Freddy Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported the fishing out of Port St. Lucie has been excellent this week. Offshore in depths from 110 to 250 feet of water, dolphins and large tripletail are feeding under large patches of Sargasso weeds. Along the current rips, small blackfin tuna and bonitos have been thick. A few sailfish, wahoo and big kings are biting in 75 to 120 feet of water. Cobia and mutton snappers are feeding over the shallow wrecks. Peck’s Lake and the beaches have had good numbers of Spanish mackerel. Whiting, bluefish, small pompano and croakers are eating shrimp, clams and sand fleas along the beaches and into the River.
Captain Bouncer Smith on Bouncer’s Dusky out of Miami Beach Marina reported having plenty of action from dolphins, cobia, small sharks and kingfish on the surface and gag and black grouper, mutton snappers to eight pounds on the bottom. Most of the action took place in depths from 120 out to 300 feet of water offshore of Government Cut. During the Dust Em Off Sailfish Warmup Tournament held in Miami, charter boat Free Spool out of Haulover Marina took 1st Place Charter Boat, Top Lady Angler and 1st Place Overall. The Lady Angler was Mindi Marks, who landed five large sailfish and a 54-pound cobia. Also onboard was Dan Marks, Mindi’s husband, Brian Anger, captain Sean Bartoletti, Miko Mills and Sue Cocking, all from Miami. The fish were caught using live goggle eye jacks and bluerunners for bait. Captain Dennis Forgione was behind the helm, and mate Jason Robertson assisted all of the anglers.
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Captain Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported backcountry guides have been doing well on mangrove snappers, redfish, and some real nice snook fishing the channels, flats and island shorelines in Florida Bay. Offshore fishing has been very good with a few sailfish being caught just outside the reef. There have been steady dolphin catches being made along the Sargasso weedlines about 10 miles offshore. Under large pieces of floating debris wahoo, tripletail and dolphins are being caught. Blackfin tunas have been biting along the offshore rips and over some of the deeper wrecks.
Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported fishing in and around the Sebastian Inlet has been excellent. When the inlet was rough from high winds last week, plenty of pompano and a few bonefish were landed. With calmer conditions mackerel, bluefish, loads of jacks, plenty of snappers, black drum, a few large flounder, over slot size redfish and small snook are being caught.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding a ton of bait along the coast from East Cape Canal to Northwest Cape. The baitfish consisted of threadfin herring, glass minnows, pilchards and finger mullet. Feeding on the baitfish schools were snook, redfish, snapper, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, large tarpon and sharks.
Captain Rob Modys Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported fishing early and late has been very good in his area this week. Redfish can be found around the islands especially the ones holding mullet schools. Sea trout, snappers and snook are in the passes. Sheepshead can be found along the deeper mangrove shorelines and pompano are being caught on the outside of the passes. Live shrimp on jig heads or under a float and jigs tipped with shrimp have been the top baits.
Howard Kleeman out of Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported a few limit catches of speckled perch are being made by fishermen working the Dynamite Holes and around Tree Island. The best catches are being made by fishermen using live minnows two hours before dark and into the evening. Largemouth bass fishing has been good along the hard line of the grass edges where there is clear water. Best catches are being made early in the day by fishermen using live wild shiners, top water lures, spinner baits and soft plastics. The bass have been biting around Tree Island, Ritta Island and in Pelican Bay.
Capt. Alan Sherman