Captain Quinton Dieterle of the charter boat Cutting Edge out of Crandon Park Marina reported finding the mother lode of dolphins offshore of Key Biscayne this week. Dieterle was fishing over 10 miles offshore around weed lines, floating debris and in areas that had plenty of birds and had dolphins more than 40 pounds, plus many heavy lifters and gaffer-size fish.
Captain Jay Cohen from Spellbound Charters out of Haulover Marina reported there have been plenty of false albacore, a few nice kingfish and some large wahoo to catch near the surface in 80 to 160 feet of water offshore of Miami Beach. Out in the deep water, dolphins have been scattered and tilefish are feeding on the bottom. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported residential tarpon in the 40- to 60-pound range are providing some early morning action for his clients. The tarpon are mostly feeding on live crabs in the Key Biscayne area. The Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported nighttime snapper fishing on the reefs is on fire. Most of the catch has been mangrove snappers mixed with yellowtail and mutton snappers. The snappers are biting cut squid, sardines and ballyhoo.
Captain Lee Daniel Kerbel of Inner Circle Sportfishing Charters out of Key West reported bottom fishing in 700 feet of water is producing nice catches of snowy grouper and black belly rosefish. Over the wrecks in 200 to 400 feet of water, his clients are catching kingfish and blackfin tuna on the surface and mutton snappers, red groupers and jacks on the bottom baits. The best action has been with live threadfin herring, cigar minnows and Spanish sardines. Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina reported dolphin catches remain good offshore of Islamorada with some fish reaching 40 pounds and many boats coming in with racks of fish. Most of the action has moved way offshore near the swordfish grounds, but there have been schools of dolphins scattered closer to shore.
Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported the snook and small tarpon fishing along the shorelines of the Indian River Lagoon have been very good during early mornings. High water has made it possible to get close enough to these shorelines and target these fish. The tarpon and snook have been caught and released by fly fishermen and anglers casting surface lures. On the oceanside, schools of Atlantic pogies and glass minnows are attracting the attention of large schools of false albacore, big tarpon, jacks, sharks and kingfish. Rick Feiertag of Fort Pierce fished with captain Steve Amarant of Davie offshore of Fort Pierce and landed two cobia, dolphin, king mackerel, bonito and sharks. Feiertag also lost a sailfish and large fish that almost spooled a 20 pound spinner. That fish was thought to be a wahoo. Feiertag was slow trolling live pilchards and threadfin herring 11 miles offshore.
Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported recent rains have moved the snook population out into Florida Bay, where his clients have been catching and releasing lots of them. Tarpon in the 40- to 60-pound range are still being encountered along the coast, and plenty of redfish are available on the shallow flats of Florida Bay.
Captain Roan zumFelde of Rz’s Fishing Extremes Charters out of Naples reported inshore fishing has been very good for snook and snapper around the inside jetties and rock walls near the passes. Live shrimp and whitebait have been the top baits. Redfish are scattered in the inside bays. The redfish are eating live shrimp under a popping cork. Snook, sea trout and pompano are feeding along the beaches and can be caught with jigs, flies and live baits. Offshore anglers have had good action from red and gag grouper, some nice snappers and a few big kingfish. Most of the offshore action has been inside of 15 miles.
Fishing in the area of Sawgrass Recreation Park, Pat Mackay of Pembroke Pines and Alan Sherman of Miami caught and released close to 100 largemouth bass to 3 pounds plus more than 30 panfish using Rapala floating minnows. Alan Zaremba of Worldwide Sport Fishing Inc. reported peacock bass fishing has been very good in the C-60 and C-100 canals. A 9-pound largemouth was released by one his clients this week.
Capt. Alan Sherman