This week’s best bet in fishing: Mutton and yellowtail off Haulover Inlet


Captain Skippy Zingone from the party boat Hurricane out of Haulover Marina reported while fishing in choppy waters offshore of Haulover Inlet his clients have had great catches of mutton and yellowtail snappers that were caught on cut baits fished on the bottom plus kingfish and bonitos caught near the surface. Lisa Souza from the Deerfield Beach Pier reported pier fishermen are catching mangrove snappers, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks.


Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters reported the fishing offshore of Miami is producing steady catches of kingfish in the five to 15 pound class, sailfish and quite a few gaffer size dolphins. The dolphins are being caught in depths from 160 feet of water out to 800 feet of water. Local anglers Paul Mosin, James Ryan and Aaron Himes fished South Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman in very rainy conditions. During their venture the trio released three snook, a gag, two black, five red and two Nassau groupers, mutton and mangrove snappers, bonnethead sharks, bluerunners and jack crevalles. All of the fish were caught using live pilchards and Mustad Ultra Point Hooks.


IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported offshore anglers continue to do well on blackfin tuna over the Humps. Dolphins are being caught a few miles further offshore and there has been a very good swordfish bite during the day outside of 1500 feet of water. On the reef sailfish are being caught more frequently due to the big schools of ballyhoo that are in the area. Kingfish are feeding on the ballyhoo schools and wahoo are being caught on live speedos. Yellowtail fishing on the reef continues to be good. On the Florida Bay and Gulf side of the Keys the Spanish mackerel fishing has been real good and a few cobias are mixed in with the mackerel. These fish are eating jigs tipped with shrimp.


Josh Reiger from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported offshore waters have been too rough for fishermen to try but before the high winds started sailfish and dolphins were biting and surf fishermen are battling tough conditions while fishing for bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano and croakers. Inshore fishermen are doing well on black drum, sheepshead and pompano. Snook fishing continues to be very good around the bridges at night. Flare Hawk jigs has been getting the snook bites. Nedra Maxwell from the Sebastian Inlet District reported jetty fishermen are doing well on snook, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, migrates and jack crevalles. The top bait has been live shrimp for the snook and redfish and shiny spoons and jigs for the mackerel, bluefish and jacks.


Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported schools of snook, redfish, tarpon, jacks and ladyfish have been gorging themselves on schools of finger mullet, pilchards and glass minnow. This past week his clients had double digit catches of snook and redfish. Offshore there have been plenty of free floating small tripletail and some very large goliath groupers on the rocky structure bottoms. Captain Bob LeMay reported fishing along the coast way north of Shark River is producing great action from snook, redfish, sea trout and lots of tripletail’s. Most of the fish are feeding alongside big schools of baitfish that are almost everywhere along the coast. Flounder, jacks, ladyfish and a few gag groupers are also being caught.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported high winds and low water have hampered their fishing this past week but redfish were still being caught along the oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. Sea trout are being caught over the grass flats and the passes are loaded with pompano, whiting, silver trout, jacks, ladyfish and sharks.


Mark Escobar from BJ’s Bait and Tackle in Plantation reported the freshwater fishing in the Glades has picked up due to the Water Management lowering some of the canals water levels. Areas like Alligator Alley, the Holy Land and Loxahatchee Recreation Area are seeing daily catches of largemouth bass to eight pounds. The bass are hitting live shiners, flukes, swim baits, frogs and soft plastics in the seven to 10 inch lengths. Mixed in with the largemouth bass are peacock bass and an assortment of panfish. The panfish are eating small jigs, crickets and minnows.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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