Captain Wayne Conn from the party boat Reward out of Miami Beach Marina reported during recent night trips that his clients have been catching up to 40 mutton snappers plus a lot of yellowtail, mangrove and lane snappers. The action has been over the reefs offshore of Miami, and the fish are eating cut baits. Keli Johnson from the Juno Beach Fishing Pier reported that pier fishermen are loading up on Spanish mackerel. A few bluefish and lots of ladyfish. The blues, ladyfish and mackerel are eating live shrimp, flashy spoons and jigs. Better-size pompano have been showing up almost daily.
Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace reported that offshore of Miami Beach fishing has been the best along the blue water edge out to 500 feet of water. Working these areas, he has had action from dolphins, small sharks, blackfin tuna and a few sailfish. Local Dan Hoffman and his 8-year-old son Jake and 8-year-old Zachary Schuster fished Biscayne Bay on the Get Em with captain Alan Sherman and caught close to 40 fish in six hours on the water. The guys caught six species that included many bluefish and Spanish mackerel to four pounds. The fish were eating Rapala X Raps and live baits fished under a Cajun Thunder float.
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Captain Kristian Demblans of Reel G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported bottom fishing for mutton; yellowtail and mangrove snapper over the outer reefs has been excellent. Sailfishing is starting to pick up in his area. Captain Chris Johnson from the charter boat SeaSquared out of Marathon reported there are plenty of mangrove snappers and a few nice red and black groupers to be caught by bottom-fishing the patch reefs on the outside and the channels and rock piles on the bayside. Captain Butch Greene on the charter boat Sassy Lady out of Post Card Inn Beach and Resort Marina at Holiday Isle in Islamorada scored on dolphins, blackfin tuna and tripletail while fishing the surface offshore and amberjacks on the bottom. Much of the action took place around the Humps.
Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported that fishing offshore of St. Lucie Inlet has been good for dolphins, kingfish and cobia. Sailfish are starting to show up. Spanish mackerel have been available along the beaches, and there are whiting, bluefish and a few pompano mixed in with the mackerel. Offshore bottom-fishing is producing triggerfish and snappers. Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported that fishing in the St. Lucie River has been good for mackerel, trout, ladyfish, snapper and jacks. Most of the action is over the flats. Along the shorelines, redfish and sheepshead are biting. Snook have been feeding around the jetties and bridges at night. The best baits for the snook have been feathered jigs and DOA Bait Busters.
Captain Bob LeMay reported that snapper fishing on the inside waters of Shark River, Oyster Bay and Whitewater Bay continues to be good. Gag groupers have not showed up as of this time. Tarpon fishing is still good, with fish up to 80 pounds being hooked. Redfish and small snook are being caught around the mangrove shorelines and in the creek mouths. Spanish mackerel and lots of bait are being found in the river mouths and creek mouths along the outside shorelines.
Captain Lisa Williams of Sea Gone Charters out of Marco Island reported that redfish are feeding around the oyster bars and shallow grass flats. The redfish are eating yellow jigs tipped with shrimp on moving tides. Snook are holding along the mangrove shorelines and have been responding to live baitfish and shrimp. Trout fishing in one to two feet of water has been good. Offshore, the red grouper catch-and-release fishing has been excellent, with reports of 100 groupers being caught and released.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported that fishing the C-4, L-30 and the C-100 canals with Heddon Torpedoes, suspending Rapala X Raps and floating Rapalas, 1/4 ounce Jungle jigs, and Clouser minnows, his clients have been catching peacock bass to five pounds, largemouth bass, spotted tilapias, Oscars and an assortment of cichlids.
Capt. Alan Sherman