South Florida fishing report: April 22, 2015


Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters out of Miami reported a strong early-morning tarpon bite at the ocean inlets and around Key Biscayne. They are eating blue crabs and soft plastics. Along the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne, bonefish have been feeding on the incoming tides. Permits and tarpon are also available on these flats. The bonefish are eating live shrimp and the permits are eating silver-dollar size blue crabs. Lots of spinner and bonnethead sharks are feeding along the flats as well. The sharks are eating large crabs and cut fish.


Captain Paul Roydhouse of Fishingheadquarters.com in Fort Lauderdale reported dolphin and wahoo fishing have been good on the troll offshore of Port Everglades in 100 feet of water and deeper. Blackfin tuna fishing has been good in the late afternoons. Bottom fishing over the wrecks is producing big amberjacks and nice cobias, and at night, mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are being caught on cut bait. Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone Point reported Miami offshore fishing is coming in spurts. In the right conditions, sailfish, blackfin tuna to 25 pounds, kingfish to 40 pounds and dolphins can be caught. The best fishing is in blue water with a decent north current. Wreck fishing has brought a few large mutton snappers.


Fishing with captain Chuck Brodzki out of Lower Matecumbe Key, anglers Kristina and Mark Bryn along with Greg Nacron caught and released six tarpon in the 45- to 100-pound class. The Miami fishermen caught the tarpon on the bayside channels in Lower Matecumbe with free-lined blue crabs. At night, the fishermen had tarpon strip fly rods on their line. Captain Richard Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported the tarpon fishing has been red hot in that area. Captain David Schugar of Sweet E’Nuf Charter Co. out of Marathon reported hot action from gaffer-size dolphins on the surface and big barrel fish deep dropping offshore of Marathon.


Captain Justin Rieger of Just - IN - Time Charters out of Jensen Beach reported offshore fishermen are catching dolphins, plenty of blackfin tuna and a few sailfish in 100 feet of water offshore of Jensen Beach. Over the reefs in 50 feet of water, big mutton snappers, yellowtail and mangrove snappers and porgies are biting cut bait. Large jack crevalles are roaming the beaches as they look for the greenie baitfish schools. In the Ocean inlets and throughout the St. Lucie River, large snook are available at night and during the day. Sea trout fishing has been slow in the River, but plenty of redfish are being caught along the mangrove shorelines and from under docks.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catch The Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported fishing the nearshore waters out to Mays reef has produced the best action for Spanish mackerel, whiting, sea trout and small sharks. The passes are holding silver trout, whiting and snappers. A shrimp-tipped jig is getting the strikes. Sharks and small pods of tarpon have been feeding along the beaches. Snook and redfish are holding along the mangrove shorelines and under docks. A live whitebait or shrimp under a float is getting their attention.


Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported having early-morning tarpon action outside of the Florida Bay boat ramp. Fishing in areas where small baitfish can be seen has produced good action from snook and redfish. There have been some large tripletail free floating offshore. Captain David Accursio of Draggin it Out Charters reported catches of tarpon to 140 pounds outside of the Flamingo Marina. These large tarpon have been eating soft plastic lures early in the morning.


Mark Escobar out of BJ’s Bait and Tackle in Plantation reported water levels have been down in the canals along Holiday Park, Alligator Alley, Sawgrass Recreation Park, the Holy Lands and in Loxahatchee Park. Largemouth bass to 8 pounds are eating live shiners, soft plastics and an assortment of artificial lures. Panfish are thick and have been eating red worms, crickets, small jigs and flies.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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