Nedra Maxwell from the Sebastian Inlet District reported high winds and choppy waters have not stopped the fish from biting jetty fishermen’s lines. Snook, redfish, flounder, sheepshead and jacks are eating live shrimp, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are going for shiny lures and spoons, flounder are eating shrimp on jigs and finger mullet and black drum are eating clams on the bottom.
Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishingHeadquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported his offshore boats are doing well on wahoo to 50 pounds, blackfin tuna and kingfish. The action is taking place in 80 to 300 feet of water offshore of Port Everglades. The strikes came on live goggle eye jacks suspended from a kite. Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Waters 2 out of Bayside Market Place Marina reported during recent charters offshore of Miami his clients have caught large dolphins and kingfish. The bulk of the action has taken place in 100 feet of water along blue water color changes. Captain Gil Guitierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone Point reported fishing offshore of Miami has been very good recently with sailfish being part of their daily catches. The sailfish have been biting in depths from 100 to 200 feet of water and there have been a few nice kingfish, blackfin tuna, dolphins and bonitos mixed in with their top water catch. On the bottom around ledges, reefs and artificial wrecks mutton snappers in the five to 10-pound range plus a few big amberjacks are being caught on live pinfish and threadfin herring.
Captain Chris Johnson from the charter boat SeaSquared out of Marathon reported the mangrove snapper bite has been excellent on the patches in Hawks Channel, up close to the bridges and in the Gulf. On recent charters, his clients have had limit or near limit snapper catches along with a few cero mackerel and a large tiger shark. Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported offshore boats are having mixed results when fishing for dolphins offshore of Islamorada. One boat cashes in big with large numbers of dolphins and some topping out at 25 pounds while others can’t find one fish. On the reef large yellowtails and mutton snappers are biting. Outside the reef there has been a good number of kingfish, a few sailfish, wahoo and blackfin tuna.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters reported heavy winds have forced him to find sheltered waters to make a catch in the St. Lucie River. Fishing along shorelines protected from the wind and around docks and bridge pilings his clients have caught lots of mangrove snappers, a few snook, redfish. In the open waters bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano are available. The top baits were DOA Bait Busters, DOA shrimp and CAL jerk baits.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported having some decent snook action in Florida Bay. Most of the action took place in areas that finger mullet were present. Hobales reported the tarpon were crashing through schools of tiny baitfish around the boat but would not look at anything his clients cast in their direction. The snook ate live finger mullet and Rapala SubWalks. Captain Nestor Alvis of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported when the weather has allowed him to get out in the open waters of Flamingo, he has found plenty of free floating tripletail for his clients to catch.
Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported during a recent Busman’s Holiday with his brother, captain Pete Modys, the action was almost nonstop. Redfish were caught along the mangrove shorelines on a falling tide and eagerly ate live shrimp on jigs. The sheepsheads were close to the mangroves and the sea trout. Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish were over grass flats in four to six feet of water and ate live shrimp under floats and soft plastics attached to a jig head.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Inc. reported the cooler temperatures around the urban canals have triggered action from many different freshwater species. Using Heddon Torpedoes, Mirror Prop baits, soft plastic frogs, suspending Storm twitch baits and Bagley minnows, his clients have caught peacock and largemouth bass, snakeheads, snook, tarpon and Mayan cichlids. Zaremba has been fishing the C-1, C-4, Lake Ida and the L-35 canals.
Capt. Alan Sherman