Nedra Maxwell from the Sebastian Inlet District reported there are large schools of mullet and greenies hanging around the inlet. Jetty fishermen are catching quite a few 3- to 5-pound Spanish mackerel using silver spoons and live greenies. Slot-size redfish and snook are being caught on live shrimp. Large jack crevalles are being caught on live finger mullet, and there are some bluefish, pompano and ladyfish feeding on the baitfish schools. Inshore, there have been a few large bonefish caught on the flats. Kyle Perry from the Anglin’s Fishing Pier on Commercial Boulevard reported pier fishermen are catching pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish.
Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported North Bay is loaded with big schools of mullet, pilchards and threadfin herring. Offshore, the action has been consistent with a variety of species being caught. Almost all of the action is taking place outside of 80 feet of water out to 200 feet of water. In these depths, there have been small sailfish, dolphins to 30 pounds, kingfish, bonitos and skipjack tuna. Local angler Biing Yuan fished offshore of Miami Beach with live pilchards and finger mullet, and caught five bonitos, a 25-pound barracuda, rainbow runners to 8.5 pounds, bluerunners and five large Spanish mackerel. His guide was captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters.
Captain Scott Yetter of Sight Fish Charters out of Little Torch Key reported he is having good success with tarpon. Big schools of glass minnows have the tarpon hungry and aggressive. When water conditions allow, the bonefishing has been very good. Captain Dave Schugar of Sweet E’Nuf Charters out of Marathon reported the offshore blackfin tuna fishing has been outstanding. With the changing of the seasons, he is not seeing as many dolphins now but sailfish, kingfish and wahoo are showing up in better numbers. Cobia and groupers are up next!
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported huge schools of mullet and other smaller baitfish have the larger fish going crazy in the St. Lucie River. In the mornings, large sea trout are crushing top-water baits over the grass flats. Next to the docks and rocky shorelines, sheepshead and snappers are eating shrimp. Over the flats where diving birds are present, Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish are willing to keep you busy most of the day.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported high winds have muddied up the waters of Florida Bay. During a recent short charter last week, his clients took turns fighting and releasing a large tarpon that was hooked in the middle of a large school of mullet. Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tides Charters reported with high winds he is still able to score on quite a few baby tarpon in the backcountry of Whitewater Bay.
Captain Rob Modys reported a fine catch being made by West Palm Beach resident Jacki Shea. Fishing with captain Alex Dolinski of Spot On Charters, she caught and released 10 redfish in the 18- to 26-inch range using cut ladyfish and shrimp, and then while fishing the oyster bars near Rocky Bay, she released two 18-inch permits that ate a 1/4-ounce pink jig head tipped with a live shrimp. Captain Steve Sewell of Hawgwild Charters out of Fort Myers reported the inshore redfishing continues to get better every day. With live pilchards being tough and ladyfish being thick, it’s the ladyfish cut in small chunks that are getting the redfish. Fishing the chunks of ladyfish along the tree shorelines on the bottom is producing lots of redfish action.
Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported largemouth bass fishing has been very good especially in the areas of Indian Prairie and Tin House Cove. In the mornings, the fish are eating top-water lures and spinner baits. After the sun gets up, the bass are feeding deeper on flukes and senkos. The best colors have been green pumpkin, black or black and blue. In the heavy cover and holes in the grass, large wild shiners are catching some of the bigger bass. Speckled perch fishing is still slow.
Capt. Alan Sherman