South Florida fishing report: Feb. 18, 2015


Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina reported doing well on kingfish to 10 pounds offshore of Haulover Inlet. The kingfish have been in depths from 120 to 200 feet of water and the best way to catch them has been by trolling spoons and bonito strips deep. Kade Ross of Australia came all the way to Miami to fish with Kostyo so he could cross off a large tarpon from his bucket list. Ross was rewarded with a 100 pound tarpon that ate a large live shrimp slowly drifted behind the Knot Nancy. The catch was made along Haulover beach.


Surf fisherman Tamray Kam was fishing for pompano with live sand fleas off a beach in Hollywood and caught a 24-pound black drum. Captain Andy Roydhouse of FishHeadquarters.com reported the dolphin fishing offshore of Fort Lauderdale has been good in 200 to 400 feet of water. Most of the dolphins have been large schoolies but a 50-pound bull dolphin was boated on one recent trip. Along with the dolphins, there have been blackfin tuna, wahoo, kingfish and a few sailfish.


Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported before the cold front hit offshore, boats from his area had great dolphin action along the blue water edge that was about 9 miles offshore. Closer to the reef, kingfish, wahoo and a few sailfish were being caught. On the bottom over the wrecks, amberjacks and large mutton snappers were eating baits on the bottom, and deep dropping in depths over 500 feet of water was producing good catches of golden tiles fish, snowy groupers and yellow eye snappers. New York angler Daniel Esposito, 14, landed his bonefish on fly on a charter with Captain Dexter Simmons of Key West Fly Fishing Charters.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported with temperature dropping in his area, it takes some creative techniques to get the fish to eat. Some of the best action in his area has been in the channels, next to docks and along some of the mangrove shorelines that have nearby deep water. The best action has been with DOA Cal paddle tails fished slowly and close to the bottom. With this technique, his anglers are catching redfish, black drum, sheepshead, croakers, snapper, whiting, Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish and pompano. Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle reported jetty fishermen have had action from snook, redfish, sea trout, bluefish and sheepshead.


Local angler John Stunson and his fishing buddy Bill Ricker of Missouri were treated to a specular fishing day on the Florida Bay waters out of Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Using live shrimp hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point hook and a Cajun Thunder float, the anglers caught eight species that included tripletails to 4 pounds, Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, snook to 6 pounds and redfish to 22 inches. Their guide was captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported during recent charters in the backcountry out of Flamingo, his clients have enjoyed plenty of action from sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, snapper and redfish. His top lure recently has been a Rapala Twitchin Rap.


Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported the best bite in his area has been for small sea trout and 3-pound sheepshead. Targeting dock pilings, oyster bars and deep mangrove shorelines with small pieces of shrimp hooked to small hooks and then fished on the bottom has produced the best action. Redfishing has been good on the incoming tides late in the day around the deeper island points, mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. When the wind allows, fishing the near-shore waters has produced steady catches of Spanish mackerel, flounder, sea trout and snappers.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing reported with water temperatures in the 60s, the peacock bass bite was off much of the week in the urban canals. The best peacock bass action has come next to bridge pilings that transfer heat into the water. Fishing Rapala floating minnows, jigs and live shiners in these areas has produced steady catches of peacock bass with a few snook and largemouth bass.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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