Meg Robinson from the Juno Beach Fishing Pier reported schools of Spanish sardines and pilchards are attracting quite a bit of attention from Spanish mackerel, bluefish large jack crevalles, undersized king mackerel and a few snook. There have been some finger mullet schools passing the pier daily. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported that medium-sized tarpon have been feeding on flies just before first light in Key Biscayne. Bonefish are active on the shallow flats on the outgoing tides, and large sharks have been biting along the oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne.
If you’re looking to catch some dolphins this weekend, captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported that you will need to head offshore of Miami at least 18 miles to find the weed patches the dolphins are sharing with loads of barjacks. Captain Ralph Mayans from the charter boat Sea Cross out of Haulover Marina reported that trolling feathers with bonito strips on the surface in depths from 100 to 200 feet of water offshore of Haulover Inlet, his clients have had some sailfish action, and on the deep rods trolling with drone spoons they are catching kingfish and bonitos. Wahoo have been holding under floating debris, and over the wrecks there have been vermillion snappers and amberjacks.
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Captain Brett Hogan out of Key Largo reported that offshore boats have had steady action from dolphins 20 miles offshore in 1,000 feet of water. At night, the charter fleet has been catching tarpon and sharks fishing both sides of the shorelines. Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing charters out of Islamorada reported fishing around the Humps offshore of Islamorada, plenty of amberjacks, almoco jacks, blackfin tuna and skip jack tunas can be caught. During a recent daytime swordfish charter, one of his clients hooked and landed a 480.9pound swordfish. During the 39th annual Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament, Greg Smith of Laguna Vista, Texas, released two bonefish plus a fat 10pound, 13ounce bonefish to capture the Grand Champion award. He fished the shallow flats of Biscayne Bay on an early morning rising tide and was guided by Lower Keys captain Scott Collins.
Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported that large schools of mullet have sparked a good snook bite in the St. Lucie River, canals and along the bridges. Offshore surface action has been slow, but there have been plenty of vermillion and lane snappers on the bottom outside of 100 feet of water. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported that schools of glass minnows offshore of Cape Canaveral have attracted large schools of little tunny, also known as bonitos. These fish have been attacking small glass minnow flies. Along the beaches, large schools of pogies are attracting a lot of sharks and large tarpon.
During the FNGLA Day on the Bay Fishing Tournament, local anglers Dennis Horn and his wife, Vicky, caught and released snook, redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snapper, shark and largemouth bass to take top team and top male angler awards. The Horns mostly fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo. Local anglers Peter Garra, Martin Gonzalez and Johnny Arocha fished Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman and released snook to 28 inches, redfish to 26inches, snapper, jacks, sharks and jumped a tarpon.
If you’re looking for redfish right now, captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported that you should concentrate your efforts along the mangrove shorelines, grass flats and oyster bars on the rising tides. The reds have been biting shrimp on jigs, cut pinfish and chunks of ladyfish. Look for snook and sea trout to be working their ways inland now that water temperatures are starting to drop.
Captain Pat Stevens from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported that largemouth are schooling up along the outside edges of the grass as they prepare to spawn. The areas around Kramer Island and Pelican Bay, especially near coves, have been holding schools of baitfish, and that is where the fish have been holding. Casting Rattle Traps and spin baits or fishing live shiners have produced the most action. The stormy conditions have shut down the panfishing. Fishing for catfish on the bottom with red worms has been excellent in the canals and at the canal mouths.
Capt. Alan Sherman