrove snappers, big bluerunners and lesser amberjacks in the Finger Channels of South Bay.
Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported that large schools of baitfish on the Oceanside have sparked a great reef bite. Fishing the shallower patch reefs in 30 to 40 feet of water, his clients are doing extremely well on gag, black and red groupers. Mixed in with groupers are mangrove snappers and hogfish on the bottom and cero, Spanish and king mackerel on the top. Dolphins, blackfin tuna and a few sailfish are being caught in depths between 200 and 300 feet of water. Over the wrecks, large mutton snappers, groupers, cobias and jacks are being caught on live baits fished on the bottom. Captain Richard Stancyzk out of Bud N Mart’s Marina in Islamorada reported that backcountry boats have been catching snook and redfish along the island shorelines in Florida Bay.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported that redfish to 32 inches are eating chunks of ladyfish and live finger mullet fished up tight to the mangrove shorelines between Mims and Port Saint John. Black drum can be found by bridge pilings, where they are eating live shrimp and blue crabs. Sea trout are being caught in good numbers over the deeper edges of the grass flats and can be caught on shrimp under a float or with an assortment of jig heads and soft plastics. Van Horn reported that pompano can be seen skipping in the Point Saint John and Carbide flats and can be caught with jigs and live shrimp.
Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported that recent strong west winds have made fishing out front of Flamingo in Florida Bay challenging. When weather conditions and tides have been favorable his clients have caught sheepshead, black drum and redfish in the channels of using live shrimp on a jig head. Sea trout have been plentiful over the grass flats, snook and redfish are holding along mangrove shorelines and cobia, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are starting to show up out in the open waters of the Gulf.
Captain Pete Rapps’ of Captain Rapps’ Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported that coastal waters have had large numbers of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish feeding on large schools of small baitfish. Anything shiny that moves fast through the water column has almost immediately been gobbled up by a predator.
Charlie Corbin from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported that largemouth bass are holding in the grass in Pelican Bay. The largemouth bass can be caught on wild live shiners and swim baits. Speckled perch are biting around Tree Island and in the main canal. Best baits for the spec’s have been live minnows and small jigs. Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported his best action this past week has been around bridges and bridge pilings. Using sub surface lures like the Rapala X Raps, his clients have had great action from peacock bass, snook and tarpon.
Capt. Alan Sherman