Captain Wayne Conn from the Reward Fishing Fleet out of Miami Beach Marina reported limit catches of flag yellowtail snappers plus mutton; mangrove and lane snappers have been a recent occurrence during night trips offshore of Government Cut. The snappers are biting cut bait fished over the reefs. Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Inlet reported the nighttime anchor fishing trips are catching limit catches of yellowtail, mangrove and mutton snappers. Daytime offshore trips have produced a mixed bag of kingfish on the surface and cobia, groupers, mutton snapper and vermillion snappers on the bottom.
Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported offshore fishing has been decent but that plenty of quality fish are being caught. Dolphins are being caught in depths from 200 feet out to 950 feet of water. Close to the reef, dolphins are chasing schools of ballyhoo and have been tough to catch. Offshore, the dolphins are under birds and along weedlines. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are feeding around ballyhoo schools just outside the outer reef. Alex Busto his wife, Lisa, son Alex and friend Darryl Schober, all from the Orlando area, fished Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught over two dozen sea trout, jack crevalles to five pounds, barracudas and one snook. The fish ate live baits under a Cajun Thunder float and 1/4 ounce Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp. There have been some bluefish and large ladyfish mixed in with the jack action.
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Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sport Fishing charters out of Islamorada reported fishing around the Humps offshore of Islamorada continues to produce nice catches of dolphins and blackfin tuna on the surface and nice-size yelloweye snappers on the bottom. Captain Brett Hogan out of Key Largo reported dolphins, tripletail, wahoo and sharks have been holding under large pieces of floating debris. Most of the action has been 10 miles offshore of Key Largo. Bottom fishermen are doing well on mutton snappers. Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported very good offshore reef-fishing for yellowtail and mutton snappers.
Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported inlet fishermen are catching over slot-size redfish, a few permits, slot-size snook, jacks, ladyfish and a few Spanish mackerel. Plenty of bait continues to be available around the inlet. Offshore anglers are catching some nice-size dolphins and wahoo. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast charters reported fishing in the Indian River Lagoon has been excellent for large redfish, plenty of sea trout and lots of ladyfish. Most of the fish are feeding on finger mullet, but the mullet schools are starting to thin out. Captain Jim Ross of FineLine Fishing Charters out of Cocoa Beach reported schools of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jack crevalles are located just off the beaches in his area. The fish are striking practically anything shiny.
Captain Mike Hutchisson of Flats to Fathoms fishing charters reported huge schools of small baitfish along the coast from East Cape Canal north to Shark River have kept most predators stuffed. Snook, redfish, tarpon, jacks, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, snappers and tripletail are feeding on the baitfish schools. His clients have had decent action on the redfish and snook using live baits and artificial lures.
Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfishing continues to be very good. The reds are hitting shrimp-tipped jigs, and shrimp and pinfish under a float fished close to the mangrove islands and oyster bars on both tides. The key here is to fish the moving tides. There are plenty of ladyfish over the grass flats, and they can be cut into chunks or strips and used to catch the redfish. Sea trout are moving back over the grass flats now that water temperatures are dropping.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported he has been fishing the C-8, L-35A and G-15 canals recently. In these areas, his clients have been catching peacock bass to four pounds, a few largemouth bass, snakeheads, Mayan cichlids and Jaguar Gaupote. Most of the fish were eating Baby Torpedoes, Rapala X Raps and Chug Bugs.
Capt. Alan Sherman