South Florida fishing report: Several spots buzzing despite bad weather this week


Nedra Maxwell of Sebastian Inlet District reported that despite the wind and rain jetty fishermen continue to have real good action. Spanish mackerel are eating Gotcha lures, snook and redfish are eating live shrimp and jigs, bluefish in the eight-to-10-pound range are going for live mullet, pinfish and cut baits, and flounder are being caught on fresh and frozen finger mullet along the inside rocks.


Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky Fishing Charters out of Miami Beach Marina reported having great action from sailfish, dolphins, kingfish and barracudas in between the recent rain storms. The top baits have been pilchards and threadfin herring fished just outside the outer reef offshore of Government Cut.


IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported the Islamorada Hump continues to produce good catches of blackfin tuna. On the calmer days there are dolphins being caught in the deeper waters, especially where frigate birds are present. On the reef sailfishing keeps getting better every day. Kingfish are mixed in with the sailfish, and on the bottom it’s been mostly large mutton snappers and yellowtail snappers. The top bait has been live ballyhoo, cigar minnows and pilchards. Out in the Gulf waters the Spanish mackerel fishing has been very good with sea trout, mangrove snappers and cobia mixed in with the mackerel.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish can be targeted on the incoming tides at the ocean inlets. These fish can be caught with shiny spoons, jigs and live baits. Sheepshead, black drum and mangrove snappers can be found next to bridge pilings and docks. Live shrimp will get these fish. Pompano are available along the surf, in the inlets and over the grass flats in the Indian River.


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported finding hungry tarpon that were feeding on schools of ladyfish in Whitewater Bay. Raul Rodriguez Jr. of Miami and his sons, Tommy and Steven, fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo in 20-knot winds and caught two redfish plus Steven’s first redfish, over 20 mangrove snappers, loads of jack crevalles to four pounds plus ladyfish and catfish. The catch was made using live shrimp suspended from a Cajun Thunder float and with 1/4-ounce Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters was their guide.


Captain Rob Modys reported that captain Larry Hendricks of Tall Tails Charters out of Fort Myers got into a good gag and red grouper bite before the Gulf Coast grouper season ends. Fishing live and dead baits on the bottom in areas that had structure, his clients had steady action from groupers, grunts, snappers, kingfish and Spanish mackerel. Captain Greg Stamper of Snook Stamp Charters out of Fort Myers reported having good catches of sea trout that came in three-to-five feet of water in Estero Bay. Redfish were being caught using shrimp on jig heads fished along the mangrove shorelines, and snook fishing has slowed since water temperatures have dropped.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide of Sport Fishing Inc. reported the urban canals of South Florida have been producing some outstanding surface action these past few weeks. Working the canals with Rapala floating minnows, his clients have had steady action from peacock bass, big largemouth bass and a few snook.

Capt. Alan Sherman