South Florida fishing report: March 4, 2015


Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace reported his clients have had steady action from dolphins ranging in size from heavy lifters to fish more than 25 pounds. The dolphins have been under frigate birds, turtles and along broken weed lines in depths from 150 feet out to 400 feet of water. Over the deeper wrecks, his clients have had action from amberjacks and groupers for catch and release. Sailfish have been around but not in big numbers. Closer to the reef, his clients have had kingfish to 42 pounds. Live large threadfin herring has been the top baits. Spanish mackerel and bluefish are biting closer to the beaches.


Locals David Dresner and Suzie Carey were attending a music festival on Virginia Key and decided to fish with live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float. In a matter of minutes, they had caught and released four snook between 32 and 40 inches. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported finding large numbers of bonefish and some nice permits on the mainland flats of South Bay during the first few hours of the morning. Tarpon have started to move into the Key Biscayne area. Bay fishing for bluefish, Spanish mackerel and an assortment of groupers was very good with the top bait being a live large shrimp. Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Waters II out of Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace reported during a recent offshore fishing charter his clients loaded up on nice-size dolphins plus a large bull shark.


Captain Kristian Demblans of Reel G Florida Keys Fishing out of Islamorada reported the dolphin fishing offshore of Islamorada has been good, with dolphins being caught under birds and along weed lines. Near the offshore Humps, sailfish, blackfin tuna and wahoo are being caught. Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Charters out of Islamorada reported reef fishing has been excellent. Working the patches and deeper ledges, his clients are catching plenty of yellowtail snappers plus some big mutton snappers, hogfish and porgies.


Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen this week have had sporadic action from sea trout, bluefish, black drum, redfish, snook and a few nice pompano. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported fishermen targeting the clear waters just offshore of the beaches are finding cobia schools shadowing big manta rays. Tripletail is holding along the navigational markers outside of Port Canaveral. Where big schools of Atlantic menhaden are holding large jack crevalles, large redfish and big sharks can be targeted. King mackerel from 6 to 10 pounds to kingfish as big as 50 pounds will be arriving any day near the Pelican Flats and 8A reefs. In the Mosquito Coast Lagoon, slot-size redfish can be found up on the shallow grass flats, and bigger breeder-size redfish will holding deeper edges and sand bars.


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported fishing the shorelines north of the Florida Bay marina, the grass flats around Middle Ground and the open waters outside of the Park’s boundary markers his clients caught snook, redfish, mangrove snappers, jacks, ladyfish, a lot of sea trout, Spanish mackerel and had shots at tripletail that he estimated at weighing more than 10 pounds each.


Captain Matt Hoover of Night Flight Fishing Charters out of Calusa Island Marina in Goodland reported his best fishing is taking place along the shorelines for redfish and snook using popping corks and live shrimp. Mixed in with the snook and reds have been black drum and sheepshead. Working the deeper cuts and river mouths on the colder days with chunks of shrimp and shrimp tided jigs close to the bottom is getting strikes from sea trout, black drum, sheepshead and pompano.


Alan Zaremba of Worldwide Sport Fishing Inc. reported largemouth bass fishing in the canals in the Everglades conservation areas has been slow, but the peacock bass fishing in the urban canals of South Florida has been very good with the warmer conditions. Targeting the C-4, C-2 and the C-100 canals, his clients had up to 24 peacock bass to 6 pounds. The bass were caught while fly fishing and with AZ jungle jigs.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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