Fishing report: Offshore dolphin bite good in Islamorada


IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported the offshore dolphin bite continues to be good, but the fish have been 15 to 28 miles offshore. The reef fishing for yellowtail snapper has been excellent, but big bull sharks are eating a lot of them. The nighttime patch-reef fishing for mutton and mangrove snapper has been excellent.


Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters reported the dolphin fishing offshore of Miami continues to be excellent. Kostyo has been finding dolphin, big bluerunners and rainbow runners under large mats of Sargasso weeds in 700 to 900 feet of water. Captain John Barker of Blue Waters 2 Charters out of Bayside Market Place Marina in Miami reported the dolphin fishing has been excellent, with plenty of fish being caught 14 miles offshore of Miami Beach. On a recent charter heading out to the dolphin fishing grounds the Blue Waters 2 hooked and released a medium size blue marlin. The marlin ate a trolled bonito strip on a sea witch.


Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported the dolphin fishing fleet has been going out 24 miles to get their limits of slammer, heavy-lifter and gaffer-size dolphins to 40 pounds. The guides fishing the backcountry of Florida Bay have done well on snook, sea trout and have had some big tarpon on but not landed. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reports the nighttime snapper bite has been great, but it has been happening late at night. To take advantage of the late-night snapper bite, the Sea King has been staying out later. The daytime snapper bite is getting better with muttons and yellowtails.


Captain Justin Rieger of Just-IN-Time Charters out of Jensen Beach reported offshore fishermen are catching kingfish and a few sailfish, blackfin tuna and dolphin on live bait in 80 to 120 feet of water near Push Button Hill. Over structure in 50 to 80 feet of water, amberjacks, mutton, vermillion and mangrove snappers are bending the fishing rods. Along the beaches, the first signs of a fall mullet migration has started and sharks, tarpon, large jack crevalles and snook are feeding on the mullet schools. In the St. Lucie River around mullet schools, snook and sea trout are biting. A 32-inch, 9.8-pound sea trout was caught last week in the River. Flounder and tripletail are feeding next to the markers and pilings in the river.


Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported finding free floating tripletail along the outside shorelines, redfish and snook along the islands of Florida Bay and plenty of sharks and snapper in Conchie Channel. Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported he has been fishing with a lot of children this past week in Flamingo and looking for rod-bending action. Fishing along the outside shorelines in Florida Bay, open water and in the channels, the kids had action from large sharks, redfish, ladyfish, jacks, snappers and sawfish to 12 feet long. The fish ate live pinfish, chunks of ladyfish and Rapala Twitchin Raps.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers Beach reported with great tides his anglers caught plenty of redfish while fishing oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. Live free-lined pinfish seemed to work the best on the redfish. Mangrove snappers were eating shrimp-tipped jigs in the same areas. Spotted sea trout, silver trout and ladyfish where going for jig heads tipped with a Gulp shrimp in areas that had five to 10 feet of water. Snook fishing has been slow.


Thomas Dean out of Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported Lake Okeechobee’s water levels are up to 12.5 feet. Largemouth bass have been biting early and late in the day. The best areas for the bass have been along the outside grassy edges. Shellcrackers are bedding, and bluegill are still being caught. The panfishing has been best around Grassy Island, and the panfish are eating worms. Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Inc. reported daily rains in the Everglades have raised water levels. With higher temperatures, water temperatures have risen. During recent largemouth bass-fishing charters, his clients continue to catch plenty of bass but not in the numbers of a month ago.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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