Captain Todd G. Geroy out of Naples reported while he recovers from foot surgery his son, captain Ben Geroy, has been finding his clients snook over 20 pounds for catch and release, slot-size redfish and large shark. The fish are eating live pilchards along the beaches, in the passes and along the outside mangrove shorelines. Almost all of the action is during morning charters.
Captain John Barker of Ace Blue Waters Charters, Inc. out of Bayside Market Place in Miami reported fishing along the outer reef offshore of Government Cut is producing lots of action from false albacore, also known as bonitos, plus some nice size summertime kingfish. Captain Gill Gutierrez of Luck Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported daytime anchor fishing offshore of Miami is producing steady catches of large mutton snappers, yellowtail snappers, amberjacks and grouper. Dolphins have been available in depths from 600 to 1000 feet of water. Most of the action has been under birds.
IslamoradaSporFishing.com reported dolphins are being caught under birds in depths from just outside the drop off in 100 feet of water out 20 miles. The dolphins are not responding well to trolled baits or lures, but a live ballyhoo or pinfish cast out in areas that have birds has been quickly eaten by dolphins from under-size fish to gaffer-size fish. On the reef, there have been plenty of yellowtail snappers plus a few big mutton snappers. To get the fish going requires a lot of chumming. On the Florida Bay side plenty of action from jacks, ladyfish, sharks and sea trout is available by fishing soft plastics and shrimp in and around the mullet muds. Captain Bill Hauk from the party boat Sea King in Marathon reported offshore daytime fishing has been slow, but the night snapper bite continues to be excellent. Mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are biting cut baits fished on and near the bottom.
Captain Scott Collins of Getting Lucky Sportfishing Charters out of Jupiter reported large sharks in his area have been eating some of their offshore catches recently. Collins is OK with that at times because riding the backs of these sharks have been quite a few cobia and rainbow runners that have provided great light tackle action. Scattered along the outside ledge out to 1,000 feet of water have been some nice size dolphins. The dolphins are feeding along the scattered weedlines. On the ledge, kingfish have been thick one day and thin the next. On the ledge lots of bonitos are available for non-stop action. Bottom fishing has been producing a nice mixed bag of yellowtail, vermillion and mutton snappers, plus trigger fish, porgies and a few African pompano.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported Florida Bay is loaded with an assortment of quality-size baitfish. These baitfish schools are attracting the attention of ladyfish, large and small sharks, jack crevalles, snook, tarpon and redfish. Most of this action is taking place along mangrove islands and shorelines that have two-to-four feet of water and in the channels and run offs east of the Flamingo Marina.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported if you’re looking for action in his area then the place to be is in the passes and nearby waters. Drifting these areas with shrimp-tipped jigs is producing steady catches of snapper, whiting, silver trout, spotted sea trout, ladyfish, pompano and small sharks. Out in the open waters in 15 to 20 feet of water lots of big sharks are available for rod-bending action. The backcountry action has slowed, and baitfish is starting to show up along the beaches so the beach fishing should pick up any day.
Captain Pat Stevens out of Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported Lake Okeechobee’s water level is right at 12 feet. The bluegill fishing remains good in the Rim Canal. Speckled perch have moved into the deeper holes of the Lake. Largemouth bass are biting top water lures early in the day and soft plastic worms the remainder of the day. The best bass fishing has been in the Rim Canal around the cuts, the west side of Ritta Island and in Coot Bay, where the fish are holding along the outside grass lines.
Capt. Alan Sherman