Captain Jack Carlson of Two Conch’s Charters out of Marathon reported dolphin fishing picked up this past week, with good numbers of fish to 30 pounds being caught in depths from 150 to 350 feet of water offshore of Marathon. The dolphins were caught using Mustad 7/0 3407 hooks. Over the humps blackfin tuna to 15 pounds are biting. The bottom fishing bite on the reef has picked up with yellowtail, mutton and mangrove snappers being caught with cut bait and live baits. Tarpon are starting to show up along some of the Keys bridges, and there has been cobia and tarpon on many of the Gulf side wrecks.
Captain Wayne Conn from the Reward Fishing Fleet out of Bayside Market Place Marina reported their nighttime party boat trips are producing big numbers of mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers, plus bluefish and margates. The fish have been eating cut squid and sardines. All of the action is taking place on the bottom over reefs offshore of Government Cut. On their charter boat the Legacy big amberjacks have been caught this past week over the deeper artificial Reefs.
Captain Billy Delph of Delph Fishing Charters out of Key West reported having great action from black groupers, large mutton and mangrove snappers on the bottom, and big blackfin tuna and wahoo off the surface. Delph’s catches are coming from the Atlantic side and the Gulf side. Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported the offshore charter boat fleet out of Key Largo has been doing well with dolphins, king mackerel, blackfin tuna and a few wahoo on the surface. On the bottom hogfish, mutton and yellowtail snappers along with porgies are keeping anglers busy.
Captain Scott Collins of Getting Lucky Fishing Charters out of Jupiter reported offshore fishing has been a bit slower than it normally is this time of year, but his clients are having action from blackfin tuna, kingfish and a few sailfish on the top. On the bottom the snappers are starting to pick up again. On the inshore side, the ladyfish, jacks and snapper bite has been red hot and snook are showing up in better numbers every day. Nedra Maxwell of the Sebastian Inlet District reported fishing at the Sebastian Inlet has slowed a bit, but jetty fishermen are catching Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum to 50 pounds, sheepshead and over-size and slot-size redfish and snook.
Local anglers Anthony and Joseph Riveron fished Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. During their outing the anglers caught a bunch of tripletail, jacks, mangrove snapper, ladyfish and quite a few sea trout to 19 inches. The fish were caught on live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float and on Hookup lure jig heads tipped with shrimp. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding plenty of big, hungry sea trout up in Whitewater Bay.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Fishing Charters out of Estero Bay reported the sea trout bite is red hot. Look for the trout in the passes and along the deeper channels in the back bays. Shrimp under a popping cork is the best method for catching these trout. Spanish mackerel are thick in the passes and eating almost anything shiny. Pompano are also in the passes and can be caught on shrimp tipped jigs bounced off the bottom. The nearshore reefs are hot with snapper, small grouper, sheepshead, trout, mackerel and flounder.
Melisa Quiros and Alanna Alafonsa, students at Cutler Bay Senior High, fished with their teacher, Marshall Ruffo, and caught and released 36 peacock and largemouth bass to four pounds. All of the fish were caught using live shiners and six-pound line in South Miami canals and lakes. Captain Jim Anson was their guide. Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Inc. reported high water in the Everglades Conservation Areas has largemouth bass and panfish way up on the flats, making it difficult to reach. Zaremba is hopeful that the water levels will recede soon so he can start targeting largemouth bass in big numbers like years in the past.
Capt. Alan Sherman