IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported dolphin fishing has been red hot this past week. All of the charter boats that have made it out are catching as many as they want. The fish have been scattered out in 600 to 1,000 feet of water and can be located by trolling feathers and ballyhoo. Blackfin tuna of all sizes are also being caught, along with an occasional wahoo or two in the same depths. On the reefs, plenty of yellowtail snapper are being caught, along with kingfish and a few sailfish. Tarpon continue to thrill the tourists as they chase live mullet on the surface along the Keys bridges. Plenty of large sea trout and mangrove snapper are available over the deeper grass flats near Oxfoot Bank and Sandy Key.
Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Market Place reported offshore fishing is being hampered by the recent strong winds that are forcasted to subside by this weekend. Since returning from Bimini, his clients have had action from kingfish, sailfish, dolphin and sharks while fishing offshore of Government Cut. Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported that during recent charters offshore of Miami Beach his clients have caught a few sailfish, kingfish, dolphin and large blackfin tuna, and released a blue marlin on 20-pound tackle. On the bottom, he has been catching large amberjacks and a few big mutton snappers. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported that shallow-water bonefishing has been slow, but tarpon continue to be caught and released around Key Biscayne.
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Captain Lee Daniel Kerbel of Inner Circle Sport Fishing Charters out of Key West reported his clients have been catching a lot of dolphins in 300 to 900 feet. Trolling naked ballyhoos along broken weedlines is how they are finding the dolphin, from small schoolies to heavy lifters. The wrecks continue to produce action from amberjack.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported sea trout have been biting during early mornings in areas that have grass on the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water with baitfish nearby. The trout are eating DOA Bait Buster lures. Redfish and snook are biting along the mangrove shorelines and sea walls. There have been some big snook working the sea walls. There have been plenty of snappers holding around structure on the bottom in the river. In the inlet and turning basin, a few Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jacks are hitting anything shiny.
Captain Bob LeMay reported finding big, hungry snook along the shoreline, points and creek mouths from Little Shark River north to Lostman’s River. The snook are feeding on finger mullet schools and pilchards. A few redfish and sea trout are mixed in with the snook. Big sharks are there waiting for a tired just-released snook. Tripletail have been holding next to many of the downed trees along the shoreline. On a Busman’s Holiday, captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing charters and his son, Zachary, caught and released 12 snook, one redfish, lots of sea trout, pompano, sharks, sawfish, jacks, ladyfish, snapper, eight tripletail and three tarpon. They fished the Harney River area with Hookup Lures tipped with soft plastics, live mullet and pilchards.
Captain Todd G Geroy of Captain Todd G. Geroy Charters out of Naples reported snook, redfish and tarpon have moved out to the beaches and around the outside shoals near the passes. The snook and redfish are feeding on small mullet and other small baitfish schools in the area. Big tarpon are scattered along the beaches and are feeding on the bigger mullet and small ladyfish. In the back bays smaller tarpon can be targeted with live baitfish and an assortment of artificial lures.
Bob Taylor of Hollywood fished with Alan Zaremba of Worldwide Sport Fishing Inc. in the L-6 canal and caught and released 52 largemouth bass to three pounds and more than 100 panfish. They were casting soft plastics and Rapala floating minnows. Peacock bass continue to bite well in the C-4 and C-100 canals.
Capt. Alan Sherman