From time to time over the past couple decades, South Florida authors have published how-to guides for catching snook or largemouth bass or peacock bass from shore.
A Broward man lost his life diving on the first day of the lobster miniseason. He might have run out of air.
Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported that nighttime snapper fishing on the reefs offshore of Miami has been red hot. Plenty of mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are biting cut bait over the reef in depths of 25 to 60 feet of water. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported the nighttime mangrove snapper fishing on the reef is off the chart. Nighttime snapper anglers are having no problem catching a limit of snappers, which are eating ballyhoo and threadfin herring.
Off-road vehicles such as swamp buggies, street-legal 4x4s, ATVs and UTVs will be allowed back in the Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, marking the end of the annual 60-day recreational closure to ORV access. Only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open. All secondary trails will remain closed for an additional 60 days. The closure does not affect landowners’ access to private property using permitted trails. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bicy.
Outdoors | Lobster miniseason
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, thousands of scuba divers, snorkelers and bully netters will be trying to catch a limit of bugs before the season closes at midnight Thursday.
Absenteeism may be higher than usual at South Florida workplaces Wednesday and Thursday due to the annual dive derby known as lobster mini-season.
Bug Light was demolished and removed, which means anglers and charter captains have to look elsewhere for live bait.
Lobster fishing | Annual two-day miniseason (Wed.-Thu.)
Florida’s largest undeclared state holiday — the annual two-day lobster miniseason — arrives Wednesday and Thursday. Thousands of hopeful scuba divers, snorkelers and bully netters will crowd the state’s waterways, vying for neighborhood barbecue supremacy.
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Captain John Long and I zipped west in his skiff from Key West to the Marquesas Keys on Wednesday, filled with anticipation of permit. A few days earlier, anglers competing in the three-day Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament had released 15 on fly and the winner, Nathaniel Linville, had five releases. That might not sound like much to a non-fly angler, but it’s huge. And on the previous day, Long and a friend had no less than 40 shots at permit on the flats west of Key West. They hooked two and lost them.
Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.
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Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point Marina reported large amounts of Sargasso weeds in the Gulf Stream continue to attract large numbers of dolphins. Most of the dolphins have been schoolies but a few have been more than 30pounds. The dolphins have been in depths from 400 feet of water out as far as 18 miles.
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Fishing kayaks with motors; lures that change color with different water temperatures; sonar fish-finders you cast like a bobber; and multiple variations of the popular bass frog.
Building on the two-year-old TrophyCatch incentive program for bass anglers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced it will launch similar programs for saltwater fishers.
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H If youve got the urge to dive for your dinner but dont want to wait two weeks for the annual two-day lobster mini-season, why not head up to Homosassa in Floridas Big Bend region?
Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported there have been plenty of dolphin from 6 to 20miles offshore of Miami this past week. The dolphin have been under birds, under floating big pieces of debris or feeding along substantial weed lines. Most of the these fish have been either small schoolies too small to keep, large schoolies in the 5- to 7-pound range or single or paired up fish more than 20pounds. The dolphin have been hungry and eating small bluerunners Sabiki caught from under large weed patches.
Fish anywhere, pay nothing and eat free fried fish in the annual Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament on Saturday at 2933 SE Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness. For more information, call 754-245-6062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreational anglers in South Florida and around the state got some welcome news earlier this week from the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee.
Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on Bottom fishing from 20 feet to 2,000 feet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Dusky Sportcenter, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.
The fishing near Flamingo in Everglades National Park is so good these days you almost forget about the bloodthirsty insects descending on you and the cloying heat enveloping you the minute you get out of the car.
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