Atlanta residents and friends Adam Bressler, Steven Cohen and Michael Merlin spent a day fishing 18 miles offshore of Miami hoping to catch something big that they could brag about to their friends and family in Atlanta. Fishing from the charter boat Lady Mitchell with captain Jesus Diaz and mate Mike Orr, they fought and landed an estimated 400-pound swordfish. The giant fish ate a bonito strip fished near the bottom. Local angler Michael Farin on Farin Innovations was fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet in 1,800 feet of water looking to catch a swordfish. On his first drop to the bottom Farin had a strike and after a long battle landed a 165-pound yellowfin tuna.
Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported lots of bonefish have been feeding along the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne. The bonefish are eating jigs and large live shrimp. On the western South Bay shorelines, permits have been seen tailing and pushing wakes. The permits are eating silver-dollar size blue crabs. Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Seas 2 out of Miamarina at Bayside reported his offshore charters are producing daily catches of kingfish, blackfin tuna and loads of bonitos to 15 pounds. The action has been outside the outer reef in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water.
Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported the daytime offshore fishing has been a real challenge because of hot and clear water, but at night the mangrove, yellowtail and mutton snapper fishing has been excellent. Captain Lenny Leonard out of Key West reported permits have been quite active on both the Oceanside and the backcountry flats. Bonefish schools have been easy to find and tarpon have been active during the early mornings. The tarpon are eating flies and artificial lures. Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sportfishing out of Whale Harbor reported dolphins are scattered offshore, wahoo are being caught early in the mornings and the yellowtail snapper bite has been awesome on the reefs.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported he has been finding plenty of hungry snook for catch and release in the Mosquito Lagoon. The snook were eating mud minnows and some of the fish exceeded 30 inches. On his charters, his clients have had plenty of mangrove snappers plus some big sharks. Nedra Maxwell of the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen have seen plenty of action from catch-and-release snook. At times, mangrove snappers, jack crevalles, redfish and Spanish mackerel have been biting. There has been lots of bait in and around the inlet.
Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tides Charters reported the catch and release snook fishing along the Gulf coast continues to be excellent. In the backcountry, there have been good numbers of redfish feeding along the mangrove shorelines for the sight fishermen. Kevin and Bryan Lancey of Broward County fished the Florida Bay side of Flamingo with live pinfish under a Cajun Thunder float and with Hookup lures tipped with Gulp baits. During the day, the fishermen hooked more than 20 snook, releasing seven and losing the others near the boatside. The fishermen caught a bunch of sea trout and jacks, and tangled with some big sharks. Their guide was captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters.
Captain Gary Mounce of Fishin Finatic Charters out of Everglades City reported there has been a great redfish and snook bite along the outside points on the outgoing tides that have a good current flow. The redfish are eating live shrimp and white baits under floats and jigs tipped with shrimp and soft plastics. The snook are eating white baits, Rapala X Raps and Mirrolure Mirrodines.
Fishing with captain Jim Anson in the freshwater urban lake and canal systems of South Florida, Ronald Thomas and Billie Melton of Tennessee caught and released 108 peacock and largemouth bass, 25 of which were caught using a 6-weight fly rod and artificial flies. Captain Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sportfishing Inc. reported finding good numbers of peacock bass, jack crevalles and snook in many of the freshwater canals from Boynton Beach to South Miami. Out in the freshwater canals of the Everglades, there has been a good largemouth-bass bite during the early mornings.