South Florida fishing report: Feb. 25, 2015


Captain Ralph Mayans from the charter boat Sea Cross out of Haulover Marina reported fishing for dolphins has been excellent. The action is taking place offshore of Miami in depths from 180 feet out to 1,000 feet of water. Fishing with ballyhoo and strips of bonitos, his clients are catching dolphins over 30 pounds with most being in the 10 pound range. The fish have been under frigate birds, terns and turtles and along slicks. Kim Mills from the Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported captain Jamie Owens on the party boat Atlantis has been having excellent action from king mackerel and dolphins while fishing outside of Haulover Inlet.


Fishing from an inflatable kayak in a local lake near his home in Hollywood, Louis Arslanian was casting a Gulp jerk shad when he hooked a tarpon on 10 pound monofilament line and an ultra-light spinning reel and rod. After what seemed like an eternity, Arslanian was able to bring the exhausted tarpon he estimated at 40 pounds to boat side for the release. Captain Gil Gutierrez of Luck Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported offshore fishing has not been red hot but it has been steady offshore of Miami. Using mostly live baits, his clients have had action from sailfish, blackfin tuna in the 10 to 12 pound range and king mackerel. Fishing over the wrecks and ledges on the bottom, his clients are doing well on mutton snappers, amberjacks and catch-and-release groupers.


Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported daytime bottom-fishing trips are producing limit catches of snappers. Fishing rocky bottom in 50 to 80 feet of water is producing yellowtail snappers in the 14 to 20 inch range. Mixed in with the yellowtails have been mutton snappers, hogfish, groupers for catch and release and cero, king and Spanish mackerel. Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported deep dropping has been excellent for vermillion, yellow eye and blackfin snappers. Amberjacks are starting to school up on the deep wrecks and humps. Daytime swordfishing has been very good out in 2,000 feet of water. The swordfish are hitting an assortment of baits fished close to the bottom.


Keli Johnson from the Juno Fishing Pier reported Spanish mackerel are biting just after sunrise, and are going for silver spoons and jigs. Bluefish and bluerunners have been biting almost daily. Surf fishermen have had scattered catches of pompano, whiting and croakers. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported if you’re looking for a slot-size snook, then your best bet is at night around the inshore bridges. Bouncing jigs off the bottom and casting hard plastic lures along the bridge shadow lines is your best bet at getting a snook.


Local anglers Gil and Mary Muratori fished the open waters outside of Sandy Key and caught more than 25 Spanish mackerel, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, snapper and a cobia. All of the fish were caught with free lined shrimp and shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float with the exception of the cobia, which was caught with a shrimp and jig. Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported finding plenty of redfish and black drum up high on the shallow flats of Florida Bay when the winds are down.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing charters out of Fort Myers reported high winds and dirty water have made fishing in Estero Bay difficult. Finding clear water has been key in having success. Some of the best action has been for sheepshead and redfish around the oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. Live shrimp under a popping cork has produced the most fish.


Jim Crego from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported there is a good largemouth bass bite taking place on Lake Okeechobee. The bass are holding in the grass along the outside weedlines and eating large live wild golden shiners. Speckled perch fishing has been very good, especially at night. Some of the better speckled perch fishing is taking place in the Pahokee area around the spill ways, canal mouths and around Tree Island, and they are eating live Missouri minnows and crappie jigs.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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