Nick Conomos from Anglins Fishing Pier on Commercial Blvd. reported depending on the day and the time of the day the fishing on his pier has been excellent to mediocre. On the good days, pier fishermen are catching a lot of undersized mutton snappers, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles, big ladyfish and lots of bluerunners. For baitfish, there has been goggle eye jacks and ballyhoo around the pier. Most anglers are using live shrimp and shiny lures to catch the fish.
Leo Venere of Colorada fished with captain Ralph Mayans and mate Sheldon Hubbard from the charter boat Seacross out of Haulover Marina and limited out on dolphins. The catch was made just outside of Haulover Inlet in100 to180 feet of water. Besides the dolphins, Venere caught kingfish and sailfish. The fish were eating ballyhoo. Local angler Tyler Arrington fished offshore of Haulover Inlet in 125 feet of water and caught gaffer-size dolphins, kingfish, lots of bonitos, sailfish and lost a nice wahoo at boat side. Arrington was using live pilchards for bait. Captain Rick Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Market Place in Miami reported his clients have been catching gaffer-size dolphins in depths from 30 feet to 125 feet of water offshore of Government Cut. The fish are chasing schools of ballyhoo and frigate birds have been helping them locate the dolphins as well as the small sailfish that are chasing the ballyhoo schools.
Captain Dexter Simmons of Key West Fly Fishing Charters reported the inshore water’s around Key West have been loaded with fish. On the shallow flats, bonefish, sharks, permits and tarpon can be targeted and over the grass flats and basins around the islands sea trout, redfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel, barracudas and jacks are available. The charter boat Two Conchs out of Marathon reported his clients have been bending their fishing rods with catch and release African pompano, big goliath groupers and a few nice cobias. Captain Rick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported fishing the backcountry of Florida Bay is producing catches of redfish and sea trout. Out in the open waters close to the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalles were bending his client’s fishing rods.
Nedra Maxwell from the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen are having a field day catching oversized snook, redfish, sea trout, large ladyfish, jack crevalles, pompano, flounder, Spanish mackerel and black drum. Most of the fish are being caught on live finger mullet, shrimp, clams, sand fleas and shiny lures. Truong Tran from the Juno Fishing Pier reported recent catches have been made up of mostly mutton and mangrove snappers plus lots of bluerunners. When the mullet schools pass by anglers are catching lots of bluefish and decent numbers of pompano.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported windy conditions have made fishing Flamingo a challenge. Outside waters have been muddy and loaded with floating grasses. The inside waters, where the islands protect you from the wind, are holding some snappers, ladyfish, sea trout, jacks and a few snook and redfish. Out on the Gulf-side coast, schools of mullet are being attacked by big hungry tarpon, a few snook, redfish and sharks.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Fishing Charters out of Estero Bay reported the redfish bite is good with plenty of fish holding along oyster bars and the mangrove shorelines when the tide is moving. The reds are going for shrimp tipped jigs and shrimp under a float. Snook are being caught on free lined pinfish fished under docks and in the passes. Sea trout are feeding in two to five feet of water over grass flats and sheepsheads are starting to show up in the back bays and around rocky structure. Small pieces of shrimp are best for the sheepshead.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Inc. has been mixing things up this past week by fishing the L-30, L-28, E-4, C-1, C-8 and the C-4 canals and having very good action. His catches this past week consisted of peacock bass up to 5.5 pounds, snook, and largemouth bass to six pounds, chain pickerel, clown knife fish, grass carp and Mayan cichlids. The majority of the catches came while using top water lures.
Capt. Alan Sherman