South Florida fishing report: Aug. 20, 2014


Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Miamarina at Bayside reported that large schoolie dolphins have been pretty thick along a giant weedline that has been located between 20 and 25 miles offshore of Miami. There has been a lot of small bluerunners under the mats of weeds that can be caught with a Sabiki rig and then fed to the hungry dolphins. A few dolphins over 20 pounds are feeding along this weedline, as well. Thomas reported that there are closer weedlines to shore, but these weedlines have not been as productive.


Captain Freddie David from the charter boat out of Miami reported that besides the great dolphin fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet, trolling just outside the outer reef in depths from 120 to 200 feet of water with rigged ballyhoo and bonito strips, there are plenty of bonitos, a few blackfin tuna, kingfish and a surprising amount of sailfish to be caught. The kings are feeding deep. Captain Mo Estevez of Low Places Guide Service out of Miami reported that the outgoing tide in South Bay on the Oceanside flats has been when the best action for big sharks and schooling bonefish has taken place.

Chunks of barracuda are getting the shark strikes, and large live shrimp are your best bet for the bonefish.


Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported the daytime mangrove snapper fishing offshore of Marathon has been excellent. A few legal-size groupers are being caught with the snappers, and on some charters he is doing a split trip where they catch snappers and then go snorkeling for lobsters. Captain Kyle O’ Hearn of Ebb and Flow Charters out of Sugarloaf Key reported that lobstering in depths from 10 feet or less has been outstanding. On the flats, bonefish and permits and quite a few tarpon have been feeding and holding in his area.


Freddy Caimotto from Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported that offshore fishing for dolphins has been spotty, with the best action in 120 to 150 feet of water. Lots of Sailfish have been biting in the 80 to 120 depths, and kingfish action has been good in the area of the Loran Tower. The kings are biting live baits and trolled spoons. On the bottom, plenty of snappers, trigger fish, a few black sea bass and jacks are being caught. Along the beaches, plenty of snook are being caught for catch and release. In the St. Lucie River, it’s all about being on the water very early or fishing at night when things are cooler. East of Herman’s Bay, redfish, large sea trout and snook are biting on live finger mullet. Around the bridges at night and at first light, black drum, sheepshead, snook, pompano and a few permits are biting.


Captain Ariel Cabrera reported fishing for redfish in the shallow waters of Florida Bay has been outstanding. At times on the flats his customers have had shots at black drum, tarpon, snook and sea trout. Plenty of legal size mangrove snappers are biting in the channels south and west of Flamingo. Locals Marcus and Alan Stead fished Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and released five snook and landed two redfish, releasing a third, plus sea trout, jacks, snappers and plenty of sharks. All of the fish ate live pinfish fished under a Cajun Thunder float.


Captain Todd Geroy out of Naples reported early morning tarpon fishing along the beaches has been very good. The tarpon are holding in areas that have large schools of baitfish. The tarpon are eating live crabs, ladyfish and artificial lures. Catch-and-release snook fishing has been excellent in the passes. The snook are responding to live bait chumming. Big sharks are also in these passes. Redfish are going for live baits fished along the tree lined shorelines and on the edges of the oyster bars.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported that there are plenty of fish to be caught in the local residential canals and lakes of South Florida, but you have to be armed with live baits, jigs and plastic artificial lures to keep the action going. Fishing Lake Ida, the C-4, C-2 and C-100 canals, his clients are catching up to 26 peacock bass, largemouth bass, Oscars and Mayan cichlids.