Lester Wenger of Lester’s Live Bait out of Haulover reported offshore fishermen had a field day over the weekend catching many sailfish, kingfish and dolphins in depths from 100 to 600 feet of water. Captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters out of Keystone Marina reported the sailfish action offshore of Miami Beach has been spectacular. In two days of sailfishing, his clients released 26 out of 27 sailfish they hooked. When the north current has been running, the sailfish have been up on the surface in depths from 100 to 160 feet of water. There have been some large dolphins along the blue-water edge, as well. The bigger dolphins have been under frigate birds.
Local anglers Manny Fernandez, Alejandro Martinez, Jordan Gruber and Ryan Phillips fished aboard the Priceless from Miami Beach to Key Biscayne in 100 to 150 feet of water. Fishing with live baits under a kite and baits pitched to individual fish, they caught and released 34 sailfish Sunday. A.J. Sepe, Marcelo Pares and Thomas Sims were the boat’s mates, and the captain was Tido Sanchez. Fishing in the area of Key Biscayne, Lauren McFall, John Dlubac and Joe Guarino — all from New York — caught 14 bluefish, one Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles and sea trout to 18 inches. McFall outfished the boys four fish to one. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters was their guide. Fishing aboard the charter boat Sonny Boy out of Key Biscayne, angler Paul O’ Leary of New Hampshire caught two kingfish, a 15 pound amberjack, dolphins and golden tilefish to 16 pounds. The fish were caught in depths as deep as 600 feet offshore of Key Biscayne.
Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported daytime bottom fishing trips continue to produce great yellowtail snapper catches. Many of his clients are catching their 10-snapper limit each trip. Among the catch have been a few kingfish, catch-and-release grouper, hogfish, and mutton snappers. The best depth has been between 50 and 60 feet of water. Captain Jason Long of Best Bet Fishing Charters, also out of Marathon, reported offshore catches have consisted of dolphins in the 20- to 30-pound range, small blackfin tuna on the surface, and plenty of snowy grouper and tilefish that are being caught while deep dropping.
Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported that in 200 feet of water, it has been mostly dolphins and small blackfin tuna. In 60 feet of water north of the Port St. Lucie Inlet, the kingfish bite has been pretty decent. Along the beaches, there have been plenty of bluefish in the mornings and then big croakers and whiting in the afternoon. In the St. Lucie River, plenty of redfish are biting along the western shorelines. The reds are going after soft plastics and gold spoons, and at night, snook from under-slot to over-slot-size fish are eating live shrimp and pinfish at almost all of the inland bridges.
Pete and Sue Silot spent some time fishing in the backcountry out of Flamingo and had no trouble limiting out on mangrove snappers in the 11- to 14-inch range. The snappers were eating live pilchards attached to a knocker rig. Captain David Acurrsio of Draggin Out Charters reported finding plenty of large snook and redfish high up on the shallow flats of Florida Bay.
Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps Fishing Charters out of Everglades City reported redfish are returning to the area and can be caught around the mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. Snook are slowly making their way to the outside waters as water temperatures rise. Speckled sea trout are in the area in good numbers. Most of the sea trout have been less than 15 inches, but there are many that are also oversized. The best action has come on the incoming tides.
Alan Zaremba of Worldwide Sport Fishing reported peacock bass fishing has been excellent and the largemouth bass fishing in the Everglades Conservation areas has been getting better every day. Peacock bass are eating Clouser minnow flies and the AZ Urban Jungle jigs in the E-4, C-8 and C-100 canals. Largemouth bass are going after soft plastics and Rapala floating minnows in Everglades’s freshwater canals.
Capt. Alan Sherman